May was definitely a rollercoaster of a month, but the best part of it had to be the Blackwatch Book Tour.
During the second week of May I caught the train to London to spend the week with my publicist Maura, zipping to and from the capital, visiting schools, libraries and bookshops around southern England.
One of the towns we visited was Worthing on the south coast, where we met this dapper fellow.
We were having lunch at a cafe called Parklife (you should go there if you can - their paninis are delicious) when this great feathered beast swooped down looking for a snack. He managed to grab something from the table beside us before being ousted by the local gull patrol.
The school groups I spoke to were all fantastic. (I think Silas may have picked up a few new fans. I'm not sure what he'd think about that!) The tour days zipped by in a blur of train journeys, gorgeous countryside and London bustle and the week ended with the Headline Bloggers Party!
Here is the view of London from the Headline offices where the party was held.
I met some lovely people at the party. I chatted with Rhys from Thirst For Fiction. Vivienne from Serendipity. Darren from Bart's Bookshelf. Sarah from Feeling Fictional. Michelle from Clover Hill Book Reviews. Darren from The Book Zone. Liz and Sarah from My Favourite Books, and more!
I also got to meet the fabulous author and illustrator Cathy Brett, who drew this sketch of me on the day.
If you haven't read her books yet, seek them out, book fans!
It was a brilliant end to a busy week.
The next day I was back on the train home to Darlington, ready to start work on a brand new story. May was a month of madness, but now I have new pens, new characters and a new world to create. My travelling shoes must rest for a while.
It's time to get back to the desk!