Wow, I’m so pleased by the overwhelmingly positive response to the cover of Magic’s Child both here and in emails. Yay! Nice to not be alone in the liking.
A bunch of quessie were asked in that comment thread. Here are the answers:
- Magic’s Child will be out in March 2007 at the same time as the paperback of Magic Lessons.
- Magic! Magic! Magic! Oi! Oi! Oi! was never going to be the title. It was a placeholder name until we came up with a title that fits the book (so glad you all agree that Magic’s Child is that title). Magic Lessons was also known as M!M!M!O!O!O! until the real title came along.
- If one day I write a book that’s set in Oz and is funny and about magic I will definitely call it Magic! Magic! Magic! Oi! Oi! Oi!. I promise! So maybe one day there will be M!M!M!O!O!O! fridge magnets and bumper stickers. Though in the meantime dastardly Jonathan Strahan will prolly steal it for an anthology of Australian fantasy. That rotter!
- I have no plans for further books in the Magic or Madness universe. The next four books that are (sort of) planned out, or at least beginning to coalesce in my head (yes, it’s kind of painful) are completely different from MorM. One’s the great Australian Elvis mangosteen cricket fairy YA novel, another’s about a runaway, the third’s about cricket, and one’s about a liar. They could all turn out to be the same book or maybe I’ll come up with some other idea. Who knows?
That is all. Except that I love the butterflies. Love them! They’re campy and silly and plus there are actual butterflies in the book. Honest!