Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Countdown to June

 
A heavy box arrives...this is always a lovely moment, one of the iconic moments, I suppose, of an author's life. This one is from HarperCollins in New York, and it contains early copies of the paperback edition of The Sea Garden, due out in the US on June 16th. 
 
It's a beautiful book, both to look at and touch. The wisteria cover by Amanda Kain is unchanged from the hardback - so many people loved its enticing sense of mystery, that it would have made no sense to change. The back cover is slightly pearlized, which is why it has flared in the photo. Thanks again, to my editor Jennifer Barth and text designer Leah Carlson-Stanisic for all the care they put into this book. Thanks too, to Sarah Blake and Sarah Jio for their generosity in providing such alluring blurbs. 
 
 
I feel I ought to explain my absence from the blog, far longer than I intended back in March, when I wanted to devote my time to writing the next novel and coming to terms with my mother's death. But sadly my father passed away, last month, only four months after her. To say I have found a normal routine hard to maintain is an understatement. I have been quietly getting on with editing what I wrote during the winter, but social media has been beyond me.
 
However, over the next few weeks, I shall endeavour to put up some posts relevant to The Sea Garden to send it on its way. 

7 comments:

Karen Wojcik Berner said...

Oh, Deborah, I'm so sorry! There are no words, to be sure, but please know that I'm sending you a virtual cup of tea and a wish for whatever soothes your spirit and brings you peace. My deepest sympathies.

Maureen said...

My sympathies for your losses. May peace be with you.

Susan Roebuck said...

I'm so sorry that you've suffered so much this year, Deborah and I'm sending a virtual hug.

I'll be looking out for The Sea Garden, I know it'll be marvellous.

Libby said...

Oh Deborah, what a time. Your Father just didn't want to be here without your Mother….that is sweet beyond words. But so hard for you. Time, of course, helps, as does some work. Thanks for letting us all know.

Bunched Undies said...

My condolences Deborah. Both of my parents passed within an 18 month span, The sense of loss can be overwhelming, but it does get easier with time. I found writing to be an excellent way to cope and find peace. Sending you wishes for strength and healing.

Marcheline said...

One woe doth tread upon another's heel,
So fast they follow.
- Hamlet, Act IV, Scene VII


Take all the time you need, we will still be here when you feel strong enough to return. Hugs!

Barbara Fisher said...

Dear Deborah, I was so sorry to read about your parents, what a time you’ve been having. My mum and dad died some years ago, but I remember being incapable of dealing with anything other than trying to come to terms with it all. I wasn't involved in Social media back then, but if I had been it would have been a long way down my list of ‘must do’ things. Hugs Barbara.

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