I am a little less tired today, which is good.

Before I tell you what happened at Thursday’s launch of Not So Perfect, I’d like to point you in the direction of Dan Powell’s blog, where he’s reviewed Not So Perfect. Thanks for taking the time to review it, Dan, and for saying such nice things like ‘Each story is garlanded with striking imagery and precise and often beautiful prose, creating something to be treasured in amongst the heartache, whether it’s the impermanent simplicity of a snow angel or the pure emotion that would drive someone to plaster a house in post-it notes.‘.

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So. The launch.

I’d taken a couple of things for luck, a gift somebody had given me and a pack of Pall Mall cigarettes (bonus points for anyone who can tell me why).

It started well, I must say. I met with Faye (Miss Roast Books) an hour before we were due to start. She’d brought champagne which was opened and consumed by me, Faye, Andrew (Mr Simply Books) and Jo (who was there to keep me calm! – she’s blogged about it here). And it was lovely, a lovely moment.

Andrew took us up to the first floor where he’d put on wine and nibbles for the guests who, at seven o’clock, began to arrive.

I must say I really enjoyed that bit, the chatting, the atmosphere, the sipping of wine or juice and the nibbling of cake – a good few people have said to me since that they thought there were so many nice people there, and I’d agree. It was fab. And great too to meet people I hadn’t met before too.

Then it was downstairs. People took their seats. I took mine. Faye introduced me and then I burbled a bit about the book.

Then I read.

I read three stories to begin with: Kiss, The Mechanical Woman and In My Head I’m Venus which, thank goodness, all went down well. And then I took some (very thoughtful) questions, which I answered as best I could. Then I read two more stories: My Wife Threw Up a Lemur and Seconds Are Ticking By.

Out of all of them I’d only read Seconds Are Ticking By and Kiss live before. So, yes, that was good.

Then I signed some books (thanks to those who bought them!), and after that it was all over and I went for drinks with friends.

As I said yesterday, I had a really brilliant evening and I’m so grateful to people for coming. Thank you for making it a bit special. I hope you enjoy your books.

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And if anyone’s got any pictures of the launch they’d like to share, do give me a shout – I’d love to see them!

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Big thanks to Carol-Ann Cunningham for the pics – there are more over at her blog.

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