First author interview – thanks MMB

First ever (online) author interview – supposed to be featuring in tomorrow’s edition of the local paper – but not counting chickens yet on that one.

Delighted though to have talked to MM Bennetts – you can catch up with the interview on her blog

(Though I don’t think my uni friends would recognise her description of my St Andrews days!)

Wet Windy Edinburgh, but thanks…

Home from a wet and windy Edinburgh.

A HUGE thanks to everyone who attended Blackwells or Waterstones for the Launch
and who contributed to making both events a success. Special thanks to Marianne Wheelaghan and Prof. Ian Campbell for chairing the events and keeping me calm! Able to eat again – didn’t feel like it at all on Thursday – for anyone who knows me well a sure sign of just how nervous I was!

How nice is that?

First debut novel ‘event’ tomorrow in Blackwells, Edinburgh, discussing ‘Writing History’ as part of the ‘Previously’ Festival.

Then official book launch in Waterstones, Edinburgh on Thursday… a little bit scary…

And an event in Eyemouth next week as part of Book Week Scotland. 1

I am delighted to have received messages from Cathy Kelly, Anne O’Brien and Jeffrey Archer – People’s Novelist Competition judges – sending me ‘best wishes’ for the book launch.

How nice is that?

A dangerous profession? Please comment…

Preparing for a discussion on ‘Writing History’

title=”Writing History”> and have just had a thought -provoking (scary?) email from the person chairing the discussion:-

‘History of manic depressive illness among writers is well documented, and Kay Redfield Jamison who is Honorary Professor of English at St Andrews University in her book Touched By Fire, Manic Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament, says that while not all writers suffer from mental illness, a higher rate of writers than the normal reading public do suffer from some form of mental illness or addiction. I other words it’s a dangerous profession. So, what do you do to stay sane as writer?’

I’d love to hear from others what you think of this / what you do.
As a first-timer I maybe need to be prepared!

First Gallery Photograph.

A steep learning curve for me here – I’ve just uploaded my first photo to Gallery – Winning the Historical Fiction section of the Harper Collins / Alan Titchmarsh People’s Novelist competition was my first step towards finding a publisher. How I felt at the time is related on a guest blog for the Writers Workshop

title=”Guest Blog for Writers Workshop”>

How I feel now – I’m 100% sure that the various competition wins and listings were a major contributory factor in my achieving publication and well worth the time and effort I gave to them. (And sometimes the one you think least likely may be the one you win…)

A huge thanks to Richard who ‘captured’ the stock photography for me and to Annette who sent me a quick guide to Word Press.