"Sharon was kind enough to allow me this space on her blog (one of the best I've ever come across, and surely the best in Malaysia)* to convey my thanks and appreciation to all of you who’ve bought my novel, THE GIFT OF RAIN, since its release in Malaysia on 12th March 2007. She’s also suggested that I write a bit about what it feels like to be a first-time author.*Aiyoh. Sure blushing now. Editor.
It’s taken a lot of work, patience and endurance to get my book to the shelves in the shops. So it was a good feeling to hold the copy in my hand, in the book shop, and feel a sense of jubilation. I’m sure there was a silly smile on my face. But mixed with that feeling was a growing anxiety. As a friend who called to tell me about it said, “Eh, your book is here!” He meant it’s fair game now, of course, open to be judged and compared, enjoyed, disliked, loved, or be indifferent to.
The encouragement from friends and family has been wonderful, and the support from lovers of good books has been heart-warming. I’ve been back in Kuala Lumpur for two-and-a-half years now, and I’m very glad I’m home in Malaysia when the book was released here. There’s no better place to be for this.
To those who’ve bought my novel, thank you. I hope reading THE GIFT OF RAIN will bring you long hours of great pleasure, provoke your thoughts, raise issues for discussion, and take you on a long and emotional journey through the geography and the past of Penang, and through matters of the human heart.
May you all have a wonderful year ahead."
Sunday, March 18, 2007
This post guest-blogged by Tan Twan Eng (pictured left doing a little bit of Starbucks product endorsement). Am going to miss this guy when he leaves for South-Africa in a few days time.