One of the great things about being a writer is that you can arrange your timetable to your own liking. For example, I don’t mind working through weekends so I can take the odd day off during the week and that’s exactly what I did last week with a trip to London Zoo.
Here’s a pic of the gorgeous giraffes at the zoo:
and a very cute quati:
My writer pals and I had a perfect summer’s day and I think we all enjoyed the opportunity to get away from the keyboard for a while.
Another mid-week treat was our first trip of the year to the south coast where Molly and I chilled out in the sand dunes whilst the husband painted.
Well, it’s back to the keyboard now and my page proofs for A Weekend with Mr Darcy. It’s so exciting to have these as it really does look like a book now. Only three months to go before publication…
Another two fabulous Writer Top Tens this week: Julia Golding and Jo Cotterill who both have new books out.
It was the Oxford Literary Festival this month and I got to meet children’s writer and one-time laureate, Michael Morpurgo. His books Private Peaceful and The White Horse of Zennor are amongst my favourite. Whilst in Oxford, I met up with one of my other favourite writers, Julia Golding, and talked about fantasy, festivals and the horrors of getting the right title for your books. I also managed a quick chat with Joanna Kenrick between events.
At Waterstones with Lisa Jewell
Then there was a fabulous fiction panel at Notting Hill’s Waterstones which I attended with Helen Salter. It was great fun and lovely to chat with Carole Matthews, Isabel Wolff and Lisa Jewell who has given me a lovely quote for my novel Molly’s MillionApril also meant a trip to the London Book Fair where I met up with my lovely German agent for lunch. There was also time to meet up with Juliet Archer for a writerly gossip on the steps of Earl’s Court.
Then, a surprise trip to Pembrokeshire where I managed to finish the first draft of my new novel, Connie Gordon’s Clan, and completely killed my right shoulder doing so. Ouch! The coast and countryside glowed with yellow flowers: primroses, celandines, cowslips, dandelions, buttercups and the ever-present gorse.