Wednesday, 21 January 2015

The Lazarus Cake

A bit of a belated one this, but I thought it'd be fun to post the pictures of the cake I had made for my recent birthday. Let's gloss over the face that I turned 36 this year, and focus more on the fact that my first book is out in October, with more to follow!

The Lazarus Cake is a two-tiered sponge, with my book cover (The Lazarus Gate) sitting atop the first edition of Bram Stoker's Dracula. It was huge - despite a large party present to scoff it, there's still some cake in the freezer.

The cake was made by my very good friend and pro cake artisan Emma James, and brought to Nottingham all the way from Llanrwst in North Wales. Lurvely!

Monday, 22 December 2014

Season's Greetings

With the holiday season almost upon us, I'd like to wish all of my readers [both of you] the very best for Christmas and the New Year. 2014 has been a very good year in the Latham household, and with lots of projects in the pipeline and at least one book out next year, here's hoping 2015 is even better!

Cheers everyone!

Card designed by Dom Murray, from his Sinister Snowmen range.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

The Other Fright Before Christmas

Delighted that Titan Books used another of my offerings for their festive Advent calendar on Twitter yesterday:

I also got included in their Advent window #10, as part of a collection of pictures of author's desks. ( from top) Kim Newman, Adam Christopher, Rachel Howzell, me, and Freda Warrington. Illustrious company, I'm sure you'll agree.

You can't really see the whole workspace clearly, but I've added a proper photo below. The reason I draw attention to my office isn't just because I'm proud of my decorating skills (and those of Mrs Lost Victorian, of course), but because I think it's vital to productivity to have a proper workspace. Finally, I have a tidy(ish) area to work in, surrounded by all my reference material in easy reach, and with the inspiring figure of Horatio, Lord Nelson gazing down at me, judging me harshly when I'm being lazy. Might need to write a bit about that in a proper blog in the future.

Monday, 15 December 2014