It’s Poetry Friday and my mind has been filled this week with thoughts about Queen Narelle, my new verse novel which is released next Wednesday. I am counting down the days, and have been busy coming up with fun ways to share Narelle and Maddie’s story with the world. I’ve also spent time this week doing edits for my next verse novel, The Riding Gallery, which will be released in 2024.
So, hopefully you might forgive me that I haven’t written anything new this week. I thought instead I might give you a tiny taste of Queen Narelle – and, perhaps, an insight into why you might call a cat Narelle.
I shout my name to the moon.
the house behind me is peaceful
and the portal has beckoned me outside
where the full moon
wanting to know my name.
(Queen Narelle, p.. 50)
Did you guess? Yes, she’s called Narelle because that is the sound a cat makes – and, when I was a child we had a cat with just that name, too. She didn’t look much like the Narelle in my book, but I like to think she would have liked to have a book named after her.
I’m off to see what my Poetry Friday friends are up to. Tricia will be hosting the roundup, so you can follow the fun too.
And, of course, come back her next Wednesday for the launch of Queen Narelle.