I meant to break this up into smaller posts, but between travel and a novel deadline, time very much got away from me. So here’s a few photos from the various events I’ve done for False Hearts!
1. Storycon in Glasgow
On June 10th and 11th, I went down to Glasgow to appear on two panels each day for Storycon, a convention aimed specifically at teens. The panels I did each day were representation in fiction and another on fan fiction. Both times I was accompanied by fellow Team Mushens writer Taran Matharu, NYT bestselling author of The Novice & The Inquisition. On the 12th, I also did three radio interviews at the Glasgow BBC building.
2. Aberdeen Waterstones Launch
June 15th was my local launch at the Waterstones on Union Street. That night we had apocalyptic weather, but despite that there was still a great turnout, which I really appreciated. Waterstones did a great job setting everything up and I felt much more confident than the past two launches I did there. My mom was there in the front row, crying and taking (blurry) photos. My publisher also sent along flowers, which was a nice surprise!
3. Books dot Con (online)
No photos of this, but the videos of the panels are still online if you search on Youtube. Bonus sighting of my cats! I really enjoyed doing an online convention and hope more crop up. The nice thing about them is they’re more affordable for both authors and attendees, and they can have an international reach.
4. Goldsboro Stock signing
I flew down to London on the 21st to spend a few days with my friend Kim Curran and also meet my friend Erica, who flew out from California for her customary summer visit. On the 24th, I met one of my publicists, Hayley Steed of EDPR, and I signed 100 copies of False Hearts for Goldsboro Books, which was fun! Erica became my official photographer. Thanks, Erica.
5. Forbidden Planet Launch
We had a brief break after signing at Goldsboro and had a drink, then we wandered along to Forbidden Planet for the official London launch of False Hearts. I signed some pre-orders and then did a reading, answered a few questions, and did a signing. It was mostly people I didn’t know, which was quite exciting. Thanks to everyone who came out!
6. Super Relaxed Fantasy Club
I had a few days’ break from events and did some sightseeing around London. On the 28th, I was a guest at Super Relaxed Fantasy Club with fellow authors Paul Cornell and Sara Jayne Townsend. It was, as expected, a relaxed event! My reading seemed to go down well, and I signed a few copies afterwards. Many thanks to Den Patrick and Jen Williams for organising.
7. Waterstones Argyle Street
I returned from London late on the 29th, managed to have one night at home, and was up early the next morning to head back down to Glasgow for an event at Waterstones Argyle Street, which was a well-run event by bookseller D Francis.
After returning from Glasgow, I had a non-False Hearts-related up to Findhorn for a friends’ hen do. Though I desperately wanted to be at home by this point, I had a nice time spending time with friends and taking a walk to the beautiful beach before heading home.
8. BBC Radio 2 Book Club.
I had one whole day at home and then flew back down to London go to on the radio! Beforehand, I hung out with author L.D. Lapinski and we went to the British Museum and ate pancakes the size of our heads.
After that, I met my publicist Emma Draude before wandering over to the BBC building. I was pretty nervous at this point, but everyone there was incredibly nice and walked me through everything. I brought a copy of Itch for Simon Mayo to sign, and he very kindly gave me a copy of Blame (out now!).
So now my mini tour is over. I came back and frantically finished editing Masquerade, which is now back in the hands of my editors. And so now life is ever-so-slightly calmer, and I get to spend more time with my cats again. 🙂
A huge thank you to everyone who helped me organise these events and everyone who came to them. I really appreciate your support!