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Post Marked Piper’s Reach Review

It is only a little over a month before “Post Marked Piper’s Reach” is released and  an early review is in.

Courtesy of Andrew Gillman, you can read his review HERE

Suffice to say, we are more than a little chuffed at his review because it encapsulates so much of the novel’s heart (of darkness).

Links for ordering copies can be found at the Vine Leaves Press page HERE in both paperback and ebook in a region best for you.

The First Pitch

Yesterday my collaborative writing partner, Jodi, gave her first pitch for our novel, Post Marked: Piper’s Reach before the commissioning editor of a large publishing house.

I was not able to be there because the pitch was in Brisbane and I live in Sydney. I posted this comment on Facebook yesterday: 

In a little under an hour Jodi will have pitched our collaborative novel Post Marked: Piper’s Reach before a commissioning editor. Feeling nervous and anxious and excited for her. Wish I could have been there. Will see what happens.

Jodi responded:

Sitting in a character arc workshop feeling horribly nervous. Might vomit!!

But after it all went down Jodi’s reflected:

Update. I did not vomit on the commissioning editor from ******** (company name redacted). I was however terribly nervous. I wasn’t asked for the first 50 pages but ****** (name redacted) took down the website address to look at it further and my email address to contact me if he was interested. 

Regardless of the outcome I am glad for the experience and what it adds to what we need to do next. 

I don’t know how I would have performed if it was me having to pitch but I’m sure  the time will come.

While at the con, a reader of Piper’s Reach found Jodi, and expressed what a lot of readers have intimated when they get to the end of Ella-Louise’s and Jude’s letters:

I had a random reader moment where I got my first good natured: ‘I hate you! I can’t believe you did that!’

We’re going out for a beer later to talk about it. Very excited.

We are very close to finalising edits on Season 3 of Piper’s Reach and waiting on return edits from our editor on Season 2. 

From here it’s a case of developing our queries, synopsis information, character arcs and work out where we pitch next. It’s a very exciting time as we see the fruits of our writing building momentum.

What started out as a fun collaborative writing project has become the vehicle for pushing our writing forward, individually and collaboratively, and seeking publication for a story we have faith and belief in.

The Wrap – Piper’s Reach Blog Tour

“To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart.” ~ Phyllis Theroux


Post Marked: Piper’s Reach is an ambitious organic narrative collaborative project between Jodi Cleghorn and Adam Byatt traversing an odd path between old and new forms of communication, differing modalities of storytelling and mixed media, all played out in real and suspended time.

In December 1992 Ella-Louise Wilson boarded the Greyhound Coach for Sydney leaving behind the small coastal town of Piper’s Reach and her best friend and soulmate, Jude Smith. After twenty years of silence, a letter arrives at Piper’s Reach reopening wounds that never really healed. When the past reaches into the future, is it worth risking a second chance?

The above is what we pitched to our prospective audience, in the hope someone would like to offer their blog to host an interview. It went beyond what we expected. Here are some numbers:

9 days, 9 interviews, 43 questions, more than 12,200 words written. I haven’t been able to get stats for each blog, but this is enough.

I never expected such a response. From an initial pitch, to a workable project (which is still going), to a blog tour and now a launch.

Today, the first letter is live. Ella-Louise reaches out to her best friend, Jude, after 20 years of silence. Each week, every Tuesday, another letter is posted. We have no end in sight for our characters, so we’ll see where this all ends up.

It has been such a rush creating and writing the character of Jude. Jumping back into the beginning of the process (we started writing in secret 3 months ago) helped me go back to see where Jude was at the beginning, compared to what he is in my head now (3 months and 6 letters written by Jude and 6 by Ella-Louise).

During last week, Jodi and I talked about the psychology of our characters (thus not contravening the ‘no spoilers’ policy) and revealed interesting truths about who our characters are, how they think, and how they respond.

Check out the interviews for an understanding of our project and what it means to us. Behind the Scenes – The Making of Piper’s Reach

I hope you, as reader, will enjoy the story as much as we have had in writing it.

Post Marked: Piper’s Reach Blog Tour – Rebecca Emin

Today the lovely Rebecca Emin (@RebeccaEmin) hosts the 8th stop on the promo blog tour for Post Marked: Piper’s Reach.

While we leave crumbs on the kitchen table, we talk about why we wrote a story in letters and what it’s like to work collaboratively on a project; especially one that has a ‘no spoilers’ policy.

Writing collaboratively has always been a bigger and better experience than going solo for me. I find it almost intoxicating… sharing the responsibility of building a narrative; riding the joint momentum… Most of all I love watching my characters come alive through another writer – Jodi

We write independently of each other but the narratives are intrinsically tied to the other. We weave in and out of each other’s stories. The advantage of collaboration is the perspectives and insights another person provides. The downside to this project is the ‘no spoilers’ clause – Adam

To read the whole interview, click here.

Post Marked: Piper’s Reach Blog Tour – Victoria Boulton

As launch day rapidly approaches for Post Marked: Piper’s Reach, today on the blog tour, we drop in on the delightful Victoria Boulton (@Vicorva).

In this interview, Victoria asks us why we decided to write our story completely in letters. She also asks us about the origin of our characters, how they are informed by the process of letter writing and what we love about this project.

A letter is intimate and personal. It is a private, shared moment between two people – Adam

There is a sense of freedom and danger in pursuing a non-traditional form of story telling – Jodi

Ella-Louise is broken and burned out, living a sea change to try and reclaim her life. This is the most intimate connection I have ever had with a character. I’m drawn to the first person POV, but this is something altogether different – Jodi

Jude is the essential every man. But at the same time he’s vulnerable, he’s loyal and has a deep centred sense of place and purpose – Adam

To read the rest of the interview click here.

Post Marked: Piper’s Reach Blog Tour – Nicole Murphy

Today we have the extraordinary privilege of being hosted by Australian fantasy, science fiction and romance writer Nicole Murphy.

It begins by asking “Why text messaging to brain storm a new project?” before exploring the importance of place to the project.

Location is important because where you live shapes who you are, what you do, the opportunities available (especially during adolescence) and the way people see and treat you – Jodi

We created the fictional town of Piper’s Reach before we even had characters. Location puts the characters into a frame of reference… it became the framework for understanding the relationship between the characters – Adam

To read the full interview click here.

Post Marked: Piper’s Reach Blog Tour – Alan Baxter

Today’s stop on the Post Marked: Piper’s Reach Blog Tour is at the wonderful home of British-born, Australian based dark fantasy, sci-fi & horror writer, Alan Baxter. He teaches Kung Fu and loves his heavy metal.

Jodi and I are going to rifle through his CD collection while we’re here talking about the role music plays in the lives of ourselves, and our characters Ella-Louise and Jude.

Jude’s preference for songs from the past is perhaps an indication of his inability to grasp the present situation with Ella-Louise. Even though they have different musical tastes, the music they share amplifies their emotional connection – Adam

Ella-Louise uses music as a mirror to her past, and later the changing dynamic of her relationship with Jude. The lyrics she shares are tiny glimpses inside her, but for every answer they illuminate, twice as many questions are spawned – Jodi

You can read the rest of the interview here.