I have been banging on about this for weeks on Facebook and Twitter, but just in case you’ve been away on Mars, or you don’t use Facebook and Twitter, I wanted to mention one more time that my book launch for Ice and a Slice is this Saturday. And you are very welcome to come along.
I’m so excited. By the time you read this, I will have no grey hairs left and also might even have extra long eyelashes. 🙂
Why I wrote Ice and a Slice
I have alcoholism in my family – my father is a recovering alcoholic – so it’s an issue I’m familiar with. But I didn’t want to write a dark book about it. Or not too dark anyway. I also wanted to write about it from a woman’s perspective. There are lots of novels that are written about alcoholism, from a woman’s perspective, but fewer that are written about women who are alcoholics themselves.
What it’s about
Ice and a Slice is the story of Sarah-Jane, (SJ to her friends) who discovers she can’t stop drinking. On the surface her life is fine. She is happily married to Tom (well at least she thinks she is – he works away so much she doesn’t often see him). She’s also fallen out with her sister and they no longer speak. But SJ is determined to sort that out one day.
At least her best friend, Tania, is on her side, although lately Tania is increasingly preoccupied with her own (secret) problems. SJ feels very alone sometimes and quite scared, but it’s not as though she’s an alcoholic, is it? She doesn’t keep a bottle of vodka by her bed. She doesn’t even drink every day – well not till the evening anyway.
It isn’t until she seeks the help of Kit, the hunky guy at the addiction centre, that she realises things may have got a little more out of hand than she thinks.
SJ is by far the most three dimensional character I’ve ever created. I fell in love with her from the very first chapter. Mostly I think because she is so flawed and so human. And yes, she is based on someone I’m close to – although I’m not telling you who J But one of the reasons that I love this novel so much – and I don’t say that lightly, I’m the biggest self critic around – is because it’s the one in which I think I found my true voice.
I didn’t realise it was going to happen. In fact, after so many years of writing, I thought I’d already found my voice – and I think I have as far as short stories go – but novels are different, aren’t they? The canvas is bigger, the pace is different – everything is different. Although I loved writing my first two novels, Passing Shadows and Helter Skelter, writing Ice and a Slice was like being in another dimension. It was easy to write – the words flowed out of me – I didn’t have to plan what SJ would say – she just said it. Being inside her head felt like putting on a second skin. It was an amazing feeling. And I’ve had some amazing reactions to this novel. Since it came out for Kindle at the end of March it’s had 26 five star reviews on Amazon.co.uk and 3 five star reviews on Amazon.com. I’ve pasted the most recent one below. Not because I want to blow my own trumpet, but because I feel humbled that Ice has touched people enough to say such lovely things about it.
I’ve always loved Della Galton’s short stories and I have to say Ice and a Slice is a writing triumph as a novel. I loved the characters and I can honestly say from when I started reading it I could not put it down – even to go and get a G & T with ice and a slice! This is a book you must not miss.
My book launch for Ice and a Slice is being held on Saturday 13 July at the Red Lion Pub in Sturminster Marshall. I will be there signing books between 11 and 4. If you’d like to come along I’d be delighted to see you.
If you’d prefer to read the digital version you can borrow it for free if you’re an Amazon Prime customer. Or buy it for £1.94 (less than the price of a glass of Chardonnay) by clicking here.
Thank you for reading.
Della Galton x