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Why I'm Rewriting Body of Water


A lot of people ask me why I'm rewriting Body of Water, and I tell them this:


I'm embarrassed.


When I sat down to write it way back in 2009, I didn't know what I was doing. Now, 12 years on, and with an MA in Professional Writing under my belt, I understand how to be objective about my work. And Body of Water doesn't fare well.


My writing has developed in leaps and bounds. If you pick up a copy of Behind the Seams—and you should because it's amazing—you'll see a paradigm shift in what I can do. I'm very proud of Behind the Seams. I put my heart and soul into that book, and Body of Water deserves the same.


I need to get back into the world.


Saying that I've struggled with the final Orcadian novel, Spirit of Water, is an understatement. 9 years on, and I still don't have a version I'm happy with?! Ridiculous.


Rewriting Body of Water, adding new scenes and characters, cutting others, sorting out the timelines, etc. is getting me right back into the world (and my love for the characters).


I'm not planning on rewriting Memory of Water, but I'll give it a damn good looking at.


I'm not going to promise a release date—I've let you down so many times before—but I've made myself a promise to put all other 'new' writing projects on hold until Spirit of Water is out in the world.


For God's sake, wish me luck!

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