The End of the Beginning

Just look at that picture! Sorry, but I just had to share. I mean, it’s not every day that your very own novel goes up forScreenshot 2015-02-14 04.07.26 pre-order on Amazon, is it? And, yes, I did pre-order a copy for myself.

It seems, sometimes, that I’ve been writing There Must Be An Angel forever. It’s really hard to believe that, in a matter of weeks, it will actually be available for anyone to read, but it’s true. On March 28th, my book will be released. My baby will be sent out into the world. It’s an extraordinary feeling. I’ve often tried to imagine what it would be like when this moment arrived, but, quite honestly, it’s difficult to describe. It all feels slightly surreal. That can’t be my book on the screen, can it? But it is!

I really hope that anyone who reads it will enjoy it. I’ve enjoyed writing it – most of the time. I love the setting for the story, and I’ve really enjoyed visiting Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Yorkshire coast, taking photographs and immersing myself in the beauty of the place. It’s so lovely, I couldn’t help but be inspired to base my fictional Kearton Bay there.

I’ve had a strange week. I’m not a natural self-publicist. Far from it. I’m happy to promote anyone else’s books and I do, frequently, but my own work is a different matter. Now that Angel is up on Amazon, the situation has changed slightly. As a certain fictional character I’m slightly fond of is often heard to say, ‘The game is on!’

I’ve had to post news of the book’s imminent release on Twitter and Facebook, and inform my friends and family. Even a couple of my bosses have learned of its existence, and have questioned me about it. One of them has pre-ordered it! Yikes! The other has promised he will read it, too. Double yikes! One of my workmates said she wouldn’t mind her friends reading a book she’d written, but she’d hate her bosses to read it. I assured her that it’s just as nerve-wracking to think of my friends reading it!

I’m torn, really, because I want people to buy it and enjoy it – but I’m scared stiff when anyone says they’re going to read it! I suppose, once the initial shock has died down, I will relax a little and just enjoy the whole thing. After all, it’s taken me a long time to get to this point. I want to make the most of the experience. I will never have a debut novel out again.

So, make a note of it, please. March 28th. Not long to go! I always thought that, when the book was finally available to buy, that was the end of the story. In fact, it’s just the beginning. I have so much to do to get There Must Be An Angel noticed, and that’s not the only thing I’m working on. I’m about to send Book Two to the beta-readers and then turn my attention to Book Three. It’s all go!

I will be having a Facebook launch party and I hope some of you will be able to pop by. I will post more details nearer the date. I still can’t believe that a germ of an idea that popped into my head nearly three and a half years ago, took root and produced an actual novel! My old English teacher would be so proud. 🙂

You can pre-order There Must Be An Angel here.

Have a great week xx