Thursday 3rd September 2020 | News!
How is it September already?! Today is a day for big news. I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve signed another three book deal with Bloodhound Books! The first will be published in August 2021 and I can’t wait to share it with you.
And I’ve just taken over the Psychological Suspense Authors’ Association! It’s a fab group created by the wonderful Emma Curtis and Lauren North, and I’m currently trying to grow the social media. Please do follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!
Thursday 27th August 2020 | Reviews
Today I noticed that Girl, Lost has 130 ratings on Amazon. The Diary was published almost 2 years ago and only has 137 ratings, and The Girl Across the Street has 132 after almost 18 months since publication.
What does this mean in real terms? Well, it means that more people are reading Girl, Lost, and more of those readers are leaving a review for it. Amazon did recently make it easier for reviewers to leave a star rating without having to write anything, so perhaps that has had some influence, but considering Girl, Lost has only been out since May this year, I’m absolutely thrilled that so many more people have been reading and enjoying it.
It also means that I’m making more money. Money is often a dirty word in publishing, and while I would continue to write even if it never earned me a penny, I have bills to pay (and pets to spoil!) just like everyone else, and more sales means I am one step closer to my dream of becoming a full time writer. I hope anyone who reads or has read my earlier books can see how my writing has grown, and I hope it continues to do so. Writing is a craft, one I will never stop learning about and improving. So thank you to all of my readers, even the critics, who help me want to be a better author and reach my goals.
Just 2 months until The Wake is released! Time really does fly. And I have some exciting news to share soon, so watch this space!
Monday 17th August 2020 | New project
After finishing my latest manuscript in 5 weeks, you’d think I’d take a break, but no. Last week I started a new project in a brand new genre for me (Gothic historical fiction, think Laura Purcell) and managed to write 9000 words. I can sleep when I’m dead, or at least when I don’t have all these ideas buzzing around in my head. The characters just wouldn’t leave me alone, and so I just had to start writing this book. I’m super excited about it, even though it’s totally out of contract and may never see the light of day. But, while I’m waiting for other things to come to fruition, I may as well use my time wisely. I’m leaning towards publishing under a pseudonym, something suitably historical fiction-y, but maybe I should finish the thing first.
In other news, the final proofread for The Wake is due back early next month, and then it’ll be going out to reviewers – eek! I can’t wait to share this one with you, it’s a book I’m really proud of and I hope you love it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Publication October 27th!
Oh, and Girl, Lost sadly didn’t make it onto the Not The Booker shortlist, but huge thanks to everyone who took the time to vote for it! Congratulations to the winners and to my fellow longlisters.
Wednesday 12th August 2020 | Heatwave
Who else is sick of this hot weather? I know I am, and the puppy has been suffering too. I’ve been trying to edit The Wake after I finish the day job, but it’s just too hot to do anything except splash around in the paddling pool with Ivy. Thankfully it’s going to cool down by Friday, which is my dedicated writing day, and I can get it finished.
Another piece of good news is that Bloodhound Books has accepted my third manuscript! It will be published in early 2021, more details tbc. I’m quite proud of this book. I wrote it in 5 weeks after having to scrap another one, but I took my time editing it and got some invaluable feedback from my beta readers to help whip it into shape. Plus my usual editor is an absolute whizz, I have total faith in him making sure the book is as good as it can be.
That leaves me out of contract, but I have ideas bubbling away and something that has been going on in the background for a very long time which will hopefully come to fruition soon!
P.S. Don’t forget to vote for Girl, Lost for the Not the Booker Prize shortlist – details below!
Monday 3rd August 2020 | Not the Booker Prize 2020
Girl, Lost has made the longlist for the Not the Booker Prize 2020! I’m so thrilled to be included amongst so many fabulous authors. Huge thanks to everyone who nominated me, and congratulations to all who made the longlist!
Next up is the shortlist. If you’d like to vote in this round, all you need to do is click this link, create a Guardian account if you don’t already have one, then leave a comment under that article with your two choices, the word ‘vote’, and a short review for at least one of your choices. Voting is open until Sunday 16th August. If you read and loved Girl, Lost, I would so appreciate it if you voted and got it onto the shortlist!
Friday 17th July 2020 | First draft done
5 weeks ago, I scrapped a book I’d been wrestling with for about 2 months and pitched a new idea to my publisher. Today I finished the first draft of that new book, 77,000 words and a lot of evening & weekend writing later.
Next week I’ll give it a structural edit and then it’ll go into the hands of my trusty beta readers! But for now, a rest.
Tuesday 14th July 2020 | Girl, Lost audio
Girl, Lost is finally available to preorder on Audible! Publication 20/10.
Wednesday 8th July 2020 | New book cover
I saw the cover for The Wake today! I can’t share it for ages yet (sorry!), but I absolutely love it! Out 27th October.
Saturday 3rd July 2020 | Diversity
Recently, diversity has been at the forefront of many conversations in the publishing world, and with good reason. But as an aside to the current discussions, it’s got me thinking about how often we see characters with disabilities in books and on screen, and when we do, how those characters are portrayed. It’s why I included coeliac disease in Girl, Lost, because I’d never seen a gluten free diet portrayed as anything other than a ‘fad’ and something to be mocked. 1 in 100 people live with coeliac disease in the UK, myself included, and a lack of awareness is what contributes to 99% of the conversations I have about it, so I wanted to get some more information out there.
(Of course, I had one reviewer complain that jam and chips don’t contain gluten, so there’s still work to be done! FYI reviewer, the issue with jam comes from others dipping their gluten-y knives into the jar, and coeliacs can rarely eat chips in restaurants because they are often fried in the same oil as gluten-containing food. Yes, we’re that ‘sensitive’!)
