The Reluctant Writer
by Gillian O’Rourke
Although it has been a dream of mine to have a book published, I never considered that when the dream came true, I might have to promote myself to sell that dream-bound novel! I admit I am known as a chatty, bubbly sort of person, but the thoughts of crowds and large amounts of attention on me is something I look upon with a certain amount of horror! However, I decided that if I want this to be a successful writing career, I’m going to have to overcome those nerves and be brave, just like the characters I write about!
So on the 4th of October 2013, that’s what I did. Overcame some nerves and celebrated that is. And I tell you one thing, I wasn’t the only one suffering a two day hangover! (You know who you are!) The night was made all the more special by the fact that my lovely publishers, Sammy Smith and Zoe Harris, had sent beautiful posters, books marks and art/post cards as part of the books release.
And the other surprise was a specially made three tier cake and amazing decorations made by my great friends, Mary, Charlotte and Karen. There were scrolls with fortunes in them, which people picked when coming into the room. My favourite fortune was, “Never leapfrog a unicorn!” Some others I couldn’t repeat here, but they were a good giggle and talking point! And how could I forget the balloons? My sister-in-law, Siobhan was brilliant enough to sort that out for me! (I know I’m one lucky gal).
Of course, what also made the night was the turn out! I couldn’t be more pleased by the friends and family who attended. Some of my relatives flew over from Scotland, and I know, with more time and planning, my mum and dad would have flown from Australia just for the celebration.
I won’t lie to you and say the night wasn’t fraught with tension, but as people arrived, had food and drink, (and became very merry), I found that I shouldn’t have been so nervous after all. The interest was something really inspiring and I have a heartfelt gratitude to those who came and hopefully enjoyed themselves as much as I did! It was a wonderful night and I want to thank those who attended and supported me. I hope you are all now enjoying my first novel!
From Kristell Ink
We’re so proud of you, Gilly! And that cake looks DIVINE!