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I know you are supposed to say that ¬†reviews don’t matter. That you never even read them. I must admit, though, that to me they do matter, and I do read them. When Sonata for Miriam was just published and Boston blogger called it a four-star turkey it did hurt. And no matter how many excellent reviews my book received, that single bad one has stayed in my mind. In the fragile final stages of writing my fourth novel, tentatively titled¬†The blackbird sings at dusk,¬†it was comforting and encouraging to see this blog comment on¬†The Memory of love:¬†Basso Profundo.
A friend snapped this picture of my book at JFK airport yesterday. It is a slightly surreal feeling to realise that the book has a life of its own over in the US, while I am sitting here on this particularly grey day in Auckland. It is easy to think that nothing happens when you hear and see nothing. So, this image was a most welcome sign that my book is doing well. Without me. The odd review has been coming through, all good. So, instead of browsing for more information I should let it go. And return to my task.
I was offered to contribute to a US blog and describe my dream cast, should my book me made into a film. You can read it here: My book, the movie
We are allowed to dream, aren’t we?
A beautiful reading of¬†The Kindness of your Nature/ The Memory of Love¬†by Denis O’Connell is being broadcast this month. You can listen to the first fours episodes here:¬†http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/thereading
I was recently offered to contribute a list of music relevant to my latest novel, The Memory of Love, to the blog largehearted Boy. It was a bittersweet task. I was instantly back there, in the time when the novel was written. It wasn’t very long ago, yet in some ways, it now feels like it was in another life. And like much in life, watched in hindsight, it looks more appealing than what it felt like at the time…
You can see the list – and listen to some of it – here:¬†www.largeheartedboy.com
Sorry, life has kept me very busy lately and this site has been neglected. I have taken a big step – for me – and invested in a home in New Zealand again, after three years of dallying. I am now as settle as it is possible for me to be, with more space for just me and my books than I have ever had before. And as the dust is now slowly setting I am finally ready to resume my life and return to my writing. My double life continues, though, and I plan to leave New Zealand for Europe in July. Hopefully, with a completed new novel in my bag.
Lots of things to report – all good.
But for now, what is occupying me is the imminent release of The memory of love in the USA. Today is the day, I think. Fingers crossed!
Back soon. I promise!