Stolen is out now on audio book from Oakhill.
Had a really good night at my first Read Regional event at South Shields central library. It was fantastic hearing Susan Elliot Wright reading from her novel The Things We Never Said and hearing about her writing life – including a very funny story about the moment she found out she’d got a publishing deal.
It was a very miserable night outside but lots of readers braved the elements to come to the event and it reminded me once again that readers and librarians are all lovely people with great questions. And also that it’s a small world. One reader came up after our talk to tell me he’d stayed in a holiday park in my hometown of Redcar several times many moons ago, and another couple mentioned they’d stayed in Loftus (which is briefly mentioned in Stolen) and had taken part in the Poultry Run – an annual event that as an (almost) local I’m sorry to say I knew nothing about.
Thanks to everyone who came and to Pauline Martin who organised the event.
Next stop Bradford!
Read Regional 2014 kicks off (for me, anyway) tonight with my first event at South Shields Library. It’s been a while since my last event so I hope I’m not too rusty. Fortunately I have the brilliant Susan Elliot Wright to share the stage with and I’m really looking forward to hearing her read from The Things We Never Said and finding out more about her writing.
I recently sent off what I hope will be almost the final draft of my second book so I can focus my attention back on Stolen. Although it was only published in May last year it feels like a long tome ago so I’m hoping readers will help me to remember some of the details!
The event in South Shields will be followed by a trip to Bradford on Saturday afternoon which will be a slightly scarier solo event and then in March I will attend my first book group (as a writer). As a former member of a book group myself, I know how heated the discussions can get and how opinions on the books generally range from love to hate. So I’ll prepare myself for some honest feedback!
A list of all the Read Regional events I’m taking part in can be found on my events page and to find out more about the project and the other writers and events please take a look at the Read Regional site here.
It might be a tad late to say Happy New Year but I hope you’re having a good one so far. After a nice break over Christmas it’s back to the grindstone and I’m currently learning to juggle - not with beanbags or flaming sticks but with promoting my first book, editing the second, and plotting out the third. If you see me and I look a bit dazed and confused you’ll know why.
I’m going to try to be good and post here more often this year, starting with reports on my Read Regional events that kick off in February but before that I thought as it’s a new year I’d finally set up a proper Facebook page devoted to my work so I can stop annoying my friends with my hard sell. Instead I’ll post all things book related on there where it belongs! Please check it out at https://www.facebook.com/rebeccamuddimanwriter
The dates are set for my Read Regional events next year. Check out the events page for details!
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.
Please have a look and make a bid! Thanks!
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.