Today I’m outside in the garden waiting for the magic carpet to arrive with another of my “on line family” of adopted beloveds. Sue Barnard is coming in to land and – oh she’s brought me ginger beer!
Here you are, Ailsa. I’ve tried to keep it chilled in transit, but you might want to pop it into the fridge as soon as you can. It’s lovely to be back. I say – what a delicious-looking spread! I thought I told you not to go to any trouble!
Bless you, Sue, no trouble at all. How lovely. I’ll get stuck into this ginger beer while you help yourself to yummy things on the garden table. Yes, Lily, it’s Auntie Sue who doesn’t mind you sitting on her lap.
Welcome. Now, Bard-woman, Let’s hear about your work in progress. I am lucky enough to have had a sneaky preview but I want you to share and tease my readers.
The story is quite short (about 30K, so more of a novella than a full-length novel), and it’s a time-slip romance with a touch of the paranormal thrown in. It’s based originally on an old French legend, but unfortunately I can’t say much more than that as it would give too much away!
True but I can tell you, it’s a wowzer! I am being the “magical advisor” on this but so far I haven’t had to contribute anything duuuh!
I suppose I should regard that as an encouraging sign! It suggests that I might not have made too many dreadful mistakes…
None at all so far. (high five) What about your private life? I imagine you are both travelling as much as ever?
As much as our finances allow. Better Half retired last year, so we now have a lot more time for travelling, but correspondingly less disposable income Even so, we are planning to head your way later this year. I will give you plenty of warning, so you can arrange to be somewhere else if appropriate…
How are your other books doing?
Not too badly, thanks. They were all on special offer recently, to coincide with the Shakespeare anniversary last month, and I think that might have raised their profile a little. In addition, the third one (The Unkindest Cut of All) was recently released in paperback, and that seems to have sparked off a new wave of interest amongst readers who prefer paperbacks to ebooks.
Thank you for a lovely afternoon. See you again before too long…
Oh yes, come back soon, in person on by carpet – the table is always laid for you! xxx