The Slipstream

A degree of the surreal,

The not-entirely-real,

And the markedly anti-real.


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Questions might be drawn into the slipstream, but it will be as if all words are heard half asleep.

29 Responses

  1. Simi says:

    You once described the story writing process as making a necklace, and stringing it with beads… knowing what the necklace would look like and how long it will be, but not knowing the colour or shape of the beads, or what is between the beads. That image has stuck with me for year, and I am curious to know more, and to understand the creative process further. Since you want to allow a glimpse of the process in embryo, would you embelish this metaphor please?
    As I seem to be also heading into “the rapids in life again”, and can’t see what is ahead clearly, I feel the urge to start my own blog, so that I, too, can “steer a smart, wise, bright course”. I look forward to reading yours.

  2. Daniel Talanine says:

    When you begin planning a completely new novel, what do you think of in terms of how you will write the story itself? I understand some authors like to plan out their stories in detail before writing, while others come up with a rough idea and see where that takes them. I’m curious to their initial thoughts on a tone though, as in- how do the readers feel when reading these books? Do you think about this aspect early on in the writing process or while writing the book?

    • I guess it is a rather organic process for me. I have an idea and I have usually had it for a while befor I start work on it. I find I will think of an idea over years and sometimes it is quite insistent, but I don’t let myself do more than keep it at the periphery of my vision, until I start. I do a LOT of thinking between the first and second drafts, once I have the thing on the page, no matter how misshappen and problematic it might feel.

  3. Maddy says:

    I’m sure you get this question a lot, but I’d really like to know the release date for Darkbane. I’ve just finished reading Darkfall and Darksong. They were wonderful. I’m thinking about doing Darkfall for my school novel study.
    Thanks, if you can tell me.
    Thank you for writing the first two, if you can’t.

    • hi Maddy. I am still working on the final Obernewtyn book, and I plan over christmas to do some rough illustrations for a small book, but next year I will begin work on the final Legendsong book, Darkbane. I can’t wait. I have been waiting for years to be able to get to it, but I couldn’t work on it while I was enmeshed in another big book that is also the last of a series. I expect it will come out in 2016.

  4. Satari says:

    Hi Isobelle Carmody,
    I hope you are well and happy writing away. I certainly appreciate all your books. However there is one particular book i am inquiring about today and that is Darkbane.I read the other two legend song books with a dear friend and she very ill Doctors believe she may have a year at best. We are both hoping that it will be ready before her time here is done, so we can read it together. can you please give us some idea of when it maybe ready and published, we know that it may not be ready in time that is as it is naturally. Kindest regards

    • Dear Satari,

      I am so sorry to read that your friend is ill, and even sorrier that I don’t have anything to offer immediately. I seem to have been caught top in so much stuff this year, following on from all the time i spent finishing the Red Queen, when virtually everything was on pause. I never would have imagined it would take so long, but I can say that I am hoping it will be published in 2018.


  5. Bella says:

    Hi Isobelle, I am a HUGE fan of your books, especially Obernewtyn and Legendsong! I can’t wait for the final Legendsong book to come out! Do you know when it’ll come out yet?

    • hi Bella, I have been off site stumbling around in the wilderness post Red Queen completion- I can’t believe it has taken a year, but I am clawing back my life. Doing a PhD, being my family breadwinner and having a daughter finishing Year twelve this last year really swallowed so much time. But I am right now working on a book, and I hope to have Darkbane out in 2018.Thank you for staying with me!

  6. Sherone Brown says:

    Isobelle, I must say that I am extremely grateful to have stumbled across your Legendsong series only in March 2016 as the suspense of waiting for years for Darkbane would have been difficult! What a fascinating and absorbing storyline. I can understand that you would have to finish all other projects to be able to give this final book your 100% attention. They are all such addictive characters to follow the twists and plots. Your books are so unpredictable to know what is coming next! Do you have an idea of a date in 2016 when Darkbane will be released? I do hope you are enjoying the journey and can’t wait to devour book three. Thank you for Darkfall and Darksong.
    Regards Sherone

    • Dear Sherone, thank you for your lovely post. I have finally got to the point where I think I am beginning to regain my balance after the finish of the Obernewtyn Books- Elspeth’s part of them, at least. I am looking forward to getting back to Darkbane, but it is still a little way off yet. I am hoping it will be out in 2018.
      warm regards

  7. Satari says:

    Hi Isobelle, thank you for your reply, unfortunately my friend passed from this dimension a few days ago. She left me in charge of ensuring i read your books to her 2 girls. My friend was a huge fan of your writting and we grew up together reading your books especially on cold winter nights we would snuggle in blankets with flasks of yummie pumpkin soup and doorsteps of fresh home made bread and read your books. Sorry having a memory. I’m really here to say what my dear friend asked me too. “Thankyou you for who you are and imparticulay for using you special talents to give us the ability to dream and imagine and support other through good and bad.thank you so much cheaper

  8. Steve says:

    Hi Isobelle. How are you going with Darkbane? Can you please give an update on how it’s going? For anyone who reads this, please join me in this meditation and Isibelle, know that we believe in you and we have your back ☺: “We ask that Isobelle Carmody is given the time and Space in her life, to complete the novel ‘Darkbane’. We collectively send her rainbow crystal light and loving star energy, so that she can give closure to the characters we love and adore. Fill her and her family with exuberance, warmth and blessed energies. So mote it be”.

