'Stories From Unknown Authors' - 25th March 2013
Renee and I had a verynice 'fireside chat' from 5pm UK time, and the audio file can be heard using the following link to her Blog Talk Radio show:
Here's a little of what she says about herself and her own writing:
The Crypto-Capers Review
This is a children's book review blog, and a chance for readers to keep up with their favorite books in the Crypto-Capers and Joe-Joe Nut Series. This is also a platform for the Stories From Unknown Author's Radio Show. Access the blog by the following link:
Authors, Publishers, Publicists, I would be delighted to review your book on my site and interview your children's author on my radio show. I am an award-winning adult and children's book author of interactive mysteries.
My books are all educational, interactive and fun. I review for the New York Journal of Books and post reviews on several sites. Just contact me at email@example.com if you have any questions or fill out this form to schedule an interview.
I am interested in only children's books at this time. I look forward to reading your book!
Many thanks, Renee, for a very enjoyable hour and all the time and trouble which you took to get the programme on the air.
Listen While You Lunch -18th March 2013: 12 noon - 1pm
Many thanks to Marie Timbrell for setting up the session, and to Paul Rogers and the rest of the library staff for the warm welcome.
Facilities included a laptop linked to a wide screen television, making the Powerpoint and website presentations slick and eye-catching.
Three-part display boards provided an ideal medium for the posters supplied by Pneuma Springs, and the illustrations to the new book, ‘Full Marks', drawn brilliantly by Derbyshire artist, Rachel Beardmore.
1pm CST/17pm UK time, Thursday, 7th February 2013
Webb Weaver Books is the home of the Blog Talk Radio station where I passed a very pleasant half hour yesterday evening in the company of hosts CK Webb and DJ Weaver.
It was like passing an evening before a roaring fire with a couple of friends and maybe a bottle of wine.
The link for the show is listed at the end of this piece, but here’s a little of what my hosts say about themselves.
I was born and raised in Mississippi, and dreamed of writing like the greats; Emily Bronte, Edgar Allen Poe, and Stephen King, to name a few.
I joined the US Navy and traveled the world, but eventually returned to settle down in the tiny town of Millport, Alabama. A self-proclaimed ‘reformed bad girl’, I now share my life with my husband and two beautiful children.
I also enjoy spending time with friends, family, and a book club. Although I take a great delight in preying on the fears of others, I enjoy killing people - thankfully in the literary way - in my novels.
I have just completed the first two novels in the 'Innocents' series which I co-wrote with my best-friend and mother, DJ Weaver. I write in a variety of other genres and also submit articles and book reviews for Suspense Magazine.
I originally hail from Pascagoula Mississippi, but relocated to north Mississippi in 1980.
I took courses at Mississippi University for Woman and Mississippi State University, studying paralegalism and Human Resources Management and have worked in the clerical field for twenty-five years.
Along with my daughter and best friend, CK Webb, I recently completed the first two in the three-novel Innocents series. I also write in a variety of other genres.
When I’m not writing, I develop and maintain WebbWeaver Review blog where I review books, and interview published authors regularly.
I serve as co-chairwoman of WebbWeaver Book Club and also write book reviews for Suspense Magazine. I am a 50-something year old mother and grandmother who now works part-time and make my home in Millport Alabama.
There you go, then, and that pretty much tells you all that you need to know. here the link to the show:
6.00am EST/11.00am UK time, Saturday 12th January 2013
Marc Medley on WPSC Brave New Radio
A wonderful hour-long fireside chat is what this event was all about, and in the company of a polished and professional radio host. The knack of these radio events lies in putting the guest at ease, and this Marc does with consummate skill. We talked long, and in detail, about all of my writing and the time just seemed to slip by. Grateful thanks go to the studio, and any listeners tuning in.
Here is a link to the entire 'chat':
Here's what Marc says about himself:
Marc A. Medley is a principal responsible for more than 500 students in a K-8 elementary school in the school district of Paterson,New Jersey. Prior to entering the field of education, he spent 15 years with AT&T in its consumer marketing organization and in many instances served as a facilitator for corporate classes.
Marc served as an adjunct professor at the Madison campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University, and Passaic County Community College where he taught Communications courses such as Public Speaking and Business Writing. He is the host of THE READING CIRCLE, a talk radio program designed to discuss books, authors, and other reading related topics. The show can be heard on Saturday mornings from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. on WP88.7 FM and around the world through the webcast on www.gobrave.org.
Marc attended the William Paterson College in Wayne, N.J. where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and holds a Master in Corporate and Organizational Communications Degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Master in Educational Leadership(M.Ed)from William Paterson University. He is published as a contributing author to the book PAPER-THIN/SOUL-DEEP: A COLLECTION OF PERSONAL LETTERS AND JOURNAL ENTRIES OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN MEN.
