Friday, 9 September 2016
Summer is over and you are probably all wondering when you are going to get your hands on your copy of A Mighty Boy. The short answer is not for a while yet, I'm afraid. This publishing lark is a tricky business with long lead-in times. It looks as though the book will not come out until summer next year but I have no firm publication date yet. However, all those who have pledged will recieve their copies a month or two before it hits the shops.
In the meantime, I have been videoed for a multi-media article in our local paper and have recorded a short snippet for KMFM http://www.kentonline.co.uk/faversham/news/grieving-mum-pens-book-on-98971/ but more importantly, I have been making edits on the manuscript with the help of my editor, Phil. I have been sitting at my desk in the sunshine, surrounded by thoughts of Silas. During this time, I have also been listening to a beautiful song called Lost Boy by Ruth B (if you fancy it you can listen here) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58TBZnvyGwQ
In the book, I touch upon how, in those last few precious days with Silas, we read him Peter Pan. The opening lines "All children, except one, grow up." nearly stopped us in our tracks but we perservered because we wanted him to find his way to his own Neverland. We recognised much of Silas in Peter Pan: his forgetfulness; his need for love; his eagerness to make others happy; his love of stories and his tongue in cheek sense of humour. So in my head Peter Pan and Silas will always be inextricably linked. This song has had me in tears as I think about my own lost boy. I hope that Silas is 'hanging out' with Peter Pan, somewhere....