A sighting in the wild…

May 10, 2012

Friday Brown is almost ready to fly. It’s like seeing my youngest off to school. The house is too quiet. I don’t quite know what to do with my freedom.

I’ve had this baby swaddled like a papoose for so long and now it’s out there. Think Mork (Robin Williams before he got craggy) launching his egg.

‘Fly. Be free.’ Splat.

I started writing Friday well before All I Ever Wanted was finished. That’s a three-year gestation, which is pretty gruelling, even by an elephant’s standards. I have the most beautiful cover rough (which may be changed a little) designed by the incomparable W H Chong. There’s nothing quite like seeing the essence of your characters and story perfectly captured in a single image—it took me 70,000+ words to say this:



Friday Brown is a story about grief and obsession. There’s blatant plagiarism (a most sincere form of flattery) and campfire tales and a buried swimming pool. There are parts where you may have to hold your breath. But mostly it’s a story about friendship.

You can check it out and pre-order here at Text.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a blank page to stare at.

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  1. Vikki, I am so glad to hear that Friday Brown is done, congratulations! And what a gorgeous cover! Mands xox
    May 10, 2012 at 6:44 pm ·
    • vikki
      Hi Mandee. Thank you. Covers can be tricky but this one nails it (I think so, anyway). From one nerd to another - love your blog. V
      May 11, 2012 at 2:05 pm ·
  2. Yes, love the cover. Really looking forward to reading what I have no doubt will be an awesome story.
    May 10, 2012 at 10:08 pm ·
    • vikki
      Hey Paula, thanks! Are you all set for your book birthday? Champers on ice? Surely I qualify for an ARC with my far-reaching influence (snort). V
      May 11, 2012 at 2:13 pm ·
      • Yes, getting closer. Off to the printer next week! And yes, I've already discussed your ARC with Ali and you're on the list. :) See, far-reaching influence.
        May 11, 2012 at 8:23 pm ·
        • vikki
          Looking forward to it! Of course, it's bad ju-ju not to buy my own copy and have it signed so I can say I knew you when. x
          May 15, 2012 at 10:27 am ·
          • Love your optimism. :)
            May 16, 2012 at 10:33 am ·
  3. Oh, it's gorgeous, Vikki! Can't wait to get my hands on a copy. :-) xo
    May 12, 2012 at 9:57 pm ·
    • vikki
      Lia! I will use my far-reaching influence (see comments) to make sure that happens. Let's do wine. x
      May 15, 2012 at 10:30 am ·
  4. Catherine
    Really looking forward to reading it - cover looks great too. I work in a high school library and rave about your writing to the students, "All I Ever Wanted" never sits long on the shelf. I'll be happy to say 'and here's her next book' . All the best with it!
    May 19, 2012 at 9:35 am ·
    • vikki
      Hi Catherine. Accolades and awards aside, I have wondered if the YAs are actually reading it in the wild. That's so good to hear, thank you! V
      May 19, 2012 at 10:47 am ·