This is the first couple of chapters of the V novel, put into Wordle (thanks to Meg McKinlay).
It seems to me as if I’ve been writing this novel forever, and one of the things to come out of my editorial meeting was the decision to push back (to coin a phrase) the publication date to early 2012 (as my publisher said, it’s not exactly a stocking filler :)). The pressure of day job means that I can’t do the book justice otherwise, so I am both a bit sad and relieved to have some more time. And I think that unless something extraordinary happens (like Lotto), this will be my last YA novel, as I can’t continue to try to write such complicated, long work amidst the rest of my life: I have run out of steam, and have got to the point where effort far outstrips rewards. I am satisfied with the YA novels I’ve produced, and now need to be realistic about what is possible, given all the other constraints I have. So I want to go out with a bang – and to do it right.