Local paper says Holly Smale’s first Geek Girl book has now sold more than 400,000 copies. Book 2 has a similarly bright, eye-catching big glasses design. At Holly’s event in Bath she pointed out that the character in the book does not in fact wear spectacles, but acknowledged the ‘look’ on the cover had been contributing to her success…
So far it has sold more than 400,000 copies and the 31-year-old, who grew up in Attimore Close, said she has been overwhelmed by the response.
“I couldn’t have asked for more, and it all feels slightly surreal.
“Every time I walk into a shop and see it in the charts, I feel so incredibly lucky.
“As a debut author, I didn’t expect anything. There are thousands of really excellent writers and books being launched every year, and all you can do is feel glad you’re one of them.
“Instead, it hit the bestseller lists and people seem to be really enjoying the fact that it’s a bit different.”
After being approached by Essendon-based author Freya North, Holly agreed to appear at the Hertford Children’s Book Festival, and she couldn’t be more excited to be taking part.
“I was thrilled to say yes. I’d just been lucky enough to do the famous Hay Festival in Wales, and had so much fun I was keen to repeat the experience somewhere a little more local,” she said.
“I’m so excited. There’s something really special about coming back to where you grew up, and we used to shop in Hertford at weekends regularly.