Thanks for coming to see me!

Carina Axelsson at the EdBookFest in Edinburgh.

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!

Meeting readers is the best perk of my job!

Meeting readers is the best perk of my job!

 

The tools of the trade! Getting my bag together on the morning of my event.

The tools of the trade! Getting my bag together on the morning of my event.

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…

 

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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.

I managed to squeeze in some research at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where I saw an exhibition on the Queen's dresses.

I managed to squeeze in some research at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where I saw an exhibition on the Queen’s dresses.

 

The gardens at Lindisfarne Castle in Northumberland. Yup - even gardens can count as research!

The gardens at Lindisfarne Castle in Northumberland. Yup – even gardens can count as research!

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!!!

Carina x

 

 

 

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