Tuesday, 24 November 2015

CRUSHED Book Launch - Ireland

I returned from my 10-day Ireland book launch of Crushed on Sunday, exhausted but happy. Purple Pumpkin Publishing had planned a lot of events for me and together we made a mark in Kerry.

The UK launch will be early 2016 (dates to be confirmed) beginning in Basingstoke then going to Manchester, my home city.

I began my Ireland launch with an interview. Dominic Taylor from the Between the Pages show asked me questions and I read the opening from my new dark Thriller CRUSHED on Limerick City Community Radio. We rushed through traffic so arrived 15 minutes late so you may want to fast-forward.
Castleisland Community College, Kerry
Last week was a flurry of activity. It began when I was asked by Justin Bennett to speak to his class of TY students. I decided to do something a bit different with them than just stand at the front and talk and so it proved to be an interesting time. Let's just say that the students will not forget that morning! They are going to create an article about it for their journalism project.
On a cold and blustery evening I talked to an audience at Killarney Library for over 2 hours about my books and writing process.
Killarney Library, Kerry
My first launch of Crushed was as Eason bookstore in Killarney where I met readers and signed books.
Denise Greenwood at Crushed launch, Eason bookstore Killarney
Eason Killarney display of Crushed
My thanks to John Lynch, photographer for this unusual but effective photo


Nick O'Brien who treated Denise Greenwood to dinner

Amy Naughton, book cover designer
St. Brendan's College was another talk venue. A tough crowd of boys but they rewarded my talk with their enthusiasm and appreciation. Their round of applause certainly took me by surprise.
St. Brendan's College, Killarney, Ireland - My thanks to Sean the Principal for inviting me to talk to his students.
Tommy Frank O'Connor

My next stop was a writing group - Scribhneoiri Sliabh Luachan, headed by a remarkable man Tommy Frank O'Connor. Such a talented group!

Then.... my second book launch but this time at Fels Point Hotel, Tralee where Tommy surprised me with one of the greatest compliments a writer could receive after he had read my book Crushed.

The second surprise was when one lady bought my book, asked me to sign it and then after I'd read out the opening she sat and read Crushed for forty minutes. She said that she wanted to know what happened next!

I stayed after the end of the launch to speak with the audience on a personal level.
This week there is no rest for the wicked. I have my night as part of the Outsiders on the Fringe Festival to do. I will be at The Baum in Rochdale from 7 to 9pm - talking, reading and signing. 

Crushed is in paperback format in Ireland but will shortly be appearing as Kindle, Nook, Kobo, etc., at all online retailers before it then comes as a paperback to UK stores early 2016. I'll let you know when and I hope to see lots more friendly and welcoming faces at my events then.

And finally.... my publisher Sharon Fitzpatrick who had planned and organised my Ireland events. Here she is hard at work in Lurkers Corner at the Tatler Jack pub, Killarney. I joked about pop-up offices and how every pub should have one. I will miss the Guinness but one thing is for sure, as Arnie once said: "I'll be back!"
Sharon Fitzpatrick of Purple Pumpkin Publishing