Hot on the heels of Thrillerfest and Bodies in the Bookshop, I had the honour of attending The Olde Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, Yorkshire, alongside such luminaries of our genre as Mark Billingham, Val McDermid, Lee Child, George Pelecanos, Peter James, Laura Wilson, Simon Kernick and many, many more top authors.
The event was held at the beautiful Crown Hotel in an amazingly beautiful town - it shamed me that I'd never visited before having by-passed it on numerous occasions in the past on journeys south.
The high-lights for me were in catching up with old friends Sheila Quigley, Yrsa Sigurdardottir and Ole, Ali Karim, Zoe Sharpe, Lee Child, Andrew Grant and meeting and making new friends in Ken McCoy, Russel McLean and the various people who introduced themselves to me as readers who'd loved my debut book. A special shout to the DS from GMP - you know who you are - your enthusiasm and commitment to kick-staring your writing career had a profound effect on me and I'm truly glad i had an influence on you.
I hosted a table at the Saturday night dinner and was glad to be surrounded by readers and aspiring authors who made the event memorable. Thanks for all the questions and for actually listeneing to my answers, hope I helped in some way. We even figured out the murderer and his motive for the heinous crime. We were a good bunch of detectives, I guess.
Hi to Wendy from Waterstones who was a real gem.
Thanks to Suzie Doore and Kelly edgson-Wright from Hodder and Stoughton for the lovely meal on friday.
Thanks also to Selina Walker for the invaluable advice.
It was a superb event all round and well worth any aspiring crime author - or even reader - adding it to their must attend list. I'm definitely going back next year - if they want me. (Hint, hint).