Saturday, April 21, 2007

A book signing with a difference

I've signed quite a few of my books now (we're not talking millions, or even thousands, though I'm probably in to the hundreds - fame and fortune are still awaiting).

On my shelf, however, I have a copy of my second book, 'Zambezi' which was signed by someone else - Patricia Thelma Amphlett OAM - better known as Little Pattie.

For the legion of overseas fans, Little Pattie is an Aussie icon, a singing star who started in the 60s and, in addition to her successful recording career, went to Vietnam to enterain the troops (that's her pictured above left on stage in Vietnam in the 60s).

She's still involved in organising entertainment for Australian troops serving overseas.

A good mate of mine, Greg, is in the army and involved with escorting entertainers overseas, to places such as Iraq, Afghanistan, The Solomons and East Timor. A while ago I had lunch with him and he told me of an unusual exchange he'd had with Little Pattie during a trip to Iraq.

They're both big readers and, if I remember the story correctly, Patricia said she'd read this book called Zambezi and Greg said "I know the bloke who wrote it".

To cut short what is heading dangerously close to becoming a long story, I asked Greg to get THE Little Pattie to sign the copy she'd read. I sent her a new one.

The inscription reads: "To dear Tony, thank you for such a great read! More please! Best wishes and love from Patricia Amphlett (Little Pattie)."

I was... well... stoked.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Ill Respiro Della Savana

That's the title of the Italian edition of my first book, 'Far Horizon', soon to be known at 'The Breath of the Savana'.

I like it, and I like Tascabili degli Editori Associati (TEA), my Italian publishers. Heaps, as we say in Australia.

It's great, when you're getting into this business of writing, to hear about overseas deals, and kind of weird at the same time (in a good way) to know that the books are being translated into another language.

What's better, is to make contact with people abroad and Stefano Res is the Direzione Editoriale at TEA. Thanks, Stefano.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Check this... a cheque from the Czechs!

More good news, I'm afraid.

My very good friends at Pan Macmillan have informed me that all three of my books so far published (or should that be published so far?) - 'Far Horizon', 'Zambezi' and 'African Sky' are to be translated into Czech and published in the Czech Republic.

Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is one of my favourite cities in the world.

Mrs Blog and I had a particularly memorable New Years Eve there when we were young people. We were working in England at the time, and although we were living below the poverty line, air fares were very cheap, so we flew to Berlin and caught a train to Prague.

We had a memorable time. The night before NYE we slept in a dorm full of other backpackers. For some reason some of them were very restless during the night and there didn't appear to be much sleep going on.

NYE itself was, well, a bit like a warzone populated with drunken friendly people. Bungers (crackers, fireworks, depending on where you're from) were exploding in train stations and alleys, while sky rockets were whizzing around the main square near the clock tower at ankle height. You had to jump into the air every few minutes to avoid becoming a casualty.

All this was fuelled on fine Czech beer (some of the best in the world) and not-so-fine, but very cheap Russian champagne.

If I can get my scanner working again I'll post a pic here of two very drunk, very young Australians in Prague.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Sneak preview - Safari, the book...

You've seen the animals (or maybe not)... soon you'll be able to read the book.

This is the cover design for my fourth book, SAFARI. You may be surprised to learn it's set in Africa. It's due for release in Australia in August 2007 and, hopefully, the rest of the world soon after.

Without giving the plot away (because I don't have time right now, and should, really be concentrating on editing my fifth book today), it's about hunters, poachers and Africa's wildlife wars.

It's set in Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Lots of animals; lots of gunplay; lots of Africa; lots of romance and (thanks to my publisher, who said I needed more sex scenes) lots more rude bits than I originally intended.

I'll post more information once I've got number five off to the publisher. Hopefully I'll have included enough sex in this one.