I had THE BEST time at my EdBookFest event in Edinburgh, Scotland this August! I can’t believe a month has passed since that wonderful weekend. Thank you SO, SO much to all of you who came to see me! Meeting you all totally made my day – in fact, it made my whole week! I’m especially thankful to you all for your patience. I know some of you waited up to an hour in the queue to get your books signed and I just want to let you know that I really appreciate the time you took and I hope that it was as much fun for you to meet me, as it was for me to meet you!
I get so fired up at events because there is nothing better than meeting my readers. I always say it’s the best perk of my job. To be honest, I love making up stories so much that I’d still write even if my work wasn’t published or read by anyone other than myself. But…having said that, frankly, it’s a whole lot more fun when I get back so much excitement and enthusiasm from readers!
So what’s it like to do an event at a large book festival? In one word: FUN! Especially at the EdBookFest because it is so well organised and everyone working there is so friendly and helpful – and they LOVE books, of course, so what’s not to like?! Even so, I’m always a bit nervous before my event begins because I really want readers to have great time. But by the time I step on stage I’m super excited and ready to start.
One thing that I always enjoy at events is meeting my Instagram followers! I love it when readers introduce themselves, and especially when they let me know that they follow me on my social media. It’s always fun to put a face to a name! Click on the photos below to see a few of my Instagram followers that I met in Edinburgh…
I managed to squeeze in some research while in Scotland, too, including a visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official Scottish residence, to see an exhibition of the Queen’s dresses. If you get a chance to see this exhibition, do! There were three absolutely stunning ball gowns from the 1950s that I particularly liked. And the most charming outfit was a pink coat worn by the queen as a child. Her younger sister, Princess Margaret had a matching one, and I can imagine how sweet they must have looked up dressed up in their matching coats. I’d show you photos, only we weren’t allowed to take any! I also paid a visit to Lindisfarne Castle, an incredibly romantic 16th century castle built on a jutting, windswept rock on the Northumberland coast.
Thanks again to all of you who came to see me. I had a blast with you all and I look forward to meeting more readers during my upcoming book tour of UK schools! I can’t wait!!!