It’s hard to believe, for me at least, but after doing little else but think about the characters in My Mother’s Secretfor a year and a half, my novel is out in the real world! We had a fantastic launch party at Waterstones, Bristol, with locally-brewed beer and locally-bought prosecco, and squidgy cakes inspired by the ones baked by my protagonist, Emma Taylor.
My wonderful friend and talented voice-over artist and presenter, Gillian Burke, read the part of Emma Taylor, and rising star, Abbi Bayliss, read the part of her daughter, Stella. I put my Northern accent to good use and read Lizzie Bradshaw’s section, which is quite dark. I hope I haven’t scared my daughter for life.
Big thanks to my lovely husband, Jaimie Rogers, my publicist, Kirsty Doole, and sister, Emma O’Connell, who kept the show on the road!
I’d love you to come to my book launch party if you can make it! It’s 7 p.m. Friday 11 May at Waterstones, Bristol. There’ll be readings from My Mother’s Secret, and since the lead character, Emma Taylor, is a baker, it’s only right and proper that we should have plenty of cake! There will also be fizz, beer and soft drinks to wash it down! It’s a free event, but do RSVP so we know how much cake to bake!
I will also be discussing plot at Novel Nights on 23 May at 7.30 p.m. and reading in one of the locations featured in the novel – Sticklebarn, Langdale in the Lake District on 26 May. Please check my Events page for details.
If you’re interested in finding out a bit more about what inspired me, have a look at this mini video, or take a look at In Conversation with…
I’m delighted to share with you the cover of my next thriller, My Mother’s Secret. It’s out on 3 May and is now available to pre-order.
Here’s what it’s about:
YOU CAN ONLY HIDE FOR SO LONG…
Lizzie Bradshaw. A student from the Lake District, forced to work away from home, who witnesses a terrible crime. But who will ultimately pay the price?
Emma Taylor. A mother, a wife, and a woman with a dangerous secret. Can she keep her beloved family safely together?
Stella Taylor. A disaffected teenager, determined to discover what her mother is hiding. But how far will she go to uncover the truth?
And one man, powerful, manipulative and cunning, who controls all their destinies.
I’ll be uploading a Q&A with me about the book, what inspired me, the process of writing it, as well as some short video clips, and some of the behind-the-scenes photos on my Pinterest board, so do check back. We’ll also be running a couple of competitions to win copies, and there will be a launch party on 11 May, invitations to follow!
It’s one month today! More details are on my Events page, but if hearing about The Stolen Child isn’t sufficient incentive, there will be prosecco and beer from Grape and Grind, and a Stolen Child inspired Bourbon and coffee cake made by Ahh Toots!
Bone by Bone was published on March 3 and we had a celebration at Waterstones, Bristol. It was a wonderful night, and a huge thank you to those of you who were able to come! My editor, Louise Cullen, atCorvus Books, introduced me and read a statement from Kidscape, the anti-bullying charity I’m supporting. I read the prologue to Bone by Bone, and Laura Soper, an actor training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, read an extract from Autumn Wild’s point of view, the nine-year-old girl in my thriller. And then we ate cake and drank fizz!
Statement from Kidscape:
‘We are really sorry not to be with you in person tonight for the launch of Bone by Bone. We are hugely grateful to Sanjida for working so closely with us and donating a portion of the profits of the book to Kidscape.
My friend Ingrid, from Dunleavy Vineyards, is bringing along a couple of bottles of her delicious pinot for us to sample, cake artist Tam from AhhToots is making a ‘Bone by Bone’ alcohol-fuelled and caffeine-laden cake, and our local winter, Grape & Grind, is helping us out with prosecco and Wiper and True Brewing Co. beer!
It’s going to be an awesome party! Hope you can join us!
It’s less than a month until Bone by Bone is published! And if you’re in Bristol, do come to the book launch.
It’s going to be at Waterstones, The Galleries at 7pm, Friday 4 March. I’m delighted we’re going to serve prosecco and Wiper and True beer provided by our local vintner, Grape and Grind, plus a Bone by Bone inspired cake by cake artist Tamarind Galliford of Ahh Toots! based in St Nicholas’ Market. My friend, Ingrid Bates, is donating a couple of bottles of her delicious rosé from her own vineyard (how cool is that!) Dunleavy Vineyards, for a lucky few to sample!