Saturday, 22 January 2011

Birthday

This weekend, a year ago, The Dawning was published.

And over that past year, I’ve…
Read and been welcomed at a number of fabulous writing and reading events, all over the place in Nottingham, and in Leicester and London.
I’ve had interviews and reviews online and in print
Sneaked into my local Waterstones on more than one occasion just to see my spine gleaming back at me on a bookshop shelf (I know, I know, I’m sorry)
I’ve been on the radio and featured in podcasts
Been nervous and grateful and utterly overwhelmed. And a bit tipsy too.
I’ve signed books. And I’ve tried to explain.

The Dawning has brought me many, many happy things, but meeting brilliant people has definitely been the best bit.

I’m incredibly fortunate.

So please excuse the soppiness, but I wanted to say some massive thank yous.

Firstly, thank you Nicholas Royle and Sherry Ashworth, alongside my other inspiring tutors and astoundingly talented classmates at Manchester Metropolitan University for all that incredible encouragement long before The Dawning even guessed what it might be called.
Thank you to my long-suffering family and my lovely friends, and to the great writers at NWS, who have been so supportive.
Thank you kind bloggers and reviewers, and especially readers, and to the people who have patiently listened (and sometimes even nodded) while I’ve read and chatted and squealed. Thank you to everyone who’s raised a glass with me.
And
Thank you, hugely, to Weathervane, to fellow author Nigel Pickard for putting up with reading beside me, and to the lovely Ian Collinson who turned my excitement into a real, live book.

This weekend, I may be celebrating all over again, with something fizzy, maybe a cocktail. Or two.
Except I’d best not have a headache on Monday because that’s my birthday as well (though I’ll be considerably older than my little book)

So cheers folks, and thank you. I’m a lucky, lucky woman. (-:

12 comments:

ange said...

Hi Megan
It sounds like you've had a successful, well-deserved year. I hope 2011 brings even more reasons to celebrate.
Happy Birthday for Monday. I hope you have a lovely day.
Ange X

Nik Perring said...

Happy birthday, book!

Anne Brooke said...

Fabulous news - many congrats to you and the book!

Megan said...

Thank you lovely people!

Have no idea what the next year will bring - except more writing, that's for sure (-:

Leatherdykeuk said...

Good for you :)

Kat W said...

Like I've said before The Dawning is a stunning book. You deserve the happy experiences that writing it has led to.

I hope you've had a fab weekend celebrating The Dawning's anniversary. Happy Birthday to you and The Dawning!

Kat X

annie clarkson said...

Aw, bless you for your soppiness. You deserce to be as soppy as you like, because the dawning is a brilliant book x

Megan said...

oh you wonderful lot, thank you tons x

Positively Calm said...

Fanastic
Happy birthday
What a lot of wonderful acheivements this year has brought
Lots of love and another successful year to you xxxx
Cath xx

Megan said...

Thank you Cath, it's been good!
And really sweet of you to drop by.
Loads of love to you and your lovely lot
xxxxxxxxx

Mike French said...

Well here's to another good year at Megan Mansions!

Megan said...

Why thank you Mr French!
While it's a bit falling apart around the edges, Megan Mansions is generally a very happy places (-: