Counting down the days


Less than a month to go and Vulture’s Gate will be in bookshops across Australia. I have a stack of glossy covers on my desk, though I’m still waiting on my advance copies of the bound book.

This afternoon I had a long chat with the very lovely publicist from Allen and Unwin, Sarah Tran. I probably drove her crazy with questions as I vented my anxieties about the passage of this novel into the world. I poured over the media release and fretted about potential misunderstandings – though it’s too late now as both the book and the release have left the warehouse on their way to around a hundred reviewers, radio stations, newspapers and media outlets.

I can’t believe how anxious I am about its release. It was a story that ambushed me when I was working on another novel and I still haven’t worked out how to discuss its contents. Tomorrow, I’m giving a talk at Glen Waverley Library as part of the Monash Library Literary Festival. I’ve put together a powerpoint presentation of images related to my books and their covers but, if the last couple of gigs are anything to go by, I’ll probably be hit by an almost familiar ripple of fear when the cover of ‘Vulture’s Gate’ flashes onto the screen. There are so many things embedded in this book, I think it will take me a few more weeks to grapple with how to explain its genesis.

As I unwrapped the parcel of covers this morning and read the strap line I was struck again by the strangeness of this story that I have brought into the world: Girls are extinct, Chaos Rules, Welcome to the future…

Kirsty is an Australian author of books for children and young adults.

“Books are windows into other ways of being.”

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