I’m so excited about the upcoming release of THE SHAPE OF US. The official release date is April 1, but we should start seeing books in stores around March 28. Pre ordered E-books will also download on March 28.
I’m thrilled to announce the official launch of the book will be at the Julia Gillard Library in Tarneit, Victoria, on Thursday April 20, and you’re all invited! This will be a free event, but you’ll need to book your place. More details coming soon. Watch this space!
Just a quick reminder that I’ll be attending a huge signing event in Melbourne later this month. The signing is part of the Australian Romance Readers Convention taking place from Feb 24 -26 at Rydges hotel in Melbourne. There will be approximately 70 authors at the signing and even more at the convention! The convention is a lot of fun! There are keynote addresses, panels (I’m on one of those!), social events, giveaways, and much more! And there are still a few places left. For more information on either the signing, the convention or both, please click here.
I am thrilled to announce that Feels Like Home is an Australian Bestseller! In 2015 it was the eighth highest selling fiction book written by a debut author (in Australia).
Thank you so much to all my lovely readers for making this happen.
When I was a little girl, strangers would often comment to my mum that I was “quite the chatterbox.” My mum would always respond with pride that I had a fantastic imagination and told wonderful stories. She always made me believe that I was lucky to have such a vivid imagination. I remember her saying that imaginative people are never bored or lonely.
Without my mum’s support I would never have become a writer. One week from today I will achieve my lifelong dream of becoming a published author. It’s a fabulous feeling and I’m incredibly excited, but I’m also a little sad. Today marks the nine year anniversary of my mum’s untimely death. My greatest wish is that she could be here to share next Tuesday with me.
In honour of my mum and all she did for me I thought I would write a letter to her and post it here.
Next week I will finally become what you always told me I would be – a published author. It’s a big achievement, one I would never have realised without you. So thank you.
Thank you for reading to me every night when I was little. Thank you for saving money out of the household budget so I could have a Little Golden Book, or as I got older, an Enid Blyton book, each week.
Thank you for listening to my long rambling stories and instead of telling me to “Be quiet” (which, honestly, must have been very tempting!) encouraging me to write my stories down.
Thank you for understanding when I stayed up all night reading as a teen and for ignoring the torchlight under the covers.
Thank you for being a wonderful role model. For always having a book on your bedside table and for always treating reading as a necessity of life.
Thank you for encouraging me to take a writing course and for always being interested in how it was going.
Thank you for paying for my first RWAus conference because you knew how badly I wanted to go. By the time the conference came around that year, you’d already left us. You never got see how much that one gesture of yours changed my life but I like to think that somehow you knew that it would.
Most of all, Mum, thank you for always, always, taking my writing seriously, for believing in me and for being proud of me.
With much love,
Radio show – Book, Stage and Screen
88.9 Wyn FM from 12.20 pm
Lisa will be chatting to Samantha and Gordon Napier on their weekly arts show.
Official launch of The Shape Of Us
Julia Gillard Library
150 Sunset Views Blvd
Tarniet, VIC 3029
Event starts at 6:30pm
Free event but bookings are essential
See library website for more details, or ph:(03) 8734 0200
Author Talk: Lisa Ireland and Rachael Johns
444 – 446 Princes Highway
Rockdale, NSW 2216
6pm – 7pm
Author Talk: Lisa Ireland and Sally Hepworth
1/73 The Terrace,
Ocean Grove Vic.
PH: 03 5255 5973