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order of writing/order of publication

I was talking to a friend and realised that my novels aren’t just appearing out of writing order, they’re sometimes appearing over ten years out of writing order.

For my own amusement, therefore, the writing order of those first four (including the to-be-released-very-soon one) is:

Illuminations
The Art of Effective Dreaming
Ms Cellophane/Life through Cellophane
Langue[dot]doc 1305

The other five signed by Satalyte were written in between Ms Cellophane and Langue[dot]doc 1305. Partly this is because I do like to hang onto my work and revise it properly (I totally hate letting it go!!). Partly this is because several publishers hung onto various works for between three and eight years, and instead of waiting for them to make their decisions, I wrote new novels. The writing is inside me and insists on coming out, no matter the vagaries of the industry.

The publication order of the same four books is:

Illuminations
Ms Cellophane/Life through Cellophane
Langue[dot]doc 1305
The Art of Effective Dreaming

The big shift for Effective Dreaming was, of course, the result of the curse.

For the perennial question of how many novels I trunked as unpublishable, the answer is just one, which I wrote when I was around 19. I took a close look at the world building a few years ago and discovered some rather exciting elements. I’ve extended those elements into a complete world.

In fact, they comprise the initial world building and one plot strand for After Empire, which is my later-this-year novel. I take an evil look at post-colonialism and what really happens when empires suddenly withdraw. One day I want to take this post-Empire stuff a step further, because the post-colonial experience of Singapore and Malaysia are heavily influenced by what happened during WWII, and I think that’d make a wonderful (albeit difficult) novel in the same universe as After Empire. Not quite yet, though, for the seventeenth century is still dominating my fictional life. The seventeenth century and a particular fantastical Australia.

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