Reading about the passing of Voyager author Sara Douglass yesterday, I was struck by a phrase repeated in so many of the tributes posted by her fellow writers. They said Sara encouraged them when they were first establishing themselves as authors, and remembered her staunch support in those initial years.
I never met Ms Douglass myself. But I can tell you that the spirit of support and encouragement Voyager Australia authors show each other (and their colleagues in general) is alive and well. It’s a wonderful legacy and I hope it continues. Writing is a lonely business and we all need that sense of community, of not being stuck too far out on a limb. What’s more, the promotional part of the business is – for me at least, and I know others who feel the same – the equivalent of pulling teeth. I hugely value the advice, support and practical help of colleagues in this regard.
I’ve recently had further proof, if proof was necessary, of the big-heartedness of Australian authors. Hearing I couldn’t make it to Conflux this year, two fellow writers, Nicole Murphy and Gillian Polack, offered to host a mini-launch for ‘Oracle’s Fire’ at the con. Imagine my relief and joy when I learned that thanks to these friends, the last title of the Chronicles of the Tree will be sent out into the world in style…
I’ll be sharing the launch with author Simon Haynes (hello Simon!) It’ll be held in the Launceston room at 12pm on Sunday. Nicole will be introducing the book, Gillian will be reading from it, and both will be armed with quantities of chocolate. 🙂
What else can I say but thank you, thank you, thank you?