Wow, what a fantastic week I’ve just had at this year’s Carnival of Words in Wrexham! There was a host of big named authors as well as fan favourites in the Murder Mystery and Historical Fiction Nights.
First up for me was Phil Rickman, talking about his writing life and his books, which tend to look at the darker side of things. Such an interesting guy to listen to and he has his own show on BBC Radio Wales – Phil the Shelf, which I may be brave enough to send something in for!!
Next up were husband and wife team Sean French and Nicci Gerrard, aka Nicci French. It was fascinating to listen to how they met and how they go about working together in the writing of a novel. It did make me chuckle as Nicci described the day they shared the same office! Suffice it to say, Nicci has her ordered study at the top of the house and Sean has his man shed……
Historical Fiction night was a fun event as usual, with four established authors vying to win over the crowd to their particular time period in history. As a member of the Wrexham Writers’ group, I had the opportunity to meet and chat with the authors before and after the event, which is an invaluable way of learning new things and picking up tips and advice.
Last, and by no means least, I went to a talk, at the library, by psychological thriller writer CL Taylor. Cally talked about the highs and lows of her career as a writer, as well as sharing insights into the structure she used for her novels. She was very open and honest in what she shared and I found this extremely comforting as I forge ahead with my own writing career.