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.