Remember, Remember …

… the 7th of December. Well, I’m not likely to forget that date in a hurry, am I? Because it’s PUBLICATION DAY of Up Close today! Hooray!

Box of author copies

Box of author copies

There’s a tremendous sense of achievement. Some people even liken it giving birth, and there are certainly elements which can easily be compared: the hard slog (read: feeling like a beached whale), dealing with rejections (read: hormones), the long wait (a lot more than 9 months…), the final hard push, and then cradling the product in your arms.

That’s where the analogy ends. This isn’t just nature taking it’s course, each day moving closer and closer to an inevitable outcome, but something born out of my imagination alone. It didn’t come from the blue lagoon, instead it came from what can be best described as resembling an overblown, grey walnut – my brain. And that makes it so much more.

So is it all it’s cracked up to be?

Recently my friend and fellow writer, the lovely Jean Fullerton (see, pulled me to one side and said, “I didn’t want to tell you this before, but you’ll never get a break now. You’ll either be writing a book, editing a book, or talking about a book.” And she’s absolutely right.

Today I’m talking about Book 1 (Up Close), while I’m awaiting the edits for Book 2, and the creation of Book 3 is well under way. I get breathless just thinking about it!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. Far from it. This is what I’ve always wanted, even before I realised I wanted it. Where my heart always was, what I am. An author. And even if I’d known beforehand what crazy, hard work it was going to be, I wouldn’t want it any other way.

19 thoughts on “Remember, Remember …

  1. Massive congratulations, Henri! The first of many publication days ahead of you. Hope you get a chance to truly enjoy and cherish the day! Hugs XXX

  2. Happy Publication Day!! It must be wonderful to open a box like that full of your own books! And now you have book 2 almost out – how marvellous. Can’t wait to read it, Henri. enjoy your day! xx

  3. Thank you, Sarah. I intend to take some time off today, and I’m going out tonight, to our knitting group Christmas party, so that should be fun. Hx

  4. Many congratulations, Henri, from me too. Don’t worry about the busy-ness today, just enjoy the moment you’ve worked so hard for. Wishing you and ‘Up Close’ every success.

  5. Happy publication day Henri and savour the moment! So, so pleased for you!! 🙂

  6. Happy Publication Day, Henri. Enjoy every second! Wishing you bags of success with Up Close. I’m really looking forward to reading it 🙂 xx

  7. Happy publication day, Henri! Jean is right, you can never go back now – but, like having your first baby, the hard work all feels worthwhile. Very happy for you. 🙂

  8. Thank you, all, I’m enjoying every moment of it (hic…)!

    Jules – Thank you for your kind words about the book. I’m so relieved that you liked it, especially since there are so many seasoned romantic suspense authors out there 🙂 Hx

  9. Happy publication day, Henri! So glad it’s the first of many. And you really get used to having 3 or so books needing some of your attention all the time. It’s lovely. x

  10. Happy Publication Day, Henriette! I’ve just downloaded Up Close onto my Kindle. I can’t wait to read it! I love romantic suspense and Up Close looks brilliant.

  11. Champagne is on ice at the moment, and I’m cooking pilau rice. Didn’t actually mean for that to rhyme, but it’s been that sort of day 🙂

    Julie – Thank you so much for buying Up Close. I really hope you enjoy it.

  12. It’s now the morning after publication day, Henri – and mega congratulations on ‘Up Close’, and I bet you woke up with a rush of adrenalin, knowing that it’s not just publication day that brings a thrill, you now have the prospect of your book being bought, read, enjoyed and reviewed. And then there are the sales figures to look forward to . . .

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