I would say I have neglected my blog, but this is what it is here for. To pick up and review, add interviews, and extra news as and when I can. However I have been itching to report to you all, and what better way than my first official Bloodhound Panel.
Luckily I wasn't doing the Q and A, The lovely Katherine who has her own blog www.bibliomaniacuk.co.uk organised the event in Harpenden. When I first heard of the event I so wanted to go, but it is a pain to get there from Cambridge, but I had the best travel partner. So we set off on our adventure.
Katherine quieting the crowd, Panel - Liz Mistry, Betsy Reavley, Alison Morgan, Tara Lyons.
The sense of friendship, fun, support and dedication to the company, each other and their own personal battles really came through with the authors on the panel.
They are all very different women, they all have a variety of backgrounds, experiences and health issues. Their intention was to discuss their work, but what I did take from this was how much writing a novel, drawing on their experiences whether personal, or what is going on global is that writing has given them a voice.
They were natural, funny, engaging. I work for Bloodhound Books, in one of the beginning stages of the process,
What I saw on stage, I know happens. We really are a fantastic team.
They may all have a darkness within them, they manage to write those down in the format of words and create novels. That is where it ends....I really did get a sense of community and fun, and they support each other.
Unfortunately I am not privy to the author group, but from the description it sounds like a good place to go for help, and to be. I mean, who wouldn't want to know which author asked how to sew on a nipple after it was chopped off, and who was able to answer this question!
However I did manage to scare them, when I put my hand up right at the end of the Q and A, to ask a question.
Luckily for Liz, it was about Gus' mum - and if she would be invited for dinner would she go?
Her answer was " No way."
A truly talented team of ladies, whose nerves were overcome by not only the support of each other on stage, but the belief in what they are writing and once talking about their plots, delving into fictional minds, if I ever write a full length novel, I want to be with this gang.