It’s one short month until Another Us is published.
It’s such a strange time isn’t it?
On the one hand, I’m working hard on publicity in the run up to publication – writing magazine and blog articles, being interviewed for podcasts and radio shows, and keeping on top on social media. (Reading that last sentence back, I really do have to pinch myself and keep reminding myself that this really is a dream come true!) I’m also pushing ahead with book two as the first draft is due at the end of May and, believe me, it’s going to be tight! So plenty – too much – to do and I’m spending most of my working hours in front of the computer – often with at least one cat ‘helping’ me.
On the other hand – bloody hell! The whole world – literally – has changed in a way none of us could have predicted. As it had for many of us, our own little world has changed too. A levels have been cancelled, universities have been closed, we’ve had our brushes with ill-health (Covid or not – who knows?), we have parents in a locked down care-homes and close family members in hospital. Fingers crossed we all emerged unscathed but it’s scary, isn’t it, really scary? I have times when I am quite frankly petrified and times when I am quite blasé, and – at a time when distance is no longer an object – some unexpected and quite lovely friendships have bubbled to the surface.
So, somewhere between these two extremes, Another Us will be launched. It would be foolish to pretend that everything is as it would have been if this hadn’t happened – too many opportunities have been lost along the way and in the greater scheme of things, it is, of course, quite, quite unimportant. But – as this is my little corner of the internet – I hope it’s OK to say that I’m hoping Another Us will still be able to find its feet and to be read and enjoyed.
To that end, a huge thank you to everyone who has pre-ordered and retweeted and requested on NetGalley and given such generous early reviews. I really am very grateful.
I’m going to finish with a review from Claire Dyer that made me cry – because this is wht writing is all about. Thank you Claire:
‘Another Us’ is a roller-coaster of a ride as we take the journey with Emma towards self-knowledge. Prompted by her son’s Asperger’s diagnosis, Emma is forced to take a long, hard look at her role as a wife, mother, daughter and friend but, this long hard look is fraught with drama, conflict and humour. What may, at first, seem a light-hearted portrayal of playground politics becomes something much deeper and more profound the more we get into the novel, until it becomes something brave and brilliant, and which both entertains and informs. Kirsten Hesketh’s writing is assured and the pace never falters. It is a total must-read debut.
Claire Dyer, author of The Last Day
I wish you all health and happiness and look forward to seeing you all on the other side xx