Surfacing for air for a moment to let you know that I’ll be at the Brisbane Writers Festival this weekend. I’m doing a talk, a workshop and a panel. I’m looking forward to getting out into the real world for a little while, though I may have to sneak back to my hotel room to write as those deadlines are doing that looming thing they like to do.
The last couple of months I’ve been either nursing a head cold or rushing about trying to get what I planned to do done as well as what I failed to do when nursing a head cold. It’s been awesome (apart from the cold) and can I say a big “THANK YOU” to everyone who bought and helped me celebrate the release of Salt of the Earth, my Doctor Who novella, back in March, and Thief’s Magic, first book of the Millennium’s Rule trilogy, in April, May and June. Thank you to the booksellers, reviewers, bloggers, readers, tweeters, facebookers, convention-runners and more.
I’m now knuckling down and writing the second half of Angel of Storms. This is currently requiring wristwarmers and extra cups of tea or hot chocolate to combat Melbourne’s winter chill. I’ll be saving my typing for the book mostly, so probably won’t post here as often, but it’d take a lot more than that to keep me off Twitter, and keep and eye on my Facebook Fan Page for information and fun posted by my publisher.
Hope you’re keeping warm – or cool, if you’re on the other side of the planet – and enjoying a good book.
The Sunday after the launch I headed down to Chelsea to Notions Unlimited for a signing event. I love Chuck’s store. I’m a sucker for any bookstore dedicated to science fiction, fantasy and horror, and Notions Unlimited has an extra cosy atmosphere. Maybe it’s because Chuck is so friendly and welcoming. Maybe it’s the couches and table in the centre, where I spent the evening relaxing and chatting with the readers who came to see me, and one who just happened along.
At the end of the night I signed more books and left wishing I had a Notions Unlimited in my local shopping centre, so I could hang out and go to books signings, as well as be able to pop in whenever I wanted a book. Though I that would just mean my out of control To Read pile would grow even faster.
If you’ve read my longer bio, you’ll know I am an artist and former illustrator. I like to draw my characters, and sometimes I’ll even paint scenes from the books. The maps for the Age of the Five trilogy feature characters from that story, and a few years ago I made some simple line drawings of twelve characters from the Black Magician Trilogy and Traitor Spy Trilogy and turned them into free downloadable computer wallpaper calendars.
For Thief’s Magic I tried something different: watercolour sketches outlined in black ink, scanned and brought together into one illustration in Photoshop.
The black background shapes represent the way the absence of magic can appear in the story: Rielle sees blotchy patches of Stain when she first encounters it but for Tyen, who has been trained to be more efficient at drawing in magic, Soot appears as neat, radiating lines.
It’s sure to find a home on some swag at some point. Maybe a badge, or a postcard. Perhaps even a t-shirt.
Life here has been pretty hectic these last few weeks, so I’m a bit behind in writing blog posts. So first up: the launch!
Lots of people came along to help me celebrate the release of Thief’s Magic. There were platters of cheese and bikkies and glasses of bubbly or soft drink, thanks to Dymocks and my publisher. All made for a great atmosphere.
First up in the formalities, Louise the events co-ordinator for Dymocks did the introductions:
Then Alison Goodman, friend and fellow writer (her Eon and Eona books are wonderful) made a wonderful speech and launched the book:
Then it was my turn. I talked about the long and complicated birth of the story, then thanked nearly everyone I meant to thank:
Then chose a winner of the awesome RSVP prize, a beautiful hand bound leather journal and a cool steampunk fob watch, which went to Daniel:
And then settled in to sign books:
Jason showed off his Guild symbol tattoo:
Then I signed a pile of books. At the end of the night I thanked the lovely Dymocks staff:
And ventured out into an unusually warm autumn evening for a celebratory dinner. A fine and happy night!
I’ve set up a Reddit forum topic for my AMA, so I can now link to the page. Leave questions for me here.
I’ll be answering live at:
US CST: 7pm, 27th May
Australia: 10am, 28th May
So come chat with me!
Thief’s Magic is now out in all english speaking territories and Poland. The wonder and amazement at knowing the story I shaped is being read in places around the world never wears off.
Last Monday the lovely Robert, Orbit’s account manager for Melbourne, took me to some bookstores here to sign stock. We visited Dymocks at Eastland, The Glen and Doncaster, where we had some great chats with the staff. I had a bout of camnesia at Eastland so I have no photos, but here’s Jess at The Glen and Michelle at Doncaster. Thanks to everyone we met with for the friendly reception.
Tomorrow night is the launch of Thief’s Magic. Remember, if you RSVP you go into the running for a fantastic prize.
And on Sunday evening I’ll be signing form 5pm at Notions Unlimited bookstore: Shop 9, Chelsea Beach Arcade, 426 Nepean Hwy, Chelsea.
Next week I’ll be doing an AMA over at Reddit. I’m a Reddit newcomer, so this will be a voyage of discovery for me. I’ll let you know the details when the time gets closer.
Reports of Thief’s Magic arriving in bookstores and reader’s homes have been popping up in my Twitter notifications feed, so I think we can officially say it’s out there in the big wide world. But it is being released on different dates in different places. In Australia and Poland it was officially out yesterday. In the UK it’ll be out tomorrow. In the US on the 20th. In Germany not until November.
Melbourne is a big city, so I’m going to be introducing Thief’s Magic to the world not just at the book launch but at a signing event at the wonderful Notions Unlimited bookstore. So if you can’t make it to the launch, live down in the south east of Melbourne, want to schmooze with the cool people again, or get me to sign your books twice, here are the details:
When: 5pm, Sunday 25th May
Where: Notions Unlimited, Shop 9, Chelsea Beach Arcade, 426 Nepean Hwy, Chelsea
I have a book coming out! Wheeee! Kermit flail!
(Sorry. It never gets old, this book release thing.)
To celebrate, Hachette Australia, Dymocks and I are holding a little party to launch it into the world. We’re also giving one lucky RSVPer a prize. I’m not saying what it is, only that it’s awesome and I’d love to win it myself!
When: 6pm, 22nd May
Where: Dymocks 234 Collins St Melbs