    • Satari says:

      Hi, Steve, what a lovely intention for Isobelle her Family and her creative talents. I second them without doubt and hope your lovely intentions are also returned to you in kind.
      Dear Isobelle, my sick friend passed from this world in December 2016. She loved all your books with great passion. Imparticulaly she lived through her pain in the world of Ember. My friend had an inoperable tumour in her brain and could relate to Embers pain and experiences, I know she wanted Ember to live and find a cure in the hope she would two. Very natural given the circumstances. I have just read both books again to prepare my self for the release of Darkbane. Id like to thank you with all my heart and soul for choosing writing as you lifes passion and profession you are truly a gift to the world. Your books were a source of great enjoyment for both my friend and myself, and a deep source of comfort, hope and adventure that provided my friend all she needed to make her final years as peaceful as possible. I’m sure my friend is one of many who’s lives are made more beautiful by the incredible world’s, characters and experiences your creativity unleashes in your books. I Looking forward to more, deep gratitude

    • Hi Steve

      Thank you for your lovely calling on the universe to send me warmth and kindness and space to work. I have just finished my mid candidature review for my PhD, and I am hoping to finish Darkbane for next year, but I am still trying to sort out contracts with the publishers. I have The Ice Maze coming out next month, and I will have another stand alone book out with Allen and Unwin 🙂

  9. Satari says:

    It would be lovely now 2018 is here to have a progress up date on Darkbane.. I cant imagine how good a juggler you are, but would be great if you could keep updating us on your progress. I know there are many many fans out there waiting for this book, so many you could find this particular book soar to the best sellers list very quickly upon its release… 16 years is a long wait. Sending you lots of love and creative energy for this particular project, it would be amazing to be able to receive and read it for Christmas 2018.

  10. Andrea says:

    I was wondering if, after a long break, you find it difficult to view your characters in the same way? How difficult is is to return to characters like Glynna and Ember after fifteen years, and still see them through the same lens? Do you have to make allowances for them to see the world in the way they did, or is it necessary to have them change their view as you would have done in that time? Also do you consider how your readership would have changed in that time too, or is it more a matter of recapturing that moment when you pick them up again. Just curious because I find it difficult to pick up a story after leaving it for a year or so and not be tempted to rewrite a lot of it because I no longer see it in that way. With something the size of the Darkfall novels it’s probably not an option! All the best with it. I hope you are finding a good way to balance all the demands on your time! Regards, Andrea

  11. Chelsea says:

    Hi Isobelle!

    How are you? I am in the middle of re-reading the whole Obernewtyn series (for the millionth time!) from the beginning so I can fall in love with it all over again as now there is a conclusion!

    I would dearly love to know if you are still hoping for a 2018 release date for Darkbane? I will hold off re-reading them until it is released!

    I know there are many other eager fans out there awaiting its release too!

    • Dear Chelsea
      I am afraid it is not there yet.
      I am still struggling to find the deep time to write this book. It’s very important to me and I have spent years trying to find the space to do it in. I’ve made some plans for next year and if I don’t get it started by the end of this year then those plans will come into play. I have to do something.


  12. Kim Williams says:

    Hi Isobelle,
    I love your books; but was wondering if you know when darkbane will be released yet? I understand the process is long and life get in the way of such things. But I would really love to see it. We have all waited a long time.
    Kind regards

    • Dear Kim,

      You have and I apologise for the long long delay. I have just finished my PhD after seven years and now there is Covid. I am hoping this year is the end of all the things that get in the way. I was just speaking to the publishes the other day and they were asking me when I would begin and I said end of this year. I wish it was sooner


  13. Natalie says:

    Hi Isobelle!
    I was just telling a colleague about your books for her and her daughter to read, and I felt a pang of anticipation for the release of Darkbane… Should we still expect it this year or later? I can’t wait to find out what happens to Glynn and Ember <3
    Thankyou for all you do


  14. Jasmin says:

    Hi Isobelle,
    Any update on Darkbane for 2019? I am keeping all my fingers and toes crossed! Every couple of months I do a google search in anticipation. x

    • Dear Jasmine
      As you see much time has passed. I finished my PhD after seven years and now Covid is all around us. I’m still struggling to find the date time and space I need to finish the legends song series. But my fingers are crossed that this will be the year That will free me from all my obligations


  15. Caitlyn says:

    I read darkfall and darksong when I was in year 8 of highschool and have been waiting patiently ever since for Darkbane. I am now 31, it is 2020 and I am still sans an ending. When will you finally write Darkbane? I keep seeing all these new books by you, but you seriously seem to have forgotten about the Legensong fans among your readers.

    • I haven’t forgotten. But sometimes other books are more ripe and ready to go – with Darkbane I am longing to write it but I have just finished 7 years of doing a PhD in the hope of having a second string to my bow in these parlous times. And now there is covid. But I will write it. I want to write it but A book like that needs time and mental space but I haven’t been able to achieve. Likewise Matthew’s Story, Which will be a standalone book. All I have been able to do is small books and even these are a struggle to finish. I hope this is the last year where life is so much of a muddle and a struggle. My apologies for keeping you waiting so long. Thank you for writing to tell me you loved it enough to tell me you want the last one


  16. Satari says:

    Hi Isobelle, it’s been 6 years since, I last wrote to ask about Darkbane. Can you please give an update on progress 😍

    • I wish I could say it is finished, but it is not. The need to make a living somehow in these covid times has meant having to take on a great deal I rather not have done. This coming year, I have accepted a post doctoral research position until next June, as I see it is really the only way to earn enough to be able to do nothing but write for an extended period. I am literally buying time- the research it incredibly interesting but the main thing is that I will free me in the second half of the year to write Darkbane. X

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