Trudi Canavan

bestselling author of The Black Magician Trilogy

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Today I’m starting a three week writing stint, in which I hope to finish the first draft of The Ambassador’s Mission. It’s going to be quite a challenge to get it done in that time, so I’m doing what I call ‘hermitising’. This means only family, friends and maintaining my physical (and mental) health are allowed to draw me away from writing. No publicity, no lunches with publishers or agents, no unnecessary blogging.

So things may get a bit quiet around here. But I am considering posting small updates on my progress. It might be fun to share a little of the craziness of writing under pressure, and make me feel a little less like a hermit.

3CR – Published or Not

Today I headed into the city to the funky studio of 3CR Community Radio where Jan Goldsmith interviewed me live for her show ‘Published or Not’.


I had a fabulous time talking with her about The Magician’s Apprentice and the world I created for The Black Magician Trilogy, and about writing. Jan picked up so many themes and details from the book beyond the simple story, and I think we could have easily talked for a full hour.


Being a live interview, there were plenty of butterflies before the show, but once we got into the swing of things I felt much more relaxed!

Sydney Bookshop Tour

I got to sleep in a little on Thursday morning, then spent some time gazing at the view. Which mean I managed to catch a fairly rare occurrence: the opening of the Pyrmont Bridge. 

It was opened to allow the floating stage at the left of this photo to pass through. Not long after I walked across the bridge (closed again) to get a bite to eat, do a bit of shopping and visit the Orbit office. 
Then Amy, the Syndey accounts manager, and I headed off for an afternoon of bookshop visits. First stop was Infinitas Books in Paramatta:
Then on to Dymocks Penrith, and the lovely Lizzie:
And a well attended signing at Gaslight Books, where I had some great conversations with fans, thanks to Mark:
And finally we popped into Kinokuniya where Helene helped me sign a nice big pile of books. 
So there are now signed copies in all these shops for Sydneysiders who might fancy one. 


On Wednesday I flew to Syndey, where Nicola met me at the airport. I’d told her on Monday that I’ve aways wanted to be greeted on arrival at an airport by someone holding up a sign with my name on it, and she obliged. 

Yes, I have humble ambitions. But I do seem to be on a roll: first I get to sign a boob then my wish to be met by someone holding a sign is fulfilled! What next?
Sydney was as beautiful as ever. This was my view from the hotel:
After I’d had two naps, nipped out for a bit of shopping and glammed up, Nicola picked me up and we headed for Pendolino restaurant for an even more delicious dinner. (The warm hazelnut chocolate pudding is to die for, btw.) 
This time I was in the company of Nicola the Super Publicist, Hannah from Borders, Amy from Orbit, Mark from Galaxy Bookshop and Bernadette from Orbit. I was very, very tired that night, but forgot how tired I was once I got chatting to these interesting, enthusiastic people. A very enjoyable night. 

Busy, Busy, Busy!

I’ve had a busy week touring in Canberra and Sydney, and there are going to be a few new posts appearing here over the next few days as I catch up on reporting. 

Tuesday was Canberra Bookshop day. We started at Dymocks Tuggeranong, where Erin, Fiona, Debbie, Liam and Monica gave me a warm welcome and I signed stock:
Then we headed into the nation’s capital where I signed a few copies at Borders thanks to Katrina: 
Then dropped into Dymocks Canberra, where I met Renee, Matt and Roya:
And visited Dymocks Belconnen and the lovely Pippa, Katherine, Natalie and Andrew – and signed and enormous pile of books. 
Finally, we finished the day with the signing event at Gaslight Books, thanks to the wonderful Gayle. 
Thank you also to everyone who came to buy The Magicians Apprentice and have their books signed. I think I managed to chat to most of you, which made it especially fun for me. 
Lastly a big thank you to Linda, the accounts manager for Canberra, who took me around to all these shops. We had a great time talking and zooming around to all the shops.