Things are getting serious. It is now less than two months to the publication of THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME in the US and just over a month to publication in the UK and Ireland. It’s an exciting, nerve-wracking, giddy, anxious time.
I have a lot of questions rambling around my mind. Will everything be OK? Will readers like it? Will the critics be kind? Will I ever get round to putting up the new curtains in the sitting room?
There’s a lot at stake.
But, even with all the inevitable self-doubt and permanent state of mild panic, there are so many exciting things happening with the book that I can’t help grinning quite a lot.
Take today, for instance, when this popped up in my Twitter timeline:
Alana Kerr is a Belfast-born actress living in LA and she has been recording the audiobook version of THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME. I cannot wait to hear this. It’s one thing to read your own words as you proof your manuscript or when giving a reading, but for a professional actress to bring my characters and my words to life is really quite mind-blowing and an unexpected addition to the List Of Things Which I Am Currently Excited About.
I’m also busy writing articles about the process of writing the novel and about my fascination with Titanic, which will be published in online and print magazines, newspapers and websites throughout April to coincide with the publication of the book and, of course, the Titanic anniversary.
I am also delighted (and, dare I say it again, excited) that excerpts from the book will be featured in the HarperCollins, New Voices in Fiction Sampler: Summer Selection. This is a FREE ebook sampler, available from Tuesday, February 11th, featuring debut fiction authors and introduced by New York Times bestselling novelist, Joshilyn Jackson.
It’s a busy, busy time and a wonderful, wonderful adventure.
Roll on April. I’m coming to get you!