That’s what I’ll be doing over the next couple of nights. I’m returning to Coonabarabran – astronomy capital of Australia -for their annual Feast of Words, along with JC Burke, Patrick May, Peter FitzSimons, Julian Larnach, and Mutuota Kigotho. I’ve checked the moon forecast. Cold nights and a dying moon mean good stars …
news & interviews
1. I’ve just seen the full wraparound cover for Raw Blue in the UK (did I mention how much I love that cover???). Right underneath the back blurb, there’s a quote from Carla at The Crooked Shelf. And my UK publisher just told me that it was due to Carla’s review that she became aware of the book in the first place. ***
2. Linds from Bibliophile Brouhaha in the USA has come up with a cunning plan to get Raw Blue on the National Public Radio’s Top 100 Best YA Books Ever list, which is crazy, lateral, inspired thinking given that the book isn’t even published in the States. If there’s a word for Linds it’s irrepressible. She’s done so much for Raw Blue and I thank her and thank her but it’s never enough.
4. Someone told me not long ago that they thought Raw Blue was a quiet book. I thought they were right. It is a quiet book. And Carly, the main character, is quietly brave, because in real life that’s usually the way it goes down. But what has blown me away is how vocal and loud and supportive people are about this story. I’ve named a few of them here, but I know there are many, many more of you out there. Thank you for your emails and comments and reviews and for passing this story on.
***What this means is that if you’re in the States, you can pre-order the book for just over $8, with free shipping from The Book Depository. If you’re in the UK, you can just mosey on into a bookstore and get it there. Yay!!!
- Night Beach made the Inky’s longlist, along with Shift by Em Bailey, Brotherband 1: The Outcasts by John Flanagan, Act of Faith by Kelly Gardiner, Queen of the Night by Leanne Hall, Blood Song by Rhiannon Hart, Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan, The Coming of the Whirlpool: Ship Kings 1 by Andrew McGahan, The Deep: Here Be Dragons, Volume 1 by Tom Taylor (illustrated by James Brouwer), and The Reluctant Hallelujah by Gabrielle Williams. Congratulations to all those excellent Aussie authors.
- I revealed The Books that Changed Me in the Sydney Morning Herald (under my nom de plume – Kirty).
- Talked at the Sydney Writers’ Festival on a panel with Margo Lanagan and Lucy Christopher. Megs from Literary Life and Mandee from VeganYANerds did great wrap ups from the session here and here. (In this, Mandee proves that she is a super spy with a photographic memory.)
- I blogged for a whole month (May to be precise) at Inside a Dog. Lots on how I write (or rather, how I avoid writing).
- There’s a guest post on Abbie from Night Beach up at Treasured Tales for Young Adults (thanks Alishia for having me).
Ahoy there! A big thank you to all who participated in the Night Beach giveaway. Your tips and advice were hugely appreciated. And now it’s time to announce the winners (and I’m a day late in doing this, so my apologies if you’ve been waiting to find out).
The winner of the International giveaway is Katrina P.
The winner of the Australian giveaway is Alison C.
I will be emailing you ladies for further details.
More soon and thanks once again!
So! Today’s the 27th, which is our pre-appointed date for a GIVEAWAY. And those of you who’ve been here before and have highly tuned powers of perception will have no doubt noticed that something’s a leeetle bit different. Hopefully you’re thinking, I love what you’ve done with the place. Because, yes, I’ve had a web makeover. You are all so cutting edge with your iPhones and other thingys that it was decided this should be a responsive website, which apparently means it changes size like magic.
It’s pretty plain right now, but when I have time I can play with it. Dress it up with waves, or sand, or chandeliers, as the fancy takes me.
And the whole thing’s got me thinking about what an author website should do anyway. Which is where you guys and the Giveaway come in. More
Hey guys (especially those of you who are overseas), I just wanted to let you know that Raw Blue is going to be published in the UK in August, by Catnip Publishing. I’m so happy about this. Hopefully this makes it easier for some of you to get hold of the book. And once again my thanks go out to the blogging community for raising this book’s profile – you know who you are :) It’ll be coming out in August, smack bang in summer. I LOVE the cover.
There’s a lot going on at the moment, and I must be feeling a wee bit stressed, because I’ve had the sudden urge to number things.
