Ever since I became embroiled in what turned out to be fictional biography (and turned into In the Blink of an Eye), I’ve been fascinated by how different authors approach this genre. I was therefore delighted to accept a review copy of Love and Ruin by Paula McLain, the story of American journalist Martha Gellhorn … Continue reading Love and Ruin by Paula McLain
I’m just back from the Comedie du Livre, an open air book festival in Montpellier, France which runs over three days and isn’t quite like anything I’ve attended in the UK. Yes, it’s a literary festival under canvas but somehow not like Hay-on-Wye. Although there are guest speakers giving talks on two small festival stages , … Continue reading A French book fair and fair prices for books.
The launch party on April 14th was followed by such a busy two weeks of book and family events it has taken me until now to take stock of ‘life after publication’ and what comes next. Because the launch, as Linen Press reminds me, is just the beginning. What strikes me first of all … Continue reading Feeling the love and spreading the word
I hope I’ve already thanked everyone involved in my Bristol book launch of In the Blink of an Eye directly, but after such a brilliant evening I had to put some thoughts and photos in a post. I was thrilled so many friends arrived, from many walks of my life (including those arguably spoiled spoiled … Continue reading In the Blink of an Eye enters the (Bristol) world
Today I’m welcoming a writer I’ve never actually met but who feels like an old friend. Jane Davis has been here on my blog at least once already and I’ve read several of her books including I Stopped Time, which alerted me to our shared interest in early photography. She is also lucky enough to … Continue reading Smash All the Windows: a new book from Jane Davis
There’s nothing to whet the appetite for a book launch like boxes of of the long-awaited book. But although you might not notice from this photo, these two consignments aren’t quite the same. How come? Our proof copies of Blink (this is its stable name by the way, books are like race-horses in that respect) … Continue reading Opening the book box. A tale of two covers.
I promised a follow-up to my ‘slow burn‘ article so here it is. Life and the internet these days are all about speed – right? But it can still surprise us when things – sometimes quite big things – come together in the blink of an eye (see how I did that?) For me the … Continue reading Social Media for Writers: (2) the quick fix