Legend Press logoWell, it’s been a long time coming, but I finally finished my second novel and it has been acquired by Legend Press with a publication date of spring 2013. It’s a story about the fluidity of identity on the internet, how we present different faces in different situations, can rip up or change an identity at will, and often exist more in terms of what others think or expect of us than who we really are. The main character in the book, Jeff Brennan, exists in this online world and juggles multiple identities, so when someone mistakes him for a famous blogger, it seems natural to maintain the pretence and accrue the many benefits that go along with his new identity. But of course, it ends up being more complicated than that…

I’m excited to have finished the book after all this time (it’s 3 years since On the Holloway Road was published, and I started writing A Virtual Love before that), and excited to be working with Legend Press again. I was hoping for an earlier publication date, but they have a full schedule of launches for this year and want to make it their lead title for the start of 2013 (well, maybe that was just flattery, but it sounded good to me anyway). It’s good, anyway, because I’m getting a lot of writing done here in Barbados and want to keep the momentum going. Maybe I can get book 3 finished before book 2 comes out 🙂

If you’d like to see more recent posts on A Virtual Loveclick here.

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Helen
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Hey Andrew – this sounds very interesting indeed! I am very much looking forward to reading it – I shall exercise some patience. Most jealous of your Bajan lifestyle! Helen

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Congratulations Andrew looking forward to reading it.

Caroline
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Congratulations, Andrew. I’m looking forward to reading it.

Nivedita
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Congratulations Andrew! Sounds like a very interesting book!

Delia @ Postcards from Asia
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Congratulations, Andrew! I like what you shared about the book, looking forward to seeing it in the bookstores in this part of the world. I’ve missed your posts but now I know why you were so busy. 🙂

litlove
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Many congratulations! Such exciting news. I know what you mean about forgetting what you wrote – academic books are dreadful in that respect, several years can pass between submission and publication. The premise of your new novel sounds extremely intriguing. Might we recognise anyone of our virtual friends among your cast of characters? 😉

Vishy
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This is wonderful news, Andrew! Congratulations! I can’t wait to read ‘A Virtual Love’! You were a bit quiet for a while and I was wondering about it. Now I know why 🙂

Vishy
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I forgot to mention one more thing. I love the new look-and-feel of your blog and website and your picture which appears on the homepage – you are looking like a philosopher-rockstar-writer 🙂

Geosi
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Congratulations Andrew. I have yet to read your first.

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sofiaH

Hi Andrew, it is the first time I got onto your website and I must say it, looking great 🙂 I admire the fact you actually get your writings finished and published, I am – so far – way too messy for that… I am very happy for you and as you get inspired in Barbados, I am getting inspired right here in Gibraltar, working a night shift 🙂 Thank you for that!

Manali Shah
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Congratulations, Andrew. The premise sounds very ‘now’ and I think a lot of people will be able to connect to the lead character. Because, in a way, just by being on Facebook/Twitter, we assume an identity, not exactly an alternate one but all the same, slightly different.
Wish you all the best for your new novel. 🙂 🙂

Shivanee @ Novel Niche
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Congratulations, Andrew! As a couple commenters have already mentioned, the concerns of the novel sound incredibly relevant to the fragmented, multi-faceted existences we conduct both online and off-. The notion of how we can, as you put it, rip up or change an identity at will, is one that particularly grasps my interest. It’ll be exciting to see how you’ve treated with this in A Virtual Love — I look forward to reading it.

(I’ve also just read the blurb for On the Holloway Road on Amazon… wow. A book’s premise after my own heart!