In 2006 I sent my first novel, The China Bird, out to various agents. The response I got was that they liked it but didn’t feel it was main-stream enough to get published.
In 2008 I was lucky enough to win the Hookline Novel Prize, and, in 2009, The China Bird was finally published.
I owe a deep debt of gratitude to The Hookline Book Groups for all their hard work and dedication, and I am very happy to have had my novel chosen in this fair and democratic manner by people who know what they want to read.
The photo shows me visiting The Outwood Readers Group, Wakefield. Heather Iveson (in the greentop)
took over the running of the group from the Library supervisor, after Outwood library was shut down.
If you look carefully on the chair, between Heather and me, you will see The Hookline submissions that the group were currently reading.
I love visiting book groups so if you would like me to come to your book group please contact me.
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Book Swap Durham Book Group
Here I am On the 27th of March 2014 at the Book Swap Durham Book Group. They are also one of the Hookline judging groups. Sitting next to me, on a foot stool, is Annette Morris, who does such a wonderful job organizing the group.
One of the first questions of the evening was:
whether I thought it was possible for a man to wait until he was forty-nine to have an erection. Although this caused much laughter it was a good question. I answered that I’d thought it implausible too, until I did some research and found that it was indeed plausible, especially as Edward, my protagonist in ‘The China Bird,’ had a bad sexual encounter when he was a child.
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