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I’ve just got back from another little trip to London for an evening event at Foyles Charing Cross, alongside debut authors Imogen Hermes Gowar and Mary Lynn Bracht.
It was a lovely event, chaired by Alex Clark, and there were some great questions from the audience at the end! I especially loved meeting people who came to get a copy of If I Die Before I Wake signed, and chatting to some of them about their own writing projects. One woman said she felt inspired by the event, which reminded me of how I have felt after hearing other writers talk. If you’re an aspiring writer, and have never been to listen to others talk – do it! It is a really energising thing to do.
It has taken me a few days to recover but I wanted to say a few words about last Thursday.
If I Die Before I Wake was finally launched on January 11 as a hardback – and what a day it was! I had already started receiving messages the day before from people saying their copy had arrived via Amazon, and it just continued from there.
It has been more than three years since I left my job to focus on writing this book. It took 18 drafts. God knows how many hours. I can’t believe it is FINALLY out in the wild!
On February 6, I’ll be at Foyles in Charing Cross Road, London for the Vintage New Writers Evening.
Pick up a slice of pizza and a drink with myself and two other debut authors, Imogen Hermes Gowar and Mary Lynn Bracht. We will be discussing our writing process, the road to publication and what lies beyond.
Whether you’re a budding writer yourself or simply interested in the creative processes of others, the focus of the night is on discovering new voices in contemporary literature, providing insight into how these authors write and what it’s like to be an author at the start of your career.
It all went really well. I couldn’t have asked for better company on stage, being interviewed by Caroline Sanderson alongside Imogen Hermes Gowar and Mary Lynn Bracht. Their excellent debuts are also out in January – Imogen’s The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock is a hilarious 18th century romp about a widower, a courtesan and a grotesque mermaid; Mary’s White Chrysanthemum is a heartbreaking but beautiful story about Korean sisters separated by war. It was interesting to have three such different books being discussed in the same event.
Some very exciting news to share – I will be appearing at the prestigious Cheltenham Literature Festival in October. Continue reading