This wouldn’t be my second novel if I hadn’t published the first, so thanks to all those who encouraged and supported my journey to the publication of Sugar and Snails, as well as those who read, reviewed or otherwise recommended it and made me believe I could pull off something similar again.
Thanks to Terry Anderson for early plot discussions and – along with Linda Bowes, Keith Finlinson, Clare Goodwin, Geoff LePard, Ewan Morrison, Gail Rennie and Ashley Stokes – for patient reading of and feedback on various drafts, and the team at Inspired Quill, especially Sara Jayne Slack and Fiona Thomas for knocking it further into shape. Thanks to Vince Haig for another gorgeous cover.
Thanks to SSD for Steve’s smattering of Punjabi and to the art psychotherapists it’s been my pleasure to work alongside for his (mis)understanding of Liesel’s profession. My work in mental health services also introduced me to attachment theory, which shaped my understanding of both their characters. (For an accessible introduction to this topic, I recommend Sue Gerhart’s Why Love Matters.) Thanks to That Woman for helping me delve into this more deeply, and to Terry Anderson for everything else.
Most of all, thank you for reading.
But that’s only half the story. I must also thank the blogosphere novelists who supplied advance endorsements, as well as the readers generously making the time to write reviews. There are also the librarians and booksellers willing to champion my small-press published books. I’m also conscious of my humongous (as Venus in Sugar and Snails might say) debt of gratitude to those who support me online through this blog, through Twitter and through hosting guest posts. Since, despite intending to rein myself in, the current blog tour is as much of a splurge as the first one, my words have already claimed more than their fair share of the blogosphere, I’d better hand over to them with the links to the posts on the pre-publication part of the tour:
I would sing my thanks if I had the confidence to sing solo. Never mind, Mercedes Sosa has the better voice.