Meet the ‘Girls’ Night In’ panel – bestselling authors Adele Parks, Lesley Pearse, Carmen Reid and Katie Fforde.
Adele, Lesley, Carmen and Katie will start by discussing the joys of a night in with a good book and throughout the evening the audience can ask the panel about their lives and works.
Discover who inspired them to become writers, what projects they are currently working on, which current authors they love, which books they have never quite got round to reading and much, much more!
There will be an opportunity for book signings at the end of the night. The event is free but booking is essential.
Last night Canada Water library held its first (I hope first) Girls’ Night In. I randomly heard about it on a newsletter or something, then again on the day the library opened when they were handing out fliers. Adele Parks – enough said, I booked a place.
As you may have heard by now (I keep going on and on about it) I love the new library. I hadn’t been in the theatre until last night though. It’s really nice. It holds 150 people, but manages to do it while still feeling intimate. There were only about 40 of us last night, but it didn’t feel that empty. The room is a deep red colour which is really nice (it matched my bag!) with really nice comfy seats – with lots of leg room, not something I usually worry about being 5’2” but something I know other people care about.
Adele, Lesley, Katie and Carmen came along and answered questions mainly about what influenced them to write and what they love reading. No one asked any questions about how they got published, or they journey to publication – very different to the other Girls’ Night In evenings that I’ve been to.
They opened by introducing themselves and a bit about their writing. A couple of answers were really interesting. Katie said that she’d like to be classed as chick-lit, but feels she’s too old. Carmen says she loves to hate the title ‘chick-lit’ so instead called her new book ‘Romantic Crimedy.’ With all the hype about ‘chick lit’ it’s interesting to see what authors classify themselves as. Adele used the ‘Romantic Novels’ title. Lesley writes harder and grittier novels.
The ladies talked about novels they think they should read, and ones they didn’t enjoy, so I thought I’d ask what their favourite novel of all time is. Glad I did, because Lesley said Gone with the Wind. By amazing coincidence I’ve just put that on my ‘TBR Novel Challenge for 2012,’ I can’t wait to read it now! It’s also given me ideas of other novels to read – The World According to Garp by John Irving (Carmen) and a book that I didn’t write down properly (Katie), I thought it was Diary of a Bored Housewife, but I can’t find that on amazon. I’ll ask her that.
I took away a couple of things from the night – other than a really enjoyable evening obviously.
The first I think I’m going to find hard to explain – or I did last night anyway (but then I’d had half a bottle of champagne, so maybe it was the alcohol that made it hard!). The authors were asked if they write for the love of it, or money, or both. Adele said that if she won the lottery she’d carry on writing. I totally feel the same – only more.
At the moment I write after work, at weekends, during holidays etc. If I won the lottery I wouldn’t have to work, so I just know I’d spend more time writing! I WISH I could win the lottery so I could spend more time writing, that would be awesome.
Why did that stick with me so much? I guess it proves that I love writing, and I’m not doing it in the hope of making money from him. Of course I’m going to submit my book next year (it’s going to be a goal for the new year) so it’s not like I don’t want to make money from it, but I’m realistic. I know that even if I get published I’m probably not going to make much money from it, and will have to carry on working. I would love to be able to give everything else up though, and just write! That would be a dream come true. I think it’s good to remember sometimes that I do actually love it. Especially after NaNo and during December when I have this other writing challenge, I do writing challenges BECAUSE I love it, not just for a challenge. I don’t think I’d thought about that for a while!
Kind of totally different to that, the other thing I thought was REALLY interesting is that Katie puts her husband’s bad traits into characters in her novels. I love that idea – ranting about a trait of a character, not directly at your partner… Ingenious! Not that my boyfriend has any annoying habits, of course… 😉
At the end of the evening, the ladies signed books. I went and introduced myself to Adele (who’s commented on here a couple of times, and replied to tweets of mine!) and got her to sign Men I’ve Loved Before. She was so so nice. I spent ages chatting to her and Katie (who’s also lovely) and also had a brief chat to Carmen and Lesley. Again I was reminded that the people who do this novel publishing thing, are real people, just like you and me!
I had such a good night. How nice it must be to be an author at an event like that – spending an hour with like-minded people chatting about your favourite subject (well mine anyway) books and writing.
Maybe I should go write more of my book – I’ll never know if I don’t finish (and edit) one!!