It was my first book launch in the UK. Still, Short Stories Inspired By Photographs Of Vacated Spaces, was presented at Foyles on Charing Cross Road last Wednesday.
I didn’t read from my contribution, “How to make a zombie”, because on a night like this, you simply can’t have all 26 authors read from their work. But many of my friends were there; Tania Hershman and a handful of other authors did a banging job at reading from Still, and I was proud.
During the Q&A, I asked James Miller: “Do you laugh while writing?”
The biggest surprise of the night: one of my mates had travelled all the way from Cardiff for the event. To show my appreciation, I set out to buy him a copy and get it signed by as many writers as possible.
There was a small queue at the till. The woman in front of me looked a tad familiar. Was she one of the other authors? Since I was on an autograph hunt, I thought I might as well ask.
“Me?” she said “Oh no, I’m just a reader. I enjoyed your question, by the way.”
We didn’t say anything while she swiped her card and entered her pin. The shop attendant put her copy in a plastic bag. She was almost gone, when I mumbled to her back:
“I hope you’ll enjoy my story as much as you enjoyed my question.”