This week was one of those weeks where I really felt like an author – yes, probably even more so than when I sit in front of my computer and will witty and intelligent words to come. I went to four different libraries and talked about romance writing and my books, which was fitting considering this week held Valentines Day!
I cringed when my old teacher listened to me at Midland library, going on about how I didn’t really like English in high school and never read any of the books! I enjoyed meeting the gorgeous Natasha for the first time and the equally gorgeous Janine again at Bayswater library. And at Vic Park, I caught up with Brodee (gorgeous too, who happened to teach my oldest son a few years ago) and got the sweetest little gifts as thanks for attending. At Bayswater and Southern Cross I indulged in pink bubbly drinking, which I think is extremely fitting for a romance writer and in all the places, I spoke about my road to publication and how it was fifteen long years before I achieved my dream.
Everyone is always so happy and lovely at these events and I still marvel when people want ME to sing their copies of Man Drought and Jilted. I’ve had a few people say I must get sick of signing and can I just say I NEVER will!! Me and my pink pen will happily sign until my dying day! I’m so honoured to be doing a job that I absolutely love and that brings me to meet such fabulous readers along the way.
In Southern Cross I was met at the door with a bottle of ice-cold Diet Coke, so it seems my reputation proceeded me! And somewhere amongst all this travelling and book-talking, I managed to finish reading a couple of books.
This last week or so, I’ve read FAST FORWARD by Juliet Madison and THE ROSIE PROJECT by Graeme Simsion. Two totally different books but I enjoyed them both. They were both funny and clever in their own ways. While FAST FORWARD is about a model who is catapulted twenty-five years into the future (with hilarious predictions of what kind of things the future will hold), THE ROSIE PROJECT is about a geneticist with aspergers falling in love for the first time. My uncle is a geneticist and I swear some of the men in my family have aspergers traits, so I found this novel fascinating. I can’t recommend either of these books enough.
Next on my agenda is HOUSE FOR ALL SEASONS – a debut by my friend the lovely Jenn J McLeod and THE SUNBURNT COUNTRY by the gorgeous Fiona Palmer, another good friend. I feel so blessed to have met so many wonderful people through my writing. I reckon about 75% of the books I read now are by people I know and love!
So what are you reading this week?!