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NATASHA MURRAY

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I have an awesome author for you all to meet - Sarah Neofield! Her new satirical novel 'Number Eight Crispy Chicken' will be released in January

By nmurray, Dec 8 2019 06:35PM

Welcome to my blog Sarah and thank you for taking the time to talk about your new book and how you plan to market and promote 'Number Eight Crispy Chicken'.



1. What made you want to write a book?


My debut novel, Number Eight Crispy Chicken is a literary, satirical work which chronicles the misadventures of an immigration minister who winds up trapped in a foreign airport. I was inspired to write this strange tale after missing a flight and spending 24 hours trapped in an airport myself... with nothing but number eight crispy chicken burgers to eat!


Every meal was the same, and pretty soon, I felt as if I were trapped in some alternate reality, in which time kept repeating itself. I started writing out of frustration at the absurdity of my situation. But then I started thinking: what character could I put in this situation? Who could best learn from a setting like this? And that's when I hit upon the idea of an immigration minister who has made a career out of locking up asylum seekers finding himself trapped in a foreign airport.

Number Eight Crispy Chicken is intended to draw new people in to the discussion about immigration and the right to seek asylum through the use of humour and empathy.


2. Tell us about you and where you live.


I grew up in rural Australia, where, I liked to joke, our closest neighbours were cows! I moved to the city to study, and after a career as a linguist, left my job to travel the world with my husband. My research on language and culture, combined with my travels has inspired my writing on topics of cross-cultural misunderstandings, borders, and immigration.

3. What have you written and what are you working on now?


Before Number Eight Crispy Chicken, I mainly wrote non-fiction works on intercultural communication, bilingualism, and online interaction.

At the moment, I'm working on a novel which will examine the fine line between advertising and propaganda, and how words and art are used to persuade and manipulate us all.


4. How do you market your books and do your promotion methods work?


My sincere hope is for my books to inspire conversations about important issues - and as such, I'm doing my best to market them! I am using many of the ideas you suggest (http://www.nmurray.moonfruit.com/promotion-ideas/4553417645)


Readers can find out more about me and my books on my website (sarahneofield.com), where I also have a video book trailer and a blog where I write about publishing and creativity. Additionally, I have a Facebook page (facebook.com/sarahneofieldauthor) and am active on various social media (@sarahneofield on both Twitter and Instagram) and Goodreads. You can also join my mailing list at sarahneofield.com/newsletter for updates and giveaways.


As for how well these promotion methods work - I will have to wait and see! Number Eight Crispy Chicken will be released on 20 January, 2020!


5. Where can readers find your book for sale?


Number Eight Crispy Chicken is currently available for preorder on Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords, and will be available for purchase on Amazon on the release date, 20 January 2020! Subscribe to my newsletter for a reminder.



Number Eight Crispy Chicken: A hilarious and powerful literary satire

The Immigration Minister has been detained...

Audience: mainstream adult

Publication date: 20 January 2020

Length: 232 pages (approx. 77,000 words)


Author bio: Sarah Neofield grew up in regional South Australia before living in Japan for a year. Always fascinated by language, she completed a PhD in applied linguistics in 2010. She has written extensively on the topics of intercultural communication, how we communicate online, and language learning.


At the age of 30, Sarah resigned from her position as a university lecturer to travel, and since has visited over 60 countries. She blogs about the connection between language, money, and social justice at enrichmentality.com, and about reading, writing, and creativity at sarahneofield.com


Social media: Instagram/Twitter: @sarahneofield

Book trailer and sample chapters: http://www.sarahneofield.com/books/

Media kit: https://www.sarahneofield.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/MediaKit_SarahNeofield_NumberEightCrispyChicken.pdf


Many thanks Sarah, I look forward to reading your new book and wish you all the best for the New Year


Merry Christmas by the way :)


Natasha x


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