My new book. Finally. It’s called Glowglass and I’ve been working on it in secret for a while, waiting for today to tell everyone. What can I tell you about it? It’s out in May 2018. It’s weird, of course. I’m working on more YA books and one for adult readers. But I need to write these sorts of books too.
Glowglass isn’t about organised religion. It’s a book about disorganised religion. I also wanted to write something that tapped into the current vogue in YA stories for retro technology. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher made use of cassette tapes for a narrative device. Tape by Steven Camden did the same. Glowglass makes use of the video-tape confessional, which means I can do certain things in my story to catch my reader off-guard. My readers will know that I’m really skilled at hurling unexpected twists and turns at the reader. Glowglass is no different.
My book uses present and second person points of view. I’ve been thinking about writing that sort of book for a while. It’s also a book that taps into youth culture, particularly music. My first live gig was Babes In Toyland at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut. It was amazing. When I was a teenager, I’d hang out in record shops, waiting for the latest alt-rock imports. (Missing and Fopp in Glasgow were particularly good for getting records by Smashing Pumpkins, The Vaselines, Bikini Kill, L7, The Cardigans, The Craft OST, Juliana Hatfield, and of course Nirvana. This was at the height of Brit Pop!) I love it that in Glowglass the teenage characters hang out in equally cool record shops, listening to the latest bands. Gerard Way (of My Chemical Romance) even makes a cameo. Indeed, the working title was The Gerard Way Fan Club.
Glowglass is a dark book, like my others, but the story is told in my particular way, which people find strangely uplifting, I’ve been told. It’s personality-packed and brimming with humour. And murder, of course. Trust no-one.
I can’t wait for you to read it.