Tuesday, 24 June 2014
My sister, who encouraged me to write stories when we were both small, reminded me that we used to stand in bookshops and say of the shelves, 'One day, my books will be there...' I was in love with the little penguin in its orange oval, so she would add a footnote to my yearning: 'He'll be on your books one day.'
Today is that day: 24 June 2014. Penguin is publishing Someone Else's Skin, and introducing Marnie Rome to American readers. I hope they like her as much as UK readers do. Thank you, Penguin, for dreams come true.
US readers can buy Someone Else's Skin online here, or from bookshops like Sunriver where it's a Staff Pick.
Tuesday, 10 June 2014
Today I'm over at Lizzy Loves Books, talking about Why I Write. I started with the stories I was told by my grandmother, about my mother's childhood as a prisoner of the Japanese:
The stories took me to a place and time I couldn’t otherwise have imagined. But the magic didn’t end there. Because I could feel the sand under my feet, and see the words written by my mother with her stick; I could hear cicadas and macaws and the colour of the sky when it swelled with rain. I wasn’t just transported; I was there, in the story.
I really enjoyed writing this piece. Thanks, Lizzy.