A lot’s been happening over here at Catherine’s Desk, so I thought I’d cobble together a bit of a mish-mashed blog post to update you on them.
College starts at the end of this month and as it’s my final year, I’m going to be busy, busy, busy. Especially since I will also be writing a new book and already have lots of events and fun stuff lined up. So last week I took the opportunity to escape to one of my favourite places, Villefranche-sur-Mer, for some last minute summer sun. We stayed in a spot I’ve never stayed in before which offered ridiculously fabulous views out over the bay, and every morning when we woke up, we discovered a new massive cruise ship had arrived in the bay. Distress Signals in real life…
Two bits of great news on the Distress Signals front: the book is going to be published in Germany (hooray!) and in the USA in mass market paperback at the start of January (hooray again!). The American edition also has a fancy new cover with two elements that make me want to pinch myself.
(It felt like) I was writing The Liar’s Girl for so long that it’s still hard for me to believe she’s finished, but she is – and I have the page proofs to prove it! This is when my publisher sends me the typeset pages of the book for me to have one last look over before they head for the printers. In many ways, it’s strange to think that in just a few short months, I’ll have two thrillers out there in the world. (What?!)
In weird but wonderful news, my desk made its debut in the Irish Times Home & Design supplement the Saturday before last as part of a feature about small but beautiful spaces. Big thanks to Sophie for making my 34 square metres (yes, 34 – that’s not a typo) sound amazing and to Eoin for making it look that way. Thanks also for just the one chin in the photo – MUCH appreciated! And yes, of course my desk is always that tidy and I write on a typewriter and I wear a dress and full make-up and no glasses when I write… Yep. Totally. You can read the article online here.
I mentioned that college is starting soon, and our terms are 12 weeks long. Three months is also how long it should take me to write 90,000 words if I write an average of 1,000 words a day. (I learned a LOT writing Book 2 about what works for me and what doesn’t, and I’m excited to take those lessons into Book 3. Yes, I am still basking in the glorious optimism you’re awash with just before you start a new book.) In related news, I seem to waste a lot of time on a daily basis. So when I heard about the Best Self 13-week planner, I couldn’t order one fast enough. I’ll be using it for the next 13 weeks starting next week (says the procrastinator) and I’ve high hopes for it. I’ll let you know how I get on.
And finally, if you live around these parts, I have no fewer than three events coming up the weekend after next.
- On Friday 22nd September (Culture Night) I’ll be at Words Ireland’s Writers Cafe in Drogheda talking about self-publishing
- On Sunday 24th September I’ll be in Cork (yay!) reading and chatting at Fiction at the Friary
- On Monday 25th September I’ll be in Blanchardstown Library as part of their The Write Time programme, giving a talk called The Digital Author.
More info about these events and ticketing information is available at the links. So, that’s the lot for me for now. How are you?