Last weekend I officially launched my new novel The Darkness of Love. I didn’t have a big fancy launch party or anything, mainly because I simply haven’t had the time to organize such an event what with having a baby only three months ago and being a work at home mother of two young children plus dog. Anyway, the event took place in my local café, Drinks and Bites at 35, and I want to say a big thank you to Holly and Gemma for very kindly offering up some space and time for me to occupy in order to launch my new book.
I planned the event on my husband’s day off from work, so that he could care for the children in my absence. He works shifts, so everything has to be planned around his rota. I thought he would drop me off and be my ‘hired muscle’ for carrying books, but he decided to stick around for the whole three hours, and it was quite nice. A little support from your loved ones goes a long way, as I am learning from experience during my adventures into being a career writer with domestic responsibilities. The only downside was that my baby needed to be fed while we were out and we had left a bottle of expressed breastmilk in the fridge at home, since I had expected my husband to return home with the girls after leaving me. I hope I didn’t put off too many people when I sat behind my book desk with a baby attached to me!
It was lovely to see so many of my friends as well, and a big thank you goes out to you guys, you know who you are! While the event was fairly small and quiet, we at least got me out from behind the computer and into the public domain. I am venturing out, putting myself before the people, and waiting for my adoring audience to assemble and realise the genius of my Redcliffe novels. Yes, I am confident in the quality of my work. I am a damn good writer, and I know that. Now I just need to show other people, and wait for the old fashioned word-of-mouth marketing technique to pay off. I’m not very good at waiting for things to happen, but I am learning to be…
Right now I am in the throes of writer passion as I once again participate in National Novel Writing Month. So far I have only written 4000 words, which gives me an estimated finish date somewhere in the middle of December. It may take a few sleepless nights, lots of convenience food for family meals, and my being practically a recluse for a few weeks, but I am determined to succeed. Redcliffe book 4 must be written. It is now or never!
Did you enjoy this article? Join my tribe to keep informed of new stories from SpookyMrsGreen, and I will send you a fabulous FREE book from my Redcliffe novels series.