One of the fun things about being a writer, especially in Dunedin, is supporting other authors in the city. Last night we gathered at the University Book Shop to celebrate Vanda Symon’s latest crime novel Bound and watch as the large pile of her shiny new book very quickly disappeared from the shop’s front counter. It was great to catch up with everyone after the holiday break and talk about projects and hopes for the coming year.
Book launches are weird beasts. Vanda has had a copy of the published book for some weeks but now it is out there in the bookshops and the reviews are coming in – the official launch is a line in the sand when sales start and the story becomes public property. However, for the author, the job of writing finished months ago and they are usually well into their next book by the time the wine bottles are opened and the nibbles put on plates.
Such is the nature of the business.
Anyway, Vanda looked stunning, the book is great, the shop was filled with writers, friends and family and there was laughter and discussion and much dreaming.
Who said writing was a lonely business!