London readers, I'd love to meet you! If you'd like to meet me too, come to Daunt Books on South End Road in Hampstead at 6.30pm on March 8th. For the small fee we'll be able to talk AND have a drink. Hope to see you there!
Yuki Means Happiness is the chosen paperback in SwiftLit's January book box! What a beautiful collection of relevant goodies is included! They clearly were paying close attention when they read the book!
Yesterday evening was like a dream - the best kind of dream. There were surprises, but they were all good! I have to thank Birmingham Waterstones for their bright space and enthusiastic staff, and Blake Woodham of Brum Radio for being such a seasoned and interested MC.
I took the opportunity to read from Lillian on Life as well as Yuki Means Happiness, as I was living in Singapore when my first novel was published, and didn't get a chance to do any readings here ("It's my party and I'll read what I want to."). The assembled crowd was so warm and attentive, and it was wonderful to hear how much people enjoyed being read to. We do as children. We do as adults. Lovely.
I also sang ("It's my party and I'll sing if I want to") a Japanese folk song, 'Habu no Minato'.
In order for everyone to have at least a tiny taste of Japan, we poured sake - Japanese rice wine - into disposable shot glasses and offered bowls of rice crackers and wasabi peas. The sake was drained, and the books sold out.
This week I've been short on sleep, and long on satisfaction.
Many thanks to everyone involved.
The very dynamic Waterstones bookstore in Birmingham (UK) will be holding the publication-day event for Yuki Means Happiness on 27 July at 6:30pm. I'll be doing a short talk and reading, and then will be in discussion with Blake Woodham of Brum Radio's Book Show. More details here: https://www.waterstones.com/events/yuki-means-happiness/birmingham
My second novel (well, of course I've written more than that, but the second novel fit to sell) will be published by John Murray on 27 July 2017! Details can be found on the Yuki Means Happiness page under 'Books'.