Six years ago I moved to Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Moving from a share house in Redfern, I was a little apprehensive. Everyone, it seemed, had a child and I quickly became the brooding writer of choice to mind prams outside cafés.
Fast-forward to the present and my northern beaches community is one of my biggest supporters so it was with great pleasure to officially launch Who’s Got a Normal Family?at the Harbord Literary Hall.
Sydney winter turned on the rain but our guests braved the weather and showered the book with love. I was humbled to receive such a positive reaction and appreciative that no one mentioned how much my hands shook as I read the book in my best Playschool voice.
After the reading I acknowledged some special people who helped along the way and I mention them again in this post because without them, there would be no Alex, and no search for a normal family.
Just like children, it takes a village to make a book and my co-publisher Little Steps has been a great support. I asked a lot of stupid questions and they answered most of them without laughing. Prior to Little Steps, my manuscript assessor, Virginia Lowe, was amazing and I am so appreciative.
As always I sing the praises of our illustrator Miša Alexander. She did an incredible job and is so very talented. She lives in Bangalow so couldn’t attend the launch but you will see more of her work in the very near future. She has an incredible project, Fergus and Delilah, coming out in October and it is sure to change how we view disabilities.
And now for the thank yous…
Thank you to my mother. Without her, there would be no book, and not just for the obvious reason. She is an amazing mother and is so very passionate about family. My mother has five children but has been a parent to so many more who have come into our lives over the years. I wouldn’t have launched this book without her by my side and that goes for future projects too.
To my little family, Scott, Max and Frances. You are my everything and I wrote this book for you. My husband, Scott, has supported every creative project I’ve dreamt up and this book is no exception. I love that he reads my work first and even though I get moody when he gives me notes, it does make it better. Most of the time.
And finally to my friends and family, I can’t tell you how much I value you. Our community is a family and we all play our part. I think that’s beautiful and how it should be.
Signed editions of Who's Got a Normal Family? is now available from Boabel and book stores.
Belinda Nowell still looks after prams outside cafes but never gets any work done because she talks too much to be classified as a brooding writer.