Very excited to receive my parcel of books last night. But I had to wait longer than anticipated as the neighbours took delivery and then inconsiderately went out! I knew the books were in there but couldn’t get my sticky paws on them. Briefly considered committing my own crime in order to get my books out, but eventually the neighbours came home and the books were released.
In a slightly more exciting turn of events, the book was actually released into the world last Friday – a few weeks earlier than originally planned. Very exciting but still slightly dazed that my first book is out there in the real world for real people to read. I’ve even signed a few copies in-between the usual tasks of the day job. It’s all very glamorous!
Been quite the week in terms of books. Got hold of a copy of Stolen for the first time and the excitement was quite something. Unfortunately I didn’t capture the moment on camera like Helen Cadbury. But it all suddenly felt quite real and not some weird dream.
Also been struggling with book number two for a few weeks but finally had a breakthrough today and sat at the laptop for hours without finding any really urgent housework that needed doing. If you live within a few miles of me you’ve probably heard my moans of frustration and proclamations that re-writing and editing is so much harder than writing something from scratch. At the moment I’m still sticking with this but when I begin on book three in a few months I’ll probably retract that statement. The grass is always greener…
And finally, the lack of doing any of my own work over the bank holiday weekend meant I could spend all day and night reading Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life. If you haven’t read it already I urge you to get a copy. It’s the best book I’ve read in a long time (and I’ve read a few good ‘uns recently). One of those books that you can’t stop reading but never want to end. If I ever write something as beautiful and compelling as Atkinson does I’ll be a very happy writer.