“The Bank was frightening. I’ve never been bullied so badly. But it didn’t take away the essence of who I am.”
The publication of Slaughterhouse Morning has brought me many insights. This one took a guest blog post to bring it out in me! LINK HERE (scroll all the way down to see it)
And I thought all my insights were going to be about the big wide world… and now they are about me.
“I usually fall silent when I am asked to describe my books in one sentence.
‘Slaughterhouse Morning’ is many things.
It is, first of all, a page turner with a lot of suspense. It sneaks the reader into a hidden world right in the core of the city of London, and right at the heart of the powers that rule the world. It is the story of a lost tribe. And it is a very troubled love story.
(And although it is the third volume of my ‘Graveyards of the Banks’ series, it can be read as a stand-alone with a handy one page ‘what went before’ section – jump straight in.)
Oh no, that’s quite a few sentences already!
And I’m not even finished…
‘Slaughterhouse Morning’ is also the product of seven years of intense pain and suffering – the seven seasons of midnights in the subtitle – and then of seven years of the adventure of writing and creating. Actually, the seven creative years apply to the whole trilogy, so it’s maybe more like 3 for this volume alone.
It’s been an incredible process to distil a novel from my lived experience. A novel about the place where we spend most of our time: the workplace.
And the workplace has just as much drama, heart break, hopes, tears and confusion as our personal lives.
This book has occupied my waking and my dreaming thoughts. And I went through all the usual ups and downs. One day I was hugely pleased with myself, the next day I wanted to tear it all up. Being a writer is so emotional!
And now I can’t wait for the response.
I want to know what the reader thinks of the Bagman, my love interest/villain all rolled into one. I want to know if the reader can recognize herself in Nyla, a jobless humanities graduate who desperately needs money and sells herself to the Bank – temporarily, she thinks, but in the end it’s for a long time, and the Bank becomes her world. She’s not a banker. She works in the graphics centre together with philosophers, artists, linguists, ex-teachers, ex-psychologists. They are there to serve the bankers, and to illustrate the bank’s vision in the graphics centre.
Nyla works on the night shift, the ‘graveyard shift’, from midnight to morning.
The bankers work all shifts. They have to. They are like soldiers in a battle field.
They are there to be subjected to a brutal Selection of the Fittest to Rule.
Nyla and friends are losers who aren’t even allowed to go to the toilet.
I want to tell people about this. And I want them to get lost in a very dramatic story.
I get so excited as I’m writing this, and I’m also a little bit scared.
14 years is a long time.
It’s very strange not to have the ‘Graveyards’ with me any more.
Oh, maybe I should explain the series title: ‘Graveyards of the Banks’.
The city of London is a wild and weird place.
Modern office buildings have grown around the small mediaeval graveyards that date from the time of the plague and the great fire. And the dead are still there, just underneath the grass.
Bankers and office workers sit on the gravestones to eat their sandwiches.
The Most Successful Bank in the Universe has a side entrance that leads directly into such a graveyard. A spooky way to enter a scary place.
I can’t really think of another book that is like ‘Slaughterhouse Morning’.
It’s pretty unique.
Both in its story (Nyla in the world of Hungry Dinosaurs) and in the way I tell that story. If you are bored or frustrated, it’s definitely the book for you.
Many times during the seven years of writing, I wanted to give up. A few times I did.
But now I’m so glad I did it.
The Bank was frightening. I’ve never been bullied so badly anywhere else. But it didn’t take away the essence of who I am.
And expressing the essence of who you are is what being a writer is all about.
I always thought I would be a writer.
Slaughterhouse Morning is available for pre-order from Amazon on https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N27M9GC
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