But you can’t cut me off!

Today a huge cardboard box arrived from Chicago. It was very exciting opening it. Inside a big purple hatbox and inside the hatbox a mountain of sexy and expensive chocolates – a gift from Barbara Kingsolver. My flatmate, Kina, a chocoholic almost fainted when he saw the cache. This gift has been very gratefully received. Thank you Barbara.

I have not blogged for two months because I have been a little…er…discombobulated. Nice word. I moved house on 26th March, the same day my editor called to tell me I’d been short-listed for the Orange Prize. It has all been a bit of a blur since then. Last summer my novel was hardly reviewed in the UK press, now things have changed. Nice reviews everywhere and a tube poster campaign – and the book is selling well and Penguin US have bought it too. Hurray.

This is very gratifying considering that during this time I have been so broke that I could not pay my mobile phone bill – and yes, it’s true – I was cut off – by Orange. I tried to explain to the nice man in accounts that really he should cut me some slack. “You can’t cut me off,” I wailed. “I’m a writer. I’m broke – and I’ve been short-listed for the Orange PRIZE for fiction.”

“Oh, really?” he cooed, interested. “I’ll make a note of that.”

Five days later, my calls were blocked.

This is a writer’s life. And I love it.

Barbara Kingsolver – you rock.


~ by moniqueroffey on June 23, 2010.

3 Responses to “But you can’t cut me off!”

  1. Hi Monique!

    Finding this blog has been entirely wonderful. I’m not sure why, but I have only looked you up just today, for the first time.
    Let me explain why I should have looked you up earlier.

    I think it was around 2005, maybe 2004 that I first found August Frost. It was by complete chance. I was looking up a Swahili dictionary, and there he lay, August amidst his pages.

    I bought it, and for at least a few days, was seduced by August’s humanness.

    I read it every summer now. It’s the only book I ever read annually.

    I am not a literary authority, nor a scholar. I take pictures, and most of them aren’t poetic or insightful. But I love to read, and I have loved stumbling upon your blog. I’m looking forward to further exploring your other novels!


  2. I’m deeply flattered. Thank you so much. I love and miss August too.

  3. I’m curious to find out what blog platform you are utilizing? I’m having some small security problems with my latest site and I’d like to find something more safe. Do you have any solutions?

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