Arriving at Waterstones Tunbridge Wells on a chilly, damp November night with boxes of bubbly, large photos, banner stand, a bag of nibbles from Waitrose and a fair bit of nervous energy, we soon set up.
One or two guests arrived early and were roped in to setting up the drinks table and putting postcards on seats. Photos on easel, glasses on table and notes found – we were ready to go. Shortly before seven, guests flowed in, including the Mayor and Mayoress of Tunbridge Wells and one of PERFIDITAS’s endorsers, the historic novelist Jean Fullerton.
After half an hour’s greeting, kissing cheeks and mingling, we settled down and I let the audience into the world of Roma Nova and talked about how I’d build that world and its history and landscape and importantly, how I’d developed the main characters.
They were a wonderful audience and grilled me about Roma Nova with some sharp questions. I love the audience being so engaged with my alternate world!
We mingled a little more then I signed books and was able to chat to everybody for a few minutes. When I wrote my name for the last time, it seemed as if only half an hour had passed, but it was two and half hours since we’d entered the shop!
A second launch isn’t like the first – then you are a novelty, especially to your friends who are astounded you actually wrote a book! The second is a meeting of enthusiasts, some of whom came to the first launch and some who discovered the first book in a different way, and of others who are discovering Roma Nova for the first time. A magical evening.
If you missed the launch evening, but would like an author signed paperback copy of PERFIDITAS, you can order your copy here.
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