Moth News & Updates

The Novel

So, I have news to share! I can finally reveal that the new title of Moth’s novel (which was previously going to be BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS) is now…

FALLING TO ASH

If that sounds suspiciously familiar to you, that’s because… um… it is! πŸ˜‰ We are actually going with the same title as the original Moth short story that appeared in The Eternal Kiss anthology, way back in the summer of 2009:

There are lots of reasons for this, but they mostly come down to the fact that although Beautiful Ghosts is certainly a pretty title, it’s no longer really appropriate for the book since the massive revisions I’ve done. (And am still doing!) Also, there are lots of other books in this sort of genre with ‘Beautiful’ in the title – although I came up with mine two years ago – and we want Moth’s first novel to stand out a bit more.

I’ll definitely give you more information on what the novel is actually about as soon as I can, but I’m describing it as a ‘vampire thriller’ – I think that fits better than a straightforward ‘paranormal’ – but I’ll have to wait and see whether that sticks or not.

The Short Story

I don’t think I’ve shared this before on the blog, but Random House UK, along with the rights to the first two Moth books (I still have to write the second), also bought reprint rights to my short story from The Eternal Kiss.


(Click to embiggen.)

I’m not entirely sure what they’re going to do with it yet, but either it will be used for promo or possibly as an e-story released for purchase on the Kindle a few months before the novel is released. It could act as a fun prequel, a sample of things to come. This is a great idea for the UK market because, although The Eternal Kiss was distributed over here, it wasn’t really stocked in all that many places – I think the story is probably more familiar to US readers.

Anyway, whatever Random House UK actually end up doing with the short story, it will now simply be called ‘Moth’ and I’ll get the chance to make a few changes to ensure it fits in with the continuity of the novel.* Oh, and I might as well mention here that the main difference between the short story and the novel (apart from length, obviously *g*) is that the novel is written in 1st-person POV while the story was written in 3rd-person. I’ve grown to know Moth much better, so I felt it was way more appropriate to get right inside her head and tell her continuing adventures fully in her voice.

Australia

The other piece of good news – yes, there’s more – is that Random House Australia have committed to buying FALLING TO ASH. (I have to get used to calling it that, now!) I’m so happy that they’re continuing to support my work, especially as they did an Australian edition of The Eternal Kiss and it was my story in that anthology that first brought my writing to their attention. It’s so strange the way things work out and I’m more grateful than I can possibly put into words.

Phew! I think that’s it for now. To summarise: Beautiful Ghosts is now called Falling to Ash; the prequel story may be released as an ebook in the UK (now titled ‘Moth’); and there will definitely be an Australian edition of the first book. Got all that? πŸ˜‰

If you have any questions about Moth, the original short story, or FALLING TO ASH (the novel!) please feel free to leave them in comments.

ETA: Falling to Ash will be released in the UK (tentatively) September 2012.


*For anyone who has already got The Eternal Kiss, I won’t be making any major changes to the story – it will just be tweaked re. location and a few things that need ironing out, now that I’ve developed Moth’s world and backstory.

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19 Responses to Moth News & Updates

  1. Steph Burgis says:

    Yayyyy!!! Congratulations on all fronts! πŸ™‚

  2. Lisa Basso says:

    Such amazing news! Congrats, Kaz!!!!! I can’t wait. *happy dance*

  3. Iffath says:

    YAY YOU! Huge congrats!

    You know how excited I am to Falling to Ash, regardless of the title! Although it is v. pretty πŸ˜€ CAN’T WAIT!

  4. Congrats, darlin’! Sooooo happy for you!! xoxo

  5. Totally awesome.

    Also, very excited by your “vampire thriller” label. Very excited.

  6. Claire (Cem) says:

    Hurrah! Good news all around! So excited for Moth’s first full book. I loved ‘Moth’ (well, may as well use the correct new title!) and I kinda love that the first book is going to be titled Falling To Ash. I love that title and I think it stands out more than Beautiful Ghosts would have. Can’t wait to read it!

  7. Skarrah says:

    Yay! Brilliant news!! So happy for you. πŸ˜€

  8. Isabel says:

    Sounds fantastic! Just from reading what I could in the picture, I already love Moth! πŸ˜‰ Congratulations!

    • Isabel says:

      By the way, are you a fan of Florence and the Machine? Nobody knows about her over here (in the US) but she seems to be very popular over in the UK! Anyway, I’m rather obsessed with her right now. Can’t wait for her new album!

      • Kim says:

        Totally butting in, but Isabel, if you like Florence you should check out BjΓΆrk and Bat for Lashes if you haven’t already. πŸ™‚

    • Kaz says:

      Thanks, Isabel! πŸ™‚

  9. Tricia Sullivan (@trishsullivan68) says:

    Woo-hoo! Fabulous!!!!

    September 2012–that’s like, practically next week!

  10. Sarah says:

    Congratulations, Kaz! And I *love* the sound of ‘vampire thriller’. Yay!

  11. Laura says:

    Moth was awesome. I really can’t wait for this novel.

    πŸ™‚

  12. music_lover3 says:

    YAY, congratulations! I can’t wait for more Moth!

  13. Shanna says:

    Oh wow, I’m catching up with your blog and there’s all this great news!!! Congratulations!! I like the sound of Falling to Ash. I have yet to read the short story and I’m really looking forward to it. Releasing it as an e-story would be great… but I’ll wait and see! πŸ™‚ I promise I’m going to read it though. Looking forward to it!

  14. Ailsa says:

    Yay for new (or rather, old) titles, and short stories!

    ~Ailsa

  15. Kim says:

    Congrats Kaz, I look forward to reading it. πŸ™‚

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