Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Don’t believe everything you read in the press

Yesterday it rained all day. Come on  - what do you expect? It was Bank Holiday Monday. I had a welcome rest: Dave and I had a quiet day at home. Such days have been rare lately, and it was very welcome. Next week I will be interviewed on BBC Radio Derby and BBC Radio Sheffield. Yesterday the only interview was a Skype one with my favourite granddaughter and daughter-in-law (see below.)

Lately my brain has been in exploding-mode (again.) At home I’ve been emailing and writing and phoning people for PR purposes, and outside the house I’ve been rushing round bookshops and local gift shops suggesting they’d like to stock my book. Generally they’ve been very receptive. There are several reasons for this  – their intelligence, my charm, the fact that the book has a very pretty cover, but actually, the most important factor is that the book is set in the Derbyshire Peak District, and people like to read books set locally. You may or may not know that this is the second most visited National Park in the world. We get 22 million visitors every year. At least some of them like to read. Let’s hope they also like family comedy with emotional depth. I am calling the book “A Bakewell love story” because that’s also a good description of it, even though it is very realistic, has no hearts or flowers in it and no trace of soppiness.

Today, it’s back to work. I have guest blog posts to write, I have books to post to important people, and I have to ring up the Peak Advertiser and ask them why they have the wrong time for my book launch in their published Diary. My launch party for But I told you last year that I loved you, is at

Scarthin Books, Cromford,

June 9th,  6 -7.30 pm

so don’t believe everything you read in the press. Everyone is welcome to come for sparkling wine and refreshments, fun (a treasure hunt and a quiz),  readings, and to buy signed copies, or for any combination of these.

And here are my Skyping companions – my beloved Wendy and Lux -

wendy and lux may 2011

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