Published Dec 10, 2010Considering the tales he's crafted while fronting the Decemberists, it's no surprise that Colin Meloy has tried his hand at traditional prose. After years of writing lyrics revolving around tales and myths, explored to its full potential on the group's 2009 rock opera The Hazards of Love, the singer has revealed that he's written a novel.
An interview with Spinner has the performer admitting that he's just wrapped up writing a book and is now in the "editing stage."
"It's a collaboration with my wife, Carson [Ellis], who is an illustrator and does all the artwork for the Decemberists," said Meloy. "We've been working on it for a while. It's called Wildwood. It's a middle reader adventure story; it's for older kids -- that's all I can probably say about it now."
Wildwood will be the first novel published of a three-book deal Meloy has with publisher Balzer & Bray, Harper Collins's imprint for children and young adults. There is no firm date for its release, but it should hit shelves sometime next fall.
Meloy described his story as "nothing less than an American Narnia," calling it "a classic tale of adventure, magic and danger, set in an alternate version of modern-day Portland, OR."
Even though Wildwood's release is many months away, Meloy fans can take solace in the Decemberists' next album The King Is Dead dropping January 18.