I’m having (whoopee!) an actual launch party in London on 13th February, on the eve of The Night Rainbow’s official publication date, but not everyone can be there, so I’ll be doing some virtual mingling over the next couple of weeks with some very smashing people indeed.
I’m hoping it will be like being at a party on the web, where you wander around chatting, you meet some new people, ask some questions, have a bit of a laugh. And all this without having to wear heels. So come on in, help yourself to a drink, and I hope you have a good time!
Take a glass and mingle
Who I’ve met so far:
Kate at For Books’ Sake, where we talk about the portraying pressures of motherhood and how long a story should be.
Jen at The View From Here literary magazine, who asks me what are the important things, and where did the idea of a night rainbow come from?
Roz Morris, about the Undercover Soundtrack to The Night Rainbow - the songs that were part of its making.
Joe at the Bristol Short Story Prize, the home of my first published short story, who asks “What has it been like?”
Dan at Dog Ear Discs - who asks about the environment of the novel and the surrounding countryside. ”It becomes as important as the characters. Was it based on an actual place?”
Simon Savidge, who pokes around my bookshelves and asks “Are there any guilty pleasures?…”
Jen Campbell - Bookshoppist and author, who I may have made happy-sad.
Caroline Smailes, who wants to know about being a debut author and asks “How has your following your dream influenced your daughters?”
Isabel Costello on her Literary Sofa, where we talk about the pleasures and challenges of writing in a child’s voice.
Waterstones blog, where I talk about the inspiration behind The Night Rainbow
Alison Bacon, who asks about my experience of the publishing process with a top publisher, as well as life on twitter!
Vanessa Gebbie, who asks “How much did you want the novel to explore notions of non-belonging?”
Alison Wells - Who has been running a series of posts exploring ways of keeping our head above water in physical, mental, emotional and creative areas. I talk to her about keeping the joy in writing
Rumjhum Biswas at Flash Fiction Chronicles where I chat about how writing short fiction has influenced my novel, and what I looked for as an editor of a literary magazine
Spotted across a crowded room! I’m heading towards…
Chris Mosler over at Thinly Spread, who has things to say, and a giveaway!
Nik Perring, about getting started and keeping going on a novel and…
… Jonathan Pinnock, who wants to know how I managed to wait out the two years from signing a book contract to publication…
and other people too…I hope there’s enough champagne.
Marie-Claire selected The Night Rainbow as one of their top reads for the month.
“An original and beguiling debut.”
Stylist magazine tipped me as one of their 4 soon to be bestsellers (alongside Maya Angelou and Dan Brown!)
You’ll be on tenterhooks throughout
Good To Know magazine have listed The Night Rainbow as one of their 2013 book club picks (alongside Jodi Picoult, Yann Martel and Jojo Moyes!). If you post a review here you could win an e-reader.
Overheard…”Have you read it yet?”
Dan at Dog Ear Discs - “The picturesque setting of Southern France in the midst of a heat wave is almost hypnotic.”
Nettie Thompson - “Pea and Margot are characters who stay with you, long after the last page is turned “
Teresa Majury - ”…a narrator who will grab your heartstrings and never let go”
Tracey Upchurch - “Favourite character? Margot — little sister, voice of reason, bearer of night rainbows.”
Laura Vickers at For Books’ Sake - “Recommended for… Dreamers, mothers, lovers of the rich landscape of the south of France, and those in need of warming up.”
See more reviews on this page.
I’ll update the page with links as they happen.
For mingling in person, please see my events page here.
Champagne photo (c) Chris Chapman