How was 2021 for you…Mark Stay

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Author, scriptwriter, podcaster & more…Mark Stay gives us the lowdown on his year and plans for 2022, plus some music, film & book recommendations…

The highs & lows of 2021…
The highs… Going back to the movies has been great (even if we’re often the only people in the cinema wearing masks). We kicked it off by seeing the Lord of the Rings trilogy on the big screen, which our kids had never experienced before. Just magical.
Also managed to write more this year than any other. A couple of books, a few short stories, and a bunch of screenplays, and there’s also a TV thing happening that I can’t talk about. It’s been a productive year. I prefer to keep my head down and write rather than wail on social media these days. That’s where the lows are.

Read any good books lately…
The audiobook of Rutger Bregman’s…

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EVERYDAY KINDNESS is out now!

The Everyday Kindness anthology is out today. Collated by the amazing LJ Ross, this features over 50 stories to brighten your day.

I was delighted to be asked by Louise to contribute, and my story TWO CHICKENS FOR LAURA LONG ARMS is a Witches of Woodville tale where Faye Bright discovers that a little kindness can go a very long way. The story was edited by Julian Barr before I submitted it to the anthology and as always it was vasty improved by his input.

All proceeds from the sale of the book will go to Shelter, so Grab your copy here.

Talking Scary Things with the Talking Scared Podcast

I had a great time chatting with Neil McRobert of the Talking Scared Podcast about how my writing has been influenced by a warped childhood of Bagpuss, Camberwick Green, Chorlton and the Wheelies, Dennis Potter and more. You can listen on all the usual podcast providers here.

Cover Reveal for THE GHOST OF IVY BARN

The masterful Harry Goldhawk has done it again with his cover art for the third Witches of Woodville book THE GHOST OF IVY BARN. Behold…

You can discover more of Harry’s magical work here.

And you can pre-order The Ghost of Ivy Barn here.

ICYMI: The Babes in the Wood Launch Party

If you missed the launch party for Babes in the Wood on Thursday you can watch the whole thing again right here.

Me and the wonderful Mr Caimh McDonnell dig into the new book, I also talk about the trailer for Unwelcome in a bit more detail, I announce the winners of the book/choc giveaway (and announce a whole new giveaway), and I drop far too many hints about the third Woodville novel

BABES IN THE WOOD is out today!

Did I mention that I have a new book out?

It’s the second in the Witches of Woodville series and you can get it from your preferred retailer here.

I’ll be celebrating with a live online event this evening (7pm BST, 11am PDT, 12noon MDT, 2pm EDT, 4am AEST) hosted by the fantastic Mr Caimh McDonnell who will interrogate me to squeeze all the Babes in the Wood secrets out of me in just an hour. We’ll be announcing the winners of the signed book and chocolate giveaway, I’ll also be talking about the trailer for UNWELCOME, and I’ll be dropping some big hints about the third Witches of Woodville book.

You can join us either on FACEBOOK or YOUTUBE.

And publication day is off to a lovely start with this blog from Mai’s Musings

“Once again, Mark Stay has produced a book that is utterly charming, sometimes funny, and sometimes a little bit scary. It was a joy getting to know more of the colourful Woodville residents, and I am excited to keep doing so in future books.”

You can read the whole review here.

Hope to see you later!

The UNWELCOME trailer is here!

That film wot I wrote now has a trailer!

Trigger warning: there’s something truly horrific at 1:02…

And here’s the poster…

Feels great to finally get this out there! Would love to know what you think!

Babes in the Wood – An Unboxing Video Gone Wrong…

I decided to go down into the woods to do one of those unboxing videos that are all the rage. Big mistake…

Get your copy here: https://witchesofwoodville.com/#babesinthewood

Huge thanks to:

Kai Newton – Camera and Edit

Dominic Currie – Music

Emily Stay – Production Assistant

TRANSCRIPT:

I was hoping to do one of those unboxing videos for my  new book, but they’ve delivered the book… here.

Babes in the Wood is the second of the Witches of Woodville books. And… After the events of The Crow Folk life has returned to normal for Faye and her fellow Witches. Then a group of children arrive…

They are kindertransport children fleeing the Nazis. They finally have a safe haven in Woodville.

But then their guardian mysteriously dies.

Something is hunting the children.

And only Faye Bright can save them.

It’s in the trees… It’s coming! Run!

Me Chatting to Olly Smith

I had a great time chatting to the delightful Mr Olly Smith for the Media Lunch Club podcast. We discuss the differences between writing novels and screenwriting, how Star Wars ruined me, and the thing that Olly and I have in common. Listen here…

You Are Cordially Invited…

You are cordially invited to join me for the launch of the new Witches of Woodville novel BABES IN THE WOOD on Thursday 28th October (that’s this Thursday coming!) at 7pm BST (11am PST, 12 noon MDT, 2pm EDT, and 4am next day Brisbane… with apologies to the good people of Australia!).

I will be joined by the magnificently-bearded bestselling author Caimh McDonnell, and we will dig into the origins of this tale and you will discover…

  • Why it’s called Babes in the Wood.
  • Who the blazes is Otto Kopp?
  • The influence of PG Wodehouse, the movie Night of the Demon, the Midwich Cuckoos, and Dada art.
  • The secret of the Ur-Tree…
  • And what the dickens is an Ur-Tree?
  • And will Faye and Bertie ever find true happiness?

And I will be announcing the winners of the Signed Book and Chocolate Giveaway!

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