Eastbourne book signing

 After three days of a GP visit and blood tests I am afraid this week’s missive will be shorter than usually.  I felt the health service had taken enough of time and was determined to grab a day to do something that I have always enjoyed.  Wednesday 9th August was the annual ‘Meet the Authors Day’ at the Selsey Centre in Manor Road.    Around thirty authors get together to talk about their writing, and hopefully sell or book or two.  This has been run for many years by the lovely Joan Moules, a true storyteller and for the last few years has been helped by her two daughters. I have been going to the day for a number of years, long before to West Sussex and always look forwards to chatting to fellow writers, like Peter Lovesey, Simon Brett and Roberta Grieves to name by a few.

Authors busy singing and talking about writing

The day started with torrential rain, but my lovely husband said he would drive me there, set up my table and stay with me.  He usually grabs the afternoon to go for a walk at HIS place, but this year it was not to be.

Writers pose for a picture – note my stick hidden from view!

It was a super afternoon and spoken to several most interesting people who wanted to know how I started writing, how I did my research for my books, and how many hours I spent writing a day.  Not enough was my answer to that one, although I didn’t enlarge on why.  I did manage to sell several books, but the icing on the cake came from a reader who bought Shipwrecks of Sussex last year, and sought me out to tell me how much he had enjoyed the book.  At the end of the day we were both extremely tired, but I very happy to see to have made the effort and see everyone.  That night we decided to go out for a Chinese meal, but after such a good day, Thursday saw me suffering, but I made the effort to go to hydrotherapy, which made my back and joints less painful.

Selsey Centre Meet the Author day

Today I am struggling but with a visit from our two sons over the weekly, I am pacing myself today.

Selsey

If you are a lover of books, then next year do think about going along to the ‘Meet the Authors Day’ which is part of the Selsey Festival.  Many of the books are at discounted prices and it is a chance for you to try out an author you may have read before.   Next week I will try and do better!!

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About Wendy Hughes

Wendy turned to writing, in 1989, when ill-health and poor vision forced her into early medical retirement. Since then she has published 26 nonfiction books, and over 2000 articles. Her work has appeared in magazines as diverse as The Lady, Funeral Service Journal, On the Road, 3rd Stone, Celtic Connections, Best of British, and Guiding magazine. She has a column in an America/Welsh newspaper for ex-pats on old traditions and customs in Wales. Her books include many on her native Wales, Anglesey Past and Present, The Story of Brecknock, Brecon, a pictorial History of the Town, Carmarthen, a History and Celebration and Tales of Old Glamorgan, and a book on Walton on Thames in the Images of England series, a company history and two books on the charity Hope Romania. She has also co-authored two story/activity books for children. Her latest books are: Haunted Worthing published in October 2010, a new colour edition of The Story of Pembrokeshire published in March 2011, and Shipwrecks of Sussex in June 2011 and Not a Guide to Worthing in 2014. She is working on a book entitled A-Z of Curious Sussex which will be published in 2016 Wendy also works with clients to bring their work up to publishable standard and is currently working on an autobiography with a lady that was married to a very famous 1940’s travel writer. Wendy has spent many years campaigning and writing on behalf of people affected by Stickler Syndrome, a progressive genetic connective tissue disorder from which she herself suffers. She founded the Stickler Syndrome Support Group and raises awareness of the condition amongst the medical profession, and produces the group’s literature, and has written the only book on the condition, Stickler The Elusive Syndrome, and has also contributed to a DVD on the condition, Stickler syndrome: Learning the Facts. She has also writing three novels, Sanctimonious Sin, a three generation saga set in Wales at the turn of the century, Power That Heal set in the Neolithic period entitled Powers that Heal, and a semi biographical book entitled New Beginnings which deals with two generations coping with blindness and a genetic condition. She has also had a handful of short stories published, and in her spare time is working on several at the moment. She also gives talks on a variety of subjects including Writing and Placing Articles, Writing Local History, Writing as Therapy, Writing your first novel, etc, and runs workshops on the craft of writing – both fiction and non-fiction. She is a member of the Society of Women Writers and Journalists, and a member of the Society of Authors.