Today is the official publication day of my second novel, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Writing a book like The Watchers takes a very long time indeed, almost two years, so it’s a relief to know that it’s finally out there in the world being read and, hopefully, enjoyed.
So what am I up to today?
My schedule is packed. Yesterday I gave an interview to BBC Radio Wales about the true story that inspired the book. Today (tonight in fact) I’m heading to the brillaint Notting Hill Bookshop (yes, that one from the film) in London, for drinks with friends where I’ll give a short talk about the novel, and maybe a short reading.
I’m really looking forward to that. Too many books these days are purchased online and it’s vital that we do all we can to support local bookshops. (Speaking of which, there's great website called Hive.co.uk whereyou can buy books online and still support local bookshops).
What am I looking forward to the most? That’s an easy one. The thrill that runs down the spine when I walk into the shop and see my book sitting contentedly on its shelf.
There’s nothing to equal that sensation, I can tell you.
(Well, except maybe seeing it lifted from the shelf and carried to the till by someone eager to turn the pages and read the story.)