I knew that I would do author events once The Choice was published, but I never expected to be asked to speak at London Book Fair (LBF). This time last year I was hoping an agent would sign me and take my book to sell at the fair. It didn't happen and I was disappointed, but it turns out there was something far more exciting waiting for me.
The Health Challenges
Travelling with my ME/energy requirements can be tricky. I need extra time to recover from the journey. I was worried it might be a barrier to going, but my agent, editor and Orion couldn't have been more supportive or accommodating. We stayed at a fab hotel just down the road from Olympia and I was able to pace my energy and enjoy the day.
Photo: London Book Fair. Jo Finney, Amanda Preston, Claire Wade, Clare Hey.
I had fun answering the questions; Jo Finney from Good Housekeeping compared the event and it was very relaxed and friendly. The audience were really engaged and asked lots of questions. Everybody wanted to know how to win a competition and even though I've done it, I'm still not sure quite how I did.
My best advice is to keep writing, follow your dream and tell a story that ignites a passion and enthusiasm within you. That's what I did with The Choice and it worked well for me.