I've already announced this on the Elephant Stone website, but wanted to post this here, too. My debut novel Wivenhoe Park will be published by Cooperative Press soon-ish and the cover design will be the image above -- thanks to everyone who voted in the contest! Right now we are getting the novel formatted in proper book layout and advance PDFs will be sent to various writers, so we can hopefully generate a bit of a buzz before the official release date!
Here's a brief synopsis of Wivenhoe Park:
Set in the mid-80′s, Wivenhoe Park chronicles the adventures of Drew, a pill popping, dope smoking, heavy drinking, rock ‘n’ roll-obsessed student with journalistic aspirations, who moves to England on a whim to escape various demons, including a goth ex-girlfriend, who he can’t seem to shake out of his system; his drug dealing best friend, who is starting to lose control; and a yuppie family, who frowns on his less-than-conventional lifestyle. In England, Drew experiences the ascent of a new indie music scene that includes The Smiths, Jesus and Mary Chain, and Primal Scream, while befriending a cast of characters, including a trendy James Dean look alike from Manchester, a star Melody Maker journalist, a smooth American mod from New York City, and several enticing British girls. Will Drew find peace, love and understanding or will it all burn down like cigarettes?