I have a confession to make. Thrilled as I was to see everyone spreading the news of the launch of A Class Apart, it also made me really nervous – people were sharing it without knowing whether it was any good at all. What if they ended up not liking it? What if they read the first page and thought it was terrible? After the high of the launch, the crushing self-doubt seriously kicked in.
Then the feedback started to trickle in and – to this author’s unspeakable relief – the reactions have been positive! I am so delighted to hear that readers are genuinely enjoying my book. It is the best feeling in the world to know that others are connecting with my characters and that Bridget and Cormac feel so real to them. I want to say a sincere thank you to everyone who has read A Class Apart so far and who has got in touch to tell me what they thought of it. Your responses mean everything to me.
Before I released the book, I sent advance reader copies to a number of book reviewers and I’m happy to say that the first of these reviews was published yesterday by The Lit Bitch. You can read the whole review on her website but here are a couple of quick snippets:
‘…the author…has done a great job at creating excellent characters and an interesting plot.’
‘The chemistry and romance between the two was well written and believable.’
The Lit Bitch, book review blogger.
On top of that, there has been one particular reader response that has both exhilarated and humbled me. I am a big fan of author Hazel Gaynor and thoroughly enjoy both her books and her tweets. We struck up a Twitter conversation when, by coincidence, my proof copies for A Class Apart arrived on the same day in June as the proof copies for her own forthcoming release, The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter. I subsequently sent her a copy of A Class Apart and last week she got in touch to tell me she had finished it, and loved it! Here are her official words on it:
‘A Class Apart is a beautifully written historical novel with characters who linger long after the last page is turned. Susie Murphy writes with intelligence and assurance and has a real talent for capturing an authentic sense of time and place. I look forward to reading more from this bright new voice in historical fiction.’
Hazel Gaynor, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Came Home.
Needless to say, I am over the moon to get such an amazing reaction!
In other news, I wrote an article entitled ‘My Route to Publication‘ and it was published on writing.ie today. It gives an overview of my whole writing life to date, from my exploratory scribbles as an eleven-year-old to the release of A Class Apart.
So those are all my good news stories for now!