Molly, The Deputy Editor by Anna Butler + Giveaway

November 3, 2017

Molly, the Deputy Editor


This is a completely frivolous post. Please don’t expect any great insights into writing, or the Lancaster’s Luck series. This is one for fun.

I have a deputy editor.

Of course, Desi and her cohorts at Dreamspinner have been utterly brilliant at keeping me under control. They’ve jollied me through the editing process, telling me when I need to tighten things up, taking out (or putting in!) all those pesky commas, saying things like “Whoa, Anna, but that’s a continuity problem!” and asking gentle questions like “Did you mean to slow down the pacing there?” or “Does every camel in this book sneer down its nose?” Answer: yes. Because, camels. They sneer and blow froth at you and they just don’t care.

I can’t praise Dreamspinner highly enough when it comes to supporting their authors through the editing and production process. But they aren’t here all day, sitting in their chairs at the back of my study, watching over me as I write.

Molly is, however.

This is my deputy editor, who is here with me all the time. She’s maybe not that hot on semicolon use, but boy, is she a supple contortionist. Molly, my cockerpoo, who rules our house and home. And our hearts.



She is so adorable, she ended up in a secondary character role in The Jackal’s House, guesting there as young Harry Winter’s dog also, coincidentally, called Molly. Personally, I think she steals every scene she guests in, but that’s probably just personal prejudice.

Who do you have in your life like Molly? Dog, cat, parrot, monitor lizard, scarab beetle in a matchbox? Do post pictures here to share and I’ll get Molly to choose one to win a little bag of Lancaster’s Luck loot. Whichever picture she licks, gets the prize.

Not very sanitary, perhaps, but fair. Come to think on it, that sums up her editing process in half a dozen words.

Check out The Jackal’s House today!





Something is stalking the Aegyptian night and endangering the archaeologists excavating the mysterious temple ruins in Abydos. But is it a vengeful ancient spirit or a very modern conspiracy….

Rafe Lancaster’s relationship with Gallowglass First Heir, Ned Winter, flourishes over the summer of 1900, and when Rafe’s House encourages him to join Ned’s next archaeological expedition, he sees a chance for it to deepen further. Since all the Houses of the Britannic Imperium, Rafe’s included, view assassination as a convenient solution to most problems, he packs his aether pistol—just in case.

Trouble finds them in Abydos. Rafe and Ned begin to wonder if they’re facing opposition to the Temple of Seti being disturbed. What begins as tricks and pranks escalates to attacks and death, while the figure of the Dog—the jackal-headed god, Anubis, ruler of death—casts a long shadow over the desert sands. Destruction follows in his wake as he returns to reclaim his place in Abydos. Can Rafe and Ned stand against both the god and House plots when the life of Ned’s son is on the line?
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About Anna:

Anna was a communications specialist for many years, working in various UK government departments on everything from marketing employment schemes to organizing conferences for 10,000 civil servants to running an internal TV service. These days, though, she is writing full time. She recently moved out of the ethnic and cultural melting pot of East London to the rather slower environs of a quiet village tucked deep in the Nottinghamshire countryside, where she lives with her husband and the Deputy Editor, aka Molly the cockerpoo.


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