Time for a meet up
By r brassington, Feb 23 2016 12:44PM
On Saturday I travelled by (very) noisy train over the top into Yorkshire, to attend the 2nd Northern Meet Up of The Book Club in Leeds. It was a chance for authors, bloggers and readers to mingle, meet and generally have a chat about all things bookish.
I (unwisely) decided to choose last week to commence a detox diet for my imminent wedding, which meant I was on the sparkling only (water, not wine). Regretting banning the Dutch courage seeing as this was my first event attended as an author, I soon realised I didn’t need it. Everyone was so welcoming, friendly and interested.
I met a fellow author, Caroline Batten, who I’d been in contact with since before either of us had a word in print. On the train over I’d been reading How To Be Brave by Louise Beech, and then had the pleasure of speaking to her. Though best of all, people came up to me, telling me how glad they were I’d come, that they’d read my book and loved it. I don’t know what I’d been expecting from the meet up, but that definitely wasn’t something I’d counted on, and it was lovely.
It was a fantastic experience, being able to speak to people I’d only ever seen in little pixels on a laptop screen. There were so many people I didn’t get round to meeting, but my name’s already down for the next one. Where else would I be asked to sign a Kindle cover?