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Any Dream Will Do – but this one will do quite nicely! November 21, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — writenowmom @ 2:08 am

Well hello there! I thought it was about time I dusted off the blog and told you all a little about what I’ve been up to these last few weeks. Most of you will know what’s been going on because I’ve been screaming it from the rooftops, but I thought that if I write it down, I might actually believe it myself!

Less than two weeks ago, I launched my debut novel, Any Dream Will Do. Now cover your ears for a moment – squeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

The launch itself took place in Dubray Books in Grafton Street in Dublin and it was a fantastic night. At six o’clock I was worried that nobody would turn up because it was pouring rain and Katie Perry was playing in the O2 so traffic was dreadful. Half an hour later, I was worried that if anyone else turned up, they’d have to spill out onto the street because the place was so packed!

For those of you who haven’t read the book, I’ve set a chapter in the Olympia Theatre in Dublin where my characters went to see a Keith Barry show. In a slightly bizarre twist of fiction meeting reality, Keith, who’s a friend of mine, kindly agreed to launch the book. Not only that, but he read out a passage from the chapter he features in. It all seemed slightly surreal but in a fabulous way! He also completely embarrassed me by bringing me up to the podium and reading my mind – but I can’t be cross with him because he’s so brilliant! And also I’m thankful that he didn’t read everything I was thinking!

The week continued with interviews, photo-shoots and even a second launch in my local book shop, Abtree Books in Lucan. It was a smaller launch but just as important because it gave me the opportunity to celebrate with so many people from my local area and of course to recognise the support I’ve had from Aideen, who owns the shop.

On Wednesday, I got a call from my publishers to tell me that Any Dream Will Do entered the Irish charts for original fiction at number nine. It’s like I’m on a treadmill of positivity that’s constantly switched on – the good news just keeps coming and coming! I couldn’t believe that a debut book from an unknown author would figure in the charts at all so I’m eternally grateful to everyone who’s taken the chance and parted with their money to buy it. It was also spotted in the number one slot in terminal two in Dublin airport! How fantastic is that?

Today I just… em… happened to be lurking around the new titles section in Easons, when a woman came along and took down Any Dream Will Do. She seemed to be picking three books for the ‘three for two’ offer. I pretended to be reading the back of another book but had my eyes firmly fixed on her! She chose a few more books and ended up with four in her hands. I knew she was going to put one back. Honestly, the eejit I am, my palms were sweating and I was willing her to pick mine! I held my breath… she spread the four books out on a table… her eyes darted from one to another… she picked mine up, flicked through it and then… SHE PUT IT BACK!! I swear, I was only short of rugby tackling her to the floor and insisting she should give mine a go. But I just stood there deflated, as she took her other three books up to the counter to pay. Then I thought to myself how lucky I am to be able to stand in a bookshop and watch people checking out my book… my book!

There’s so much more I could tell you all about what’s been happening for me but I’ve probably said enough for one blog-post. I’ll just finish up by encouraging you all to follow your dreams – sometimes they really do come true!

Maria x


23 Responses to “Any Dream Will Do – but this one will do quite nicely!”

  1. Rebecca Emin Says:

    This was so wonderful to read, Maria. It sounds like you are having the most wonderful time. Long may it continue.

  2. Hazel Katherine Larkin Says:

    Maria, you deserve every ounce of success (is success measured in ounces?!) that comes your way. You worked hard, you believed in yourself and you committed to your dream.

    You are inspirational and you are also a lovely person! Winning combination, if you ask me! 🙂

    Hazel x

  3. Hazel Katherine Larkin Says:

    Oh! And you’re talented, too. I forgot to mention that. 🙂


  4. Congratulations! You deserve it all! Hugs x

  5. Pageturners Says:

    I bet she came back in and bought four copies of Any Dream Will Do after you’d gone. She was probably just going to the ATM first.

  6. gillyfraser Says:

    Great story – and I can just imagine how you felt when she put your book back. A woman of no taste obviously! I hope someone tells her they’ve read your book and that it was fabulous – and then she’ll regret her choice – and come rushing back to the shop to put that right.
    Best of luck with your book – I’m looking forward to reading it when I finish doing the NaNoWriMo challenge (nearly there, but could still fall at the last obstacle so still crossing fingers and touching wood…)

    • writenowmom Says:

      Thanks for that. I don’t care that she didn’t buy – just being able to lurk… ahem… stand in the book shop and watch people pick up my book is an amazing feeling! Good luck with NaNoWriMo.x

  7. Derek Flynn Says:

    As someone who lived through the week vicariously with you (both at the launch and on Twitter) I can safely say “whirlwind” is the only word to describe it. But it couldn’t have happened to a nicer, more talented person! 🙂

  8. Glad things are going so wonderfully, Maria! 🙂

  9. I bet she’s sitting on her sofa thinking what an eejit she was to put down that book. She’ll be regretting it for several days until she will go back and pay the full price for it. There’s no escaping Maria Duffy!
    Many congratulations on all your successes, present and future.
    Sarah xx

  10. Claire King Says:

    Congratulations on your whirlwind, Maria! Oh, even after all that I would have been a teensy bit gutted to have watched someone put my book back. But you’re in the top ten! So more are picking it up and buying it (and we can safely say reading it and loving it!) xxx

  11. You should have given her a rugby tackle! Your book is great!

  12. Martha Says:

    Wow, fantastic, massive congrats, and it sounds like you had a brilliant launch. Well done!

  13. @waveformalan Says:

    I have been following you on twitter for a while now and it is quite evident you are a very nice person who fully deserves every success. You are also an inspiration to people like me who want to write but are always knocked back by that little monster of self doubt that perches behind our ears..

    Keep writing tweeting and being a generally nice person,

    Alan x

  14. I’m going to order it…….Molly Hopkins

  15. Kim Milward Says:

    Never a truer word was said about following your dreams. Thanks for just being you and one of the people who’ve inspired to me to turn mine into reality. Absolutely terrified; but in a good way. Thanks Lovely xx.

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