The morning of this event I was a bag of raw nerves. I’d spoken publicly before but it was generally for business. I may have owned the project but everything else was owned by the company I worked for.
This time it all belonged to me. How would it be received?
Now I should tell you that the crime fiction fans and writers who attend N@TB are very supportive especially to debut authors and newcomers like me who’ve had the occasional story published. So there is no fear of being run out of the room.
No, my fears were about flubbing lines, losing my place, and generally not doing a good job of presenting my work so that the audience could feel what I was reading.
Seemingly, these fears were all for naught (and I think I looked quite relaxed in this pic snapped by Tanis.) Several people commented positively on my work. The best remark was presented by an editor sitting with a group of women at a table.
Apparently they all wanted to know more about the protagonist. That “tell me more,” request feels great and something every writer strives for.
Of course the evening wasn’t all about me (really?) The pictures by Brian Baker show only a part of the fun.
It was great to meet-up with Rosemary McCracken again. Her book Raven Lake has just been released.
As a huge fan of Giles Blunt and his John Cardinal series it was very special for me to participate at the same event. He read from his stand-alone book Hesitation Cut.
Much appreciation goes out to Tanis Mallow and Rob Brunet who host N@TB with great style. They also read from a work in progress and a short story (consecutively.) Thanks to you both for inviting me read.
Rob has written about pulling it all together for an author event for International Thrill Writers so have a peek and read what it takes.
~ June Lorraine