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A Faerie Tribes launch party

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Today’s guest post is by Paula Harrison, author of the Rescue Princesses and Faerie Tribes series, on the launch party for her new series, which took place last week.

Last week I was lucky enough to hold a joint launch party in London. I was launching The Crystal Mirror, the first in the Faerie Tribes series. My fellow launch-ee, Jackie Marchant, was marking the publication of I’m Dougal Trump: Where’s my Tarantula, the second in her series. Jackie is a friend who I’ve known since I joined the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) in 2007 and she’s been a fellow traveller on the road of writing for children.

Although I’ve been published for a whole fourteen months, this was the first launch I’ve held purely for adults. I also write The Rescue Princesses but events for those books work best with younger guests as they involve a lot of tiara making and ninja moves – sometimes simultaneously!

Candy Gourlay, another fellow member of SCBWI, videoed my speech. There were lots of people I wanted to thank. This interview with Kirsty had made me think about the whole array of people involved in bringing the book to life. A huge amount of people played a part in getting the story from manuscript stage into bookshops and I’m really grateful to every single one of them!

All in all it was a fantastic night. A big thanks to everyone who came along. I also now know never to stack cupcakes on top of each other if you’re travelling on the London Underground as the heat down there on a summer’s day will melt the hardest icing.

Faerie Tribes: The Crystal Mirror is out now. You can order the book online here, and read the first chapter below. Thanks to Candy Gourlay for filming the video at the top of this post.

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