The Years That Followed Launch in Dubray
What a terrific evening it was. I think I’m still floating.
A huge thank you to everyone who was there, and also to those who couldn’t be, but who sent such kind messages instead.
Special thanks to Lia Mills, who launched the book with such generous words, and to Trisha Jackson, my editor at Pan Macmillan – not just for last night, but for working with me on the last seven books!
And thanks, too, to Cormac Kinsella of Repforce and David Adamson of Pan Macmillan – not just for all their hard work, but also for their unfailing sense of humour.
I was very glad to have my agent, Nicola Barr of Greene and Heaton, in my corner last night – literally and metaphorically.
Nicola and her colleague in New York, Grainne Fox of Fletcher and Company, have secured a deal for my debut in the United States.
The Years That Followed will be published there in October by Touchstone Books, and gosh, I’ll have the onerous task of going to New York to launch it… Exciting times.
We kept the staff at Dubray in Grafton Street very busy indeed until well after eight o’clock, and they looked after all of us with good humour and grace under pressure.
Afterwards, we had a relaxed and celebratory few hours in Neary’s pub of Chatham Street – an old favourite.
Writing The Years That Followed was an exhilarating experience.
I loved delving into mythology and psychology and the endlessly complex relationships that human beings have with each other.
Myth is a really powerful vehicle for helping us to understand why we do what we do to ourselves and to others, and reimagining the ancient tale of Agamemnon and Clytemestra was a terrific experience.
Sometimes, that imagining took to me to dark places, sometimes to light-filled ones.
But always, always, to interesting ones.
Better get on with the next one, now….
Fun is over. Back to work.