October already! I hope you’ve all been keeping warm. It has been another busy month for me. I’m pleased that so many readers seem to be enjoying Death Rope. The fabulous Martina Cole was generous enough to describe it as: “brilliant and chilling… a cracker of a read!”
The panel of Debut Dagger judges, which I chair for the Crime Writers Association, met for lunch to decide the winner of this prestigious award and, as usual, we had a tough time reaching this difficult decision.
That was followed by a party at one of my publishers, where it was lovely meeting up with fellow authors like Dreda Say Mitchell.
It was a very sociable month, as I also had dinner with my publisher at No Exit Press, and lunch with my agent, and met a couple who have invited me to run a creative writing course at their beautiful gite in France in 2019. It’s very tempting!
My talk to the London chapter of the Crime Writers Association on ‘How to Sell a Million Books’ seemed to go down well. It was an enjoyable evening with many of my fellow crime writers, and I hope that I’ve inspired some hopeful writers.
This month I returned to the University of Westminster once a week as a Royal Literary Fellow, supporting students who are struggling with their writing. It’s a fascinating and worthwhile post and I’m grateful for the opportunity to use skills acquired during twenty years of teaching – a lifetime’s worth!
Finally we had a trip to Venice. The weather was beautiful and everything about the visit was wonderful. We even spotted a copy of the third Geraldine Steel, called Senza Uscita in Italian, in a bookshop!
Next month won’t be quite as busy as October has been, but I’ll be out and about making a few appearances! As always, I love meeting and chatting with my readers on my travels around the country.
Waterstones in Watford
122 High Street Watford WD17 2BJ
WHSmiths in Watford
intu, Watford WD17 2TF
WHSmiths in York
39-41 Coney St, York YO1 9QL
Brooks Book Shop
44-46 Bridge St, Pinner HA5 3JF
That’s all from me for now – I better get back to the writing desk to work on Geraldine Steel’s 14th case…