Abbey's Bookshop is one of the largest indie bookstores in Sydney, located in the heart of the CBD. They've been running since time immemorial, which is to say, 1968, and they're still going strong.
I was in there last week to sign copies of The Pericles Commission. Which was a very weird feeling, because back when I was a university student I used to frequent Abbey's quite a lot. I passed by the store every day and it was the easiest thing to just drop in. I never in my wildest dreams thought I'd have my own book in there.
Abbey's very kindly interviewed me last week. The questions and answers are in their April Crime Chronicle, and also up on their blog.
If you'd like a signed copy, this'd be a terrific time to call or email them. In fact, if you do, please let me know and I'll go back to write you a personal message.
I'm never quite sure what to write when I don't know who's going to buy the book. When I get to meet the buyer (which I much prefer!) I can ask their name and what message they'd like, if any. But if I don't know who's going to read it, what should I write on the title page?
Apparently most authors simply sign their name, but personally I'd rather write a short message. So what message should I write to a complete stranger? Suggestions welcome!