Thanks to my patient friend Jonathan Hill, I have a book cover for The Flesh of Trees. I said 'Left justify the title.' - I still can't tell left from right! How old? I also kept saying 'Move the title down a bit. No, down a bit more!' but finally he produced a great cover from my fleeting ideas. One that we're both very happy with. I thought you might like to see my original photograph from which this was created, so I'm showing you that, too. It's a photograph I took last year in Durham Botanic Gardens on a reunion weekend, so it's got extra memories attached.
What's the book about - apart from trees? Here's the description -
“Don’t play in the Green Wood. Children disappear in there!”
All her life, twelve year-old Sylvie Hummel has heard these words, but still she disobeys her parents and enters the Green Wood. Now she knows what happened to the missing children.
Let in on the secret, her cousin Erik also falls under the spell of the forbidden wood. But soon a ruthless forest owner shatters the cousins’ lives, and when he threatens to fell the trees in the Green Wood, he discovers what Sylvie and Erik have long known: these trees have their own protection.
I'm hoping you won't have to wait long for the book itself. It's suitable for anyone whose age is in double figures - even if some of those are very big - like mine!