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Cheerful chatter at The Bookshop Lee on the Solent.

Cheerful chatter at The Bookshop Lee on the Solent.


For authors and readers alike this is, or should be, a very special day of the year. Sponsored by UNESCO to support reading, writing and copyright many bookshops hold special events. I was privileged to be invited to take part in an evening event at the excellent independent bookshop at Lee on the Solent, where, along with nine other authors we chatted with the invited enthusiastic readers who gathered there. Rick Barter who owns and runs this highly successful bookshop has again demonstrated his skills and dedication to books and the reading public.

As an author I thoroughly enjoyed this event where I met both readers of my own work and chatted to potential new readers about what I write and how the Ian Vaughan thriller series has developed. It was also the first public event where I could flag up the news of the third book in the series, which went to the publishers earlier in the week. If all goes well ‘Shadows in Sunshine’ will be out in the shops by Christmas.

One other aspect of the evening that I thought to be very positive was to have two publishers included in the guest list, for those wishing to discuss their own work. Jenny Knowles of Little Knoll Press was there busily talking to would be writers and I also saw Amanda Field of Chaplin Books there.

To those who have not attended World Book Day events in the past put a note in your diaries against 23rd April 2015, when I am sure that a bookshop near you will be putting on something special to celebrate the day. I know Rick Barter will at The Bookshop at Lee on the Solent, and hopefully I will be invited back.


An important part of an author’s life nowadays is making contact with his or her readership, or indeed readers in general. Strangely enough these events are not a promotional exercise but more a development of a relationship. I have found, during my relatively short writing career, that people are anxious to know how you conceived and developed your characters, and to try and gauge how much of the real you goes into your writing. What life experiences has an author brought to their work? Rarely do book signings present this opportunity, but author talks do and libraries are great places to meet serious readers.

For the author it is also a chance to learn how well received their characters are. Do your readers fear your villains, have they grown fond of your heroes, but most importantly of all Richard V Frankland - Authorhave they gleaned a clear picture in their minds of your characters. For me it is also important to know that my readers believe my plot lines. I try hard to create a plot that is exciting and suspense-filled. I put in a shock or two, but all the time I endeavour to achieve realism.

To readers of all genre I recommend that you keep an eye out for the event posters at your local library, or the author’s own website events page. Whether it is a travel writer, historian or a novelist like myself you may find the meeting with them a pleasant and informative experience. So come along, your authors, especially this one, look forward to meeting you.