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Well, what a year it’s been so far… and far from plain sailing, to say the least! Despite receiving critical acclaim and some truly humbling reviews, readers found it very hard to actually find copies of The Unfinished Business of Eadie Browne… and that’s because it transpired that over 6,000 copies were stuck in a warehouse for the first three weeks after publication! It was heartbreaking for me and hugely stressful too. I was turning up at events only to be told that there were no copies… However, I did do some lovely events with my author chums Mike Gayle, Matt Cain and Matt Coyne. I can’t tell you what a thrill it is to meet my readers – you chaps have supported my career for so many years and I hope you know how precious you are to me. I’ll be doing some events in the autumn when the paperback is released and I’ll keep you updated on those.

Eadie’s paperback publication is September 12th – fingers crossed for a smooth and exciting time! Readers have responded so warmly to the ‘love letter to youth’ themes in the novel and especially the 1980s /1990s setting – often writing to me with their own memories of that era, or of how they felt when first leaving home.
Aside from trying to figure out which novel I’ll write next (there’s not so much a queue in my mind’s eye, as an unruly mob) I’ve spent the last few months working on self-publishing my backlist for the USA and Canada. It’s been a steep learning curve (never mind a curve: sheer rock face more like!) but also incredibly exciting reaching new readers and hugely rewarding to hear from them too. I’ve worked with a terrific designer on new cover designs, and some of the novels benefited from new titles too… Can you guess which is which?

I’ll have some exciting news for ALL my readers later in the year.
Life here on our wee farm has been ticking along: living rurally I am OBSESSED with the weather – and I’d say my various weather apps on my phone are the ones I check the most! There is still hay left to be cut and baled – but with July so far being the wettest I remember I’m just keeping everything crossed for warmer, drier times ahead! Wherever you are in the world, and whatever your plans this summer, I send you my warmest wishes for truly happy times.
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