I’ve donated a chance to have a character named after you in my third book (the second is fully named unfortunately) plus a signed copy of Stolen. But if I’m not your cup of tea, there’re lots of other things on the site including signed books, author visits, critiques of manuscripts from agents and editors, and much more.
A great night was had by all (I hope!) at Gateshead Central Library on Tuesday night – I know I had fun anyway! Unfortunately there are no photos as my official photographer Stephen was persuaded to be my official interviewer for the evening. (He did a marvelous job and one lady even told him he was pretty.) So instead, here’s a moody picture of the library at night.
I’m always nervous before events but nowhere near as much as I was at the start of this adventure in May. Before my book launch I didn’t sleep properly for weeks. But after doing a dozen or so readings I’ve discovered that readers are a lovely bunch and are generally enthusiastic about what you’re doing and have buckets of interesting questions.
When I started out as a writer I never imagined having to hit the road so much to spread the word about my work. But it’s been fun and everyone who told me it’d get easier were right – it does. But Gateshead was my last event for a while before I get back on the horse (or train, probably) for more events when the Read Regional campaign begins in February. I’m looking forward to it already.
So thank you to Helen Eddon from Gateshead library for inviting me and to all the lovely readers who came along and made it a night to remember.
Another grand day out in the name of crime fiction. This time to Malton as part of the Ryedale Book Festival in a lovely pub/restaurant called The Yard. It was nice to have the whole Moth gang back together along with support from Norbert and Eric the dogs.
The event was held together by Alfie Crow who gave us a brief history of crime fiction, all the while wrangling Norbert who recently underwent a rather personal operation. Poor Norbert. Still, he seemed to enjoy the show regardless.
Thanks to everyone involved in organising the festival, particularly Sarah Tyson and Dinah Keal.
Another night, another event. But what a lovely event it was. It was very exciting to be asked to take part in the Durham Book Festival and everyone at Clayport library in Durham were fantastic (and also have great hair!) It’s always nice to hear Helen Cadbury read and last night was no exception, and the audience were enthusiastic and asked good questions. But the biggest treat of the night was being interviewed by the wonderful Caroline Beck who was sooo well prepared and had some very interesting and challenging questions to grill us with.
Thanks to everyone who came and to New Writing North (especially Rebecca Wilkie) for inviting us to take part.
A fantastic night in Whitley Bay on Tuesday night. I’d been so excited when I was told a few months back that Stolen had been chosen as North Tyneside council’s Summer Read this year. Knowing that last year the book was The Murder Wall by Mari Hannah, I knew I was in good company. But it was a little nerve-wracking thinking about the event that would come at the end of the campaign when I’d have to come face to face with the readers and all their opinions of the book! But I needn’t have worried – everyone was so lovely and positive about it and came armed with plenty of questions. And it was great speaking to people afterwards, especially the lady who told me that Stolen was the first book her husband, who has dementia, had been able to read in a long time due to the short chapters. It’s not something I’d ever thought about before but it was so nice to hear.
So thanks to everyone who came along and to North Tyneside council and libraries, especially Steve and Sarah, and New Writing North for letting me take part in such a great event.
And tonight it’s off to Clayport library in Durham as part of the Durham Book Festival. Let’s hope it’s as much fun as Whitley Bay!
No, this isn’t a picture of my living room – my books aren’t as tidy as that. But I’m going to be surrounded by books this week as I venture out to libraries and bookshops around the North East.
First up is an event at the new library at Whitley Bay where I’ll be reading and talking about Stolen thanks to the lovely folk at North Tyneside council who chose the book as their Summer Read this year. I’m very excited to meet some people who’ve read the book and see what they think.
Then on Thursday it’s off to Clayport library in Durham as part of the Durham Book Festival. It’s very exciting to be asked to take part as anyone who’s ever been to the festival knows that it attracts fantastic writers and the events are excellent. So thanks to New Writing North for inviting me to take part. And it’s always nice to work alongside fellow Moth writer Helen Cadbury.
Finally, Saturday takes me to Helmsley to take part in the On Our Turf festival, again with Helen Cadbury. We’ll be at the Cut Price Bookstore from 2.30pm reading from our debut novels (as well as sneak peaks at the next books) and we’ll be signing copies too.
Before I get on with another round of rewrites for the second book, a quick update on the very nice weekend I’ve had. Despite it raining constantly on Friday and having returned from seeing The Be Good Tanyas at The Sage in Gateshead to discover my part of town was flooded, it was a very nice couple of days indeed. The Tanyas were fantastic (if you haven’t heard them before I urge you to seek them out) and I was also very surprised and warmed to my cockles to receive a fan letter. An actual letter that someone had taken the time to sit down and write and put in the post. Very exciting!
Then on Saturday it was off to Easingwold to take part in On Our Turf. There was all sorts going on and will be more at various locations throughout the rest of September. Check out the website here for more info. Our event was on a bus (pictured above) which was strange but fun – an intimate reading on the back of the bus alongside Helen Cadbury and a very lovely audience. As well as reading from Stolen and To Catch a Rabbit, we bravely (or perhaps stupidly) read from our still-in-progress second novels. Fortunately both seemed to go down well. Thanks to Alex for letting us bring a little crime to his bus.