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Tea and Jeopardy 55 – James Oswald visits the tea lair

teaandjeopardy_geekplanet-300x300In this episode, the splendid author James Oswald visits Emma in the tea lair. They discuss Highland cows, the silly things James is asked to do for publicity, writing epic fantasy vs crime fiction and we even get a sneaky peek into the plot for the next Inspector McLean novel!

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Tea and Jeopardy 54 – Kate Elliot visits the tea lair

teaandjeopardy_geekplanet-300x300In this episode, the brilliant author Kate Elliott visits Emma in the tea lair. They discuss outrigger canoe racing, living with volcanoes and how we manage anxiety as writers.

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Tea and Jeopardy 53 – Sebastien de Castell visits the tea lair.

teaandjeopardy_geekplanet-300x300In this episode, the splendid author Sebastien de Castell, visits Emma in the tea lair. We discuss archaeology, Neil Gaiman, embarrassing jokes, and the deep questions that plague us as writers.

 

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Tea and Jeopardy 43 – A chat with Fran Wilde

teaandjeopardy_geekplanet-300x300In this episode, author and podcaster Fran Wilde visits the Tea Lair to discuss clotted cream, cephalopods and dress related disaster!

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Tea and Jeopardy 41 – A chat with Sophia McDougall

teaandjeopardy_geekplanet-300x300In this episode, the lovely Sophia McDougall come to the Tea Lair to talk books, radio, things that you go AAARGH! And she tells us the epic saga of her father's sword…

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Tea and Jeopardy 39 – A chat with Victoria Schwab

teaandjeopardy_geekplanet-300x300In this episode, the wonderful Victoria Schwab comes to the tea lair to talk writing for different age groups, magic coats and the power of stickers.

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Lovely BristolCon 2014

Some people have watched too much Monty Python. (Photo by Annie Catling)

Some people have watched too much Monty Python. (Photo by Annie Catling)

 

Ah, lovely BristolCon. People often comment that it’s small but perfectly formed (which is true) but it should be pointed out that it’s also very well run. And let’s not forget that there’s free tea, coffee and water for everyone ALL DAY. How civilised is that!

 

I did my first BristolCon last year and remember that at the time I had just gone out on submission so it was really striking to actually be involved in the programme this year.

My first ever workshop on Getting Unstuck (for writers) was fully booked and went really well. Thanks to all those who turned up* and best of luck with your projects!

Not everyone who came to my reading was as well dressed as the person on the left.(Photo by Dave Bradley)

Not everyone who came to my reading was as well dressed as the person on the left.(Photo by Dave Bradley)

Was also lovely to see so many newcomers at the con. I hope they all enjoyed their day. It was particularly gratifying to see people who had come to our panel on Interactions being brave later in the day.

I’m often proud of Emma but it was especially brilliant to see her being guest of honour (and kudos to Gareth Powell for running such a good interview).

Good to see old friends too. Massive thanks to all the people who worked so hard to make the convention a success. I’ll be definitely going back next year, hope to see you there!

 

Zen and the art of chips with Anne Lyle. (Photo by Annie Catling)

Zen and the art of chips with Anne Lyle. (Photo by Annie Catling)

 

*I'd love to know if you were able to move forward with your WIP's. Come find me on twitter and let me know. I'm runpetewrite there.

 

 

Signing my contract and all the feels.

Signing pic I realise I completely failed to write a self-indulgent blog post when my book deal was announced but don’t worry, I’m going to try and make up for it now!

In all seriousness, I find this sort of thing hard to write. Somehow it’s easier to write nice things about other people’s achievements, or to rant about the evils of the world than to put my hand on my heart and say “I’m proud of what I did.”

And that’s kind of sad.

Even my intro to this post is coloured by the idea that I shouldn’t really be writing about myself. That to write about one of the most important things in my life ever is somehow self-indulgent but to write about how I glued a draw back together and only realised afterwards that I’d forgotten to put the bottom in is fine*.

So *takes a deep breath* here we go…

My life has changed so much over the last few months I’m still trying to get my head around it. Back in December I was crossing my fingers and slowly crossing names of my list of potential dream makers. Yesterday I signed my contract with Harper Voyager.

Clichés come to mind. This is a dream come true for me. I couldn’t be happier. Life doesn’t get much better than this.

It could all change of course but right now life is pretty peachy. I feel like I’ve got the best agent in the world**, the right editor for my book and a better start to my career than I dared to hope for back in August when I started subbing.

I may be slightly drunk in this picture...

I may be slightly drunk in this picture…

And people have been great. Friends, family, and the twitterverse have helped to keep a smile on my face for weeks now. I feel really lucky.

There’s a bit of me that worries I’ll be pissing people off writing this post. That I’ll come across as arrogant or worse.

I’m still writing it though.

Things are fluffy at the moment. Life is good. I’ve had a series of wonderful experiences*** and there are a lot more to enjoy before I get to the scary world of reviews or sales figures.

Until then, I’m determined to make the most of it.

 

*

Yes, I really did this.

Yes, I really did this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

**Probably because she is.

***Getting an agent, telling everyone, getting a deal, telling everyone, meeting my agent, meeting my editor, getting drunk more than once.

Tea and Jeopardy Episode 15 – A chat with Myke Cole

teaandjeopardy_300This week, the amazing Myke Cole comes to the tea lair to discuss all sorts of things including: romance novels, transferable skills you can bring from the military to your writing and why he doesn't engage other writers in brutal contests of martial prowess. Link is here.

Also features time travel and chickens.

My Christmas has come early! (a.k.a. I've just got an agent!)

Back in August I started looking for an agent and submitted my manuscript. Time passed and after much checking of emails, cyber stalking, dreaming, despairing, pretending not to think about it, focusing on other projects, dreaming again, despairing again, moving house, actually forgetting for a while, remembering again- <snip>

I’m delighted* to announce that I am now represented by Juliet Mushens of the Agency Group.

I really couldn’t be happier about this**.

 

*Riding around the house on an imaginary horse sort of happy. Shouting, jumping up in the air and spontaneously dancing (badly) sort of happy. This is far from my normal state. It’s great!

**See above.