‘You, Me, Everything’ hits the shelves in most parts of the world in Spring 2018. But in Norway, readers will get a sneak preview – there, it’s out on September 20th. There are various important publishing-related reasons for this, but the best bit (from a brazenly selfish perspective) is that I was invited to jet off on my first foreign trip to promote the book.
I love travelling and Norway has long been on my bucket list. I was only in Bergen and Oslo for 48 hours but, along with the dynamic (and downright lovely) team at my publishers, Bastion Forlag, not a minute was wasted. We promoted, we schmoozed, we presented and, basically, we didn't pause for breath. There were too many highlights to list them all, but a few of my favourites included:-
* Learning to pronounce 'Her Nå Alltid' (You, Me, Everything) without making a moron of myself.
* Travelling on Bergen’s funicular railway to the top of Mount Fløyen, to catch a spectacular view of the city and surrounding fjords.
* Being interviewed for some of Norway’s top-selling magazines.
* Take a selfie in Oslo during one of the most stunning sunsets I’ve ever seen.
* Meeting scores of book-sellers who were passionate about fiction, books and writing - and, in the case of those who’d read an advance copy of 'Her Nå Alltid', said some very flattering things about it.
* Dining on incredible seafood in one of Oslo’s celebrated restaurants.
* Signing and dedicating scores of review copies of 'Her Nå Alltid'.
* Zipping along the motorway in a posh electric car (definitely the thing to drive there).
* Answering questions about writing in front of two tremendous audiences in Bergen and Oslo.
* Marvelling at how brilliant everyone’s English was... and how terrible my Norwegian was.
All in all, it was an unforgettable experience, even if I did need a long lie down afterwards.