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.
I’m just back from France where I was researching my new novel Madame Mathilde.
I had an amazing time, met loads of interesting people and saw some beautiful places – in particular this village called Cordes-sur-Ciel which is in the South-West, Tarn region and will be the setting for the novel.
In the meantime, The French Perfumer is coming along nicely. The editing process is almost complete and I have now seen the first cover proposal which I’m looking forward to revealing soon. It will be released in March 2017.
This book has quite a new look which will be replicated in a re-issued edition of The Olive Sisters. I’m so thrilled that Penguin have decided to re-release The Olive Sisters as people often ask me where they can buy a copy and it’s been tricky for the last couple of years since it went out of print.
So good things to come! You can see more about my research trip HERE