It’s about a month until ‘Daisy on the Outer Line’ is released, so please join me as I stretch the definition of ‘fun’ with these 5 facts about the book!
- We made some last minute changes to the book cover before it went to print. This mainly involved including some daisies in the background. It was only a few days ago that I realise that, if you look at it a certain way, these daisies could potentially look like snowflakes falling. Since the book is set at Christmas, this is perfect. It was a complete accident and I absolutely did not think about that when we decided on the cover, but…if anyone asks, it’s perfect. (Designed by Anne Glennie at Cranachan Publishing.)
- At the end of 2018, I was around halfway through the first draft of ‘Daisy…’ when I had to put it aside to redraft ‘Sonny and Me’, which came out in May 2019. Once ‘Sonny and Me’ was off to the printers, I knew I had to get back writing ‘Daisy…’ , but I was lacking motivation and kept putting it off. Around that time, a woman followed me, out of the blue, on Twitter. Her name was Daisy Douglas and she lived in Glasgow. The main character of the book is called Daisy Douglas and lives in Glasgow. Now, I’m not one for seeing signs in the universe, but that felt like one. That gave me the metaphorical kick up the arse required to get me back writing.
- ‘Daisy on the Outer Line’ will be the longest book, page-wise, that I’ve written, but not the actual longest. Something to do with printing changing slightly since my first book came out. For reference, ‘Mary’s the Name’ was around 84,000 words, ‘Sonny and Me’ was around 69,000, and ‘Daisy on the Outer Line’ clocks in around 78,000. So really it’s the most mediumly length book I’ve written so far. Exciting.
- I picked the release date myself, back in 2018. November 5th. Just seemed like an obvious choice, and plenty of opportunity to make jokes that I’ve got loads of firework displays arranged all through the country for the release etc. Didn’t really consider that I’d be competing with all the celebrity autobiographies that come out at the end of the year. Also, didn’t occur to me that the 5th is only 1 or 2 days after the US election and, dependent on the vote, people may not be in the mood for book buying. Or maybe they’ll need an escape from reality even more! Politics eh! Ha ha ha good times all round. Not a horrendous situation at all.
- Based on the photo below, found in my archived Instagram stories, the first kernel of the story came to me on April 21st, 2018, at 11.37pm. Something spooky about the Cowcaddens subway station at night, that’s for sure. I’m not much of a horror fan though so that was swapped for time travel and the book began to take shape.