I am delighted to welcome Kirsty Ferry on to the blog today who, in case you missed it, has just had a DOUBLE publication day!
Welcome Kirsty, it’s great to have you here, I want to know all about your publication day . . .
What do you do the night before?
Not sleep very much! It’s too exciting to think that my book is going out into the world, and I keep re-running bits of it over in my mind and praying people will like it. Which is a bit daft, because it’s too late then and there’s no going back!
What happens on the actual morning?
Get up and sort my son out for school! Oh the glamorous life of a writer. This publication day was a Tuesday so I’m not at my day-job, which is good, and it means I can keep an eye on social media and see how people are reacting. Fortunately, there’s usually lots of support out there; especially between the Choc Lit authors as we all jump in and wish each other well on a publication day. It’s lovely.
Who are you with during the day?
My family. If it was a day-job day, I would have to say my colleagues – but they would have to leave me in a corner somewhere as I’d probably be getting too excited about my book being out to be much use at work!
Where do you go?
I’ll head out for a celebratory cuppa, then come back and perch at the PC to see what’s going on and to try and keep on top of thanking people for giving me a shout out.
What do you spend the day doing?
Stalking social media in an unhealthy fashion until my son comes back from school! And maybe touching my paperback and going, ‘Aaaaaaaagh’ as it’s so lovely and embossed and touchy feely!
Is publication day one the same as publication day two? And so on?
Publication Day one is a little nerve-wracking, to be honest. Nobody really knows you and you haven’t got an established readership – so there’s all the worry that people will either hate your book, trash it with grotty reviews or simply not buy it. Subsequent publication days are much better. I’ve been lucky enough to have readers excited enough to ask when ‘the next one’ is due out, and I’ve been keeping them posted with the journey of books two and three in the series – which are coming out on the same day in different formats (hugely exciting for me, I have to say!), so I know I already have quite a few readers cheering me on now, and I know some people have also pre-ordered, so that’s put a big smile on my face.
Do you have any rituals?
If you can count prosecco/cava, chocolate and a long hot bubble bath on the evening as a ritual, then yes I do! It’s been a long, exciting process to get to publication day and I think I have to deserve a little treat; just so I can chill out and appreciate it all before starting work on the next book!
I think prosecco is a an absolute must on publication day!
Both Kirsty’s books are now available to purchase – The Girl in the Painting in paperback and eBook, and The Girl in the Photograph in eBook.
Here are the blurbs . . .
The Girl in the Painting
What if you thought you knew a secret that could change history?
Whilst standing engrossed in her favourite Pre-Raphaelite painting – Millais’s Ophelia – Cori catches the eye of Tate gallery worker, Simon, who is immediately struck by her resemblance to the red-haired beauty in the famous artwork.
The attraction is mutual, but Cori has other things on her mind. She has recently acquired the diary of Daisy, a Victorian woman with a shocking secret. As Cori reads, it soon becomes apparent that Daisy will stop at nothing to be heard, even outside of the pages of her diary …
Will Simon stick around when life becomes increasingly spooky for Cori, as she moves ever closer to uncovering the truth about Daisy’s connection to the girl in her favourite painting?
The Girl in the Photograph
What if the past was trying to teach you a lesson?
Staying alone in the shadow of an abandoned manor house in Yorkshire would be madness to some, but art enthusiast Lissy de Luca can’t wait. Lissy has her reasons for seeking isolation, and she wants to study the Staithes Group – an artists’ commune active at the turn of the twentieth century.
Lissy is fascinated by the imposing Sea Scarr Hall – but the deeper she delves, the stranger things get. A lonely figure patrols the cove at night, whilst a hidden painting leads to a chilling realisation. And then there’s the photograph of the girl; so beautiful she could be a mermaid … and so familiar.
As Lissy further immerses herself, she comes to an eerie conclusion: The occupants of Sea Scarr Hall are long gone, but they have a message for her – and they’re going to make sure she gets it.
Buy The Girl in the Painting: www.choc-lit.com/dd-product/the-girl-in-the-painting/
Buy The Girl in the Photograph: www.choc-lit.com/dd-product/the-girl-in-the-photograph/
For more information on Kirsty Ferry, follow her on Twitter @kirsty_ferry