Marc is the recent recipient of the William Paterson University 2009 Maltese Award for Best Speech Based Program on WP88.7 FM, The Reading Circle with Marc Medley.
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6.30pm UK time, Friday 14th December 2012
Forty-five minutes spent in the warm and welcoming company of Keesha, on the Sisterhood's Blog Talk Radio programme.
In a smoothly run interview, we explored a wide variety of topics, and the full transmission can be heard by following the link just below:
Contact me through the website if you have a book club or reading group and would like to take part in a similar event. I have Skype available for group meetings, or GooglePlus for a site 'Hang Out'.
78 - 80 St. Peters Street, Derby
Back for a second stint at the Derby branch of Waterstones, and an early start this time, at 9am. This was a solo flight - Rob absent due to a bout ot the dreaded Lurgy. So, with camerman duties on my shoulders, there are no pictures of yours truly this time - you lucky people!
As with the previous visit, the layout of the presentation table was immaculate, and this ground-level shot really sets it off, I think. The view from the outside was equally impressive.
Give-away books marks went down extremely well, as ever. These are the products of my wife's skill in MS Word. Lynn set out the original templates, and all I have to do is plug in new information for each new book.
Here's a more elevated shot of the display table, complete with a better view of the promotional posters supplied by Pneuma Springs Publishers. They, along with the book marks, were dotted around the store. Eye-catching, aren't they?
Here's Sean Heavens (the branch manager), together with two of his lovely staff - Ros (left) and Karen (right). They kept me supplied with tea throughout the day, and extra stock of the Short Stories from the shelves when we sold out (once more).
Overall it was a very satisfactory event. At the final reckoning, two of the titles finished 4th (A Ticket to Tewkesbury) and 5th (Threads of Deceit) in the day's branch sales. I was outsold only by the new David Walliams book, Giftcards, and Book Tokens.
Discussions are now at an early stage for an event at a nearby branch, so watch this space.
87-97 Albion Street, Leeds
Standing at the top end of Albion Street, and a steady hike from the central part of the city, Waterstones' Leeds branch occupies a three-storey position on a very busy thoroughfare. Rob and I spent a very busy day there, arriving at around 9am and leaving for home shortly before closing at 6pm.
Yours truly, shortly before the off, and preparing notes for the event. Once more, Rob's skills with the camera were much in evidence during the day, but a surprise was in store for him when a familiar face put in an appearance during the afternoon.
True to her word, Michelle Pattinson arrived at the store shortly after lunchtime with a bulk order of literary requirements, some of which she managed to hold for the camera. Here she is with hubby Ian, daughter Emma, and yours truly. Now for Rob's surprise........
Yes, here is the editor-in-chief, complete with cheesy grin. Michelle is about as fast with the camera as Wyatt Earp, and she needed to be on the day. Rob doesn't hang around too much when snaps are being taken. As you can see, I thought it was hilarious.
So, that was it - a great day meeting lots of people and handing around all of the bookmarks which we took along with us. Many thanks to Kieran O'Connor and all of the staff at the branch for making us welcome and very comfortable. Hospitality extended to a generous supply of tea. We sold out of the Short Stories (again), halved the stock of Two Little Dicky Birds, and made serious inroads into the other two titles.
78 - 80 St. Peters Street, Derby
Standing at the corner of St Peters Street and Babington Lane in the centre of Derby, the Waterstones branch occupies an impressive and imposing three-storey site, and was 'home' to Rob Eldridge, my editor, and I for seven hours at the weekend.
Sean Heavens, the store manager, provided a constant supply of assistance and advice throughout the day, and is seen here with copies of the only two titles which remained and the end of the event. Maybe we should have taken the picture at the start of play! 'Two Little Dicky Birds' and 'Short Stories Volume One' sold out during our stay, and the event was a wonderful success. Diary dates should be forthcoming from Sean for a return later this year.
A small shot like this cannot give the true impression of the efforts put into the various displays by Jinny, one of the Waterstones staff. The view from outside the store windows was truly impressive, and many passers-by stopped in their travels through town.
Yours truly outside the entrance to the store just prior to setting up for the day. Rob's efforts as stand-in camerman were, once more, invaluable throughout the event.
Lynn and I are frequent visitors to Derby, and pass the store many times on our various shopping expeditions. I've stood outside this window on countless occasions and wondered what it would feel like to see my books there - now I know. It's a buzz which you never forget, and sets the hairs at the back of the neck on end. There I am, at the top of the pile for everyone to see - amazing!
You inevtiably bump into friends and colleagues at events like this, and today was no exception. Here, I'm talking with fellow CIMA member Adrian Randle and his wife Cathy prior to signing their copies of two of the titles available on the day.
