Category Archives: Harriet Goodchild author

Sale!

To mark Hadley Rille Books’ tenth anniversary the e-book of After the Ruin, and many other HRB titles, is on sale for the next ten days. After the Ruin Amazon UK After the Ruin Amazon US There’s a ‘look inside’ feature … Continue reading

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A deleted scene

This is from a pre-publication draft of After the Ruin. It was the original opening of chapter 6 but got replaced by a quite different scene for a minor continuity reason. I like the scene in the book, which is much … Continue reading

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Short Story: Usher’s Well

She waits by the window. Behind her, the kitchen clock beats out the time. Seconds slip away into minutes; minutes pile up into hours. Strangers’ voices fill the room: the pips, the news, The Archers, drama, more news. She listens. … Continue reading

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Work in progress II

Time for some prose, I think. My second novel is, right now, ready for my editor’s comments. That means I can give myself over to thinking about the next book. I’ve spoken of it before, here; and there’s still a deal of work … Continue reading

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A moment of balance

It’s the equinox today. I find it a curiously satisfying phenomenon – far more than either solstice, if truth be told – that entirely predictable balance of day and night, and no doubt it’s for this reason that it features so … Continue reading

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New book: ‘The Crooked Path’

There’s news! Today I signed a contract with Eric T. Reynolds of Hadley Rille Books for The Crooked Path. It’s a prequel, after a fashion, to After the Ruin, and is a fairy-tale inspired by Celtic mythology and Greek myth. … Continue reading

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Villanelle III: A rose, a king, an apple tree

I’m supposed to be editing a novel but I’m easily distracted from this task. This evening I started playing around with one of the songs from After the Ruin and ended up turning it into a villanelle. Why? Well, why not? Even though it’s of no … Continue reading

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Work in progress

Back to prose, after a run of poetry posts. Deciding where, and when, a story begins is one of the most important, and difficult, choices a writer can make. It’s not always obvious as one sits down to write. Yes, I … Continue reading

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A portrait and a poem

I’ve written previously on how folksongs inspired After the Ruin. There are a couple of other things as well. Firstly, a portrait of an unknown young man by Titian. It hangs now in the National Gallery in London, and I … Continue reading

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The Borderlands

Another post on world-building in After the Ruin. This time, I’ll tell you a bit about the borderlands, the liùthion* and their king, and the firstborn tree. The borderlands The borderlands lie at the edges of the waking world. You … Continue reading

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