I’m still awaiting that all-important third print review for TAKE IT COOL, but in the meantime, the excellent Gordon Darroch has furnished me with a physical copy of that splendid Herald review and a scan of it now graces the Review page. Gordon is an exceptionally fine writer going through a terrible time at the moment, and I do urge you to take a look at his remarkably moving blog.
I’ve been casting around for possible local groups to talk to and I’ve already got a few potential engagements beginning to line up . However, the first one on the list is going to be the most terrifying: the village WI. These are people I know: if I screw up, I will become a pariah.
I’ve also got myself added to the Literature West SW Writer Directory, which is nice, because all the other people on there look like proper writers.
Meanwhile, back in the world of TAKE IT COOL, I have been on the receiving end of a very comprehensive interview by the splendid Oscar Windsor-Smith, short story writer extraordinaire. There’s a mild spoiler in there if these things bother you, although the existence of a particular photo in the middle of the book does rather give the game away too, so I’m not that worried about this.
[EDITED TO ADD: Forgot to say that I had this unexpected mention of an old short story pop up on Twitter today. I love it when random stuff like that happens because you have things scattered around the place.]
Hi, Jon. Thank you for the extravagant build up, but apologies for the spoiler… You really should have said something, young sir. *red face*
No worries, Oscar. I would have said if it really mattered! I did actually ask a similar question to be removed from an earlier interview, but since then I’ve thought, oh what the hell. As I intimated above, there is a (rather blurry) picture of us together in the middle of the book, so it’s there in plain sight 🙂