This week is #IndieAuthorWeek – and yep, I took part in it.
The brainchild of local, Merseyside author, Jude Lennon, I was invited to talk at an author evening at Lifestyle Collective in Liverpool.
What is #IndieAuthorWeek?
Well, it does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a week made up of multiple events across the UK to celebrate the wonderful word of independent writers.
I was one of 5 authors set to attend, the others being Bob Stone, Sally-Anne Tapia-Bowes, Estelle Maher and Lynn Robinson.
Sadly, due to personal reasons, Sally-Anne and Estelle had to pull out. However, local author, Sue Bordley stepped in at the eleventh hour.
Bob, Sue and me!
Novels & Nibbles
The event was called Novels & Nibbles, and following a buffet of tasty food and prosecco, it was down to the event itself. Each author had time to talk about themselves followed by reading an extra from their book.
I chose Chapter One of The Fantastical Gregory Shortbread, and for those who have read it, that also means singing.
Yes, there’s a song in chapter one, and with a crowd numbering close to twenty, I sang my heart out. I got a few laughs and a round of applause into the bargain, so it wasn’t all bad!
Contrary to popular belief I don’t have the voice of an angel, so there were a few cracked prosecco glasses on the evening too.
Finally, an Amelia…
If you’ve read my Bumpkinton Tales, you’ll know of a character called Amelia Goose. Well, #IndieAuthorWeek provided me with the first time I’ve signed a book for an Amelia.
Unlike my Amelia, this one wasn’t a busy body – so I gave her a free bookmark and pen for having the same name as one of my characters.
Now, if anybody knows a Whitworth, Clementine or Artichoke for me to sign a book for…
A big thank you to the Lifestyle Collective for hosting the evening as well as Jude Lennon and Sue Miller for all their hard work in getting the evening and week put together.