It's finally here.
The day I've ben waiting for.
My book has made it to the virtual book shelves of Amazon. Click this link to purchase it right now.
It's pretty exciting for me, and I'm feeling proud and happy that I've finally managed to get my book to this point.
I've actually been basking in the general feeling of wellbeing for a few days now – the release day was 28 May, my father's birthday. It wasn't a day that I chose at random: it means something special to me.
My dad died three years ago from cancer. I have this really strong memory in my head, from about four years ago, of my dad asking me about the book I was writing at the time. He wanted to know what I was doing to get it published, and whether I would consider doing it myself – i.e. self publishing it. At the time, I was still fairly set along the traditional route, and told him I wanted an agent and a publisher. But now, as I self publish my first book, I keep thinking of that conversation, and how he'd been the one to put it in my head, all those years ago. He was a pretty smart guy, my dad.
I wrote Ringmaster just after his death, so it was probably inevitable that my main character's father should be dead by the opening credits. A lot of my own pain went into her feelings, despite the characters being very different, so he's kind of wrapped up in this book for me. I'm not sure he would have known what to do with all the magic and supernatural elements – more of a non-fiction guy, my dad – but I know he would have been proud of me, and that makes me smile.
So, to those of you reading this post, I hope you buy my book, and enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Thanks xx Trudi