April is the cruellest month, or so said T S Eliot in his epic poem The Waste Land. Yet, for me, nothing could be further from the truth, because last April saw the publication of my debut novel Minty, an event that will forever be imprinted on my memory.


My book being released into the world was something I had dreamt of since childhood, but it took me until late 2001 to work  towards turning that aspiration into a reality. During the many years that followed, as I laboured on manuscript after manuscript with no apparent prospect of being published, I often wondered if it would ever happen. But happen it did, although it took a long time to get there. That's why I'll always cherish the joy of Minty's publication day. It was such a special moment in my life, one of the most exhilarating so far. For alongside the phonecalls, texts and gifts from family and friends came a flurry of tweets, shares, likes and comments on social media, many from people I didn't know. In truth, I was overwhelmed by the generosity of strangers.  


And now, on Minty's first birthday, I'm happy to say that many of those strangers have become friends. I've since been fortunate enough to met a good number of them, with plans to meet more before 2015 is out. Some people are wary of social media, and with good reason - there are enough horror stories out there to make anyone cautious. Nevertheless, my contact with those on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest etc has been wholly positive thus far. Not only has it enhanced my exisiting relationships with my realtime friends who happen to be online, but it has introduced me to a wonderfully supportive virtual community - writers, readers, bloggers and so on. 

And so, my friends, I raise a glass to you all in grateful thanks for your friendship, support and the many kindnesses you've shown me over the past twelve months and more, plus the sheer fun you've given me during this remarkable period in my book's lifetime. Here's to you all, and here's to April! May all your dreams come true whatever month of the year it is.


Oh, and if you're wondering why the doggie photo is included in this post it's because Minty's publication maybe wasn't such a great day for Pebbles and Jess: in all the excitement I almost forgot to feed them! Mind you, I nearly neglected to feed myself -  it took me until 4 in the afternoon to realise that I hadn't eaten breakfast, even although I'd been awake since 6.40 that morning. On that note, it's time to give the dogs a biscuit or two and take them for a long, celebratory walk in the sunshine! 


With love from



Comments: 7 (Discussion closed)
  • #1

    Rebecca C (Wednesday, 08 April 2015 17:58)

    I can't believe it's been a year already! Congratulations, Christina! And make sure you don't forget to feed your dogs on the anniversary date. :)

  • #2

    Candy Gourlay (Wednesday, 08 April 2015 20:52)

    Happy book birthday!

  • #3

    Yvonne V (Wednesday, 08 April 2015 22:30)

    Congrats on the one year mark!

  • #4

    Marcia Strykowski (Thursday, 09 April 2015 01:15)

    I agree, it's amazing how we are able to connect with so many wonderful people near and far in this online world. Yay for the internet and congratulations on a very successful first year!

  • #5

    Bobbi miller (Thursday, 09 April 2015 01:56)

    This is a wonderful post. I am a huge fan of Minty. Thank you!

  • #6

    christinabanach (Thursday, 09 April 2015 11:46)

    Thank you for your lovely comments, I really appreciate them. Here's to another year of friendship! Oh, Rebecca, I did remember to feed the dogs this time! :-)

  • #7

    Susanna Bavin (Friday, 10 April 2015 22:02)

    Congratulations on Minty's anniversary, Christina. What a wonderful blog. As well as the joy and satisfaction that Minty has brought you, I'm glad you have had such positive experiences with social media. When I started on twitter, I never imagined that the virtual community would be so supportive and I'm glad you feel you have benefited from this too. Now, if you remember to feed the dogs, it'll be warm and fuzzy feelings all round!

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I was the 2017-2018 Scottish Book Trust Author in Residence at Knightsridge Primary School, Livingston. Many thanks to the SBT for for affording me the opportunity to share my love of writing and reading with such an inspiring school.



"This is a thought provoking debut novel about love, loss and the importance of family…A compelling and ultimately heart-warming story."


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"Through Minty's eyes we see how family and friends are affected by bereavement. It deals with loss, love, friendship and over all, hope, resilience and strength of character. It's a haunting, eerie and beautiful read that will resonate with you for days after you read it. "


I'm very grateful to the Scottish Book Trust for featuring Minty as their Teen's Book of the Month. 




Below are extracts of some other reviews (to read more please check out my News and Reviews page):


"What an amazing story! I could not put this book down!"


"This is one of those gems that works for young adults and also the not so young...I read it in a single sitting - something I do not ordinarily do - except for a brief pause to compose myself before the final chapter, such was the intensity of emotion the book engenders. You must read this book..."


"Christina's stunning style of writing succeeded in bringing tears of joy and sadness to my eyes. For a first book being this good, it makes me wonder what is yet to come."



I was thrilled to be part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2015 SCBWI panel event - How To Survive Being Published. It was a real privilege to have been invited. Thank you! 


Plot & Structure Event

Thank you to everyone who came to my plot and structure workshop in Edinburgh. I hope you had as much fun as I did. Thanks to Sheila Averbuch for this great write up of the day. 



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