Now Out – The Golden Key

My debut English language novel, The Golden Key, is now officially out with Titan Books. I feel very privileged to be working with Titan, a publisher I have admired from afar for a long time. Huge thanks to my editor, Sophie Robinson, who has helped so much making this novel something special. Below, something I would have never imagined when I was growing up in the South of Spain: my debut novel advertised in the London Underground!

The Golden Key is envisioned as a stand-alone novel, but it is also part of a series I am working on right now, featuring British-Spanish female detective Helena Walton-Cisneros. All the novels have a marked literary scent (the golden key of the title refers to a famous Victorian fairy tale writer…) together with an environmental component or sub-plot. Yes, I am still keen in talking about nature, landscape, our planet, in my fiction. This is a very different book from Lost Objects, but, as some reviews have already noted, these themes remain.

I hope you join me in welcoming Helena to the wider world, following the Blog Tour that has been set up by the amazing team at Titan. And that you would want to hear again from her in future books!

Now Available: ‘A Place for the Unwilling’

The narrative game I contributed writing to a couple of years ago is now available to purchase in Steam! A Place for the Unwilling is a gorgeous game with a vintage feeling, and featuring the work of some of the most awesome weird fiction writers working in Spain now (and me!). It has been compared to Over the Garden Wall, and it does have that vibe, but with more Lovecraftian fun added!

What are you waiting for? The clock is ticking; you have 21 days to save the dying city, unveiling its darkest secrets…

Double British Fantasy Award Nomination

I am delighted to report that Lost Objects has been nominated to a British Fantasy Award for best collection, and that I myself am nominated as Best Newcomer!

This nomination adds to my joy in having seen ‘Kingfisher’ nominated to a British Science Fiction Award earlier this year. In both occasions, I have shared a shortlist with writers I deeply admire, like Vince Haig, Ian McDonald, Nina Allan, or Priya Sharma; but this time the nomination is even more special, as I am shortlisted with two of my Clarion instructors, NK Jemisin and Catherine Valente!

I have only been writing in English for five years now, so this is a very touching recognition from a community I have joined less than a year and a half ago, and who have received me with open arms!

I have spoken elsewhere of the difficulties I would have to find recognition of any kind, much less an award nomination, from the Spanish Science Fiction Association if I was writing in my native tongue. It suffices to say that it would have never happened for me. But here I feel that readers and publishers understand my work; this is all a writer can hope for. I am incredibly humbled and grateful for this.

Announcing my two book deal with Titan Books

I am beyond ecstatic! The ARC copies of my first book with Titan have arrived, and they are beyond beautiful! It wasn’t so long ago that it was announced in The Bookseller that I have sold my two novels to Titan. I started writing The Golden Key in 2014, and The Swimmers is my PhD novel, so technically is not finished yet! They both deal with environmental issues, but in different settings: one follows the exploit of a female detective working in London 1901, and the other is a coming of age novel set in a near-future Andalusia ravaged by climate change, loosely inspired by Wide Sargasso Sea.

The Bookseller article reads:

‘Titan Books will publish the supernatural-themes debut novel by Cambridge University librarian and writer Marian Womack as a part of a two book deal.

The deal for world English rights was struck between Titan Books’ editor Sophie Robinson and Alexander Cochran at the C&W agency.

The books will be published as lead titles over two years. Starting with the February 2020 publication of The Golden Key, billed as a “gothic supernatural mystery in the vein of Sarah Waters” by the publisher, followed by the late 2021 publication of The Swimmers, “a near-future novella set in Andalusia”. Womack joins Titan Books’ expanding literary crossover and speculative fiction list, alongside authors such as Nina Allan, Helen Marshall, and M L Rio.’

I could not be happier. I am incredibly lucky in my editor, and in the wider editorial team at Titan. I could not wish a better way of sending these novels I have worked for years now into the world.

‘Orange Dogs’ in Somerset House

I have always been very interested in the intersections between writing and other art forms, and therefore was really happy when Justin Brice Guariglia contacted me to be part of his new installation in Somerset House, Reduce Speed Now!. It features quotes and fragments from a bunch of really awesome people, like Timothy Norton, Zadie Smith, Greta Thunberg… and little old me! You can go and see it for free between the 16th and the 29th of April.