A last minute booking and I headed off to Yorkshire for the first time in my life. I used many words during the lead up and excited topped the most used.
Theakstons Crime Festival is a gathering of like-minded folk. People who enjoy crime books, whether as a writer or a reader. Top authors attend and boy, did I see a few!
I met lovely book bloggers, writers and organisers of the event. It was wonderful with a capital W. I intend to return to the area as a tourist as it is beautiful. The scenery is calming and inspiring.
So, who did I see?
Well, David Evans my writing buddy from the next town, was there. He’s now an Amazon bestseller in Canada with his Wakefield Series. Wakefield is in Yorkshire, so have added it to my places to visit list. He introduced me to the local beer.
Ian Rankin. Yes, I saw Ian Rankin. He signed my books and as we chatted about him being tired but happy, I told him happy was a good place to be and he drew a smiley face instead of his sign-off noughts and crosses. I smiled back, a beaming smile. (The lady taking a pic in the background is Jill of Jill’s Book Cafe, a new friend from the festival.)
Lee Childs. Yes, I saw him. Kathy Reichs, yes, I saw her.
James Runcie, yes, and he chatted with Robson Green, both of Granchester fame. One the author of the books and the latter the actor who I happen to adore as an actor.
Ann Cleeves, the wonderful author of Shetland, and the much-loved Vera, was joined by Brenda Blethyn who plays the role of DCI Vera Stanhope. Boy, was that a panel event worth missing my morning coffee to attend! See Ann’s posting of event.
Mark Billingham and I shook hands. Here he is (in hat) enjoying a chat.
Mark Dawson the well-known self publishing guru, was there. I didn’t get chance to thank him for pointing me in the right direction with marketing via Facebook advertising.
Author Rebecca Bradley and I have been friends online for many years but had never met. Now we have!
Mel Sherratt was all of a dither because she’d just had her photograph taken with ‘Vera’. Starstruck, she said as we chatted. Here she is trying to compose herself with Caroline Mitchell. She couldn’t understand I feel the same way whenever I meet her and Caroline, star struck. Mel has just sold her millionth copy of her books, how awesome is that? And she wonders why I’m starstruck!
I met up with a few romance writers who were their as fans of crime writers, so had a chat with a few I’d not seen since the Festival of Romance events.
Now I must go write more words, I aim to sell more books to fund next year’s visit to the crime festival!