Heide and I were lucky enough to meet the author SJ Watson this evening. He came to Birmingham (he’s a local lad originally) to talk about and promote his phenomenally successful novel, Before I Go To Sleep. There is something very impressive (and envy-inspiring) about the success he has had with this, his debut novel. The Hollywood movie adaptation is already in the pipeline.
The event we had originally hoped to attend at the Birmingham Library Theatre was sold out but Nikki Bi, the Reading Development Officer at the library, put on a smaller additional event in the Central Library itself. At the event, Steve spoke about his novel, the writing process and his experiences with the publishing industry.
Afterwards, whilst he signed some books, Heide and I popped up to have a chat with him. We told him that we had both read the Kindle version of his novel so had nothing for him to sign. He said he had signed a Kindle once. I’m not sure whether he meant literally or through some electronic jiggery pokery.
Just now, after seeing the above photograph, Heide said that we should “practise that ‘patient/tolerant of annoying fans look’ for when we are massively famous.”
She has very high ambitions.