Published: 8 September 2020 at 12:00
Originally written for a PhD, Threading the Labyrinth is now out in paperback
A story with a garden as the main character has finally blossomed into a published novel, years after its first draft was completed as part of a Creative Writing PhD.
Dr Tiffani Angus originally wrote Threading the Labyrinth, which has been published by Unsung Stories, as her final dissertation while she was studying at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in 2015.
Dr Angus, who grew up in Las Vegas in the US, is now Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and Publishing at ARU, as well as General Director of the Anglia Centre for Science Fiction and Fantasy. She said:
“Originally the book was supposed to be published on April 13, but lockdown hit. Unsung Books, my publisher, decided to push the physical book back by a few months but release the ebook to give people stuck at home something to read, especially those without gardens dreaming about being outside again!
“All of the in-person launches and parties were cancelled, too, but luckily social media has been a great way to get the word out: I’ve used Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to show photos from the garden visits, participated in an online literary festival, and done a number of interviews.
“Recently I have been working to finish a new novel about an apocalypse, so working on that in the time of COVID-19 is a bit odd. After that one is done, I am thinking about maybe putting together a small collection of stories – historical fantasy stories about gardening that I’ve already had published along with some new ones, and even a story or two set in the Threading garden – and there is also a new novel idea that I’m toying with. There’s always something new to write!”