Time to write

Started my new book today

Joined twitter

started a face book page for the book – http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?v=box_3&ref=profile&id=1542996992#!/pages/MyFace/111590475535747?ref=ts

Time to write

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We have liftoff

So we got the book – some very large elastic bands, 30 of my nearest and dearest and we launched that debut novel high up into the stratosphere!

Ok, Ok.  So I went to a conference and met some great Librarians.  These gals are great.  They love books.  They love sharing the buzz of reading books, and some of them even asked me to sign my book for them.  I can’t wait to visit their schools and spread the word – reading is still cool.

Then team Black Dog and I made our way to one of Perth’s hip book cafe places – opened a few bottles of bubbly, and MAB said some lovely things about the book and my little contribution to the literary circle of life.

I got to meet a great young author called Shirley who is committed to publishing her first book soon.

My family and close mates got to purchase a copy of Mama’s Song and I wrote pithy comments in the front cover for them.  It was great.  I highly recommend the years of toiling away at the laptop, the self-doubt and fear of putting your heart and soul onto the page, all for a few hours of warmth and celebration.  Ce’ magnifique.

And so

And so I went to Thailand for the week end and got to hang out with some great people.  made lots of new friends and reconnected with some old ones.  It reminded me that travel widens the mind, opens your eyes, reminds you why you love your home and why you need to leave it from time to time to realise all that.

Don’t take it for grated.

We have the launch next week.  If I can work out how to do it – I’ll post some pics of the event.

xx Ben

On the eve

On the eve of the release of Mama’s Song it’s been great to speak to people who’ve read the book and talk about the ideas, issues and characters.

It’s been interesting answering the same question over and over again – “how does a middle aged guy end up writing a book about a teenage girl, from her perspective – and get it right?”

It’s a good question.  The first book I wrote (the one that I practiced on that’s hiding at home) was a nice little story about a teenage boy who starts a band with some mates and falls in love for the first time.  Black Dog wisely asked if I had written anything else.

I had an idea about a guy who remarried and has a child and a grandchild on the same day.  I was going to tell the story from his estranged daughter’s point of view and look at the intergenerational aspect and the impact of how this event might go some way to healing old wounds.

I took a minor character from that first book – a lost flawed girl who was looking for someone to lover her, and started to think about setting the story exclusively in the maternity hospital.  Essentially, I wanted to challenge myself and tell a story that was interesting, relevant, and fictional ie not something from my life.

Then George started talking inside my head.  She was there already fully formed, vulnerable, pissed off with her predicament and blaming everyone else for her situation.

All I had to do was write down what she said and tell her story.  That was the easy part.  Luckily I’d done some research holding my wife’s hand at the birth of our own children, and while I know that’s not the same as going through it yourself,  if you read the book and it works for you, then I’ve done my job as a writer.

We’re launching the book soon, and I really enjoy talking about it with people, so hopefully we can do that soon.

I’ll check back soon and let you know how the launch went, and what’s on the horizon.

xx Ben

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Mama’s Song is finished and was sent from the beautiful city of Churches

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