Usually, this feature hosts guest bloggers telling us about their latest book – but today it’s my turn, because it’s the release date for my own new book. SO, I’m going to answer the same ten questions I usually ask other visitors.
1. Give us the details – title, publisher, illustrator, release date.
Roses are Blue, illustrated by Gabriel Evans, published by Walker Books and released July 1 (That’s today!)
2. Why did you write the book?
The story came to me from a thought about how embarrassing it is for my own children to have a mum like me. Then I started wondering what it would be like to have a mother who was really really different from other mums. I started exploring the idea and realised the story I needed to tell was about a mother who is disabled as the result fo a car accident, and the struggle for her daughter Amber. As I wrote it, I realised the real issue for Amber was missing her mum, and having to cope with the loss of what they had.
3. How long from idea to publication?
Years. About five years. My previous verse novels, Pearl Verses the World and Toppling were much quicker. I think this one took so long because it was hard to get the balance between the sad topic and the sense of hope I wanted to evoke.
4. What was the hardest thing about writing it?
Getting that sense of hope developed enough. I don’t mind if people cry when they read my books, but I do want them to also find something to smile about. When the topic is so sad, it can be difficult to get that balance right.
5. Coolest thing about your book?
Getting to work with talented young illustrator Gabriel Evans. He’s amazing.
6. Something you learnt through writing the book?
The value of a good and patient editor. Actually, I already knew this, but the efforts of Sue Whiting and Jessica Owen to get the best out of me were invaluable!
7. What did you do celebrate the release?
I had a launch at the National Conference of the CBCA in May, and will be having a local launch in August. I also bought a block of my favourite chocolate this morning and will open something cold and bubbly this evening.
8. And how will you promote the book?
As well as the launch, later in the year I’ll be doing some touring in the Eastern states and in WA, and of course lots of online stuff like blog tours and interviews.
9. What are you working on next?
A couple of things. I’m finishing up a war story due for release early in 2015, and fine tuning some picture books. I’m also working on a Doctorate in Creative Writing and, for that, writing lots of poetry and another verse novel.
10. Where we can find out more about you and your book?
On my website, www.sallymurphy.com.au
Or my Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sally-Murphy
My Twitter handle is @sallymurphy
You can also visit the Walker Books website http://walkerbooks.com.au/Books/Roses-Are-Blue-9781922244376
And, of course, the book can be bought from any good bookstore (if they don’t have it, ask!) or online.