One of the nicest things about becoming an author is receiving contact from readers. I love receiving messages from people who’ve read my work and chatting to people on Twitter and Face book. So you can imagine my delight when I was contacted by a local book club who’d read An Unfamiliar Murder and invited me to a meeting to talk about it.
With a mixture of excitement and trepidation I drove across to Northampton to spend an evening with the Marvellous Readers Book Club last Thursday. The venue was the cafe in ‘The Most Marvellous Place to Shop’, a bohemian store that sells vintage clothes and items. This is not my local town and I’d never visited store before, but it’s one of those places that you glance in the window as you pass by and share a little gasp with your friends: a place brimming with unusual gifts, home ware and clothes to suit every occasion; a place so wonderful that I’ve already made arrangements for a return visit with my daughter this coming weekend.
I have to admit, I did feel a little nervous. I hadn’t prepared a speech as I was told that it was just an informal chat about my book. But I couldn’t help but wonder how that discussion could last for the duration of the evening? How wrong I was.
Clare, the leader of the book club, introduced herself and led me through to the cafe. (Yes this amazing shop also has a cafe!) We pulled some tables together and sat in the corner squashed into sofas and pretty cafe chairs under low lighting and chatted as the others arrived. And what a lovely group they were – so friendly and welcoming. They asked many questions about my book, the characters, plots, settings and my publishing journey and I thoroughly enjoyed the discussion that ensued. Before I knew it, an hour and a half had passed.
If you are local to this area I would definitely recommend Marvellous Readers. They meet monthly, read a wide range of material from different genres and are genuinely interested in the stories they read. You can follow them on Twitter @marvellousread .
I would like to thank Clare and all at Marvellous Readers for choosing to read my book and for making last Thursday so special. It was a magical evening for any new author and one that I will remember always.