The other night I gave a 'Blog To Book' seminar at the Sydney Writers Centre. I was grateful for the opportunity, not least because I got to tell another room full of people that I had met Simon Baker.
At the end of the seminar, my co-convenor, the lovely Valerie Khoo, turned to me before the group and asked, "So, Kerri. What can you tell us all about your next book?"
I smiled and gave my usual response.
"Nothing at this stage," I said regretfully. "Until a bit closer to the publication date, I can't give you any details."
Valerie leaned in closely."Er.. Kerri," she whispered to me gently, "I read about it yesterday. I've even seen the cover. It's been announced in the Random House newsletter."
Oh. Okay! Well, that was a little awkward. Still, as I figured the cat was clearly out of the bag, I may as well tell them all about it. So I did.
So, seeing as everyone who received the Random House newsletter knows, and the people who attended my blog to book seminar now know too, I think it's only fair to share the details with you.
My second book, The Little Book Of Anxiety - Confessions From A Worried Life, will be released on May 1st this year. I am proud of it. It is a funny but very honest account of living with anxiety, in all of anxiety's different forms. I think an awful lot of you are going to be able to relate, and I hope it will help many of you to feel better about your own anxious lives.
However, the book is very, very revealing - even more so than When My Husband Does The Dishes... - and as the date of publication approaches, I can't help but feel a little.... anxious.
On the other hand, for those of you who didn't realise that I was an anxious person, I am thrilled to bits that I have fooled you for this long.
But as of the 1st of May, trust me, I won't be fooling you anymore.