It has been a busy couple of weeks launching my latest title FOR MY SINS, a historical novel for adults about Mary Queen of Scots. And Mary herself appeared at my first launch in Blackwell’s, Edinburgh. She sat very demurely to one side like a pale ghost (courtesy of Artemis Scotland) while I talked about the writing of FMS in front of windows that rattled and shook in a storm. We were yards away from the scene of Darnley’s murder at Kirk o’ Field.
The next stop was Waterstones, Byres Road, and tonight it will be my local library, Dunblane. I’ve been taking my audience on a mental journey into the past. I am the curator of that journey, guiding them into that distant realm which we can only imagine, where darkness held sway, where death was an everyday occurrence, and there was definitely no WiFi… Here are some pics of me flapping my arms about.
ALEX NYE IS BACK!!! (That makes me sound like Batman!)
DARKER ENDS is on its way! To get to the point, I’ve just signed a contract with Fledgling Press for my third book! I met Clare at the National Library where I’ve been giving workshops on the Jacobites.She said I would recognize her as she has ‘purple hair’. I’d say plum, but definitely in that area. We shook hands over the cheese scones and pots of Earl Grey, and I felt as light as a feather, as if I could float up to the ceiling. It’s been six years since I’ve signed a contract for a new book – and this was a long time in coming. I’m delighted. So I’ve got a new website to prove it, and this week is busy busy with a school visit to Lawhead Primary in Fife on Thursday, then the YAY Festival in Cumbernauld on Friday (THE FIRST EVER BOOK FESTIVAL FOR YA FICTION IN SCOTLAND!) inspired and organized by my friend Kirkland. Then a mad dash in the evening over to Edinburgh for the launch of the Children’s Book Festival there! Authors are busily exchanging emails on how to manage public transport around Cumbernauld in a sensible fashion – while I try to work out how to send a group email without sending it back to myself!!!!