I interrupt my deadline writing of Currawong Manor to share with you the parcel that arrived for me this week.

Josephine Pennicott opening box of Dornen Tochter

In this day of the machine mania, it’s such a special joy for an author to have their words so beautifully translated into a hardcover. Ullstein publishers in Germany have outdone themselves with their presentation of my Poet’s Cottage (Dornen Tochter in Germany).

I wish I could transit the smell to you over the internet for there is nothing more glorious than the smell of good paper and beautifully bound books with a ripping story inside the beautiful cover art. I also love the smell of new shoes in a box, newborn babies, Chanel perfume, rain after a storm in the garden but the book wins! And the glorious weight, heavy cover and good quality paper make this German girl beautiful to hold.

Josephne Pennicott with Dornen Tochter

Thank you so much to all at Ullstein involved in the production of Dornen Tochter. It brings me immense pleasure to know over the moon and on the other side of the world people are reading my Tasmanian sea-fishing village murder mystery. I loved the bag that was made of the book and the television advertisement which you can see HERE was also beyond anything I could have dreamt of. Nothing beats an author meeting their book for the first time. So much excitement in my garden of Spring roses.

And if you are interested in my garden writing shed, the beautiful Terri Windling whom I have admired as a visual artist, a writer, a blogger and a person for many years has featured my shed on her inspirational blog. Whenever I visit The Drawing Board I feel I have wandered into a magical tavern filled with kindred spirits who love the Bloomsbury set, fantastical worlds and words, who heed the call of Wild Man and Wild Woman of the woods – folk who listen and understand the truth of fairies, Pre Raphaelites, and represent so much that’s noble and decent about this planet. Including her very noble and charming dog, Tilly on his walks in the Devon woods.

Terri Windling and Tilly

I always drink deeply from the well of inspiration Terri offers and one of my writing highlights was that she selected Circle of Nine (my first published book in a fantasy trilogy) as one of the world’s best debut fantasy novels of the year in her esteemed 2001 Best Fantasy and Horror (Terri Windling and Ellen Datlow, editors). Terri’s wonderful book The Wood Wife was a major influence for me, showing what you can achieve with mythic/fantastical writing.

If you’re keen for a peep inside my writing shed where I’m closeted away doing long hours at the moment, you can find me at Terri’s Drawing Board HERE.

Thanks for visiting me. Keep creative and may the new moon bring blessings of inspired creativity and wishes. xx

image of Terri and Tilly via HERE

6 Responses

  1. jen storer October 17, 2012 / 6:39 am

    Eeee! Very excited for you TP. I really CAN smell that divine hardback. I just close my eyes and breathe. Congratulations, so well deserved. xx

  2. Carole Lane (Weave) October 19, 2012 / 3:59 pm

    Wonderful news for you Josephine, no wonder you are over the moon. I like the title of the book in German too.

    • josephinetalepeddler October 20, 2012 / 10:55 am

      Thank you Carole and Jen! I’ve been a bit lax on the blogging front lately because of working on Currawong Manor but should visit you both soon. Your good wishes are appreciated.xx

      • ravenscauldron October 20, 2012 / 1:27 pm


        You’re welcome.

        Carole Lane (Weave)

        On 10/20/12, Josephine Pennicott – Tale Peddler – mysteries,

  3. The Curious Cat October 25, 2012 / 9:09 pm

    Hey lovely – you are looking rather beautiful and radiant in those photos! How are you? Just popped over to say hello and catch up on your news! It has been a while…xxx

    • josephinetalepeddler October 26, 2012 / 11:27 am

      Hello Ms Curious Cat, thank you for your kind words and I will come and visit you soon lovely. I think of you even if I haven’t popped in recently. Been mad busy with my book writing and not blog writing. Big hug to you. xx

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