#UKBA17 – A Year of Booktrailing..
It’s been quite a year on the Booktrail. Books, travel and languages are my life so to combine them on on this website is a dream come true. This year in particular has been great and there have been quite a few highlights since the site was updated from a blog to a fully fledged Literary Travel Agency! And this nomination for the #UKBA17 is the icing on the cake to be honest. It’s all thanks to you lovely lot! I can’t thank you enough! http://blogawardsuk.co.uk/ukba2017/entries/thebooktrail
Now I am not one to get nervous about meeting people, and have never had a picture of a singer on my wall – but authors? Someone said “Authors are my rock stars” and it’s true! Meeting Peter James, Mark Billingham, and countless others has just been amazing. It’s always a bit scary meeting someone who kills people for a living…..albeit fictionally! But crime writers are just the nicest bunch!
Bloggers too – that’s been the real highlight for me – people who love and champion books as much as I do. Having coffees, chatting books, exchanging books… I am never happier than when in a coffee shop with one of these lovely people eating cake and talking books. To mention everyone would take a lifetime but isn’t that a nice thought? The book blogging community is one of the nicest I’ve ever come across. It’s an honour to blog alongside you..
Another highlight – how mad have I been on twitter regarding Poldark? I do apologise – but I can’t help it. Love the story and the show and have reread the novels this year. When Poldark himself, Aidan Turner sent a signed photo for a competition, I nearly died. Had to wrestle it off a few people (no names mentioned) but I did send it to the winner!
There are also more and more literary events happening than ever before – Harrogate, Bloody Scotland who allowed me to take over their blog for a few weeks. THANK you. And to the lovely people at Wanderlust who needed some literary booktrails set in Cuba, and the lovely peeps at Visit Britain who wanted to know where literary characters would be up to at Christmas!
It’s been fun and I hope in 2017 to meet even more of you – more of the lovely bloggers who have helped, supported and RTd and shared their passion for books. I have so many friends who don’t mind me spending hours on booktrails or in bookshops. They actively encourage it!
The Award for the most mammoth booktrail has to go to Neil White who took me to Nashville on the biggest and most fierce booktrail there is
And for one of the most memorable moments this year – thank you to Val McDermid who showed me that you can have a mortuary named after you and still be one of the nicest writers around.