It’s been a properly hectic few months at Haughton Towers. Most of it good. Was over the moon that Now You See Me got picked for the Amazon summer sale and climbed the charts to a giddying #31 in the Kindle store. Here’s the proof!
Had a fabulous time – once I’d got over my awful nerves – and the kids were absolutely great, asking a ton of interesting questions. My favourite? ‘When are you going to write your last book?’ Errr…
Here’s a pic of me and the amazing Tim Bowler, signing books after the event. I felt really honoured to be appearing alongside Carnegie medal winner Tim, especially as I’d first met him on an Arvon course for writing children’s fiction. I could hardly believe I was actually appearing alongside him several years later. His latest book, Game Changer, is brilliant, by the way.
But Edinburgh wasn’t all work and no play. I found time to hop on one of those open bus tours, with great views of Arthur’s Seat
and these boys with bagpipes outside the Greyfriar’s Bobby pub
Result? Two broken fingers and a very swollen, bruised hand. All healing nicely now, but it’s made typing something of a challenge. Have to say a huge thank you, though, to the tremendous staff at the A&E department of Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, particularly for that gas and air! And to everyone at the book festival for having me, and looking after me so well. Sorry I can’t be trusted to get back to my hotel in one piece!
Anyway, I’m back home now, with the splint off and a full set of edits to embark on for Book 3, as yet untitled. So watch this space…