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First library appearance

While it may not rival a JK Rowling reading, this will be my first public appearance, so it’s rather exciting! It will be at 6.30, on May 14 at South Perth Library, with wine and cheese starting at 6.15.

I would be delighted to see you there if you are in the area. After a reading, some Q and A, there will be books available for sale and signing.

Can’t. WAIT. 🙂

Library appearance

I just had an email from an events coordinator at a local library who invited me to a guest appearance in the next month or so to talk about Nine Planets. Following a brief introduction, the library website proclaims, the author speaks about [his] text, reads excerpts and answers questions from the audience pertaining to the text, writing experience and research [he] has conducted. The evening concludes with book sales and signing. I also get wine and cheese!

I’m rather chuffed! Books, (a little) wine, cheese and talking about books, particularly mine, sounds like a particularly fine way to spend an evening. I’ll let you know when it is if you want to come along.

Maybe the West!

I’ve been away for a long time, I’m sorry, with work, some new projects, a little bit of holiday and other things. However, I haven’t forgotten Nine Planets, even though I haven’t said anything about it. People are still buying it and enjoying it too (!), so I’m of the opinion that it’s going to be a slow burn rather than a sudden quick flame.

Here’s the latest. I gave a copy to a reviewer on a (reasonably) large Australian newspaper some weeks ago and he promised to read it and possibly write a review in his paper if he thought it was good enough. That sort of publicity is absolute gold so I was delighted. Then he went quiet for some weeks, the sort of delay that makes you think, Hmmmm. He doesn’t like it and is just letting it fade quietly away.

Until last night, that is, when he emailed me to say that he had skimmed through the book and decided that it was, and I quote “Definitely review-worthy! Watch this space.”

I’m taking that as a confirmation that he will review it *beams* As he said . . .

Watch this space.

Great review on Seattle Post!

At 6.30 this morning, sitting bleary-eyed and pyjamaed in front of my computer screen, I was amazed and delighted to see that the Seattle Post had published this interview!

“O frabjous day, calloo callay”,he chortled in his joy.

The next novel

One of the fantastic things about getting a novel published, assuming that sales go well and people enjoy the book, is that there is a guaranteed read for the next novel. Do I have a next novel? Absolutely. It’s a YA thriller with a stubbornly cheerful teenage protag called Ally Jones, a girl whose eccentric university professor father has been kidnapped. Her search for him takes her on a journey that includes the London of the Black Death and Great Plague, the secrets of nursery rhymes, and opens up a dark and terrifying world where the only answer to a Norse end of the world lies in the grammatical secrets of an ancient map of a medieval English castle.

Now I’ve just got to find time to write it.

Some readers get it!

I just got an email from a reader who GOT IT. !!!! She got to the end, twigged as to what was happening and then read back and spotted some of the clues in a delighted excited rush. She knows who she is so I won’t mention her by name, but I’m SOOO delighted. Nine Planets is just a thriller in disguise waiting for keen attentive readers to look beneath the disguise to see the hidden story.

Read it. I dare you.

Nine Planets hits bookstores!

The big name authors get to sit back and watch their book hit bookstores all over the world. I get to go out to bookstores in my city, chat with the managers, see how things are going and ask if they would be so kind as to put Nine Planets on their shelves. So far, these stores in Perth have said yes, so if you would like a copy, take thyself/ves off to

  • Planet Books, Beaufort St, Mt Lawley
  • Kaleido Books, Perth Central Train Station
  • MillPoint Caffe Bookshop, Millpoint Rd, South Perth.
  • Crow Books, 900 Albany Hwy, East Victoria Park

I’ll let you know about other bookstores who will start stocking in January.