It’s not every day you get to do your debut Book Launch on Australia Day weekend (my fiction novel When Life Walks On Bare Soles). I must be one of the luckiest authors in Australia.
Not having done a Book Launch before (debut remember) I relied on my publisher’s experience and expertise to get things sorted. And sorted he did. Bernie from Bent Banana Books publishers got it all planned. Bernie did a great introduction and when it came time for me to speak, well what could I say but talk about my book?
It was like talking about an old friend who I knew well. We’d had our bad days, this novel and I, but we’d pushed through to the end and by the time I got up to introduce it I truly believed in it as an enjoyable read.
I trusted my characters to support me and they did. I read a few lines and got a few laughs as well as a few well-timed tuts of surprise at the racism and workplace bullying my character has to address throughout the story.
And how could I leave out the part about the Iced Vo Vos? I told the story about my two friends who each took a manuscript to read before publication. We met back at one of their homes so they could give me some feedback. I turned up and they greeted me with Iced Vo Vo biscuits saying, ‘We’ve bought the Iced Vo Vos, have you brought Dominic?’ It’s one of those you’ve got to read the book jokes, but you get the idea right?
I remembered the days when each of my characters was born. They emerged slowly, one by one and some of them even tried to take over. Josephine was one like that. And Dominic. But by the end of the novel they were nicely contained in their roles and beginning to act like good characters should act: in character.
When can we expect a sequel was one question I was asked at the Book Launch. Well, do you know what, it’s on its way. You just can’t keep a good character down. So watch this space.
Thanks to all those who supported me either through attendance or through your congratulations and good wishes, and those on-line who have begun to follow my still-getting-there blog.
The genre is Women’s Fiction.