Literary Ladies who Lunch!

Today might have been bitterly cold but it didn’t stop me from meeting fellow Janeites Jane Odiwe, Juliet Archer, Monica Fairview and – all the way from America – Abigail Reynolds.

The beautiful church of St Marylebone was the perfect rendevouz for literary fans as it was where Lord Byron was baptised and was also the setting of Robert Browning’s marriage to Elizabeth Barrett. 

We enjoyed a warming lunch in the crypt and then continued our chat on a walk around Regent’s Park, all of us agreeing that it was lovely to get away from the keyboard and talk to real people every now and then!

Then it was back home to check up on my lovely chickens who are all settling in really well.  I’ll post some more ‘chick pics’ soon!

Dinner at The Reform Club

Last night, after a tour of historic St James’s with Jane Odiwe and Monica Fairview

I had the great privilege of meeting my US publisher, Sourcebooks, together with fellow authors for dinner at The Reform Club in Pall Mall.  This is the club famous as being the setting of the bet in Jules Verne’s book, Around the World in 80 Days.  We were in The Strangers Room in the company of Charles Dickens and WM Thackerary – their fine portraits staring down at us from the pannelled walls.

Here I am with authors Freya North and Erica James.

There was a lot of talk about books – how wonderful it is to write them but also how important it is for writers to get away from their fictional worlds once in a while and talk to real live people!

It was a lovely evening that ended all too quickly.  And now it’s back to my own fictional world.  The rewrites for Dreaming of Mr Darcy are almost complete and it will soon be time to start the next novel…