On Thursday I did my first ever library talk.
The lovely people at Seaton Library invited me to talk at one of their regular “tea and cake with an author” sessions. Even though, in previous careers, I’ve talked to various audiences, for a variety of reasons, I couldn’t help but be nervous.
I had no need. Pene, the librarian, had organised it seamlessly well and I received a really warm welcome. Gradually the chairs filled and I had an audience of about seventeen. Brilliant. I was expecting three at most!
I wasn’t sure exactly what to say. In the end I decided to chat about where my inspiration came from, a little about writing routines and methods and threw in a few tips for good measure. The hour flew by and I didn’t notice too many bored wriggles. People seemed to enjoy it. I hope so. The cup of tea and delicious cupcakes provided by the Friends of Seaton Library were very welcome afterwards. Millie would have thoroughly approved.
Some interesting questions arose and not the ones I had anticipated. We had a quick discussion on what makes a romance novel, some of us chatted about writing techniques and a love of books pervaded. It’s always good to be with people who read.
Jenny, from the town’s bookshop Owl and Pyramid, offered to sell some Millie paperbacks and had even presented them on cupcake decorated wrapping paper. Such attention to detail on behalf of someone else was humbling.
There are also signed copies on display in the shop. I’m really honoured as Owl and Pyramid is a regional finalist for Independent Bookshop of the Year. If you’re in the area, please check it out, it’s a wonderful place run by a hard-working and enthusiastic owner.
Libraries played an important part in my childhood. I was a real bookworm and the weekly family trip to our local one was a highlight (okay, this was in the pre-internet days when there were only three television channels!) It was heart-warming to be in Seaton Library and see how firmly embedded in the local community it is. I’d like to offer my thanks to all involved for making the afternoon such a pleasure.
Was I nervous? Yes. Would I do it again? Like a shot!
PS this author is now available for after dinner speaking, weddings and bar mitzvahs!