Grub Street Bookshop downtown Fitzroy was the scene for the official Melbourne book launch of my debut crime novel SOLD (9 March 2018). A good crowd turned up to be well entertained by the effervescent and delightful Leigh Redhead, plus some misplaced and awkward words from yours truly. Even better, many bought books! Leigh is something of an expert in the “noir” genre of fiction, and is even doing some serious studies in the field. She had lots of positive things to say about SOLD and got the crowd all excited about the novel. Either that or they were enjoying the drinks on offer at this “noir at the bar” style event. Either way, lots of laughs and fun was had by everyone who attended. Once again, thanks to all for your fantastic support.
Much love and appreciation to my publisher Lindy Cameron from Clan Destine Press for organising this fabulous event, and the curious punters who attended. Seeing an old Queenslander mate from yesteryear at the launch was particularly fantastic. On ya Paul De Vere! Special thanks goes to to Ruth Wykes and Moraig Kisler for guiding me through the difficult editing and rewriting process and bringing the work to the point where it shined and sparkled. PR specialist Carmel Shute managed to arrange not one, but two radio interviews for me while visiting the world’s most livable city. One was an early starter – 9:00 on the morning after the book launch. Thanks, Carmel! Luckily, the studio was but a short stroll from the hotel to a studio at the RMIT building in Bowen Street. My interviewers were a couple of keen, young journalism students hosting the breakfast shift (called “Get Cereal”) for community station SYN-FM. The second interview was with experienced journo and book expert, Vincent O’Donnell. That one went at a more leisurely pace than the first and should be broadcast in a few weeks. One of my most comfortable experiences being interviewed so far – can’t wait to hear what it sounds like.
SOLD has now officially been launched in Hobart and Melbourne. Where to from here?