ShiMMer. What can I say?
A lot, actually.
Things like: what a great day, wonderful vibe, reconnecting with hugs and kisses with old friends, and making new, had a shed load of fun, ate too much chocolate and a cup cake or two (side eyes Helen Juliet...) .
I think you get the picture.
On 1 July, at Aston Villa FC, I had the honour to meet some great people, including those I've admired from afar. Jay Aheer, for example. What a talented artist. Stunning, stunning work. I had to go up to her to say hello, and I did that with lots of people because as all who have met me know I like a bit of a chat!
I consider myself to still be a newbie in the MM world, and there's a big part of me that is amazed that anybody reads my books - seriously, no false humility going on here - so when I'm told that my books have been read and enjoyed, I have to pick my jaw up from the floor. But I was told that yesterday and it was affirming and made me feel validated as an author. So what did I do? I pushed my sugary swag onto people as a way of saying thank you. You really can't have too much Haribo. Well, you can, actually.
And I have to talk about the readers, the people who make it possible for authors to exist - if it wasn't for you coming to events like ShiMMer and buying our books, we wouldn't be writing. It really is that simple.
So, thank you, to the wonderful ShiMMerettes (I feel like bursting out into a bit of MOTOWN). Fiona Rachel Warner, Suzanne Burke and Sue Brown, and to everybody else who helped put together such a fab day. Ladies, I had a blast.
A E Ryecart
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