I've enjoyed this tour. Yes, I hate leaving my life for weeks at a time, and staying in hotel after hotel and getting flight after flight is not exactly fun, but every reader I've met and book I've signed (no matter how hurriedly) just seems to replenish my energy.
I've met so many people from this Blog, from the Forums, from the Facebook page, and then thousands more, and each and every one of you have been good-humoured and cool. I'm not even going to MENTION the hyperventilating teenage girls.
I've been given loads of pictures, loads of letters (that I'll read on the flight home), loads of odd little toys and, er, marmite... which was nice of them...
The weather was almost bearable, even if the heat did seem to just magnify in certain places, and no event was anything less than fun. So thank you, Minions-with-funny-accents, for making this tour a great success.
In other news, some of you will have heard of the BBC shooting something Skulduggery-related. It's to do with the books- not a movie or a Skulduggery TV show (I'd have told you if it was)- but it is something cool and quirky and a lot of fun, and I'm dying to see their stylistic interpretation. It's going to be pretty short, I think, and I'm just sitting back and letting them do their own thing.
The next bit of the KOTW tour will focus on Ireland. For those of you who want to attend the launch in Eason bookshop in Dublin, either go to the Eason website or visit the Skulduggery Pleasant homepage and click on "Latest News". There's a whole host of signings in Cork and Swords and Drogheda and Kilkenny and Kildare, plus a rather unique event in the Mountains to the Sea Festival in Dun Laoighaire on September 5th. Here's what it says on the website:
Did you know that Derek Landy started his career writing screenplays? Did you know he is one of Ireland’s biggest cinema buffs, with a collection of memorabilia that makes movie nerds go weak at the knees? Joined by Eason’s Children’s Books Buyer (and wannabe Hobbit) David O’Callaghan, Derek Landy will share his favourite cinema moments in this exclusive festival event, where he’ll highlight some of the films that have inspired his phenomenal Skulduggery Pleasant series.
If we ask very nicely, he may even show us some of his original props and costume pieces from the likes of Superman and Alien. If we don’t ask nicely, he might just demonstrate some of his black-belt karate moves on poor Bilbo O’Callaghan! Either way, a fantastic evening’s entertainment lies in store, so make sure you’re there to witness the silver-screen shenanigans! Of course, Derek will also be talking about his new book, Kingdom of the Wicked, as well as signing after the event.