Well, that’s the summer gone. Today the sun is shining, but the temperature has dropped. The leaves on the trees are turning, and we’ve seen a gaggle of geese flying south in a v formation. We had our last al fresco lunch outside a lovely café next to Reading Minster yesterday, shivering in fleeces, and today there’s a hearty stew in the slow cooker.
I’ve had a wonderful summer, starting with a holiday in Majorca which has inspired me to plot not one but two new novels. I’ve simply had no choice but to book another trip there next spring to continue my research and get some serious writing done in the right setting.
In the meantime, I’ve been very busy on several fronts, and I’ll tell you about them over the coming weeks. First, I’ve been talking about writing!
I was invited to speak to the Ex Libris Reading Group in Chippenham. I talked about my journey from scribbler to published author and read some extracts from my books. Some of the members of Ex Libris are old friends, so it was a gentle introduction public speaking as a writer. It’s strange, I’ve been giving presentations and talks to groups of all sizes in my day job for the last twenty years, but standing up to speak about being a writer, exposing my dreams and my words, was different – exciting and terrifying at the same time!
Next, came an invitation to Tiverton for their first Literary Festival, organised by my writer friend, Jenny Kane. I was one of the ‘Cupcakes and Romance’ panel of authors, alongside Julie Cohen and Rachel Brimble, talking about writing and answering questions from keen romance readers and some aspiring writers. It was a fun evening, fuelled by wine and cupcakes, and ending with a fabulous curry in Tiverton’s finest Indian restaurant.
They say things come in threes, and my third appearance was back in Chippenham, at the local library, during the Chippfest Arts and Music Festival. Rachel Brimble joined me again, together with best-selling author Louise Douglas, and historian and romance writer Nicola Cornick. Another round of wine and cupcakes and a lively audience made the evening fly by.
But hang on, invitation number four came out of the blue a couple of weeks ago. A fellow member of the Oxford Narrative Writers’ Group, poet John Vickers, asked me to join him on the community programme, That’s Oxford TV. During the half hour show on 24 August we talked about our different writing, and also commented on stories in the news that day. It should be available to view on Youtube soon. I’ll post a link when I get it.
So now I’ve been on TV and radio, had my first author talk with a reading group, and appeared on panels at literary events. I’ve loved every minute of it, so if you would like to invite me to speak to your group, or at an event, please let me know through the contact page.
Julie Cohen, Rachel Brimble, me& Jenny Kane at Tiverton Literary Festival