Saturday, March 26, 2011

Big news next week

I know you're probably tired of my excuses for not blogging, but they are valid. Editing... writing... editing... writing.... drinking... editing... writing... drinking.

After finishing the copy edits on my third top secret non fiction book, and my not-so-secret eighth novel, 'AFRICAN DAWN' (due out in August in Australia and in October in the UK and South Africa) I'm now about to get back into finishing off my ninth novel. It's called 'BOOK NINE'.

What I find when I'm actually writing (as opposed to going through my editor's edits) is that a bit of blogging in the morning helps to fire me up for the day's work, so expect something more than a bit of shameless self promotion in the weeks to come.

But for now, here's some more shamless self promotion in the form of quite a deep review of THE DELTA in South Africa's Business Day here , and another review in The Citizen (Johannesburg) here

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

TP on Radio Today, Jozi.

Standby for more shameless self promotionin the days to come as I post reviews, interviews and news from my recent promotional tour of South Africa, and a brief visit to the UK.

If y'all have half an hour to kill you might enjoy this episode from Radio Today, Johannesburg's book program with the lovely Sue Grant-Marshall.

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Hi, remember me?

... well, I wouldn't blame you if you've forgotten me.

Forgive me, Legion of Fans (LOF) for neglecting you for so long. It seems I'm always apologising on here for being too busy to blog. But there it is. I've been flat out going through the edits on my third non fiction book, touring South Africa to promote THE DELTA, and trying to write a ninth novel.

So there.

Actually, I've also been doing a fair bit of socialising and drinking on the South African tour, instead of staying up late and blogging.

I've been very fortunate to meet quite quite a few of y'all from here and facebook on this tour. Had me a ball in Cape Town and soaked up some sun, sea and lobster curry in Durban. In Gauteng I had an exceptionally excessive dinner with the Exclusive Books people in Sandton, and an absolute hoot at a lunch at Pachas in Pretoria today.

Some authors I've heard of find promo tours tiring. One very famous author I know of apparently ended up curled up in the fetal position in the shower of his hotel room, crying his eyes out, such was his angst and stress at having to out and have a glass of wine with his public. I won't name names, or course, or reveal how I heard this tidbit, but my message to said famous person, in the unlikely event that I ever meet him, is "cowboy the f* up, dude".

Personally, I find touring a good deal of fun. The hardest part for me is recovering the next morning from the night before. But if I'm feeling a bit seedy I just tell myself to cowboy up. I mean, mixing with people and talking about books and Africa, and squeezing in the odd bevvy is hardly working, is it?

I'm off to the Old Dart tonight, to London, England (as people say in America so you don't get confused and think you're actually in Paris, France) to meet with my wonderful, wise, sensational and forward thinking publishers at Quercus, and my agent, who I have yet to meet, even though she has already landed me some very nice publishing deals.

I've written a very long (perhaps too long) post about my recent visit to the Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda and will post it soon on the new-look Getaway Magazine blog, once I work out how to log into it.

Soon the travelling will be over, LOF, and I'll find a little corner where I can hunker down and finish off Book 9 and get back to some serious blogging.

Miss you all. Truly I do.