Right now, at this hour, I am not in a land, far, far away, and so I am able to reveal the cover for a forthcoming collection of short stories for adults entitled –

Portsmouth Fairy Tales

– I’ll be back every day this week to give you news on workshops, readings, release dates, prices and some useful tips on how to win big on the stock exchange… but I digress.

It’s been a fun and exciting project to work on with so many local authors and the first time I have written anything for adults for a very long time.

Having worked around fairy tales for my Middle Grade novels, The Amber Room and the soon to be released, The Amber Antidote, it was great to adapt some ideas for adult fairy tales, and journey back to the darker origins of the genre. It was nice to burst free from the rules and shackles and grow up… even if it was just for a moment in time.

I will be posting all this week with more details on the book ahead of its release.

The cover was designed by local artist, Jon Everitt and so without further ado, here it is.

Funnily enough, I met the guy who sat for the portrait yesterday. A charming individual, who lives in constant fear of attack from Herring Gulls and Cormorants… I’ve simply no clue why they torment him the way they do – any ideas?

Portsmouth Fairy Tales book cover by Jon Everitt