Devil in the Red Dress was launched to the world last night. Arriving at the venue it was the first time I had seen more than one copy and could hardly contain my excitement! Pamela and Silvana from my publishers made a lovely display…
My local Labour TD Joe Costello was kind enough to do the honours and gave the book a fantastic send off. I was absolutely blushing by the time he’d finished saying nice things about it. You can see me grinning in the picture below.
I was really touched by how many people turned up. It was a lovely crowd and the celebrations went on well into the evening…I’ve been nursing a rather fuzzy head all day!
I think a good night was had by all…I spent the first few hours signing copies. I’ve spent today going round bookshops signing more copies to go with that “signed by the author” sticker. At this stage I’ve got a bad case of writers cramp (something I avoided through the whole process of writing Devil!) In the picture below is myself, Joe Costello and his wife, Councillor Emer Costello. Note the pretty poster behind me and the rictus in the hand gripping the pen!
The evening passed in an absolute blur (I think the only day that was that much of a whirl was my wedding day – thank god I have photographic evidence both events took place!)
I’m exhausted today. As I said, I spent most of the day going around bookshops in Dublin city centre signing copies of Devil. By the end of the day I think my signature had developed a certain flow to it (rather than the scrawl I use on official forms and cheques). Mind you that could be purely subjective…in reality the signatures had started sloping sadly off toward the bottom right hand corner of the front piece.
It has been strange going into bookshops and seeing stacks of the book…it’s beginning to feel real now. This is the beginning of a whole new journey and quite frankly, I can’t wait!
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