Well, yesterday was the big day – the official launch of ‘Oracle’s Fire’ in the land of its birth, New Zealand. I’m happy to say the Weta Cave was hopping! It was great to see faces there both new and old, friends who have supported the books from the start and fresh recruits to the cause of the Tree. Thank you all so much for coming and making the event a big success.
We started off with a few words from Tammy Ruffell, Harper’s sales rep in New Zealand, who introduced the books with all manner of kind praise. Here she is, standing next to Frank Victoria. (The leaf decorations were made by the lovely folks at the Weta Cave who have been staunch supporters of the books – thanks so much for everything you’ve done, Anna!)
After Tammy spoke, fellow NZ fantasy author Helen Lowe made what I thought would be some general introductory remarks about me and my books. I couldn’t have been more wrong! Helen wrote a beautiful speech especially for the occasion, which included both blush-inducing praise and a few home truths about the process of writing to a demanding schedule. For those interested, you can see the text of her speech here, as well as some more pics from the launch:
Well, that was a hard act to follow, but follow I did, with a reading from ‘Oracle’s Fire’. I’m not sure if the sound quality will hold up but if I can make it work, I’ll post a video of the reading on Youtube at a later point.
After that it was about signing, and signing, and more signing alongside cover artist extraordinaire, the famous (or rather infamous) Frank Victoria!
All in all it was a wonderful, glorious, exhausting occasion and I can never thank those who organised and supported it enough… you are my heroes.
Afterwards, I had that typical, bittersweet feeling that follows a long and arduous journey, when one returns home to familiar surroundings to find one almost misses the mayhem of travel. I’m proud and glad to have finished the journey of the Tree. But I’m also slightly nostalgic about sending out the last installment.
That said, new journeys beckon! The road goes ever on and on, down from the door where it began… 🙂