One of the lovely things about being a writer
My last post was about the stress of proofreading – one of the downsides of being a writer. As a contrast, this one is about an altogether nicer aspect: talking to readers and other writers about my books and the craft of writing.
Last Saturday I gave a talk at Malvern Library. ‘Unravelling’ celebrated its third birthday in May; ‘The Piano Player’s Son’ is out in October, and I’ve recently published my A to Z of writing ‘A Writer’s Alphabet’, so it seemed a good moment to engage with potential readers. The talk was also part of the Worcestershire Literary Festival.
As always I had a few wobbles beforehand: Have I got enough interesting things to say? Will anybody turn up? Will they be unresponsive? But I needn’t have worried, as it proved to be a very enjoyable event.
I talked about ‘Unravelling’ and its adventures since publication, and also the publication of ‘The Piano Player’s Son’, out in October. I described the inspiration for both, the process of writing them and the number of rewrites!
I also described my writing journey, from my childhood dream of being a writer – I read an extract from a story I wrote when I was about eleven – to the MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University to taking the decision to self-publish ‘Unravelling’ and then the excitement of Cinnamon Press wanting to publish ‘The Piano Player’s Son’.
I said, as well, how privileged I feel to teach creative writing, and how much I’ve learnt about the craft in the process.
All in all, a lovely occasion – the real jam on the writing cake, and just the boost I needed!