Christabel Press—Writing for Life
"Some books are undeservedly forgotten. None are undeservedly remembered."
Independent publishing is a growing trend among writers weary of the competition to find agents and publishers in an over-crowded market. To go it alone without the support of an agent and a mainstream publisher is a risk and an act of self-exposure, but in the end it respects the judgement of readers over professsionals, who often put commercial considerations before the quality and significance of the manuscripts they receive.
Christabel is the name of a female character in Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem of the same name. The poem is an unsettling story of the encounter between good and evil, feminine virtue personified by Christabel and dark female sexuality personified by a supernatural woman called Geraldine. My name before marriage was Christina Bell, so Christabel has many resonances both as a name and as a story of female ambiguity in literary works.
"... a compelling and captivating read ... Tina Beattie has captured an essence of the time with precise and knowledgeable detail." (Angus Shaw, Zimbabwean war correspondent
"Powerful, moving, original and well-written. ... It is both bold and beautiful." (Sara Maitland)