Happy New Year of the Dog 2018! This year is supposed to be a year of action and it is certainly starting off that way. I now have an idea of publication date for Stranger In My Heart and it is soon! The copy edit is done so I can have my draft copies to send out to reviewers. Unbound sent me a cover design questionnaire so that they can get started on that – as it happens the Art Director is based in Frome! The next steps also include proof reading and typesetting and altogether the final processes are supposed to take about 6 weeks. I am hoping that my lovely (and patient) supporters will have signed copies in their hot little hands in early April, with public launch at the end of April. I have gone from being impatient to see the book published to feeling that it now seems terrifyingly soon. Time to dig out my PR and Promotion hat and get to work!
Next month I am speaking about my book at Leeds University at an event titled Future Memories organised by the Researching Far East PoWs History Group. This is a seed event for bigger things planned for 2020 when it will be the 75th anniversary of VJ day. I’m excited to be involved and hope that I will also be able to take part in the events in a couple of years time. There are lots of great speakers – we only have 15 minutes each, sort of speed dating for authors/academics – so it will be interesting to meet everyone. We are combining our trip to the North with visits to family and friends and we are really looking forward to it.