So Ghost Girls is launched. It went officially out into the world on Thursday March 10 at Manchuria Bar in Melbourne's Chinatown.
What an amazing night for me. A beautiful and fitting venue, old and new friends, family, past and present mentors, my writing community, members of the publishing industry, my book designer and typesetter and a Ghost Girls playlist providing the soundtrack.
Plus, (bonus!), I made it through the Q&A and my speech!
Here are some pictures from the evening, with comments. Enjoy.
Angela Myer, Commissioning Editor at Echo Publishing, introduced both Angela Savage and myself and spoke about Ghost Girls and me. She admitted, among other things, that the pig's tripe she ordered, while dining opposite me at a Sichuan restaurant, had been a mistake. She thought she'd ordered tofu. (A major theme in Ghost Girls is food - Chinese food - and on that particular evening I thought I'd met my match when it came to adventurous eating, and I had. The two of us dove into that plate of braised pig's stomach and, oh, did we chew that tripe...
... for a very long time! :)
The fabulous Angela Savage, author of the Jayne Keeney PI series, is one of the reasons I am published. She believed in me and my work and informed me that my publisher, Echo, was looking for crime. People collide through time for a reason. Thanks for colliding with me and my work, Ange.
Team Echo rock. That is all.
I feel so fortunate to have had my book designed by this woman, Sandy Cull. The cover so perfectly captures the tone of my story and is reminiscent to me of the cinematography from my favourite film, Chungking Express, which was a mood motivator for me in writing Ghost Girls.
A surreal but fabulous evening. Writing dream come true. Thanks to everyone who attended and helped me to celebrate the launch of Ghost Girls. Cath x