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  • Barbara Copperthwaite

A fabulous party

Wow, another week gone – and in just a few days we’ll be in February. How did that happen?! A week ago today I was at an authors and book bloggers event, held in Birmingham. Writing can be a solitary experience, so it was great fun to meet up with fellow authors and chat about the writing process, plotting murder, the importance of location, and all sorts of things that most people find very dull! If I talk to my partner of sisters about such things they soon change the subject to the weather… The book bloggers were equally fabulous. Before I started promoting Flowers For The Dead I had never had any contact with book bloggers, so it was a whole new world to me, and I nervously approached a handful asking if they would be interested in reviewing my new book. Several took me up on the offer, making it clear that me giving them a review copy did not in any way guarantee a good review – they would be honest and forthright. It was what I wanted…but I was also scared. What if they hated it? Then again, better I find out sooner than later, after I’d released it and started charging people for it! So when the reviews came in and were overwhelmingly positive, I was overjoyed, and since then I have got to know some of those who have reviewed me. What a brilliant bunch of people! It’s such a nice feeling to walk into a room of people I’ve never met before, but who I ‘know’ through social media. Recognising them from their profile picture was a surreal experience, but what was especially nice was that everyone is as lovely in real life as they come across on their blogs. The day was wonderful, and I must say a huge thank you to Kim Nash of Kim The Book Worm, who organised the event. The rest of the week has been spent surreptitiously organising the delivery of a present for my partner, Paul. It’s his birthday on Monday. In between doing that, I did manage to find time to write, you’ll be pleased to hear. After weeks of feeling like I am wading through treacle, things are flowing at last, and I’m excited about the way things are going. I hope you’ve all had a fab week, too, and are enjoying a wonderful weekend x

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