Entente Cordiale – Or a friendly understanding, especially between nations. Politicians could learn a thing or two from authors and readers.
I’ve met people from around the world and that’s just within Crooked Cat, the publishers who took on my novel, Once Removed. Jane, for instance, has lived and set her novel in East Africa but there are other countries represented like Germany, Italy, Australia, Ireland, USA, Israel and the Middle East, to name a few. Their books are not political, they’re not even in the same genre, but they reach out to audiences across the globe and show the common thread of humanity.
This is also seen in Facebook groups like Bookshop Café, BookStop Café and Crooked Cat’s own Readers’ Community. People from many different countries are kind to one another, offering reviews and encouragement, sharing information, photos and ideas.
(Life is indeed full of surprises, Kim. Only a few months ago I found a Charity to support with my book, on the internet through Facebook!)
I met Sheila North through the Internet. She, like me, was born and raised in the United States but met and married a Yorkshiremen. It turns out she only lives about 20 miles from me. A couple of years ago she came to my writers’ group and interviewed a few of us for her radio programme, Book It, on Sine FM. We also shared a meal and walked my dog.
Sheila recently invited me to run a workshop for her writers’ group in Doncaster Library then allowed me to read an excerpt from Once Removed on Book It, rounding up a wonderful day by treating me to a meal at an American themed diner (we had to, didn’t we?).
If you’d like to listen to the wonderful Book It, this is the link: http://www.sinefm.com/podcast/show-141.xml
Here are a few links to Kim’s book:
Her blog address is; https://nutsandcrisps.wordpress.com