Ache’s Second Week

Things are not slowing down for Ache! This week Ache was officially launched at Readings Hawthorn by the wonderful Dr. Leah Kaminsky. It was a great turn-out of very old friends, new friends and people I was lucky enough to meet for the first time. A very heartfelt thank to everyone who came – I know many people travelled quite a long way and it meant so much to have you all there. 

Readings Books reviewed Ache in their newsletter and there was a also a lovely review in The Sydney Morning Herald. Ache is also Robinson’s book of the month! Hurrah!

I was interviewed on the Australian Writers’ Centre blog, talking about Ache and writing and everything in between.

I contributed to this awesome article on what Looking for Alibrandi means to me. It’s been 25 years since this powerful and beautiful book was published and I was pretty thrilled to have the opportunity to babble about how much I adore it!

I wrote an article on trauma, grief and social media for The Age. For anyone that’s interested, I’ll be chairing a panel on writing trauma at this year’s EWF and I’m also running a workshop on writing trauma at the Victorian Writers’ Centre. Details on both events can be found under the events link above. x

Ache’s First Week

Ache’s first week has been the biggest whirlwind of my life. I started it off sick. And while this severely messed up my editing schedule on my other projects, it was a relief to turn my computer off for the weekend – no writing novels, no editing, no pitching, no admin. I watched bad television and napped and did some knitting and napped some more. And although I hate being sick, in this case I was grateful to be made to stop.

On Sunday, the day before Ache came out, I had two articles published in The Age/Sydney Morning Herald. A piece on the four books that shaped me for the Arts section and an article on growing up in a house of women for Sunday Life.
On Sunday evening a beautiful review of Ache was published by bookblogger, Debbish.

Monday was the day that Ache came out in stores. It was the day that it truly stopped belonging to me. It’s a bittersweet moment – tinged with pride and excitement but also horrendous anxiety and uncertainty. I had an interview with The Regal Fox go live on Monday. I also had an article published in The Guardian on Monday looking at the importance of bushfire stories. This was an article I’ve been wanting to write for a long time and I’m so glad I finally did.  I have a lot of beautiful friends and I was flooded with photos of Ache out in stores, which was pretty glorious.  Monday also saw the announcement of my new book deal with HarperCollins (I talked about this in my previous blog post, but you can also find info here).

On Wednesday I flew up to be a speaker at the Sydney Writers’ Festival. This festival is magical – set out over the water with the habour bridge and opera house peaking in from the right. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend it. It’s particularly lovely in it’s layout – a majority of events are set out in one spot, so it’s really easy to make a day of it and get from one event to another. Apart from the panels I appeared on, I spent my time in Sydney seeing some great panels, caught up with lots of friends and met lots of fantastic people. As someone who is very introverted and normally exhausted by socialising, it was a lovely surprise to feel really invigorated by everyone I spent time with this week. And then on Saturday I was surprised by not one, but two paper reviews for Ache! One in The Australian and one in The Saturday Paper. I couldn’t be more thrilled with how Ache’s first week out in the wilds has gone.

Ache is also in the front window of over fifty bookshops around Australia. This photo is the front window of The Leaf Bookshop in Ashburton, VIC. If you happen to see it on display, please send me a pic!

This next week Ache’s going to be launched on Thursday (if you’re free and in Melbourne, come along!) The rest of the week is  going to be a bit of a blur of bookshop visits and finishing up the current round of edits on my first YA novel, which will be out in March. If you’ve read Ache (or In the Quiet!) or are planning it for a book club or have any other questions, please get in touch I’d love to hear from you!

E x

Two Book Deal with HarperCollins

 

Something that I talk about a lot on panels and such is the fact that I wrote ten manuscripts before In the Quiet was picked up in 2014. I hadn’t really given much thought to all the manuscripts tucked into my hard drive, but talking about them so much over the past couple of years got me thinking about them again. And there was one that I’d written when I was sixteen. It was a special story for me – for year twelve art I’d actually typeset it, bound it and designed a cover for my final piece of assessment. I leant it out to friends, who all dutifully told me it was brilliant (I have good friends). And I sent it out to a few places. And then, nothing. So I did what most people do – I tucked it away and tried to forget about it.

And then, last year, I pulled it out and started reading. My writing had gotten better in the intervening ten years (THANK GOODNESS), but there was something about the story that I really liked. I’m the sort of person who works intensively on a project and then sets it aside, so during a bit of down time on my third novel for HarperCollins, I started playing with this old, familiar story that felt like a long lost friend.

Twelve years after I first finished it, my little YA novel is being published.  It’s really highlighted for me that putting something aside and working on new projects is not a failure. In this case, it was extremely valuable.

There are more details on the books+publisher website.