I’ve just returned from my first ever book tour and I’m completely buzzing whilst, simultaneously, being completely knackered. All the weeks of fitful sleep, plagued by nightmares of rows of uniformed teenagers throwing missiles and heckling me as I delivered my talk (naked of course!!). All those hours poring over what I should say, what will hold their attention, get them wondering about my book and thinking that reading, in general, might not be such a bad thing to do with their time. All that debating over whether I should try to learn about PowerPoint and do a presentation like pupils have come to expect. But each time I verged towards giving it a go, an image of the scene from ‘2012’ (a recent British comedy) kept popping into my head- the Olympic sports promoter for schools drying up on a hall stage, a slouching year group in front of him and his PowerPoint presentation going haywire behind him - it was excruciating comedy and I knew it could well be me with my appalling track record of using technology.
|Paula at Wirral Grammar |
School for Girls
To my fellow writers out there - how do you approach your book events?
To the readers who come along to author events- what do you like to get out of it?
The Truth about Celia Frost is published by Usborne on 1st August. www.celiafrost.co.uk
“A gripping psychological thriller, mixing issues of ethics with poignant coming-of- age story.” The Bookseller.