I couldn’t believe it when I opened the email inviting me along to the first Get Barking and Dagenham Reading Festival. Best of all they wanted me to talk about my debut novel ‘Dangerous’. It was the first time I’d been asked to speak about it and I felt nervous but so excited. I felt a bit shocked that I’d been asked and it didn’t feel quite real. I felt privileged though as I would join bestselling authors Kimberley Chambers on the night and with Martina Cole having already been being part of this brilliant event.
What a great night it was.
I arrived early to meet Lisa and the team who instantly made me feel welcome, very relaxed and comfortable. My earlier anxiety quickly disappearing.
I met the four other authors who were speaking that night, we chatted easily and shared our experience as writers.
Then we each did a short talk about ourselves and our book/s. I didn’t prepare a talk before and decided to just go with what came into my head at that moment. It must have been ok though as the audience clapped and were keen to speak with me after.
Being asked all sort of questions like when would the book would be ready, where could they buy it, what other books I have coming out, what motivates me, who inspired me was so great because for me it brought it all a step closer to being real. I felt more like an author and even more so when I was asked for an autograph.
The feeling was quite surreal, almost as if I was talking about someone else. It was a very special night for me. My first public talk about ‘Dangerous ‘ was an experience I will never forget. I went home on a positive high so looking forward to more events like that.
The library has asked me to come back again for future events which feels a great honour. It would be a pleasure to become involved with Barking and Dagenham libraries future events. Events that gives book lovers a great opportunity to attend various events across the borough, bringing the community together in a positive way.
So, my first talk about my new book Dangerous ended on a high with more opportunities for the future opening up for me.