It’s hard to believe that it is only four months since the publication of THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME. So much has happened in those four months and there have been so many positives and lots of lovely surprises along the way on this crazy journey as a debut author. I also did my first bookshop signing recently in Waterstones, Drogheda, with fellow Irish author, Carmel Harrington.
One of the things I’ve been most surprised by are the amazing messages from readers who post on my Facebook page, leave comments on posts here and email me through the contact form. I am genuinely touched by all the people who take time to let me know that they have enjoyed the book and their personal experiences of reading it. Many have told me about their own family connections to Ireland and Titanic and I love reading these. Without readers I really am nothing but a pile of pages with words on them, so thank you all and keep the messages coming!
I’ve also met some fabulous book groups in Ireland over the past few months. People have welcomed me and THE GIRL into their homes, and it has been a real pleasure to chat about the book with them. In July, at the RNA Conference, I met a group of ladies who write a blog together as The Write Romantics. I am really excited – and very honoured – that they have chosen The Girl Who Came Home as the very first book for their new ‘virtual’ book group. The Write Romantics are a group of writers in the UK and Australia, but anyone is welcome to join in and contribute to their new book group and the discussion about The Girl Who Came Home (please be kind!) on Goodreads
The Write Romantics also have a lovely blog which you can follow to learn more about their lives as published and aspiring writers. They will be selecting a new book for their book group on a monthly basis.
If anyone is part of a book club/group and are reading, or would be interested in reading The Girl Who Came Home, I’d love to hear from you. And if you would like me to join the discussion (virtually, or otherwise), please do contact me using the Contact Form on my ‘About’ page.