Last Wednesday we launched my first Strangers of Paragor Book One: Arrival – just around the corner from my house is a beautiful little book shop called Journeys, which specialises in children’s fiction. I was extremely nervous leading up to it – frantically cleaning my room (for the first time in about six months) and watching many hours of ‘Friends’ on DVD did nothing to stop me dwelling on how close 7pm was looming and the fact that I still had no idea what I was going to say (if anyone in fact turned up).
But, all too soon, the launch, which I had been planning for probably a few years by then, was upon me… And it was great!
A lovely bunch of people turned up – I think there were about 50 in total, three of whom gave lovely speeches – my mum, an old friend of my family, and my best friend Charles – all of which were overwhelmingly kind and generous and thoughtful. Then it was my turn. I made a short speech about writing Arrival – starting when I was 14 because I didn’t have enough to read, and wanted to write my own perfect book. I talked about what I want in a book – big, passionate, imaginative, romantic novels with lots of heart. Finally I chose a passage to read from the book (I thought my hands and voice were shaking the whole time, but all my friends kindly said they couldn’t notice). We wrapped up the evening by giving everyone an opportunity to buy the book as I signed them a copy.
I was elated!
It had gone smoothly and without a hitch, and all my friends and family had come (some from very far away) to support me and make the whole experience a fun, inspiring one. I even got to meet a few young girls who are reading Arrival at the moment and who are aspiring writers themselves. It was lovely to talk to them about their hopes to publish and about some of the difficulties of writing a book.
If anyone else has any questions about getting published, or you’re reading Arrival and want to know anything about the book, or would like to talk to me about your own writing, you can find me on Facebook and message/email me anytime.
In any case, all in all it was a wonderful night, very thrilling to be interacting in the writing world.