I attended a writers’ conference organised by well-known Australian writer, John Marsden, in 2003. We were each to deliver a speech to promote an unpublished manuscript. Several publishers had their acquisition editors there.
For my contribution to the August, 2019 Rhobin’s Round, I reproduced the opening of Anikó: The stranger who loved me. The response was so enthusiastic that I thought to reprint this ancient speech.
I tried to make it a blog post, right here, but a WordPress gremlin ate the last 400 words, despite anything I could do. I asked for help from the experts. They recommended several things, none of which solved the problem. Metta to them for trying, though.
One was to replace the WordPress theme I’ve been using for years with the brand new Twenty Nineteen theme, in the hope that would solve the problem. It hasn’t, but it was UGLY. I managed to switch back.
Anyway, I am sure you will enjoy this ancient speech.