Fran’s father was a monster. He would regularly beat her and abuse her with the tacit complicity of her mother. What 18-year-old Fran didn’t know was that she was adopted. Nobody knew her real parents were a cloud and a handmaiden from a temple dedicated to clouds on another world. She got dragged into the affairs of that world when she stumbled on a ravishing girl from the temple. Those girls could neither hear nor speak, but communicated mind-to-mind. That Fran could do both enabled her to act as a bridge between those who could and couldn’t speak. At the same time, she discovered the cloud side to her nature. When catastrophe struck the other world, Fran rescued some boys and girls and brought them back to the farm she’d just inherited from her adopted father. He might have been dead, struck down by angry lightning, but his sordid legacy continued to haunt her and threatened to ruin her plans for a better life for herself and her new-found friends.
The draft of The Cloud Catcher has just been completed (April 2021) and the book is scheduled for publication before the summer.
Read more about The Cloud Catcher
School in the eyes of a girl from another world – Imagine talking to a girl from another world… Many aspects of life we take for granted are challenged…
The Cloud Catcher – back cover text – Fran’s father was a monster. He would regularly beat her and abuse her with the tacit complicity of her mother. What 18-year-old Fran didn’t know was that she was adopted…
Reaching the end of The Cloud Catcher – About the strange process of writing this new novel.
In the beginning was a tree… The Cloud Catcher began with a tree, a cloud and a chance encounter with a girl on horseback. Read an extract.
Inside a Cloud’s Head – One of the fascinating things about imagining the world through the ‘eyes’ of a cloud is how startlingly different that perspective appears… Including extracts from The Cloud Catcher.
Two novels at once… including the first few paragraphs of The Cloud Catcher.