Sunday, 18 May 2014

Royal Holloway update & upcoming party!

Hi guys, I've got some good news and I've got some bad news.

THE BAD NEWS:
In my last post, I mentioned how I was due to visit Royal Holloway University on Tuesday 22nd May. Well, unfortunately due to circumstances out of everyone's control, that event has now been postponed until the start of the new academic term in September. I'm really disappointed that the plans couldn't go ahead, but they are definitely not cancelled, and I'm going to let you know the new date as soon as everything is sorted out.

THE GOOD NEWS:
The Tragic Silence blog tour is over now, and it's been an amazing two weeks so I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who was involved! It also means that the EC Hibbs Facebook page is less than 55 likes away from hitting 1000! The very idea of that many people following me is absolutely mindblowing, and I really want to give everyone a little something back for all your incredible support. So when the page does reach 1000 likes, I'm going to throw a little online party on Facebook! If you want to join in with that, please head on over to the page and help me get to the mark!

Once again, I want to thank each and every one of your for your support and kind words - you are all amazing!!!

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Royal Holloway University visit!!!


Okay, I’ve wanted to share this news for over a month now but I’ve kept it hush-hush until everything was finalised. But now I can finally spill the beans, yay!!!

Shortly before I started VEDA, I was very kindly invited to pay a visit to Royal Holloway, University of London! So on Tuesday 22nd May, I’ll be making the trip down to the south-east of England to meet up with the university’s book society, for an evening of book talk and authory chatter!

I cannot even begin to describe how excited I am for this! I’ve been bursting to tell everyone ever since March, and I honestly don’t know how I managed not to blab a word all the way through April – believe me, it was especially tempting since I had the camera pointed in my direction every day! I’m going to be sharing pics and stuff closer to the time on Facebook and Twitter, so you can follow along if you’d like! Aaaah, I CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!!

 

Friday, 9 May 2014

A single smile

I actually wrote this post last week and wanted to get it up sometime before the blog tour began, but I’ve been having some problems lately with Blogger and it’s set me behind on posting. But it’s here now, so here we go!

I’m similar to most writers in that all this started out as a hobby; something I did in my spare time around my homework. I did it because I loved it, and because I knew it helped to keep me sane. I never decided from day one that I wanted to be published. I actually became very secretive about my writing, so the idea of being published seemed a thousand miles away. But when I did start seriously pursuing the idea: sending out the submissions and enquiry letters, I was aware from the beginning that it wouldn’t be easy. And I knew it was something that, at the very heart of it all, you have to do for the love of it.

To that end, I openly said that if I ever was lucky enough to be published, I had one main priority. If just one person read my stories and enjoyed them, then I’d done a good job. To think something I had created could bring pleasure and happiness to a single reader, I would be content.

This summer will be two years since my dreams of becoming a published author came true. Since then, both Blindsighted Wanderer and Tragic Silence have been released. I’ve heard from readers about them, and it always brings a smile to my face and a tear to my eye when I hear that they have been enjoyed. Of course there are going to be some more negative comments – everyone is entitled to their own opinion and if my books don’t turn out to be their cup of tea, then fair enough. But I still stand by the idea of the smile being all I ever wanted. And to think that one smile has become quite a few smiles now just makes me melt.

I’m honoured to be able to share all this with you, and to make sure I never forget that motto, I have it stuck on my wall so I can see it every day.

a single smile
is worth my while