It’s over – the launch of my first junior novel. Mike the Spike has now been officially introduced to the world. And what a send off! All that build up. The plans … the nerves … the lice … I had a great time and, I’m delighted to say, so did everyone else.

I did a brief talk and read out some of the book …DSC01549






DSC01562Ben Johnston, my terribly talented illustrator, performed a drawing demo …





DSC01566The kids had lots of fun making lice puppets, thanks to the help of my wonderful friend Stella Samaras of the Crafty Theatre blog …







DSC01575And best of all we got to chat with some book-loving kids!






I’m so grateful to Kogarah Library for hosting the launch. Their enthusiasm and professionalism made everything run smoothly. I also want to thank my friends and family for their support. They gave me their time and their love when I needed it most. I couldn’t have done it without them!

Photographs courtesy of Vasudha Chandra.


18 thoughts on “All launched out – what an experience!

  1. It was so much fun! I’ve never been to a book launch before. Thanks for the opportunity to get involved. The kids made some special lice! They came in all fresh eyed and morning fresh and left with the nits!

    1. Stella says:

      And what huge nits! Thanks again, I really would have been lost without you!

      1. Hurry up and launch another book so we can do it again!

      2. Stella says:

        I’m working on it ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Bravo, Stella. Really too bad to be so far! Best to you and Mike. Cheers!

    1. Stella says:

      Thanks, Evelyne. I know you were with me in spirit ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Congratulations! Looks like you had a great turnout and a fun time.

    1. Stella says:

      Thank you! It was lots of fun, but exhausting!

  4. It was a very successful book launch. Congratulations.

    1. Stella says:

      I had your excellent example to guide me! Thanks for coming along and for all your support.

  5. Congratulations! I’m so happy for you. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Stella says:

      Thank you! I’m happy that you’re happy!!

  6. viktoryarch says:

    Congratulations on your book launch… Best wishes.

    1. Stella says:

      Thank you! It was quite a day ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. viktoryarch says:

        Many more to come….

      2. Stella says:

        I hope so!!

      3. viktoryarch says:


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