It’s been almost a week since The Story Collector was released and I think I’ve finally dragged myself out of my post-launch stupor! How to even begin to explain to you, dear reader, what this week has been like. It has been a mixture of utter joy, trepidation, excitement, anxiousness, exhaustion and elation. Let’s say it together, it’s been an emotional roller-coaster! But mostly, there’s a sense of mission accomplished.
There are so many stages to getting a book from manuscript to shelf and even though I’ve had a publisher behind me this time, it still doesn’t change the amount of work to be done. Thankfully, all of the preparation has paid off and my new book has been chaperoned into the world by the most amazing book bloggers – newly christened #TeamEvie ! Book bloggers are quite simply, angels. I never cease to be amazed by the amount of work they put into helping authors and publishers promote their new books to the world. All for the love of books and reading. It’s kind of phenomenal and something I never take for granted. It’s a huge commitment that they take on for no financial gain, and yet their professionalism is exemplary. It also helps that readers (we knew this already!) are just the best humans!! I’ve had such fun on this tour, so big thanks to everyone who is taking part and cheering from the sidelines.
I was so happy to kick off the week with a piece for the Irish Times, all about folklore in fiction. I loved writing this article and I’ve connected with some fellow folklore fans (try saying that three times!) off the back of it, so do have a read if you’re interested in the inspiration behind the story.
The other F words: folklore and fairies https://t.co/ZOFs893tLc
— Irish Times Culture (@IrishTimesCultr) June 12, 2018
Another feature I really enjoyed doing was My Life In Books for Woman’s Way Magazine. I love sharing books that I’ve enjoyed and it’s a nice change to chat about other writers!
Finally, the lovely people at with Female First UK invited me to do their feature, 10 Things I Want My Readers To Know About Me. Honestly, I couldn’t think of one at the beginning! But once I started writing, it kind of snowballed, reminding me of things I hadn’t thought about for years. Like how I worked as an intern with Airbus Industrie in the south of France, and in a bizarre twist of fate, they are publishing a book this year with my publisher, Urbane!
So that’s it, The Story Collector is out in the world, revealing its pages to new readers every day. There is still lots more to come, so stay tuned for details. If you want to pick up a copy, check out the following stores for more info.