1. Two more reviews have come in for Night Beach.
Book’d Out: Night Beach is a novel that got under my skin, complex, breathtaking and compelling, I can only insist you experience it for yourself. This is a story that stays with you, haunts you and despite its young adult label deserves an adult audience.
Spellbound by Books: I’ve read everything she’s written so far, and this is by far my most favourite read.
Thanks to both Shellyrae and Melissa for taking the time to read the book.
2. And due to a late scratching, I’m going to be blogging all this month at Inside A Dog – the Centre for Youth Literature’s website for readers. The CYL have been phenomenally good to me, inviting me to Reading Matters last year, and taking me to Geelong, and now this. And my only response to date has been to steal their Facebook photos. So I’m going to try really hard to be a good Writer in Residence for them.
3. Which leads me to the favour. If you’ve got a chance, I will love you forever if you visit me over there and leave a comment or ask a question, or get involved in the GIVEAWAY I’ll be running. (It’s a separate giveaway to the one that’s happening here on the 27th of May).
Okay, that’s all for now. Have a great day. This is what I’ll be listening to:
Remember how I said I was going to blog more about the book? Well, I’m going to cheat instead. Alpha Reader has just posted an interview I did with her, which includes a lot of the paintings mentioned in the story, and she’s done a much better job than I’ll ever do. So if you’d like to read it, please click here (and you can read AR’s review here).
(I thought I’d follow her example by sprinkling a few images around to zhush things up a little – all NB inspired, of course):
There’s also a review in Australian Bookseller + Publisher (who I don’t think have ever reviewed my stuff before, so thanks Meg Whelan!):
Dark and seductive, Night Beach will leave you breathless. A thrilling and suspenseful combination of the real and the supernatural, this is not a novel to read alone at night! Kirsty Eagar paints a detailed picture of the claustrophobic surfing town, full of complex and intriguing characters. Highly imaginative and lushly described, it’s an enthralling world that will captivate readers just as it possesses Abbie. Eagar’s novel takes ideas with a usually positive portrayal, such as the ocean, art and love, and subverts them, capturing their darker underside and the dangers of obsession. This is a great book for older young-adult readers. Fans of Eagar’s Raw Blue—which won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for young adult fiction—will love her latest supernatural thriller.
And there are a few reviews out in the blogging community already. So a huge THANK YOU, as always, to you guys for taking the time to read and respond. (I should say, too – I know about reviews when they get passed on to me, either by the reviewer, or by Penguin, or someone in the know, so if you’d like to see yours mentioned, get in touch).
And my editor, who knows me very well, sent me a link to this one by Trin in the Wind because it’s sort of everything that I was trying to do with the story (which I know doesn’t mean that everybody’s going to feel that way about it, but it’s still nice that one person did!)
I also really like Trin’s instructions for reading the book:
1. Read at night
2. Read at night while it’s raining
3. Read at night while it’s raining and you’re home alone
4. Let yourself go.
Finally, there’s a GIVEAWAY to come, which will kick off on the 27th of May. Yes, a bit delayed, but 27 is a good number, and you can fill that time in by thinking about whether you prefer chandeliers or moons.
Have a great day, peoples!
First, a shout out to Geelong. Yes, the whole city. But in particular – all of the students who attended the panel sessions with Doug MacLeod, Gab Williams and me. And two extra special shout outs for the students from Oberon High – who survived a mouse; and the girls and boys from Mandarma Primary School – who have the brightest eyes I have ever seen.
Big thanks to Maryanne Hyde and the baby-twirling, Lace-loving staff of Geelong Regional Libraries. The libraries’ program is amazing. I like their Book Chat club, which is kind of like a book club but different in that you turn up and talk about whatever it is that you’re reading at the moment. Also, their strong sense that a library is a community space and definitely no longer a place in which you must be quiet.
And last, but not least – thank you to Adele, Liz and Nicole from the Centre for Youth Literature for looking after us and showing great navigational intuition. Here are some photos I’ve nicked from the CYL’s Facebook page (which you should go and ‘like’ to make up for me nicking photos):
The session is called Her Dark Materials (sexy title, hey what?), it’s on Sunday the 20th May at the Bangarra Theatre from 11.30am to 12.30pm.
For more details, click here. Thus endeth the upcoming events posts.
PS This has a weird life-revisiting-itself feel, because 3 years ago I went to the SWF just before Raw Blue was published, More