Travels with Close To Me - Milan

Can't believe it's already October. September flew by in a whirl of flights, interviews, meetings and of course, writing! Book Two edits continued, and I was also travelling - a lot. 

Back in 2016, when my agent rang me with news of the first foreign rights sale, I decided I would make the most of every opportunity that came my way via Close To me. So last month I went to Milan to meet my wonderful Italian publisher, Corbaccio. They published under the title L'anno Che e Passato (The Year Gone By) on 31st of August.

It was a very brief visit, but in the one full day I had with them, Valentina the press officer, had organised back-to-back interviews with national newspapers, glossy magazines, review websites and a blogger event. It was all new to me, especially as I have no Italian, but my wonderful interpreter, Rafaella, made sure my words and meaning were translated seamlessly. It was hard work, but also great fun.

I love the way the Italian readers have responded to the book, particularly the themes of empty-nest syndrome, and starting-over to reassess life after a trauma. 

Here I am outside Hoepli in Milan, where Cecilia, my wonderful host at Corbaccio, surprised me with this amazing window display. I signed about forty books inside, and had a tour of the five floors - what a beautiful bookstore.

Here I am outside Hoepli in Milan, where Cecilia, my wonderful host at Corbaccio, surprised me with this amazing window display. I signed about forty books inside, and had a tour of the five floors - what a beautiful bookstore.

Milan is a stunning city - the Duomo looked glorious in the Italian sunshine.

Milan is a stunning city - the Duomo looked glorious in the Italian sunshine.