I got a delivery of my book TITIAN’S BOATMAN this week. Hurrah! And it has a lovely quote from Francesco da Mosto on the cover.
“Travelling across time and place, this compelling intrigue captures the beauty of several Venices and the essence of Titian – the city’s most scandalous genius.”
Thank you Francesco!
It made me think of this quotation by Alice Walker, an author I love:
“There is an ecstatic side to writing. It’s like jazz. It just has a life.”
To be perfectly frank the ecstatic side of doing the actual writing sometimes passes me by but I can tell you there’s nothing quite like taking delivery of finished copies of your book for the first time especially when your publisher has done such a fantastic job. There is the lovely Man with the Blue Sleeve. What a fantastic jacket! Hope you like the look of it. Very much hope you read it and enjoy it! It’s published January 26th.
Forgive the ecstasy but sometimes a gal just has to celebrate and scatter these !!!!!!!!! around like crazy. Then she gets on with the business of wrapping her parcels and swearing because she’s run out of Sellotape (why can’t you tear modern Sellotape with your teeth?) and wondering what size Christmas tree she’s going to buy and why she has failed to put the recycling out for the last three weeks and why she hasn’t written a Christmas card yet and, ‘Oh God the post office is going on strike, isn’t it?’ and (London-centric) what on earth is the matter with the Piccadilly line these days and how dare Sainsburys play Shirley Temple Christmas songs to you when you’re trapped doing your shopping and why can’t they have Fairytale of New York by The Pogues instead… Hope your Christmas preparations are going better than mine and many thanks to Thomas at B&W for the lovely pictures.