Jon turned up with his son, Susan from my writing group was there, Darren Paterson came along - he & I have been friends on social media for a while but, apart from a brief meeting on Rothwell High street, this was our first proper meeting even though we live in the same town - and Councillor Mick Scrimshaw, who supported my event last year. Andrea, Sue’s friend whose real life experiences provided the basis of the plot of Sue’s next novel, was there as well as half a dozen other folk.
The Christmas Promise and I shared the story of how Drive came about. There were a couple of questions from the audience, which we answered and went off at tangents with, we asked each other questions, we took more questions from the floor and the fifty minutes went by so quickly we ended up taking the hour. Great fun for us and, thankfully, the audience seemed to enjoy it too.
|Still talking with my hands...|
As everyone drifted off, Sue, Mick, Andrea and I went back to the Kino Lounge for lunch. We chatted - about politics, writing and tattoos - watched the weather change - from overcast to monsoon to sunny - and ate our bacon buttys. Andrea was surprised Sue & I had never done an event together before, since we apparently synced in well (thanks, no doubt, to all those evenings in The Trading Post and the long journeys to and from FantasyCon and Edge-Lit) and it definitely gave me the taste to do more. Maybe next year…
Thanks to Jo Selby-Green for organising the Fest, Mick Arnold for the photographs and everyone who came, especially those who asked a question.