The book launch was such fun — a bit like a wedding — and it’s all a bit of a blur. Fortunately there are photos. I organised a fabulous cake from Cake It Forward to match the cover. Zac from Schrodinger’s Books had created a flight-themed playlist of music: Flight of the Bumblebee, The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze and I think there may have been some Bowie in there — always a good choice! I talked about Leila Adair’s balloon ascent in Petone, did a short reading and signed copies of my book. My friends and family came, some bringing gorgeous flowers, and a good time was had by all. It felt like a graduation party — a real celebration.
There was one slight hiccup along the way – I had to postpone the book launch for two weeks after I visited a trifecta of ‘locations of interest’ on the same day as an Australian tourist in Wellington, who later tested positive for COVID-19. I was deemed a close contact (for about two minutes) at one of the places and needed to isolate for 14 days. Thankfully no community cases resulted from his visit.
In the lead-up I’ve done plenty of interviews (some of which are online below) and there have been two reviews (both positive). Phew!
NZ Booklovers review by Lynn Potter
FlaxFlower review by Bronwyn Elsmore
RNZ Sunday interview with Jim Mora
MPR Words from the Bubble interview with Rachel Doré (Episode 51)
Plains FM interview with Ruth Todd (22nd June)
NZ Heritage Week Blogpost
NZ Herald Canvas magazine article by Joanna Wane (subscription needed)
There is more work to do with the Amazon listing and setting up Paypal purchases from this website but a significant milestone has been achieved ✔.