Over two months this spring I learned that writing a book doesn’t finish when you type ‘the end’. A new phase then begins: knocking the book into shape and planning promotion. I’m lucky enough to have a great team of people helping me and I am learning very fast. I spent a week scouting locations, planning and filming two videos [the book trailer, and an author interview] and a photo shoot for a portrait photo then gratefully handed over the post-production to the experts. Trees are an important part of Ignoring Gravity, symbolising family history. So I was keen to shoot either the portrait photo or the author interview, or both, sitting or standing by a tree. Which sounds easy except we were doing this in March when the trees are bare of leaves and so a little boring. My PR consultant Nicky Stephen has a neighbour with a beautiful garden, including a tree with a circular wooden bench around the trunk. We shot the portrait photo straight away as the light was good, soft light, no bright sunshine. While we were doing this we realised a potential problem for the video shoot: the sheep in the next field were accompanied by lambs which were bleating loudly.Plan B was required, in case the sound man said no to the lamb effect.
Next on the list were outside locations for the book trailer. We needed a front door with a knocker so we wandered around the village, checking out front doors. The novel is set in London and ideally we needed the front door of a Victorian or Georgian house? Nicky’s village has lots of picturesque cottages. So we compromised on the style of door and decided to focus on Rose’s hand banging the door knocker. Finding a graveyard was easy. The church is in the middle of the village and its graveyard ticked all the boxes. Old iron gate, yes; gravel path, yes; old gravestones, leaning and higgeldy-piggeldy; yew trees, yes. Finally, inside locations: an old banister, a wooden wardrobe full of clothing and boxes, and a casement window which we could open. We found all of these in Nicky’s house.
To watch the Ignoring Gravity book trailer, click here.
To watch me talk about the inspiration for Ignoring Gravity, click here.
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