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Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Readers Where Would a Writer be Without Them

This is only one of my bookcases - multiply this by about 10

I’ve been a reader ever since I was big enough to hold a book. As a child I devoured books and lived in a magical fantasy land conjured up by my current reading material. I danced round fairy rings, fought dragons, became a princess, had pillow fights at boarding school, joined the Chalet girls in Switzerland. Then, of course, when I was older, among other things I became a spy, detective, femme fatale, gentleman burglar (even though I was a girl). I solved crimes with Hercule Poirot, and Sherlock Homes, I visited Miss Faversham, made love to Heathcliffe, hid from Dracula and Frankenstein. In fact, I did everything but live in the real world. So is it any wonder I became a writer.

Being such an avid reader gives me something in common with my readers. I want to please them in the same way that I have been pleased with all the books I’ve read over the years. I love to hear from readers, get to know their likes and dislikes, have conversations about characters, mine and those of other authors.

So, one of the joys of my life as an author is going out to meet readers, luckily, libraries often invite writers to come and talk, and local groups often ask me along, some of these talks are paid and some are not. But my reason for accepting all these invitations is not based on finance, it is because I truly love talking with readers.

So. Don’t be shy, come along and talk to me, whether it is face to face, on Facebook, or on Twitter. I’m here and I’d love to hear from you.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Book Launch Competition Results

I want to thank all those who entered the competition for a free ebook. It was a names in the hat draw with the winners randomly selected, and to ensure there was no favouritism I made sure the person selecting the winners, was totally objective. Well, the draw has now been done, all fair and square, by the President of Angus Writers’ Circle at their meeting last night.

And the winner of Ghost Train & Other Stories is ……….(long pause, wait for it)……….Gilly Fraser.

And the winner of Obsession & Other Stories is …………(another long pause, wait for it)………….. Myra Duffy.

Happy reading, ladies, and don’t scare yourselves too much as I cannot be held accountable for panic attacks, heart attacks or anything of that nature!

Until the next time.