One of the unexpected, and delightful, spin-offs from the recent publication of my debut novel is that people can buy it all over the world – what’s more, in modest numbers, they are doing just that.
The book, Song of the Sea God, is available on Amazon where you can read the first few pages to see if it’s your kind of thing here.
It’s also on Barnes and Noble for American readers here.
In as much as I’d thought at all about who might read the book I had assumed they would be readers from the UK – but I wasn’t counting on the social media revolution which means that now, readers of the book are as likely to be from Tennessee as Tunbridge Wells.
It’s been a delight for me that kind and generous book-lovers in far-flung parts, people who have come across me on Twitter and Facebook and here on this blog, have taken a look at Sea God and decided that it’s for them.
It’s a curious thrill to think people are sitting down to read the words I wrote in parts of the world I have never visited. Let’s face it, my book is better travelled than I am.
I’m not just an unknown author in this country – I’m internationally unknown.
What these non domestic readers will make of Sea God is anybody’s guess. I sincerely hope they like it. I suppose in many ways it’s quite a British book. Not only because it was written by a British person but because the setting is clearly in Northern England. The language in the book is slangy and colloquial in a way which might either confuse or delight a reader from the USA or Australia, depending how open they are to voices they don’t normally hear.
If you are the sort of person who, for example, claims not to be able to understand anyone from ‘abroad’ because they have a funny accent then Sea God is probably not for you. My book has a funny accent.
If on the other hand, you are the sort of open-minded character who is willing to go with the flow, accept things which are different and read in an intuitive way then there’s a good chance you will get it. Yours is the world, and everything that’s in it, and what is more, you are my kind of reader.
Let me know what you think about Song of the Sea God, I would be delighted to hear from you!