I’ve been to two excellent book events this week. Tuesday night saw me at Headline’s offices at Victoria Embankment for their Rooftop Book Club/New Voices 2018 event.
Introduced by Georgina Moore (@PublicityBooks) and chaired by Joe Haddow (@schmotime), the panel consisted of debut authors Nick Clark Windo (@nickhdclark), Phoebe Locke (@phoebe_locke), Karen Hamilton (@KHJAuthor) and Guy Gunaratne (@guygunaratne)
Wine, lots of book talk and a fabulous goody bag – what a great evening and it was good to catch up with fellow blogger Jacob Collins (who blogs over at Hooked on Page One) – we didn’t recognise any other bloggers – if there were any, although the event was well supported as always. The only book available to buy was The Feed, as this was due to be published in a couple of days, the other books not being released until March onwards. I was delighted to get my copy signed by Nick and as my goody bag contained a lucky dip copy of The Tall Man, I asked Phoebe to sign this.
The next night, Wednesday 24th, saw me at Waterstones Piccadilly for their Psychological Thriller event, with authors A J Finn (@AJFinnBooks), Ruth Ware (@RuthWareWriter) and chaired by Stephanie Merritt (@thestephmerritt). One of the first things that Stephanie did was to ‘out’ A J Finn – as Daniel Mallory. I’m not giving away any secrets here as it has been widely reported online and in magazines that the name A J Finn was deliberately chosen as a gender neutral name because the author worked in publishing as an editor, and with only a few males in the industry, he would soon be rumbled under his own name. In fact all the authors publish under different names – Stephanie is also author of several historical fiction novels under the pseudonym of S J Parris and Ruth Ware has also written YA books under a different name. I didn’t take notes and my memory is rubbish so I’m going to even try and recap on the questions and answers but it was a fascinating hour or so with a glass or wine, spent in the company of these three excellent authors. I already have a signed hardback copy of The Lying Game but I did buy a copy of The Woman in the Window which AJ Finn kindly signed. I do also have a proof copy which he also signed so look out for a giveaway on the blog soon. There weren’t any copies of Stephanie’s book available to buy but this is published in March.