Well Harbouring is out in the wide world now and I am feeling pleased. Not only is it a beautiful day in my beloved Wellington, but the book has been Number One for three consecutive weeks on the NZ Fiction Bestseller list. Phew!
For a writer, when your book hits the bookshops (and these days the e-book trade) it feels a bit like the day your child leaves home and goes flatting. Only more so. There’s nothing more you can do. Can’t change a word or phrase. It’s both exciting and nerve-racking to think of total strangers reading your words and entering the life you have imagined. What will they think? Unlike an actor or a musician who feels the audience with them and enjoys the applause, a writer gets little feedback except from family and friends who are, thankfully, partisan.
So I am grateful for all you readers who are buying Harbouring. It’s almost enough to give me courage to keep writing at this grand old age.