Leigh Russell’s Newsletter – March 2018

 

 

TODAY IS THE DAY!

I’m very excited that the print edition of CLASS MURDER is finally available and wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for supporting me and Geraldine over the years! Having my tenth Geraldine Steel book available is a brilliant milestone and I can’t wait to continue the series. There are going to be at least six more books in the series so, if you haven’t already, now’s the time to buy your copy of CLASS MURDER in paperback, available from all good bookshops, and if you’d like to leave a review, it would make me one very happy author! Here’s to many more murders… sorry I mean books… together!


A writer’s life…

March kicked off with a wintry spell, and our planned trip to Portsmouth for MysteryFest was cancelled when the festival was postponed until 2nd June. As a result, there’s no photo of me at the festival but here’s one from our snowy back garden instead! I’ll be telling you all about Portsmouth when we visit.


Taking advantage of the break in my schedule, I worked on a short story which my publisher had requested a few months ago. Short stories are really not my comfort zone, but I managed to complete a Geraldine Steel story in under 15,000 words. Hopefully my publisher will approve it, and the story will be available for you to read at some point. Wish me luck with it, and I’ll keep you posted!


The following weekend we had no trouble at all travelling to the North of England as, unlike the South Coast just a week earlier, trains were running and the streets up North were fine. It was great fun appearing at Harrogate Noir with Danielle Ramsay, Liz Mistry, Malcolm Hollingdrake, Eileen Wharton, Alan Wright, and Rob Ashman, and I look forward to participating in more such events over the next few months.

If you haven’t yet attended one of these events, I can recommend them – especially if I’m there reading from one of my books! It would be lovely to see you there.


The next week saw us off on a long train journey to Glasgow for the Aye Write Literary Festival. Needless to say, by the time we arrived, I had finished the short story I was working on.


Aye Write hosted what was surprisingly my first ever author appearance in Scotland. As my fellow panellist, Alex Gray, said, “What kept ye lassie”?


Before the panel at the Aye Write Literary Festival, we went along to BBC Scotland for a live down-the-line radio interview with BBC Radio York. As always, the BBC staff looked after us really well.

While we were there, we crossed the River Clyde.

After our visit to Glasgow we took a train to York for the Literature Festival there.


After a busy book signing we headed to the main library in Museum Street. Sadly the lovely Anna Wallace of BBC Radio York was unable to join me due to a nasty flu bug.


While I was disappointed not to see Anna, I was thrilled when our intrepid publicist Katherine Sunderland travelled to York especially to interview me. It’s always a pleasure to see her and, as usual, we had a giggle while hopefully still interesting and entertaining the audience.


Finally, we had a great time at the Harpenden Big Read Quiz night last week! My publisher launched the Harpenden Big Read last year in collaboration with Harpenden Library with the aim of getting all of Harpenden reading and talking about books. The first book given away as part of the project was my ninth Geraldine Steel novel, Deadly Alibi.


The quiz night was a fun way of celebrating the Big Read… and it was good to see so many correct answers to my Geraldine Steel round!!


We then spent a lovely weekend seeing friends in Stroud. I gave a talk to a reading group at the local library where a photographer from the Library Association turned up to photograph us.


I really enjoyed reading at Noir at the Bar in Whitechapel this week too. Here I am on stage for a group photo with the other authors: Vaseem Khan, Vicky Newham, William Shaw, Danielle Ramsay, Leye Adenle, Andy Martin, Steph Broadribb, Johanna Gustawsson.


My events continue throughout April as you can see here and I hope I’ll see you at one of them soon.

Monday 9th APRIL – LONDON

First Monday Crime

Venue: A130 College Building City University EC1V 4PW
firstmondaycrime.com

15th APRIL – SHREWSBURY

2pm Crime Writers Association Book Signing

Venue: Waterstones Shrewsbury

Thursday 19th APRIL – HARPENDEN

7 – 8.30pm Herts Lit Fest

Venue: Harpenden Library

Wednesday 25th APRIL – LONDON

6.20 – 7.50pm Panel with Anja de Jäger, Heidi Amsinck and Andy Lawrence

Venue: Chipping Barnet Library

Bookings can be made at libraryevents@barnet.gov.uk.
More info available here.

Saturday 28th APRIL – WATFORD

1pm Book signing

Venue: Watford Waterstones


In the meantime, it’s time to party! Tonight is the launch party for Class Murder which Geraldine Steel and Ian Peterson have kindly agreed to attend. I can’t wait! I hope you’ll join me in raising a glass wherever you are!


That’s all for now. Thank you for reading my news this month. Don’t forget to tell all your friends to subscribe to my newsletter and do keep in touch via TwitterFacebook or my website and I hope to meet you at one of my events soon!


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