Today is the day that Breathing in Colour hits the bookshops. Quite nerve-wracking, really, although thankfully I’m not in the UK at the moment so won’t be tempted to hover anxiously at store doorways trying to see whether people seem interested in it or not! My author copies arrived the other week and the book cover looks stunning – all credit to the hardworking designers at Piatkus.
It’s been kind of hectic in the build-up to publication because of the publicity things I’ve been doing – I even caved in and agreed to write a short story set in India for My Weekly, so I’m doing that this week. At first I wasn’t sure what I’d write about but my usual technique of dozing in the garden and watching the hypnagogic imagery develop behind my eyelids brought me a strong image of a blue-eyed woman floating along the Ganges at dawn in a wooden boat, and as soon as I saw her I knew her name and why she was there, so the story should hopefully just flow from there now. I’ve also done a ‘First Draft’ interview with Mslexia which was good fun, comparing an early draft of one of the synaesthesia sections of the book with the final, published version, and apart from that I’ve been organising press releases to send to various publications, not to mention putting the finishing touches to this website before it went live.
Unsurprisingly, all this has ejected me from the writing of Dreamrunner, but only temporarily, I hope; by the end of this week I’ll be free to immerse myself in nightmares and dolphins and all that sort of stuff! Looking forward to it – and to getting updates from my agent and editor as to how Breathing in Colour is doing out there in the big wide world.