It’s Alice here and after having two fizzy raspberry drinks and an iced latte, I’m now tucked up in bed and ready to write about the day’s happenings. Last week, myself and my boyfriend George were invited to a book launch happening at Waterstones Bath. UKYA blogger and writer Lucy Powrie was releasing her debut novel The Paper and Hearts Society and as we both love UKYA and have known Lucy for a while, we decided to spend the evening out with a very excited group of friends, bloggers and writers.
The weather at first proved to be very dull and overcast. I panicked. Would everything turn into a washout? The good news was no. By the time the evening was drawing to a close, there was finally a hint of blue in the June skies that I’ve been longing to see. The Paper and Hearts Society is the first book in a series involving main character Tabby Brown. Right from the get-go, I related to Tabby about the struggles of trying to fit in. The blurb of the novel alone basically sums me up. I rather prefer to read books than go out to night clubs. The story involves a book group, friendship, anxiety representation and LGBTQIA+ rep too. There’s a cat and if you’ve known me for a while, you know that cats are my spirit animal…
On arriving at Waterstones Bath, the first thing both George and I noticed was the donut towers. Yes, we both love donuts! After sipping on raspberry lemonade, more people joined us including my bookish friend Kyra and the twins Maddie and Bee. We’ve all known each other for years and it was lovely to talk about recent reads and our novels in progress/editing stages. I haven’t written as much creatively as I would like to, since I struggle with heavy anxiety. I do have some sort of a story on the go but yep, self-doubt can be a bitch.
The speeches were both emotional and heartwarming, getting my copy signed by Lucy was lovely, as well as sharing memories from the first time we ever met each other (way back in 2016!). Years really do fly by and anything can happen. Also the same signing, I bumped into Mel Darbon who is another local UKYA author to us. She mentioned about a second signing happening around the corner, this time at Mr B’s Emporium (AKA one of my favourite bookshops ever!). It was Julia Green’s book launch for her latest Middle-Grade novel The House Of Light.
After looking at timings for travelling home later in the evening, George and I popped round to the second event. It was lovely seeing other authors sharing their publishing experiences and having a good time. I bumped into one of my old University lecturers who was lovely to catch up with (and JUST GOT A BOOK DEAL TOO EEEEEE). On meeting Julia, I was shy at first to open up about my blogging and writing experiences. But honestly, I’m so glad I did. She gave me some lovely advice, including to keep surrounding myself with supportive people (that’s you George!) and not to race the writing process quickly. Just take plenty of time and let your heart speak out to you.
Julia’s latest release follows two characters Bonnie and Granda, always just the two of them until a chance encounter with a rowing boat and bare-foot boy changes everything. Bonnie wants to look after him, but is scared of having her secret discovered by her enemies. The cover with the lighthouse is super pretty!
The evening was ended with a trip to the MacDonald’s closest to the bus station, time for latte and fries! It was on our buses home that I had this eureka moment, where I really wanted to sit down and write this upload. I have obviously all of my bookish friends and authors to thank for that. But these two events made me realise that I have found my tribe (small quote from Lucy’s event!) since books have generally made me the happiest. It’s also amazing to have found someone on a friendship and romantic level that wants to be a part of the adventure too.
Yes, my social skills are still iffy. But slowly but surely, I’m starting to open up more. I just need to get back onto my writing game for sure!
That concludes this post! A big thank you to everyone past and present that reads this. I’m always active on social media and in particular my Instagram page at www.Instagram.com/alicetiedthebookishknot if you would like to follow me.
Stop by my boyfriend George’s blog at https://buriedinbooks1999.wordpress.com/
Subscribe to Maddie and Bee’s Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/HeartFullOfBooks
Subscribe to Kyra’s blog at http://blogofabookaholic.blogspot.com/
Subscribe to Lucy’s Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCshc1VYtf4bI3Q7Ibi5J-Cg
Follow Julia on Twitter at https://twitter.com/JGreenAuthor?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor
See you all soon with a new post!