Last Thursday I went to the book launch of Zac & Mia by A.J. Betts. Zac & Mia is the third novel by Amanda Betts and was selected last year as the winner of the 2012 Text Prize. Held at The Lane Bookshop in Claremont, Western Australia, the event saw the bookshop bursting at the seams with excited friends, family and readers alike as WA author Meg McKinlay officially launched the novel.
|Meg launching Zac & Mia|
Both Meg and Amanda had the crowd in fits of laughter with tales of the novels difficult beginnings, Amanda's disbelief when it was first short-listed for the Text Prize and then when it won, Amanda's reluctance to write a romance (which she has successfully avoided, as the basis of Zac & Mia is friendship) and with Amanda's conception and pregnancy analogies as to how the novel progressed. Emotions were also running high as Amanda explained her inspiration for the novel and the amazing teenagers she has worked with in the Oncology Ward at Princess Margaret Hospital.
|A 'full house'|
|Star author A.J. Betts|