Alexander Gordon Smith

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Back in the Real World!

Editing feels a bit like Sisyphus being told he doesn't have to push the rock up the hill any more, only for Sisyphus to say, "Actually, I'll just do it a few more times to make sure I got it right..."


I’ve been editing. Which means I have been in hell. It’s weird, it’s something that has to be done with each and every book, but I seem to hate it even more each and every time. It’s not that I’m precious – I don’t mind the books being changed and cut down. It’s more that I’m just lazy. When I finish writing a book I feel like I’ve, well… finished it. The story is done, set in stone. I take a deep breath and step back onto planet Earth where all my friends and family are patiently waiting for me. That feeling is great, because most of the time (or all of the time) bad things happen in my books. Horrible things. And when you’re writing you really feel like you’re in there, smack bang in the middle of the nightmare. It’s an exciting process, but it’s always a relief to get out of the other side with your life and all your limbs.

Editing feels a bit like running back in to a burning building to make sure the flames are in the right place. Or leaving your safe hideout and going off in search of the monster / vampire / serial killer that you have only just escaped. It’s not like reading a book, because you still have the power to change things. But some of the things you might want to change, like characters who perish in the action, you can’t, not without ruining the story anyway. So it’s like having to go through the whole gruelling, exhausting, terrifying adventure all over again. It’s like being back there with your characters (who, by this point, are your friends) and saying “Wow, look guys, we’ve gone back in time, we can do things differently! Oh, except for you, you still have to die horribly. Sorry about that!” For ages I’ve been trying to work out why I hate editing so much, and it has literally just occurred to me that this is the reason. It’s the responsibility of having to change the story, but the inability to make things any better for the characters inside it. It is a cruel and unusual punishment.

Anyway, I’m rambling, sorry! Editing also does that to me. I spend so long muttering to nobody but myself that I come out the other side of it chattering like an excited dolphin to anyone who will listen.

There will be more news on The Fury soon, including some awesome new covers! But, to answer some questions that I know will be coming, here’s the deal with how it’s going to work on both sides of the Atlantic:

In the UK, it will be two books: The Fury (which is already out, yay!) then The Storm (coming out in March 2013).

In the US, both of these books have been condensed into one monster of a read, which is just going to be called The Fury. And that comes out in March or April 2013.

So, if you buy the US version of The Fury, it will have both The Fury and The Storm inside it (bargain)!

But, of course, before we get too excited about the Fury, remember that Escape From Furnace: Execution comes out in the US IN JUST OVER A MONTH!!!!!! Keep an eye on the official Lockdown Facebook page for some competitions to win free copies!

More soon! :-)

Happy New Year!!!

Here's hoping the Mayans were wrong...

Happy New Year everybody!!!

It’s a little worrying just how many end-of-the-world images crop up when you do a Google image search for 2012…

But Armageddon aside, I think 2012 is shaping up to be a great year! Even the sound of it rolls off the tongue – twenty-twelve. That is a good-sounding year. It’s the kind of year that is made for looking back on in the future and saying: “Yeah, 2012 ROCKED!!”

I’m going to be blogging a lot more this year, mainly so I can keep track of my new year’s resolutions (I have about twenty, and counting). Some of the things I am most excited about this year include writing a new book in January, Fugitives coming out in the US in February, my US tour in March, The Fury being published in April, finally seeing Stagnant the movie getting made in May, getting a six-pack in June, holiday in July, the Edinburgh Festival in August, celebrating my gold medal at the Olympics in August as well, Execution coming out in the US in September, writing another new book in October, another US trip in November and Christmas in December!!

Okay, not all of those things will actually happen (I have yet to think of a way of getting a gold medal), but hopefully most of them!

Anyway, I just wanted to wish everybody an absolutely wonderful year. I hope 2012 is totally amazing for you all!

Furnace 5!

I’ve just had the finished cover copy through for Furnace 5, what do you think?

The whole world has become a prison, and Alfred Furnace is its master.
Monsters rule the streets leaving nothing but murder in their wake. Those who do not die become slaves to Furnace’s reign of cruelty.
I am a monster too. I am the only one who can stop him, but in doing so I might be the one to destroy everything.
Am I the executed or the executioner? Who will die? Me, Furnace or the entire human race?
All I know is that one way or another, it all ends today.