15th June, 2018
Latest news on Write That Script is that it will be officially launched nationwide at the Galway Film Fleadh (July 10-15th). You can hear more about it here on The Green Room where Orla Barry quizzed me on the book, on the craft, on the life of a screenwriter!
I’m also in discussions regarding a few exciting writing gigs and trying to finish a first draft of the sequel to Dad’s Red Dress. I’ve now learnt the hard way that it is FAR better to plan your series out when you begin – not launch into book one with an idea for how book two will end! Yep, it’s really not enough. I should have know this from screenwriting but then the publishing lark was new to me.
Trouble was, 2017 was a busy year so all I could do was brainstorm stories that the different characters might have, issues, events, how Jessie’s father would handle HRT etc. By the time I had a bit of space to write, there were just too many interesting stories and I can’t fit them all in!
Advice from Angelica, aged 14: If your hair is naturally curly and you want it straight, “simply picture little Brad Pits stomping on the tangles until they behave”.
On February 8th, my new book. The Angelica Touch, will be officially launched in Galway at Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop in the city centre. 6.30 pm. Come along and hear a little about the origins of the book – which is about a teenager setting up a dating website to matchmake her single mum, written when I was one of those! – and hear from Angelica herself, hopefully leaping off the page (so long as I don’t get too nervous and talk as quick as I normally do!)
The Angelica Touch is also available on Amazon: https://buff.ly/2iSWGu6
20 Jan 2018
Dad’s Red Dress is now available around the world from Kenny’s Bookshop! Twelve American libraries have taken it, including the Library of Congress, Harvard University, Notre Dame University, Boston College and the New York Public Libraries amongst others.
That feels seriously deserving of a small bit of whooping and dancing in my office – which might help to warm me up anyway!
06 December: Christmas sale!
For one week only, to make sure the book reaches you in time for Christmas, signed copies of Dad’s Red Dress are on sale for 8 euro (33% discount) plus P&P. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can get the name to dedicate the book to and payment then is by paypal. Unless you live in Dublin and I can meet you in the city centre to pass the book over!
The Angelica Touch is now available as a print book on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2AM3pgk
Just in time for Christmas!
27 Nov. First review in for The Angelica Touch: from the wonderful actress, Maria MacDermottroe.
Some of my latest interviews, in case you’re interested:
On Authors Interviews with Fiona McVie: https://wp.me/p3uv2y-6Wk
In The Gloss Magazine with Sophie Grenham: http://thegloss.ie/writers-block-with-lindsay-j-sedgwick/
And on Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/interview/LindsayJS
This was a radio one I did with Helen Dwyer on Rhyme and Reason, talking about and reading from Dad’s Red Dress: http://thegloss.ie/writers-block-with-lindsay-j-sedgwick/
Spotted from the 123 bus last night on my way into town: Dad’s Red Dress in its first shop window, in the estimable company ofAdrian Mole and Harry Potter, alongside Anton Chekhov, Colm Toibín, Kazuo Ishiguro, Angela Carter and José Saramago. Happy days!
Now’s the time to pick up a copy for your loved ones; it’s the ideal stocking filler for the teens in your life that you want to get reading more and the adults who are still young at heart; perfect for curling up around on a long winter night. Available through Amazon and Smashwords. (see the BUY page for ease of access)
Why is it that no matter how many times you read through your book, forwards and backwards, in pieces and parts and then the whole all over again, when you get your proofs back, there are always typos that slipped through?
My favourite pet hate is the long sentences in which I’ve used the same word twice. You can spot it in Dad’s Red Dress because I only noticed it – despite editors and readers as well as my own eagle eye going over the manuscript time and again – when I stood up for the first time to read from it in front of an audience.
Really excited to get The Angelica Touch out there. It ‘s full of heart and it’s fun; I still enjoy reading it, even now so I really hope you will to. I have it up for pre-order on Amazon and Smashwords