Yoo hoo everyone – been mad busy since Two Fridays in April hit the shelves, but all good. I took myself off to Lanzarote if you don’t mind for three weeks of work on the next baby (more later). My timing was a bit weird, I left Ireland the day after I spotted Two Fridays for the first time on the bookshop shelves of Limerick, but I did what I could from Lanzarote to shout about the book on social media, and I wrote pieces for a few book bloggers, and I generally kept annoying whoever I could about the new book. Well, the great news is that Two Fridays went straight into the Irish top ten at number nine after less than a week of sales, and it currently stands at number five, and is still going the right way (seven last week), so fingers crossed, and huge thanks to all who helped to get it there! I was barely home from Lanzarote before I was invited onto the TELLY for the first time, the Ireland AM programme on TV3 wanted to interview me about the book. I was really nervous beforehand but thankfully the interviewers were lovely and didn’t ask any hard questions – will post a link here in the hope that you can access it if you didn’t catch it live:
– and I had hardly recovered from that before I was invited onto Arena, RTE Radio I’s arts programme, to talk about the book all over again, so I was thrilled, and that also went fine. Here’s that link:
So I’ve just come down to earth after all the flying around – was also whisked around the bookshops in Dublin by Ruth, one of the sales people at Hachette, to sign whatever copies of Two Fridays they had in stock – and now I’m back at the laptop and about to return to my new baby, which is about three quarters grown. It’s yet another return to the island of Roone: I just can’t seem to stay away from that place. It’s coming up to Christmas, so the tourists have pretty much gone and the island is left to the locals – but storm clouds are gathering on the horizon, and a stranger is on the way who will bring about some changes….it’s got a title but I’m sworn to secrecy for the moment. As usual, you will be the first to hear when I get the green light!
And check out one of my new publicity shots – just taken yesterday so I haven’t seen the others yet, but the lovely photographer, Vig Gleeson of Wonder Works Photography (http://wonderworks.ie/) sent me this as a taster:
Must say I really like it, if that doesn’t sound too big-headed! I told Vig not to spare the airbrush, so I’m sure she helped it along! And now must head back to Roone and get that word count up……
Be good! Keep in touch, love getting your messages!