As a parting comment, I must thank, once more, Waterstones in general, and the store staff in particular, for making the day such a success. Jilly I have already thanked for the displays, but she also kept Rob and I supplied with tea all day. Last but by no means least, Alison - I am very grateful for all of the preparatory work which she undertook to get the event in the diary, and for the assistance which she gave me in the weeks running up to the day itself.
Bridlesmith Gate branch, Nottingham
Many thanks to Shane Maxwell-Atkin, Waterstones regional events co-ordinator, for setting up the book signing session, and to the branch staff who made both Rob Eldridge and myself very welcome during the day.
Yours truly, ready and waiting behind the superb display which the branch provided for the signing. The collage to the right was ideal for concealing a continuous supply of tea provided by the staff.
Promotional poster supplied by Pneuma Springs Ltd, my publisher, in prominent position in the front window of the Bridlesmith Gate store. Grateful thanks to Vivian for the artwork.
Up and running with the first copies of the session, and much appreciation to my editor, Rob Eldridge, for doubling up as cameraman for the day.
Sally Hindson with 'Two Little Dicky Birds' and 'Threads of Deceit' to complete her set of the Neal James collection.
A final note of thanks to all of the staff at the branch for looking after us during the day, and providing support for the event.
Saturday, 25th February, 2012
The Book Boutique - Church Street, Ripley, Derbyshire
Caroline Evans' wonderful book shop just off the market place hosted the Neal James book signing from 11.30am to 2.30pm
During a busy and well-planned session, customers were served with tea and cakes, as I was questioned about the four books in stock, planned future writing, and the perils and pitfalls of the publishing trade.
For those turning up too late, pre-signed copies are available at the shop, and a return to the store will be put in place for anyone unlucky enough not to obtain their copies.
Caroline Evans, with her mum and dad, who provide support for the new shop in Ripley.
Local newspapers providing coverage, and publicity, for the event were the Derby Telegraph, and the Ripley & Heanor News.
Sunday, 5th February 2012
5pm UK time saw me in the company of the charming Barbara Conelli on her Clique Show radio broadcast. The half hour programme was fascinating in the insight it gave me to the US world of literature.
We talked at length about my four published works to date, and at the end I was invited to take part again after the publication of 'Full Marks' later this year, so watch this space.
In the meantime, why not listen to the half hour session below:
Tuesday, 17th January 2012
Broadcasting on 96.8FM, Erewash Sound serves the Erewash Valley area of Derbyshire with music and local news features.
I was at the studios on Vernon Street at 7pm, with Tris Walker and Laura Smith, to record the first of what may become a series of my short stories.
'Marks on the Wall' goes out on the programme 'Erewash and Beyond' at 1pm on Saturday.
Follow the link below for the site.
Now play the story clip:
Monday, 21st November 2011
The long-awaited, and eagerly anticipated, launch of the Derby Scribes Anthology took place at the Brunswick Inn, in Derby on November 21st at 7pm.
Hosted by Peter Borg, the evening was one of readings from the columes by the contributors, and a showcase of work by invited authors (myself included).
The book is available through Waterstones, Amazon and WH Smith by seacrhing on the above ISBN number on each site. It isa also available in kindle format.
The Brunswick Inn is the home of the Scribes, and they meet there on the first and third Monday of each month
Tuesday 30th August saw me at the Derby studios of BBC local radio for an afternoon slot on the Richard Spurr programme. Two five minute excerpts gave me the opportunity, under the guidance of the presenter (below), to spread the word about the new book and all of my other writing.
Richard Spurr's professional approach is very reassuring if you are a novice at this kind of thing, but my previous experince on Talk Radio Europe stood me in good stead.
It really is amazing what can be packed into 10-15 minutes if you are well prepared, and I had a carefull laid out script from which I was able to glean most of what I needed to say without repetition or irrelevance.
Grateful thanks to Richard and the Nottingham producer, Edwin, and I'm now looking forward to arousing the interest of Radio Derby.
The invitation to return to Newcastle upon Tyne, and deliver a couple of Author Events provided Lynn and I with a welcome trip up to the North east where we had been made very welcome in 2009.
The timetable provided for a 1pm start at the new Jesmond Library, followed by a trip across the city to West denton and the Outer West branch at 6pm. Events were to be hosted by Sue Harrison (Outer West) and Fiona Hill (Jesmond).
The outside facade of the new Jesmond Branch is very appealing, and access is very easy for all.
Once inside, the full picture of the branch becomes clear. The library is light and airy, with a well laid out and functional set-up.
The Outer West libarary, in contrast, is located in a well-established community centre in West Denton, and just off the main road.
This, too, belies its interior, which is spacious, well-lit and temperature controlled. Layout, again, has clearly been well though through, and there was an air, as at Jesmond, of quiet efficiency about the place.
