It’s a frustrating correlation – when you have lots to blog about, there’s no time left to do it. So, I’m doing a spot of catch up here.
Nothing is Heavy is now officially OUT THERE! Paperback or ebook can be purchased direct from Linen Press or via Amazon UK (at the time of writing, the paperback entry seems to be in knots but the Kindle entry is functional). For Edinburghers, it’s also currently stocked by Blackwell’s and Pulp Fiction.
The Launch party was an absolute blast. I was very nervous about reading in front of an audience but it went well.
Hopefully nobody noticed that my mouth was so dry my lips were sticking to my teeth and I kept licking them like Hannibal Lecter. Or was that down to the gorgeous cakes provided by my talented friend, Caroline?
A great night was had by all and we sold a stack of books. So all good there. Launch photos by Chris Scott – www.chrisdonia.co.uk
The next day, our local newspaper, The Edinburgh Evening News ran a feature on me and the book in their Weekend edition. The morning after the party, feeling a little fragile, we’d taken the kids to the local cafe for lunch, picked up a copy of the paper on the way.
Nearly choked when I saw the entire front cover was taken up with yours truly. Strangest sensation – cool, but still makes me giggle to look at it. Here’s a link to the feature online.
My gig at Reading Lasses in Wigtown on the Tuesday was a much quieter affair, with a small but enthusiastic audience.
Apart from the event, I loved the long drive – not had the opportunity for one of those for a long time. The road through the Forest of Galloway was incredible – single track and no other vehicles, not one, for miles and miles through dense forest and sudden treeless expanses and breathtaking views. Oh, and the coffee cake at Reading Lasses is seriously good. I am aware I’m developing a cake habit here…
Topped off the week with a great Bookshop Launch at Pulp Fiction – Edinburgh’s friendliest, most eclectic haven of books and coffee, and, er, cake. The tiffin in particular is delicious.
Did another reading, had a fun interview and answered questions from the very engaged audience. More books sold and more cake consumed. Life doesn’t get much better … Although, there’s room for improvement in the back department – the writer’s curse has finally caught up with me and all kinds of painful and evil things are going on with my back muscles. The situation was partially eased later that evening by being rolled around the floor of Pulp Fiction and pummelled by a friendly osteopath who happened to be there. Serendipitous or what? It’s that kind of place.