And the sun sets on Purple Roads


I feel sick.

I’ve got butterflies and the shakes. And on top of all that, I’m nervous (and a worrier!).

The sun sets on my new book, Purple Roads

The sun sets on my new book, Purple Roads

Purple Roads is heading to the printers on Monday. That’s it. Done. Finished. There’s nothing more I, nor my editor, can do. The sun has set on this journey.

I get like this any time I release a book – oh except perhaps for Red Dust. I’m not sure I understood what releasing my work into the world of critics, reviewers and readers actually meant then. I sure as hell do now.

I’m probably going to be slightly hard to live with, as April 2 grows closer. Of course I’ll do my best not to be, but every time the email ‘pings’ with a new message, or the phone rings, I’ll jump and open/answer them with fear grinding in my stomach.

It might be a review.

I still haven’t held the book in my hand yet – hopefully sometime over the next three weeks I’ll get to do that. I know when I do, I’ll probably cry. I’ve poured my heart and soul into Purple Roads and as I’ve mentioned before, it was written through a difficult period for our family. (Silver Gums is being written under the same pressure and it’s something I’ve learnt to deal with).

So now it’s all done it’s just up to you guys. I’ll be looking forward (I think) to your thoughts, when it does hit the shelves. And please, do let me know.

The release date is April 2 but often books can be found in shops a few days earlier, so you may see it around the end of March.

We’re just putting together the publicity schedule and as soon as I know where I’m heading, I’ll be letting you all know!

Rochelle and Meita

Rochelle and Meita

So for me now, I’m off to enjoy the rest of the school holidays with the kids and help in the feedlot. I’m looking forward to that!

Maybe if I’m really lucky, I’ll get some beach time.



Esperance at it's most beautiful

Esperance at it's most beautiful


Comments 11

  1. So exciting fleur! I’m so happy for you! That’s awesome! Scary in a way I can’t imagine but WOW! I can’t wait to see it on the shelves and get myself a copy!
    If your promotion schedule comes to the east I hope to come and see an maybe finally meet you! Good luck and enjoy your holidays!!!

  2. I’ll be the same in ten days or so, Fleur. I get the final proof pages today – my very last chance to change anything!

    But I’m excited for you, and looking forward to seeing Purple Roads on the shelves! I’m sure it will be a great success – you have thousands of readers, eagerly awaiting it 🙂

  3. Congratulations Fleur!!
    I am looking forward to reading Purple Roads alot and i am sure it will be great, as are your previous books.
    Well Done

  4. Can’t wait, even though my copy will take a extra few days to arrive in England, enjoy your time with the family and the beach!

  5. Congrats, Fleur, a wonderful achievement! The last round of edits makes me feel queasy as well. I have to take a very deep breath before I hit send…

    Looking forward to Purple Roads – April is a very busy month with you, Fiona Palmer and Bron Parry all releasing new books! A great month of reading!!

  6. Congratulations Fleur, can sense your excitement and anticipation. I can’t wait to lose myself in another of your books! You take amazing pictures, thank you. Enjoy the stunning, beautiful playground you have.

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