A Bookish Post

2019 got off to an exciting start for me with the news that my historical novel, The Mermaid and the Bear, will be published by GWL Publishing this Autumn.

An editing journey lies ahead, but I can tell you these things about the book:

  • It’s mainly set in a fictional castle in Aberdeenshire.
  • It incorporates the 1597 Aberdeen witchcraft panic.
  • There’s a stone circle.
  • There’s 16th century Christmas.
  • And there’s a love story.

Also see Walking the Witchy Ways of Aberdeen, for more background and insight into the book.

I made a wee aesthetic for it, because: oh the fun!

An aesthetic for THE MERMAID AND THE BEAR, a historical novel by Ailish Sinclair, out Autumn 2019

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249 thoughts on “A Bookish Post

  1. Hi, Ailish! Thanks so much for following my blog. As we get closer to the release of THE MERMAID AND THE BEAR, I’d love to do an interview/spotlight on my blog to help you spread the word. Just let me know if you’re interested. Years ago, I studied at the University of Aberdeen, and ancient stones and “witchy things” appear in my books, as well. Now I live in Salem, Massachusetts and when I’m not writing, I work at The Witch House (the 17th-century home of witch trials judge Jonathan Corwin). Hope to hear from you! πŸ™‚

  2. Thank you for checking out my polyallsorts blog, Ailish. Your editing journey – I have found the editing of my stories a thoroughly worthwhile experience. To have an editor explain to me why, for example, the order of sentences could be improved, or why such and such an expression is ambiguous, or why a spot of filtering would help… it’s been informative and I know it has made me into a better writer. There were far fewer subjective revisions for my third story than there were for the first one! I hope your editing journey is equally useful. Best wishes

  3. First of all, CONGRATULATIONS!!! Second of all, your novel looks sooooo good! I’m always a complete sucker for historical fiction that aren’t the “norm”. WOULD LOVE TO READ THIS WHEN IT COMES OUT.

  4. Congrats on your news, Ailish! What a lovely name you have. Wanted to stop by and say thank you for the follow on I Write Her. I do hope you enjoy my thoughts as much as I’m enjoying your blog right now. πŸ™‚

  5. Congratulations on your publication! Looking forward to reading it. Btw. thanks for following my blog. I am a bit shame-faced about the nomer “scottishwriter”… I have only self-published one collection of short stories. Also I am not too sure what to do with the blog. BUT I am developing “Cup of Friendship” into a time shift novel. I just posted Chapter 3 where Lord Pitsligo’s childhood is reimagined.

  6. Good luck with the editing process, which can take a lot of time! And thanks for stopping by my blog and following. I’ve taken a gander through yours and love the voice you give to places. Scotland is so beautiful. I want to get back there at some point, but in the meantime will read your blog!

      • I’ve been meandering through your blog. I like the style of it very much. Quite different to the usual.
        Am I right in thinking you were a ballet dancer, or a teacher of ballet, or both? Maybe still are? I went to my first ballet at 7 years old, never forgotten though that’s more than 7 decades ago. So far, I have not met anyone else who saw Nureyev and Fonteyn dance together, as I did.
        My short story ‘The girl in Block 18’, on my blog, is what I call ‘Faction’, ie based on a real happening – a visit to Covent Garden.
        It was also good to ‘meet’, for the first time, someone else who writes 75 word stories.

  7. Congratulations from Fife! And good luck on your editing journey, I hope you keep us all posted as I’ll be certainly wanting to support you and get the word out about your book [I mean the aesthetics alone say I’ll be reading this for sure!]

  8. Congratulations on your book and its getting published, Ailish. An exciting time to be sure and no doubt with a great deal of anticipation. I’m very excited for you. Sounds like grand storytelling with the ingredients of mystery, love, fantasy, and a touch of the mystical. :O)

  9. Congratulations on your book sale and best of luck during the editorial process. I am also beginning an “editorial journey” with my book (working title: The Man Who Loves Elephants), a biography. Thanks for stopping by my site and following my blog.

  10. Happy you enjoyed 42,000 Square Feet. I love your site. Congratulations on being published. Quite frankly, I’m not surprised due to the excellent work you do with this post. Would you be so kind as to let us know the date in August your book will be sold? I definitely will read it. Many thanks. Bob

  11. Thanks for taking time away from your writing, Ailish, to visit my blog. I share your Scottish heritage. My mother was born in Portree, Isle of Skye, and as you can see from my surname, I’ve chose her maiden name as mine: MacKenzie! Good luck with your novel.

  12. Congrats! I’m most intrigued by the 16th century Christmas, can’t wait to see the details of how it has changed over time!

    • It is a fascinating subject, a rather overlooked part of Scottish history! The book is out in the Autumn, exact date not set in stone as yet πŸ™‚

  13. I am really into magic, love and everything you say it’s going to be in your book! The book will be available for purchase online or is there another way of buying it?

  14. Best of luck with your book Ailish, sounds fascinating, and thanks for liking some of my posts. Spookily enough, I started checking your blog whilst at the youth hostel at Loch Morlich, which I see you are fond of! All the best, Ruth

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