The other night in Dubray Books, Rathmines, was a book-signing event with a difference. And what a difference! The management had arranged a Local Authors’ Night and invited writers who live in the area, and all were ‘interviewed’ by our host, the international bestselling author John Connolly.
The place was buzzing long before John began, and the complimentary glasses of wine loosened tongues adding to the excited anticipation. Should John Connolly ever decide to stop writing (something I, and many others, certainly hope is a long way off!) he could make it as an interviewer. He asked each of the authors about their work; how they came to write their books; what inspired them and what was ‘coming next’. This was all done in a friendly, easy style and his humourous comments were well-timed and much appreciated. A writer’s writer – top man!
Afterwards, I managed to have a word with John and he signed my first edition copy of Dark Hallow which I bought in 2000. ‘Yes,’ I said ‘I’ve been waiting 13 years for this – and it’s been worth it.’ He was generous with his time and gave me a few insider tips on writing and submitting work to agents and publishers, something for which I am extremely grateful.
All the authors happily signed books, many of which no doubt will be given as Christmas presents to lucky readers. It was an excellent night and the staff in Dubray Books deserve a mention for being friendly and helpful throughout – well done indeed.
Authors in attendance: Sarah Harte, Alan Glynn, Maurice Curtis, Arlene Hunt, Sean O’Connor, David Graham, Susan Stairs, Jennifer Ridyard and Rosemary McLoughlin.
Question: What do you call a group of authors?
Answer: I don’t know – maybe a sheet (of authors)! Any ideas…..