Samiha launch report

On Saturday I had the enjoyable experience of launching a second book at the Weta Cave. The setting is lovely for a fantasy book launch and the crowd was as always supportive and keen. The questions after the reading are particularly fun for me, I must say – and people asked some great ones this time (I’m thinking of one questioner in particular who didn’t come forward to introduce himself, but participated with great enthusiasm. Thank you, mystery questioner!)

To my estimation about thirty people were there, and many of them were folks I had never met before, which is wonderful. Quite a few copies of ‘Tymon’s Flight’ were sold in addition to ‘Samiha’s Song’ to people discovering the series for the first time.ย I am grateful to Harper rep Tammy Ruffell and Anna the manager of the Weta Cave for both giving me very kind introductions. I’m also grateful to my husband and cover artist, Frank Victoria, for coming along to support and sign copies of both ‘Samiha’ and ‘White Cloud Worlds.’

One of the highlights of the launch for me was the opportunity to meet some Wellington-region SFF fans and writers. I have only just poked my head out of the rabbit hole to meet my local writer community, so this was a real treat. Tim, Kay, Alicia, Sally, Simon: thank you so much for coming. Pat, I’m sorry about your misadventure on the highway!

To all the staunch friends who made the effort to come out and support me again: thank you. I wouldn’t be here without your help. ๐Ÿ™‚


On a different note, the fun and excellent conversation continues in the ‘Writing Strong Women’ blog post series. Come and join the ongoing debate overย Kim Falconer’s post – subjects under discussion include the Starbuck character in BSG, religion as a force in sff, favourite female sff characters and much, much more!

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6 Responses to Samiha launch report

  1. My absolute pleasure! ๐Ÿ™‚ It was lovely to meet you and I can’t wait to read ”Tymon’s Flight”

    • MaryV says:

      It was loads of fun, wasn’t it? And who WAS that mystery guy who asked loads of questions? Wish he’d introduced himself…

  2. Simon Litten says:

    That mystery guy was a tour guide (he had a party of tourists in the theatrette). I hope he bought both books as he sounded very interested. I enjoyed the launch too.

    Now for book three – and then I can quiz you about the secret project.

    • MaryV says:

      Oooo, thanks for clearing that up! He did seem interested. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Book three looks set for September rather than August, but it’s still on track! (These things have to do with publisher schedules as well as yours truly…)

      The secret project is on the back burner until all copyedits of book three are done. (And my editor likes the first draft! Woohoo!)

  3. Bahiyyih says:

    Brilliant news about the editor liking the first draft of Book 3. So glad to hear this. A propos of back burners, do you think in the contemporary climate of publishing a writer who wants to survive can AFFORD a back burner? it seems to me they expect everything to be continuously on the boil…

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