I realise quite a lot has happened since I last posted. My debut novel, You Think You Know Me, came out in paperback on 7th September. Very many thanks are due to Choc Lit for their amazing support and all the promo they organised around the date. I was delighted that the book was picked as a Lovereading debut of the month.
And several very kind book bloggers invited me to visit their sites, which was fantastic, and very much appreciated, So although I haven’t been in evidence here, I have been gadding about! Here are some recent Q & As:
- Bookaholic Confessions (Thanks for having me, Holly!)
- Lovereading.com (Thanks to the team.)
- Jaffareadstoo (Thanks, Jo.)
- Harlequin Junkie (Thanks, Sara.)
- Jenny – Writer and Book Blogger site (Thanks, Jen.) I should mention that Jenny’s own book, Ideal Girl, has just been released, too!
And some guest posts:
- Writing tips on Being Anne (Thanks Anne!)
- The dangerous similarities between heroes and villains on We Heart Writing (Thanks to Jade.)
- Settings in suspense fiction over at Books for Life (Thanks to Linda.)
I still have couple more visits to go, dates TBC.
Alongside the online features, I was interviewed by the lovely Sue Dougan at BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. I was – hmm – somewhat nervous, but Sue put me completely at my ease, and in the end I enjoyed it. (No, really! And I’m sure my nails will grow back in no time…)
Between doing the bits of promo for You Think You Know Me, I’ve been working on the structural edits for the first book in my Cambridge mystery series. It features a crime-solving duo, Ruby Fawcett and Nate Bastable, and opens when Ruby finds herself house-sitting for a stranger. The more she sees of the dysfunctional life he’s left behind, the greater her sense of foreboding. Needless to say, she’s right to be worried!
I’ve had some lovely books to read in my down time, thanks to Sophie at Reviewed the Book’s 100,000 page-view giveaway prize. I won a free book of my choice each month for six months – such a fantastic treat! So far I’ve read The Night Falling by Katherine Webb, A Tap on the Window by Linwood Barclay and The Death of Lucy Kyte by Nicola Upson – all very different books, each perfect for getting lost in at the end of a busy day.
And at the weekends I’ve been exploring various universities, since DD1 will be applying shortly. This has been really interesting – and fun to see new cities. We’ve done them all by train, so plenty of time for writing and chatting en route!
So the thirty days of September felt as though they passed in thirty seconds.
I’m planning to get a grip during October!