A cover, a blurb and an apology…

Oh, my poor neglected website. I promise to do better. Not this week, but hopefully before the year is out. I’m just waiting for the planets to align and for flares to come back in.

Inbetween Days is my new YA novel. It’s coming out in September with Text Publishing, and here’s the sublime cover from W H Chong:

And the blurb:

At seventeen, Jacklin Bates is all grown up. She’s dropped out of school. She’s living with her runaway sister, Trudy, and she’s in secret, obsessive love with Luke, who doesn’t love her back. She’s stuck in Mobius—a dying town with the macabre suicide forest its only attraction—stuck working in the roadhouse and babysitting her boss’s demented father.

A stranger sets up camp in the forest and the boy next door returns; Jack’s father moves into the shed and her mother steps up her campaign to punish Jack for leaving, too. Trudy’s brilliant façade is cracking and Jack’s only friend, Astrid, has done something unforgivable.

Jack is losing everything, including her mind. As she struggles to hold onto the life she thought she wanted, Jack learns that growing up is complicated—and love might be the biggest mystery of all.


For a long time I thought this book was going to get the better of me. It’s had many incarnations and I’ve deleted more pages than there are in the final novel – but here we are, near the finish line, staring at each other with some animosity and grudging respect. Stamp your feet and toss your mane all you like, book (random Black Stallion reference), but in the end I didn’t conquer you. I just gave in and hung on for dear life.

2 Responses to “A cover, a blurb and an apology…”

  1. Tiffany says:

    Yippee!!! Excited to hear about this new book! Excited about this post! September is only 3 months away!

  2. joe says:


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Terrible Titles Blog Hop…

January 9th, 2015 Blog Hop, General, Vikki Wakefield
I’ve been tagged to contribute to the Terrible Titles Blog Hop by the lovely Kirsty Eagar, word-whisperer and surf-siren (check out Kirsty’s terrible titles here).
Eight times, you scroll through a work in progress and let your cursor land on a random sentence, then use part of that sentence as a title. (Disclosure: to maintain a PG rating on this site I had to redraw for #7)
These are my terrible titles:
Never Seen Snow

Grifting the Till

Talking to a Carp

Dents in my Skin

Get Over Yourself

Toilet Paper and Party Popper String

Too Good For You, Cavanaugh

Never Not Hungry
Do let me know if you’d buy any of these books. And sorry for the weird formatting – my site has a gremlin.
Thanks for the shout out, Kirsty. Anyone else want to play?

3 Responses to “Terrible Titles Blog Hop…”

  1. emmajanereading says:

    hmmm… depending on the blurb, I reckon I’d pick up numbers 2, 4, 7, and 8.

  2. Kirsty says:

    I particularly love Get Over Yourself, and Never Not Hungry! Actually, you’ve got a series, too – Never Not Hungry and Never Seen Snow. Fun, though, hey? I think I’m going to use this as a title generator more often …

  3. joe says:

    hi vikki
    i’m sure you don’t need the reminder, but i’ll tell ya anyways. i’m looking forward to your next gritty book with wonderfully complex characters! :-)
    your books hold a special place in that little box, people call heart.


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Kid Attack!

I wonder how many of us can remember when we first dared to dream about growing up to be a writer/illustrator? I know I didn’t get past the dreaming part for a very long time.

I’m so pleased to share the work of a talented young graphic novelist, Ewan, who’s getting on with the business of writing and illustrating already. He’s awesome. He’s hilarious (giant Tim-Tams, anyone?). He’s in Grade 3.

I’m gobsmacked. Thank you, Ewan.


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  1. Tania Ingram says:

    Wow! Only grade 3. This wee chap has talent. A future writer in the making methinks. Well done Ewan

  2. Bert says:

    What fantastic work from a future generation of artists! It must be a fantastic buzz to get such happiness in your mail every day!

  3. Nicole says:

    That is some serious talent. Well done, Ewan!

  4. Dianne Touchell says:

    Brilliant stuff, Ewan! Wish I received mail like that.

  5. Mandy Foot says:

    You had me at Tim Tam Ewan! Fantastic for such a young age. I could use some tips from Ewan.. I just draw pictures! What a thrill Vikki to know he felt so inspired to send you his story. I bet that made your day :) well done Ewan!

  6. Paula says:

    This is truly awesome. Great work Ewan!

  7. Rebecca James says:

    This has inspired my kids to stop playing Minecraft and write their own books. Fantastic work, Ewan!

  8. Karen P says:

    Ewan, you are a very talented author/illustrator and I’m sure we will be reading many of your stories one day.
    Ewan has also been writing ideas for a new series of ‘Round the Twist’. He is one to watch for sure!!!!

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