I’ve been thinking about including fibromyalgia or another chronic illness in a future book, but I need to make sure I do it right. I was diagnosed in 2016, and although my health now is the best it’s ever been, I still have limitations, and have to consider my health in anything I do: work, socialising, holidays. Living with a chronic illness is just that, living side-by-side with something that often makes life a bit more difficult. I’d like to see that reality portrayed more often, and I hope to take up the challenge one day. If you’re interested, I’ve written more about life with fibromyalgia on The Bandwagon blog, link on the homepage.
For now, I’m writing a book that attempts to tackle homophobia, racism, and the idea that we are incapable of escaping the sins of our parents and the paths they set for us. I hit 49k words yesterday, and I’m aiming to send it to my wonderful beta readers within a few weeks. I’m also waiting for the edits to come back for The Wake, my second novel for Bloodhound Books. I am so excited to share this book with you in October!
Wednesday 17th June 2020 | Abandoned
Last Friday, I abandoned the book I’d been working on for almost two months. I’d rewritten it three times, cut it, changed it, removed characters, added characters. I’d done just about everything I could to make it work. But it just wouldn’t, and I was forced to admit defeat. I scrapped it, put it in the proverbial drawer, and started plotting another idea. This was one I’d had months ago, and had, for some reason, put it to one side to work on the other idea. Thankfully, my publisher snapped it up and I was ready, another blank page in front of me.
It quickly became apparent that I’d done the right thing. Today I broke 12,000 words on the new book (working title At Fault), and I can really feel the characters coming through in a way that the previous characters hadn’t. When I’m writing, I usually have my characters in my head 24/7, making space for them inside my mind while I go about my daily business, and when it comes to sitting down to write, there they are, ready to tell me their story. This book is flowing as it should, and I think I’m falling in love with it a little more every day. I hope my readers will love it too.
I can’t lie, I’m quite a stubborn person, but sometimes even I have to admit defeat and start over. It isn’t easy, realising you’ve wasted a lot of time and effort, but you live and learn, I suppose.
This book is tentatively scheduled for publication next March, and hopefully I’ll be able to share some news on my next book soon! Girl, Lost is still in the top 500 on Amazon, and there should be an update on the audiobook next month.
Thursday 4th June 2020 | A good run
A couple of days ago, Girl, Lost fell out of the top 100 and the price went up from 99p to £1.99. The first thing I felt was something akin to panic. Had it stayed in there for long enough? Would my publisher be happy with the sales? Would I be happy with the sales? Is the book destined to tumble into oblivion?
These are, I’ve been assured, very normal thoughts for authors. We all experience this kind of anxiety. Writing is a career full of extreme highs and lows, and this publication day has been a shining example of this rollercoaster.
Girl, Lost is currently at 233 in the Kindle chart, with lots of lovely reviews (and a few which are less so!), and I couldn’t be prouder of my little book.
Wednesday 20th May 2020 | Bestseller
Girl, Lost has reached the top 100 on Amazon! Writing this book was a bit of a gamble for me. It took me out of contract early on in my career, and at one point I was worried it would never find a home. So for it to be sitting at number 60 in the Kindle chart two days after publication is nothing short of astounding. Thank you to everyone who has bought a copy, and thank you to my publisher for taking a chance on my third book.
Monday 18th May 2020 | Another 18th, another publication day
Today is publication day for Girl, Lost! It’s been over a year since my last, and I’m still feeling a mixture of excitement and nerves. It is however my first lockdown publication day, so the launch party is taking place over on Facebook. Feel free to join in!
Sunday 8th March 2020 | International Women’s Day
And 1 year since my second psychological thriller, The Girl Across the Street, was published by Bookouture. What have I learned during the past year? Hopefully lots! Most importantly, I’ve learned to trust my gut. To write the book that takes over my heart and my mind. To enjoy every moment.
My third novel is due out on the 18th of May (yes, the 18th!), and I’m hoping I can share some exciting news with you soon!
Friday 18th October 2019 | Always the 18th
Readers of my debut novel, The Diary, will know that the 18th of October is Hannah’s birthday. And so, on this day, I am thrilled to announce that I have just signed a three-book deal with Bloodhound Books! My third psychological thriller will publish in 2020, followed by two more. I’m so pleased my books have a home again! You can read the announcement here.
I can’t say much yet, but my third book features twin sisters Imogen and Freya, and the mystery of Freya’s disappearance. I hope you love it as much as I enjoyed writing it!
Thursday 29th August 2019 | One year ago
One year ago today, The Diary went up for preorder. My debut novel, my first book baby, was out in the world for people to buy. I was at work, just like I am today, impatiently waiting for my publisher to share the news on social media. This is it, I thought, giddy, the beginning of the rest of your life. A proper author.
And then the posts started to flood in. During my drive home, my phone constantly vibrated with Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram notifications. It took all my willpower to leave it alone, to wait until I got home. I spent the entire evening on social media, basking in the glow of their congratulations.
Then the obsessive rank checking began. In the last 12 months, The Diary got up to number 118 in the Amazon bestseller chart. Just shy of the coveted top 100. But 118. Little old me, out of the millions of books on Amazon, sitting at 118. I couldn’t believe it. I still can’t believe it, not even after my second novel, The Girl Across the Street, actually got into the top 100. It was a dream come true.
And now we’re a year on. A whole year has passed since that euphoric first day, the very first time people could buy my book. A lot has happened since then, but I’ll always remember that exciting, intoxicating first day.
Friday 29th March 2019 | Top 100
The Girl Across the Street has made it into the top 100 paid in Kindle Store! Thanks to everyone who has bought, read, & reviewed my second novel.
Thursday 29th March 2018 | Exciting news!
Bookouture are thrilled to announce the signing of debut author Vikki Patis in a World rights deal for two dark psychological thrillers.
Read the full article here.