A short story by Chris Gill written in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. How long until we can touch? is an LGBT+ story about love in lockdown that acts as both a warning and a glimmer of hope in unprecedented times.
Right now, on the eve of the release of my new book, The Nowhere, I am a bag of nerves and excitement. That frantic, anxious energy is pulsating through my veins as a range of questions circle my head: “What if nobody reads it?” “What if they read it and hate it?” And so on and so forth.
I finally got round to reading Red, White & Royal Blue and wow, what a heart-warmer (just what I needed this week in Sydney).
After working on my new novel for nearly two years, I’m so excited to finally be starting the rollout to its release. 2019 has only just got started and I’ve already revealed the front cover and release date of my Australian coming-of-age novel, The Nowhere.
My novel The Nowhere proudly features a gay protagonist with his coming to terms with his sexuality a focal point to the coming-of-age narrative. This aspect to the novel is nothing new to literature, offering an outsider’s perspective that lends to a story. It heightens the intrigue for some while making it relatable to many – after all, we’re all outsiders in one way or another.I’ve pulled a selection of must-read novels with gay protagonists that have each been influential in their own way. Time to get reading!
As I was writing my new novel The Nowhere – an Australian coming-of-age novel with LGBTI+ themes – it dawned on me that it could be a tricky book to market. This is because even when I came up with the original concept and sketched out my plan, I knew I wanted to create a juxtaposition between the protagonist’s story being told as both a teenager and an adult.
There’s nothing more satisfying than typing the last few words of your novel. All the hard work, late nights and sacrifice have led up to this moment. That satisfying ahhh you must allow yourself, followed by at least a few weeks of doing anything but looking at your story.
This funny yet poignant story of love, marriage and betrayal will transport you through the suburbs of America to the backstreets of Bangladesh.
We all know how the old saying goes. Never judge a book by its cover. A piece of advice that can be applied to so many aspects of life. But when it comes to the phrase’s original meaning, just how important is the cover of a book?
So, you’ve finally finished writing and editing your novel. Congratulations! Time to pop the bubbles and celebrate what many aspiring authors don’t ever even manage to do. But if you think the hard parts over, think again. You now have to make the all-important decision as to whether you’re going to go the traditional publishing route or self-publish.