Thursday, 2 September 2010

Northern Tour

Back home after my trip up North. CUT SHORT and ROAD CLOSED sold out sold out at my first signing at WH Smith's in York. We spent a lovely few days in York before going to BBC Radio York in Scarborough for a live interview with presenter Russell Walker.Russell Walker made us feel very welcome. We met him last year and it was great seeing him again. His friendly personality comes across in his voice on the radio.
We spent a few days in Scarborough, visiting Robin Hood's Bay and walking from there along the cliff top to Whitby where we fell exhausted into the first tea shop we passed. It turned out to be dedicated to Sherlock Holmes and full of fascinating memorabilia, not to mention the fabulous homemade scones. From there we continued on our journey to Newcastle for an interview with Simon Logan on BBC Radio Newcastle. He's a great guy, and was really interested in my writing. With our Southern stereotypical misconceptions about Newcastle, we were thrilled to discover what a great place it is and had a great time walking across the fantastic bridges. Sadly we didn't see the swing bridge or the millenium bridge open! We spent a lovely day in Durham exploring along the river and round the cathedral. After selling out both CUT SHORT and ROAD CLOSED at Waterstones in Newcastle, it was back home to sort out washing, emails and to type up the 20,000 or so words I'd written while we were away.

17 comments:

Paul D. Brazill said...

I'm saying NOWT! :)

BTW I read Cut Short -at last -of the summer and what a cracking book it is!

Leigh Russell said...

That was quick! I only just posted and am still trying to upload a photo of Simon Logan. Thanks for the praise - much appreciated. ROAD CLOSED is out if you're interested.

Chris Stovell said...

Sold out! Well done!

Leigh Russell said...

Thanks, Chris. It's always nice to sell out. My books generally do when I'm out and about signing.

Clarissa Draper said...

Wow, that sounds like a lot of fun. I would love to visit those places someday.

CD

Leigh Russell said...

Yes, we had a great time. The people were all very friendly and the towns are much nicer than we expected, with our Southern preconceptions. Newcastle is beautiful. And what made it all even better was that we had lovely weather!

Leigh Russell said...

Lovely weather is a real bonus in the UK as you can never rely on the skies to do what you want over here...

Debs said...

Congratulations. Sold out. Great news and well deserved.

Val said...

This is soo cool! Wonderful for you!

Star said...

Great to see you getting out and about and having a great, though busy, time. I'm watching the ITV3 crime awards programmes and enjoying it immensely.
What are you writing? Book 3?
Blessings, Star

Charles Gramlich said...

Excellent. Gotta love it that you sold out.

Leigh Russell said...

Thanks, Debs. It's always nice to sell out.

Leigh Russell said...

hi Val, nice to hear from you here.

Leigh Russell said...

Star - I delivered my MS for book 3 to my publisher weeks ago (not due to them for a few months) and am now 3/5 through the next one. I love writing these books so much! Love love love it.

Leigh Russell said...

Hey Charles, it's great to sell out.

Guillaume said...

Gotta visit Newcastle one day. I didn't know it had a bad reputation. I am still a foreigner here I guess. And I need to buy your novels! I want to buy your books, but I have been postponing it hoping to catch you in one of those books signing!

Leigh Russell said...

Would be great to meet you Guillaumme! If you buy my books anyway feel free to bring them along to a signing and I'll be vey happy to sign them. Hopet o see you soon.