Friday, 4 October 2013

Romantic meetings and writerly events…

Happy Friday everyone – I’ve had a an even busier week than usual as I’ve been out and about on writerly business. On Monday I was invited to the famous and very romantic location of Gretna Green for a meeting.
 
It was wonderful to catch up with writers I already know well through the Writers Scotland Group, to be reintroduced to one or two I’d met before through the Romantic Novelist’s Association, and to meet some new lovely writer peeps. The meeting was interesting, involving romance writers, commercial enterprise, media and PR, but as it was a preliminary talk, I don’t think I’m at liberty to tell you exactly what it was all about just yet - so I’ll tell you more when I can!

After lunch and the meeting itself, a few of us had a tour of the famous blacksmith’s shop and the wedding room and had our photo taken in front of the wedding anvil!


In this photo: myself, Lynda Denton, Eileen Ramsay and her husband Ian,
Michelle Styles and Gwen Kirkwood
 

The Marriage Anvil at Gretna Green
 
 
On Tuesday, I was invited to speak about my writing and my life as a writer at the first meeting of the season for the Dumfries and Galloway Tangent Club in a private room at a restaurant in Thornhill. It was an honour to be asked to talk to these lovely ladies and I was right to suspect that when I got there, it being a local group of professional and business women, that I would already know many of them. We had a glass of wine, friendly conversation and lots of laughs, and we also had a lovely dinner. I felt my talk went well, as the atmosphere in the room was so relaxed and warm. I rounded off my talk with a short reading from ‘Reaching for the Stars’ and we had a quiz/competition - the winner being the first correct answer drawn by the restaurant owner!
 
On Wednesday, I was asked if I was interested in doing a talk and a writer’s workshop on the afternoon of Sunday 20th October at an Arts and Crafts Weekend being held at a local village Hall. I thought it sounded like another good opportunity to get out and about and to meet people interested in reading and books. So I accepted.
All of this is of course great practice for the Festival of Romance event in Bedford on the weekend of the 8th/9th & 10th of November, which I am attending as an author. I’m speaking at this event on the Saturday morning at the ‘Coffee and Cake’ event. Tickets are on sale now at the Festival website.
 
The rest of this week I’ve been writing and reading, attending online book launches, and following some exciting blogs. It’s a very busy and exciting time to be a writer!!

Haste ye back here next Friday!

7 comments:

myraduffy said...

What a busy week, Janice - and the photos are great.

Rena George said...

Wow, Janice, when did you get time to catch breath? Thank you for taking time to tell us about it. What a very busy week. Rx

Kit Domino said...

Busy you, indeed. And well done. Looking forward to catching up in Bedford, though have to admit I'm as nervous as hell about speaking - my voice always gives up half way through. :)

Linn B Halton said...

After two hectic days I'm back on the PC and the first place I had to come, was here! I'm thrilled that you had a fab time on Tuesday, I knew you would as you are such an interesting speaker! You touched the hearts of the audience as a Summer Audience in Tetbury, and were a natural! So excited to read that you have some exciting things coming up, Janice - you deserve to shine. I love your books and you write from the heart. Lxx

Melanie said...

Busy week, indeed. Well done! You'll do fine at the Festival of Romance. I just wish I lived closer so I could be there.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Great photos, Janice, and it was lovely to meet up with you. I'm also busy preparing for a writer's talk up at Inverness! It's all a great way of socialising and networking.

Chris Longmuir said...

Great photos, Janice, and nice to see everyone looking so well, and so happy.