15 minutes....I got a bit of a surprise at work on Monday when a colleague beside me piped up , 'Why is your photograph in the Evening News?' It turned out that the local press had printed an article of significant size about, er me! A journalist from the paper had contacted me last week and I'd chatted to him about my story in the 'My Favourite Place' anthology. He seemed very doubtful that an article would come of it so I promptly forgot all about it. Until Monday.
So now I'm receiving chirpy little comments about being a 'famous author' at the end of work emails, wind-ups from mums in the playground and strange looks from people I only vaguely know - or maybe that's just me being extra paranoid. Truth be told, everyone has been lovely so I am trying to act graciously despite feeling that I've just come out of the (writers) closet. Still, I'm not sure I'm cut out for the fame thing.
The Scottish Book Trust put on a great launch event for the My Favourite Place book at the City Arts Centre last week, with a special performance from one of Scotland's best authors, James Robertson. Here's me with the book, photo courtesy of Literary Paparazzo Chris Scott
And finally, a big shout out to Aunty Emily who put together a fantastic blog and podcast about my story, Leith 1974, on the Leith Library blog