It's been a long time coming. Back in June, I was preparing my new novel for adults, Alexa's Song, for publication, when the sad and sudden death of my father intervened. Since then, I've barely had the time or the inclination for any writing activities at all.
But I'm slowly getting back to something vaguely approaching normal... and I'm back at work on formatting Alexa ready for release as an eBook for Amazon Kindle. If all goes well, it should be ready to download by the end of this week. I'll let you know...
Alexa's Song is a book close to my heart, because both of its main characters have mental health problems and their conditions interact with their personal and creative lives in all kinds of (I hope) interesting ways. Jake is an artist and Alexa a musician - a pianist and composer of both classical and pop music. Jake has been in love with Alexa for years and they lived together for a while, until along came Alexa's brother, Steve, who rather disrupted their relationship. But now Jake has a hope of winning Alexa back - except that she is pregnant and it's unclear who the father is (it's not Jake - that much he knows...)
Jake's life is complicated by the fact that he has bipolar illness. His medication helps, but he believes that he does his best painting when he comes off the tablets - with disastrous results for himself and those around him.
Alexa suffers from recurrent depression owing to a traumatic event when she was a student, years ago.
The big question is, can these thirty-somethings find happiness and fulfilment in among all these conflicting demands and desires? And will the song Alexa wrote for Jake be enough to save him, when he gets himself into real trouble?
Here's the cover, which I love - beautifully designed for me by Rob Tysall of Tysall's Photography, Nuneaton.
More on Alexa soon!