Slight Delay but fret ye not

I know that a few people who’ve placed orders for my book with Amazon, Play, WHSmith etc. have yet to receive their copies. I spoke with my publishers this morning who’ve assured me that the copies will be with them very soon. Apparently there’s been a slight delay between wholesalers and middlemen – but the message is: fret ye not, you will have your copies of I Met a Roman Last Night… very, very soon.

I’m trying to use today to catch up on the work I would have done were it not for Monday and Tuesday’s workshops, and I think I’m getting there, if rather slowly.

I’m also testing the effectiveness of Vicks First Defence, as I feel that I may be in for a bit of a sniffle. At the moment I’m not feeling too bad, so fingers crossed… I shall report back soon.

Right, back to writing and to prepare for tomorrow’s workshops at Crewe Library, which I’m looking forward to very much.

First Day!

I’ve just got in from the first date of the Roaming Roaming Book Tour, at Styal Primary School. The school, the teachers and, most importantly, the children, were absolutely fab! And I enjoyed myself too.

I spoke to children from Year 3 all the way up to Year 6 about story writing, gave a couple of readings from my book (which they enjoyed – phew!) did Q & As and signed a few books. I also got the chance to listen to some stories the children had written about Egyptian myths, and I must say that I was very impressed.

Looking forward to what’s next – I just hope the rest go as well as today’s did!

And I’d like to say a great big THANK YOU to everyone at Styal. Thanks guys!

Book Tour Under Way…

Almost. Well it will be in an hour or two when I set off for Styal Primary School.

The weekend was good fun. I had a great time at my friend’s 40th, and I think she did too. It was really nice to see a few old faces and really great to meet up with my friend’s children. It’d been over a year since I last saw them, which made me think how quickly time can pass you by, how I should have made more of an effort and how much this writing lark can turn a person into a boring old hermit (even at the tender age of 25!). I’m determined to change that (well the last two).

On Saturday I went for a Thai meal with my girlie, which I really enjoyed. Fab food and fab company. Who could want more?

Right. Now, let’s see if I can get any work done before I have to leave.


My copies of my book have arrived! I am very relieved (it means that I can stop worrying about whether they’ll be here in time for the Book Tour) and very happy. Proud? Quite possibly! It’s a very nice feeling indeed to be holding the finished product. And I must add that I am extremely impressed with the quality of paper and the cover. My publishers and the rest of the team have done a superb job – thank you!

Off to grin for a little while then back to work.

Added at 17:11.

I forgot to mention this before, but I wanted to – so I’m mentioning it now. I bought a bottle of Highland Spring water and couldn’t help but notice that there was something different about it. The bottle was pink. On further reading I found out that it is in support of Breast Cancer Care. There’s a number on the bottle that you can text in order to make a donation and in return you receive a pink ribbon for your mobile. Well, pink ribbon or not, it’s a great cause. You can find more info here. (It’s the second one down).

Published Author

Today I am a published author. It’s official. My book, I Met a Roman Last Night, What Did You Do? is out.

I don’t feel any different. I think it’s a little like a birthday – you’re officially a year older and yet you feel pretty much exactly the same as you did the day before.

So I’m busy with work and waiting for the copies of my book to arrive. They should be here today – fingers crossed.

Last Day

Well, I had a feeling this week would be a busy one – and it was. But I reckon I’ve got through it unscathed. I’ve got pretty much everything done, spoken to pretty much everyone I needed to speak to and emailed pretty much everyone I needed to email. And I got a decent chunk of writing done as well. So I’m pretty much happy.

And today is the last day when I can say my book will be out soon, because tomorrow it is published.

And while I’m thinking about tomorrow I feel I should say happy birthday to Deb, whose 40th party I shall be attending.

Read All About It!

If you’ve been reading my blog you’ll know that last Tuesday I presented awards to the children who had completed the Summer Reading Challenge.

Here’s what the local rag had to say about it.

Well, in keeping with the theme of the week so far, today has flown. It was here this morning, (which seems about an hour ago) and now it’s just turned quarter past six and I’m thinking about finishing up for the day. Time flies, it seems, even when we’re not necessarily having fun.

Not that I’m whinging. I had quite a nice day. I stopped off at Styal Primary School with the intention of nipping to the front desk, handing over some posters for my visit and hurrying home, but ended up being introduced to one of the teachers, a very lovely and warm lady called Alicia, who showed me around. The school is lovely, and I find that I’m looking forward to kicking off the Book Tour more than ever. So thank you, Styal Primary School, and the friendly faces who greeted me there.

If I had the time I think I’d muse on why some days computers work like a dream (or like they’re supposed to) while on others (let’s say, erm, today) they’re slower than anything on this earth. But I don’t have time, because what time I would have had has been eaten up by the time I’ve spent waiting for my computer to do things. So there! Frustrated? Stressed? Me? Just a little!

I should mention that it’s only two days till my book’s released. Eek!

Slipping By

Goodness this week has just flown. Monday and Tuesday have just been a blur and I’m tired. I can’t believe that we’re almost in Wednesday. The days are just slipping by, and the release of my book gets closer and closer (only three days to go now). And that also means that the start of the Roaming Roman Book Tour is getting nearer as well. I’m at Styal Primary School on Monday, I’ve a workshop on Tuesday and on Thursday I’m running some workshops at Crewe Library. The first event on the tour that’s open to the public is on October 14th at Bollington Library. You can click here to see the other public dates. They’re all free and everybody’s welcome.

I saw a film last night of a book that I’ve always wanted to read but, as with so many others, haven’t had the chance. It is called Regeneration and tells the story of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon’s … well I’ll not spoil it for you. I’d highly recommend a watch though. The book, I believe, is very good as well.

Signing off for now.

Another Well Done!

This time it’s to my favourite book shop who have won The Walker Books Children’s Independent of the Year at the British Retail Awards 2006. Congrats to Andrew, Sue and the rest of team – and might I add that I feel it is thoroughly deserved.

Next week, I feel, is going to be a busy one. Lots of last minute preparation to be done before I embark on the Roaming Roman Book Tour – which kicks off at Styal Primary School on Monday October 2nd. And there’s writing I want to get done, and rewriting. And so it goes on.

Not much else to report. I managed two further trips to the gym; one on my own and one with my girlie to play squash, which she won.

And there’s less than a week until my book is released. It is feeling very, very imminent!

And a heads-up: if you take too many Pepto-Bismol tablets, your tongue can temporarily turn black. Weird, huh?


This morning I received an email from Marion at my publishers. It contained this – the front cover of my book. I think the illustrator, the hugely talented Derry Dillon, has done a fantastic job. Thanks Derry!