How’s your 2012 going so far? Mine has been very busy as usual. No rest for the wicked as they say! I am writing another non-fiction book which has to be finished in just a couple of months, so very busy with that – I’ll let you know all about that soon – and juggling my other work commitments.
A very big thank you to everybody who has supported me by buying a copy of my debut crime novel, Victim Support. If you didn’t manage to get your signed copy, you can buy one directly from me by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or via Norsey Press marketplace sellers (also me) at Amazon.co.uk.
And special thanks to everybody who came to my book signing in Billericay, where the book is set, in December – especially to the lovely Sylvia Kent (centre of the photo) who gave so much of her time to help organise and promote it and Mara Cotterell (on the right) who provided some of her delicious home-made cakes (from her new business Cake-Bites.com) and spent a lot of time out flyering on the day too. Very kind.
We were lucky to have a steady stream of people throughout the afternoon – it was lovely to see so many old friends. Lots of people I know from Billericay came but also others from further afield, such as my cousin Terry and his wife from Maldon, old family friends – Geeta and Sue – from Ilford and an old friend, Tim Shand, from Witham too. It was fantastic to see everybody. What’s more, we sold lots of books – far more than we expected which was brilliant. Lots of people took a chance on Victim Support as a Christmas present stocking filler – even famous Essex novelist Elizabeth Lord – which was very kind.
And the feedback so far has been heartening too. People have been saying that they really enjoyed it and asking when the next one will be finished, so I’d better get my skates on and write it. After several years of working on the book in my spare time, this kind of feedback makes it all worthwhile.
We had some great publicity for the book too from Sylvia Kent’s blog, the Billericay Gazette, the Hertford Mercury, BBC Essex and particularly Scott Ross at Phoenix FM in Brentwood, so a big thank you to all of them. You can listen again to my interview on Phoenix FM here and Sylvia Kent also read part of the book and discussed it towards the end of her interview as part of the Book Club on Phoenix here. Over Christmas I was also a guest on BBC Three Counties to talk about frugal living, which was great fun too.
This month I’ve been blogging for the Energy Saving Trust’s blog about the trials of energy saving and living in rented accommodation – as we now are in Hertford since finally selling our home in Billericay in October last year. Plus I’ve also been trialing two brilliant energy saving devices made by Savasocket.
Have a great week! x Piper
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