The two groups were moderately attended, but that said, were lively and highly interesting. The main focus was in the publicising of the publication of 'Threads of Deceit' on 26th August 2011, but the Powerpoint presentations which my wife, Lynn, devised, drew considerable praise from all those there.
We managed to sell some of the books from my stock, and drew a committment from the library service to purchase sufficient copies of all titles to match the needs of the Newcastle reading groups.
John Baird, Gloria Morgan and myself at the 'New Writers UK' stall, where a space was very kindly made for my books on the day.
The 'New Writers UK' stall itself, showing my three published works to date, and also a flyer for this year's release, 'Threads of Deceit'.
Jo Blaney and me. Jo works at The Bookcase, Lowdham's local bookstore, and the owner, Jane Streeter, was at the heart of the Festival itself. The Bookcase provided the table for a range of local authors, of which I was one.
Me, myself, and I. At the book signing table and ready to go. Pictures by the kind efforts of my editor, Robert Eldridge.
The writing group meets at the Central Library in Derby twice each month, and spends a very relaxed couple of hours on a variety of topics. The images were kindly supplied by Chris Barker, who leads the proceedings.
The evening focussed on my latest book, "Two Little Dicky Birds" and tracked its journey from the basic idea to publication. A more detailed discussion then followed on the ins and outs of actually getting a book onto shop and library shelves.
The atmosphere was very welcoming, and all members expressed interest in the content of my books and short stories.
Following on from the reading of a couple of the Short Stories, Chris Barker set the members the challenge of completing an entry of their own into a competition. The first paragraph of "Killing Me Softly", a tear-jerker from the first anthology, was distributed and a deadline of the end of October set.
The prize for the winner is a signed copy of "Two Little Dicky Birds", and once all entries have been judged, Chris will set the date for the presentation.
I was made very welcome at the April meeting of the Codnor Reading Group to a discussion of “A Ticket to
The group has been meeting in
Sue Colclough (third from left) took the opportuntiy to draft me into their group. This should be fun.
The picture is by kind permission of Wandsworth Libraries, and shows the Battersea Park branch where Lynn and I will be on December 19th.
It has been supplied by Chris Dobb, the Library Service Development Manager, and my thanks go out to him.
The morning session will involve a talk on the 'origins' of "A Ticket to Tewkesbury" followed by a Question & Answer section - hopefully supplemented by copious amounts of tea!
I'm taking the new book "Short Stories Volume One" along to the event - you just never know your luck.
After the event. I was late; just couldn't imagine the London traffic and the weather, but we got there some 15 minutes after the scheduled start time, to a warm welcome from John Woodhouse and his reading group.
Lynn and I were made very welcome, and the group expressed considerable interest in the book, how it was written, and the steps necessary for breaking into the world of commercial publishing.
A very nice lunch at a local Italian restaraunt followed, at which I was asked to sell my only copy of the Short Stories. Never turn down a good offer, and feedback from the buyer was very positive some days later. A foray into to our local branch of Waterstones will solve the vacancy on my bookshelf.
Me and The Boss at a very nice Italian restaraunt just round the corner from the Battersea Park Library. At this point I was still in possession of the Short Stories, but that was not to last for much longer.
The reading group comprised some 12 members, and all were present at the Christmas lunch at the aforementioned restaraunt. John Woodhouse, the librarian, is sitting against the window with the halo above his head.
The impressive new city libary in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne cuts a stunning image against the dusk backdrop.
Two of the light, airy reading areas within the new structure
October 29th 2009 will see a visit to the new library, for a book signing and reading group discussion. This will be run by Sheila Naughton, who is the Service Manager for Reader Developoment and Lifelong Learning.
Update - No photographs, sadly. The new library, impressive though it is, was not suitable for flash photography, as the room walls are glass throughout. Grateful thanks to Barbara Bravey for setting the day up, and to Sheila Naughton for the invitation. I'm also grateful to all those who showed up and made it such a pleasant time.
Set in the buildings formerly containing the town's Grammar School, the libary is an imposing yet welcoming feature of the Midlands market town, and boasts an extensive collection of reading matter.
Saturday 7th March 2009 had me in the bright, airy main room at Lichfield's impressive library for a book signing organised by Head Librarian Val Lovatt. The lady in the picture is Yvonne Smith, Team Leader for Children & Young Peoples' services. The entire morning was a very welcoming experience, and followed up on the Stafforshire purchase of 12 copies of "A Ticket to Tewkesbury" for the county's shelves.
Following on from the book signing, I was invited back to the library on Thursday 12th March 2009 to address the monthly meeting of the Lichfield Reading Group. Potentially daunting for a new author, I was made very welcome once more and was introduced to a gathering of some dozen or more members by Val Lovatt. A brief history of the book was followed by questions from the floor relating to the world of publishing.