2010 has been a good year for me but I’m glad to be leaving it behind. I wasn’t very well for quite a lot of it, and there are so many new things to look forward to next year.
Like a new business, and a new job, and a second semester teaching at UCLAN and of course, the new book.
I’ve been excited to show you the cover for quite a while. More excited than ever now there’s chunks of ice floating along in the Ribble and Preston looks a bit like the pretend-Preston in Cold Light.
I like it a lot. When I was down in London in the summer I looked at lots of drafts for this cover – pictures of frozen ponds and icicles and bare trees, of teenage girls – alone, in pairs, twirling or staring, fuzzy or in focus, sitting on benches, in the grass, near water. Of spider-webs decorated with frost, of parks, of the sky in winter.
They all captured the strange and other-worldly chilliness I wanted to evoke in the book but Cold Light isn’t so much about girls’ friendship as it is about what it feels like to be permanently excluded from friendship (yes, again) and about what it’s like to stare through the mist, through a frosty pane of glass, at something you don’t quite understand.
The image of the gangly girl staring away from the camera at something too far away to see jumped out at me at the time, and I’m glad it’s the one we all finally went for.
And while I’m here… wouldn’t ‘Winter Wonderland’ make a brilliant opening credits track for a horror film? A snowman dressed as a clown? Come on!