Less than a week home from Bloody Scotland and it was more #BookStuff for me tonight as I was delighted to be chairing “An Evening with Michael J Malone in Waterstones, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow.
With five floors of books and bookish stuff, this one is a must visit when you are in Glasgow! And don’t forget the Harry Potter Common Room for all Wizards and Witches! Muggles are welcome too!
Tonight’s event was all about the launch of his latest novel After He Died and this one was extra special for me as Michael came along to my work as part of his research into the role of Independent Advocacy! Some of the team were along for the launch and I was a little nervous that they might heckle me but they were on their best behaviour! I even managed to explain my job which means I’ve still got one!
It was a great audience tonight and discussion was lively around Michael’s writing process, his inspiration for the novel and why he chose Bute as one of the settings. Michael also talked about his writing processes, he’s a binge writer and definitely not a plotter as well as his desire to raise awareness about social issues through his writing. He gave some good advice to aspiring writers and gave us a little insight into what he is working on now….and it sounds BRILLIANT! He spoke a little of his acting career in “Carry On Sleuthing” the critically acclaimed production penned by Douglas Skelton (they told me to say that ;)) Honestly this is hilarious and if you get a chance to go see it in action then please do! (They will be appearing at Tidelines on 30th Sept and the Wee Granton Crime Festival in November and look out for other appearances throughout the country!
It is always a pleasure to interview Michael, he is so laid back and easy-going that it honestly feels like you are just sitting in the pub chatting with him!
It was also great to have a Nichola, Scarlett’s mum, from #ScarlettsBall along to talk about the charity Scarlett’s Fund and Michael’s generosity in supporting this via auction to have your name in his book. The Scarlett Fund was set up to raise much-needed cash for Yorkhill Children’s Hospital in Glasgow and the British Heart Foundation to give something back to the hospital that saved Scarlett’s life and to fund further research into infant heart conditions.
Poor Douglas Skelton also gets a name check in the book but I’m saying nothing, you will just have to wait and read it for yourself!
A great night over way too soon and fabulous hospitality from Caron and the team at Waterstones once again!
After He Died is available to purchase from:
Find out more about Michael on his website