‘The French Perfumer’ went into shops at the beginning of March and last weekend was the official launch. Amazingly, after two weeks of practically non-stop rain, the day dawned blue. Late afternoon sun poured into the cafe and we all felt very blessed. Everyone wore their best (even a couple of tiaras!) and we enjoyed French rosé compliments of @thedrinkhive and delicious food by @caferacerMonavale
It’s very easy to overlook this aspect in the life of a book. It needs to be organised and funded by the author and it can seem all too hard and costly. But, although the isolated days and weeks in the writing of a novel are redeemed by its publication, it’s absolutely wonderful to share that journey and celebrate with friends and family who are truly excited for you. Loved every minute!
For the last couple years, my writing friend Tracey Trinder and I have been developing a television series based on my novel Two for the Road, retitled Coldwater Bay.
Late in 2016, the Australian Writers’ Guild were running a competition, so we entered our pilot episode and promptly forgot about it.
So it came as a wonderful surprise when we were notified that we had been shortlisted – incredibly exciting given there were 525 entries with one winner (Matt Ford) and five on the shortlist. Doesn’t mean it will get made but a step in the right direction!
Occasionally the postie does deliver something other than bills!
First copy of The French Perfumer arrived today and it really does look gorgeous. You can’t see here but the cover is a smooth matt finish with spot varnish on the title and on the hand-drawn gardenias. It’s a lovely weight and feel – for those of us who are fussy about such things! The inside cover is like an old French wallpaper, looks great!
If you’re keen to get your hands on a copy it will be in stores 27th February (you can pre-order now) or order online details HERE
As The French Perfumer is set in the South of France in 1956, I thought it would be a nice touch to include a few pen & ink style drawings – common in books of the era. Fortunately, my publishers, keen to create a delicious experience with this novel, loved the idea!
Illustrator, Kymba Burrows of Soulful Creative had exactly the style I envisaged. She read the book and set to work.
Here’s a sneak peek of one of six gorgeous illustrations she has produced for the book.