6 June 2014
Things are going well with On My Way to Jorvik, it’s selling steadily, and people are loving it, all my Amazon reviews are five star which is really wonderful.
Though my museums and heritage attractions have had multiple millions of visitors which has been an ongoing thrill, discovering someone has made the decision to buy my first book is an even bigger thrill!
So re-inspired I’ve begun work on my next, an eco-thriller. The idea for it has sat in the back of my mind since 1995 while I was working on Celtica, The History of the Celtic People of Wales and Northern Europe in Machynlleth, Powys, North Wales (sorry, but it closed in 2006).
For every one of my museum projects, I studied the topics extensively. Once this process was begun I found I stepped into the world of my subjects and sometimes, odd and extraordinary things happened, from the serendipitous to the downright spooky.
Whilst doing Celtica, as I settled in at a local hotel one wild and rainy night I was witness to something very strange. The incident fired my imagination and a fantastic story developed in my mind around it and the mystical history I was uncovering about the Celts. I never forgot what happened that stormy night and I never forgot the story, now it has found its way onto the page. So I’m happy to say, my next literary journey has begun.
FYI: As I write this my sales count of my first book has risen to 88 copies in six weeks, since the initial book signing in York. The reception I received during the UK launch was fabulous.
More links, I appeared on BBC TV Look North on Wednesday, 9 April with Harry and Amy.
The very next day I was a guest on BBC Radio York Drive Time and was asked back by presenter Elly Fiorentini for a longer interview.
Sales of the book in the Jorvik Museum Shop are moving nicely.
If you’d rather use your library card, it’s available to read at the Library of York St John University and at The Wakefield Library. The Wakefield Museum I wrote about in my book is now housed in the new Wakefield Library facility. When I browsed through the museum I was thrilled to find that pieces from the Charles Waterton collection of exotic species from the South American rainforest were included. Some of the ‘animals’ in his collection he fabricated by combining bits from one creature with bits from another! Back then, who knew. They were quite scary and had a strong impact on me (but my mention of the exhibit was eliminated in this edition of my book due to length). Now you possess a little secret of why I loved truanting in the museum. I always loved scary films!
Thanks for reading. Now, I’m off. I got another chapter brewing in my head that’s just steaming to get out.