So here I am, one month away from the publication day for Almost Love, which has reached the proof stage. I have marked the day by putting the ‘milestone’ countdown widget here (as if I needed it!), because that seems a celebratory thing to do, as well as adding the clickable cover picture and link to an interview about Almost Love, both of which are to your right on the sidebar. It’s enormously exciting, and humbling, for me to be able to visit the Salt Publishing home page and to see my second novel there, whirling on the carousel amongst those other glorious titles, including Alison Moore’s latest (The Pre-War House and Other Stories, launching tonight at Waterstones Nottingham), David Gaffney’s More Sawn-Off Tales and Alice Thompson’s new novel, Burnt Island, not forgetting my fellow crimewriter Matthew Pritchard’s Scarecrow (to be published in the autumn).
So much has happened since November 2012, when In the Family came out to face the world, and I am very grateful indeed to the many readers of that book who took the trouble not only to read it but also to comment so favourably on it. I have made many online friends since then, via Facebook, Twitter and this blog; they have been stalwart in their support and their sharing and retweeting has sometimes been so vigorous that I have barely been able to keep up with it. If I missed passing on my thanks to you, please forgive me and accept them from me now.
I’d like to express my appreciation, too, to all those readers who have visited here, pressed the ‘like’ and r.t. buttons, followed and commented. This opportunity to engage with you and your thoughtful comments has been beyond helpful to me in more ways than I could ever have imagined when I started blogging last October. It has also been a lot of fun!
I am indebted to Jen and Chris at Salt Publishing for all their support, which is unfailing and ever-present, as I’m sure all their authors will readily confirm. Their incredible creativity, their capacity for managing the impossible in no time at all and their long-suffering, good-humoured indulgence of human failings are what make them truly top publishers.
May I complete this post by announcing four events connected to the launch of Almost Love:
Waterstones Gower Street
Thursday June 20th, 18.30 – 19.30
An evening with Salt crime writers
Christina James, who reads from her new novel, Almost Love
Laura Joyce, who reads from The Museum of Atheism (published November 2012)
Matthew Pritchard, who reads from Scarecrow (to be published September 2013)
Admission by ticket or at the door. Wine will be served. Books will be on sale.
Bawtry Community Library
Thursday June 27th, 18.30 – 19.30
Christina James gives readings and speaks about crime-writing
Tea, coffee, refreshments. Books will be on sale.
Co-ordinated by Claire Holcroft and George Spencer, Doncaster Library Service
Wakefield City Library, Burton Street, Wakefield
Alison Cassels, Library Officer in Charge of Promoting Reading, writes:
As well as Crime Writing Month, 29th June is National Readers Group day, so we’ll be promoting it to our readers groups too. What we have planned for the day is our Readers Group morning, with coffee 11.00-11.30, then discussion groups 11.30-12.00, discussing three books (including In the Family), then 12.00-12.30 a general discussion on crime novels, followed by people recommending books they love until 13.00. After lunch, Christina James will be presenting her second novel, Almost Love, in a public session, from 14.00-15.00.
Event at Adult Education Centre, North Lincolnshire Libraries
Date and time to be confirmed.