What I learnt this week: 22nd November 2018

The hint of a writer’s life

Well, it’s been a busy two weeks since my last post. And some of it has even been glamorous. I mean, if I read the following on someone else’s blog, I might think wow, that’s what writers actually do.

Last week I was back at the Shard – I know, I know. Wait for it though, it gets better. I was invited by my publisher there for a pre-party drink in the Aqua Shard bar. And when I asked for a Prosecco, they told me they don’t do it – they only do champagne. I gritted my teeth and made the best of it.

After that it was on to the Romantic Novelists’ Association Winter Party in the library at Birdcage walk, where I drank again (alas, no more champagne, but the canapés more than made up for it) and chatted to fellow authors whose names I mostly know from book covers and social media. Here would be a great time to add photos of both events, but I was too busy chatting (and drinking) to take many. Here are two I snapped of the packed library, and myself, my chins (!) and author Laura James.

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Last weekend I had the excitement of going into Works in Windsor and actually seeing one of my books on the shelf. Naturally I took a photo. Naturally I assume Nora Roberts and JK Rowling would do the same.

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Last weekend was also the start of the A Little Christmas Charm blog tour, arranged by Rachel’s Random Resources, run by the fabulous blogger Rachel Gilbey. Sadly I don’t get to move from my chair, but the book stops off at all these fabulous blogs over the course of two weeks.

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And finally, I had a new head photo taken. For an hour I posed in woods and tried to look like a friendly writer, and not like someone who was freezing their butt off and fretting that the damp air was making my hair frizz. Watch this space for the photos, but if you see nothing in the next few weeks, assume the frizz and the cold won.