It's the sound of someone blowing her own trumpet.
Since everyone else ON EARTH is reflecting on highlights of 2011, I'm gonna jump right on that bandwagon.
It seems like a very short year. Feels like I lost track of a few months somehow, starting a new day job, building up to and then focusing on the release of Act of Faith, and then spending October in France obsessively hunting down historical details for the Tragedie project.
If 2011 has flown past in a blur, luckily I have several artifacts to remind me: blog posts and social media updates, manuscripts and photos, a very handsome book out in the world and apparently going gangbusters, plus a whole range of people's reactions to it.
Here are a few recent reviews, important to me because they are from industry journals; from librarians or teachers or YA/children's book specialists who are passionate about writing for young people:
‘In the world of contemporary young adult fiction, Act of Faith runs against stereotype… A fine book for the classroom, especially at a time when religious tolerance, and tolerance of religion, is at a depressing low… a work of scholarship as well as a work of fiction. A novel that begs for a sequel.’
'This is a very exciting and thought-provoking book which may very well open up knowledge for today's adolescent readers about what the world was like when such religious intolerance pursued everyone...'
- Reading Time (Children's Book Council of Australia)
'A good read for lovers of books and historical adventure stories.’
- Magpies journal
And I was deeply chuffed to be listed by Holly Harper amongst Readings' best YA books for the year, in some dazzling company.
Thanks to Readings, and to booksellers everywhere - large and small.
And of course to everyone who has had faith enough to read my book.
May yours be a happy new year.