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! 😉 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.
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.
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? 😉
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.