Thursday 10 August 2023

Where the Wild Birds Shriek by Christian Lea

How we came to publish this one

I first met the author Christian Lea when he was one of my students at the University of Salford. I always like his writing. He has quite a literary style. He won a competition amongst the undergrads. The prize was mentorship with The Red Telephone, our imprint that publishes young adult texts.                      

The title

The title changed a couple of time but Where Wild Birds Shriek was the original title and we eventually settled back on that.

Some notes about the process

We went through the normal three stages of editing. Christian was easy to work with; he knew quite a bit about the process as he works for a publisher.     

The cover

Christian designed the cover himself. Authors frequently don’t understand everything involved in cover design. However Christian was different. A comment from our designer: “This guy was really easy to work with. He has a good grasp of all of the issues.   

Some notes about style

There is quite a literary style in this. The author makes good use of the senses. There is also a pleasing narrative balance of dialogue, action and inner monologue.      

Who we think the reader is

The story features young people in their early twenties. Relationships are to a large extent dysfunctional. This will appeal to the new adults   

What else

There is a map at the front of the book which shows us more about the setting. Christina designed this himself.

Review copies

It’s always great if you can buy the book and give us a review. Just click on the link to be taken to Amazon. If you would like to review and you are strapped for cash, just get in touch for a free PDF or Kindle file.         


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