Yesterday was fun and interesting and thank you everyone for taking the time to come along. It was terrific to see you.
Declan Hughes was in fine fettle and it was a delight to hear him read extracts from his new novel. Also funny because it was our first time reading our new material and we rather fluffed some of our lines on occasion, though Declan can make a much soother recovery than me!
Mia Gallagher was a warm and engaging host with canny questions and astute observations. The afternoon flew by.It was great to talk to other readers and writers about our experiences as authors and I hope I was able to answer all questions put to me as honestly as possible.
One thing in particular tickled me silly. A lady seated to Mia’s right began to write on paper as I was reading a passage from my new book, Blood Money. The scene I chose is set in a restaurant and I wrote-briefly- of a waitress who is rude to one of the characters in the book.
I describe her thusly…”She was about fifty and as broad as she was tall with wiry hair dyed a harsh flat red and hastily drawn on eyebrows. Her fingers were stained with nicotine and her uniform was crumpled and needed a wash. The plastic name-plate pinned to her chest read ‘Jadranka.’”
From this short description the lady I mention then handed me an unbelievable sketch of Jadranka in all her splendour and it was her! Exactly as I saw her in my head. I was completely blown away. How fantastic a gift to draw so well and to create an image like that from a few short lines. Then after I was really chuffed because, as my friend Megan pointed out on the way down the street, it also means that what I write can be visualized so vividly.
So lady, if you ever read this, thank you, you made me grin like a Cheshire Cat for some time. And to everyone else, thanks again for a lovely afternoon.