I feel sick.
I’ve got butterflies and the shakes. And on top of all that, I’m nervous (and a worrier!).
Purple Roads is heading to the printers on Monday. That’s it. Done. Finished. There’s nothing more I, nor my editor, can do. The sun has set on this journey.
I get like this any time I release a book – oh except perhaps for Red Dust. I’m not sure I understood what releasing my work into the world of critics, reviewers and readers actually meant then. I sure as hell do now.
I’m probably going to be slightly hard to live with, as April 2 grows closer. Of course I’ll do my best not to be, but every time the email ‘pings’ with a new message, or the phone rings, I’ll jump and open/answer them with fear grinding in my stomach.
It might be a review.
I still haven’t held the book in my hand yet – hopefully sometime over the next three weeks I’ll get to do that. I know when I do, I’ll probably cry. I’ve poured my heart and soul into Purple Roads and as I’ve mentioned before, it was written through a difficult period for our family. (Silver Gums is being written under the same pressure and it’s something I’ve learnt to deal with).
So now it’s all done it’s just up to you guys. I’ll be looking forward (I think) to your thoughts, when it does hit the shelves. And please, do let me know.
The release date is April 2 but often books can be found in shops a few days earlier, so you may see it around the end of March.
We’re just putting together the publicity schedule and as soon as I know where I’m heading, I’ll be letting you all know!
So for me now, I’m off to enjoy the rest of the school holidays with the kids and help in the feedlot. I’m looking forward to that!
Maybe if I’m really lucky, I’ll get some beach time.