That’s right – Yellowcake Summer has arrived at the Kindle store and is available to purchase for $9.99. For those of you waiting for the physical edition, you can purchase it from Amazon here. I’ll add links to other booksellers as they become available. To celebrate the release, I’ll be launching the novel with my publisher David Reiter of Interactive Publications at the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre in Perth at 3pm on Sunday September 15th – details here. I’ll also be appearing as part of the Avon Valley Writers’ Festival on the weekend of 21-22nd September in Northam and Toodyay. Exciting times!
My third novel, Yellowcake Summer, which is a sequel to Yellowcake Springs, will be released by IP in September. The novel follows the fortunes of Rion, Sylvia and Peters — all major characters from the first novel — as they swelter through the thirsty Australian summer. I’ve written this story in two parts, so there won’t be a third Yellowcake volume. Everything that is set up in Yellowcake Springs comes to a head in Yellowcake Summer.
To celebrate the release, I’ll be holding launch events at the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre in Greenmount and the Northam Regional Library during September. More details on this will follow soon. I’ll also be promoting the novel at the Avon Valley Writers’ Festival on September 22-23 in Toodyay and Northam, where I’ll be presenting a workshop on novel writing.
Friday 26th April / posted by Rhian Todhunter
A VERY BUSY GUY
Literary prize-winner Guy Salvidge is a busy man.
With two stories being published this year, a sequel underway, and plans to start a crime novel in the near future – writer in residence at the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre, Guy Salvidge joins me to treat us to a live reading and look at his busy schedule.
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After many, many hours of editing over the past couple of weeks, I’ve managed to get the ms. of Yellowcake Summer up to what I call ‘Second Draft’ status. This means that I’ve cut out nearly 15,000 words of the original 90,000 word long ms., hopefully losing nothing in the process. Now the novel goes off to beta readers and the publisher, IP, and I have a well-earned rest for the next 20 hours until I start back at work for 2013!
In case you don’t know, this new novel is the sequel to Yellowcake Springs, which was published by Glass House Books in 2011 and was shortlisted for the prestigious Norma K Hemming Award in 2012. Yellowcake Summer is a direct sequel but there won’t be a third volume (even though Yellowcake Winter would make a great title, don’t you think?). Nope, it’s a duology or a pair or whatever you call a two book series
I had a lot of fun writing Yellowcake Summer and I imagine it’ll be a fun read too. I can’t wait for you to read it!
Last summer (’11/’12) I started working on the sequel to Yellowcake Springs, entitled Yellowcake Summer. As usual I managed to get the thing half done in the six weeks I had available to me, so now the task is to finish it, or at least the first draft, over the current summer holidays (’12/’13). I’m actually about 2/3 of the way through now, having made a good start over the past couple of weeks. I’m up to about 60,000 words currently and I’d say that the first draft will be in the vicinity of 90,000 words. That means I’ll be writing about 30,000 words in January. Wish me luck!
Incidentally, even though Yellowcake Summer is a sequel, I’m determined NOT to end up with a Yellowcake Trilogy. It’s my intention for it to be a two book series, but then again, I hadn’t planned on writing a sequel at all…
What’s the book about? Well, readers of Yellowcake Springs will recall that at book’s end, our surviving protagonists Sylvia and Rion were in precarious circumstances – one incarcerated and the other leading a hand to mouth existence. In Yellowcake Summer, Sylvia is released from custody on the condition that she perform an important role for the Australian government, Rion finds himself conscripted into the Civilian Police Force and sent to a place he knows only too well, and Jeremy Peters (a minor character from Yellowcake Springs) struggles to manage a disintegrating personal life and a security situation in the town of Yellowcake Springs that is rapidly getting out of control. Again the town of Yellowcake Springs will be the centrepoint of the novel, but not exclusively: we explore more of the ruined ‘Belt and the sprawling northern suburbs metropolis of Quindalup as well. And of course there’s more about Controlled Dreaming State, Controlled Waking State, David Baron and Misanthropos.
Yellowcake Summer will be finished and hopefully published later in 2013. I’ll be looking for beta readers before then though, so if you want a free digital copy to sink your teeth into, then you need but ask.
NOTE: the image above is taken from the following url, and the artist is a Goran D. Fine picture it is too:
I’ve been asked by several writers (specifically Martin Livings, Lee Battersby and Andrez Bergen) to participate in the ‘Next Big Thing’ Q&A. It’s my turn to post my responses, and I hereby decree that the writers who will follow me next week are Katie Stewart, Anthony Panegyres and Eliza-Jane Henry-Jones.
So here are my responses…
1) What is the working title of your next book?
Yellowcake Summer. This is the sequel to Yellowcake Springs. Don’t worry, there won’t be a Yellowcake Autumn or Winter. Duologies are so uncool that I’ve decided to produce one just to be un-hip.
2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
Well, I wrote Yellowcake Springs and really it was supposed to be done there, but the characters in that book stubbornly refused to leave me alone, hence the need to detail their further adventures.
3) What genre does your book fall under?
It’s dystopian science fiction or speculative fiction. Think 1984 or Martian Time-Slip.
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Yellowcake Summer is a dark, dystopian tale of a nightmare vision of Western Australia’s future.
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Well, neither. The first book is published by Interactive Publications and hopefully the second will be too. I don’t have an agent though.
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
It’s only half done and I aim to have it completed in the upcoming summer break of Dec ’12/Jan /’13. I can write a novel in two summers normally, which involves about twelve weeks of actual writing.
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Philip K. Dick’s Martian Time-Slip is probably the major point of comparison, I think.
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I’ve always had a morbid fascination with nuclear war, so there’s that. A novel called Brother in the Land by Robert Swindells really inspired me to write this kind of thing, but there are other books of similar quality too.
10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
It may not be the only novel set in the Wheatbelt of Western Australia, but I bet that it (and its prequel) are the only post-apocalyptic novels set in this area!