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.