2018 has for the most part been a trying year, yes, personally, but also collectively, globally. It's had a physical, pressing darkness. But there have been spots of light. Brief, fragile, but there. It was the year I finally published, after a seven year struggle, my debut novel The Glass Door. It entered the books world tiptoeing and silent, and has made only the breath of an impact (if even), but it is out there. Every time a neighbour who ordinarily would slip wordlessly inside their front door stops me on the street to tell me they loved it, or a complete stranger from the internet gets in touch to tell me how much it meant to them, my heart does a little leap. Equally, when friends and friends of friends and family of friends and family etended extended extended get in touch to say they are reading it, or write a nice review online, a small, unwavering glow. The few bookshops who have taken it. To know that, even if this is as far as it goes, it had finally done what I wanted it, for so many years, to do.
Here are some of the places where The Glass Door has made its very humble impact:
Interviewed by Sophie Grenham for The Gloss Magazine's Writer's Block here
Writer's Rooms for writing.ie here
Reviewed by poet Scott Manley Hadley for Open Pen here
An article I wrote about the process of The Glass Door for writing.ie here
An interview about The Glass Door's seven year journey to publication for the Independent here
An interview with Sean Preston for Minor Literatures here
I'll add more as they come. And who knows, perhaps 2019 will be its year. It has never been a particularly speedy character.
You can buy The Glass Door here.
RM Clarke is a writer and voice-over artist. She has written for various literary mags and anthologies and won awards. She has put her voice to most things she can think of.