And now the hard work begins

Feb 20 2011

It took us nearly eighteen months to write 'Lover Husband Father Monster' but that was just the beginning. If nobody knows about it, then it will fade and die. Because we think it is a good book, we don't want that to happen. That is where promotion comes in - we have to get out there and tell people about it. This week we started.
On Wednesday we did a radio interview for ABC country radio with Celine Foenander who does the morning program. She had actually read the book beforehand and was fascinated by the story and the concept of the two voices. Her questions were probing. For instance, she asked Graeme was there any quality in the character of Stuart that he admired or found attractive. He had to admit that 'yes' there were some things to admire. In fact, to the outside world he was an admirable person, one who had succeeded in business and appeared to have a happy home and wonderful family. However, at home he was a control freak and it was this characteristic obscured all good points.
Celine was also interested in the amount and type of collaboration we authors experienced whilst writing our own stories. We explained that although we wrote independently, every half dozen chapters or so we would stop, read the other persons work and then discuss what to keep and what to discard, where to go and what might happen next. A good book requires tight editing and we certainly discarded almost as much as we wrote. If it wasn't relevant to the story then we didn't put it in.
Celine is an incisive and interested interviewer and the twenty minute chat we had with her made both of us ponder some questions we hadn't considered before.
On the other hand, Johnny B our host on Radio Bondi FM in Sydney, had not read the book before the interview. We had sent him a copy but it went missing internally. However, he is Irish and was interested in what we had to tell him about the setting and the plot, so this was a different type of interview altogether. Different but good. He had the Press Release and an inquiring mind plus the Irish gift of the gab and he let us tell the story. He winged it, his professionalism enabling us to feel comfortable enough to tell our story. His amusing side comments about his fellow countrymen and the Irish culture made it a good interview.
But that is just the beginning. We are planning to talk to service clubs, radio stations and anyone who will listen.
Having said all of that, it would be wonderful if the book obtained a life of its own through word of mouth. So if you have read it and have enjoyed it and it has caused you to stop and think, then please tell other readers about it. It is a great book for book clubs because there are so many points of discussion.