So we are in lockdown. The government has said we can work from home or go back to work if we can’t. I can write, but I can’t do any acting, as contact is only within 2 metres of another person. And all my after dinner talks and festival hosting etc is cancelled. However, this time will pass and I am using mine to write more and keep my acting craft up to scratch. My latest book The Terror Within, is doing well, I am delighted to say, and I have had a lot of lovely letters from readers saying they are enjoying it. I so love to hear from readers. I hope everyone out there is finding things to do within this difficult time. A good time for spring cleaning, or if you have dogs, you can get longer walks than usual. On my other web: Caninesinkent.co.uk I am going to explore some lovely walks and will write about them on there. Also another thing I have been doing is having a clear-out. I hate clutter, so I am bagging up anything I don’t use and making loads of bags of stuff to be delivered to charity shops as soon as they re-open. Fortunately the weather is good, so loads of reading too, out in the garden. However my hubby suffers terrible with hay fever, so he sits inside the open conservatory doors and sneezes! Stay well everyone.
I’m sure everyone reading this will agree it is a very hard time for the acting and book profession. Of course with the coronavirus, it is an extremely challenging time for the whole of the world. I would be very happy to donate some books to the health workers, and everyone and anyone working to keep us alive and keep this terrible disease at bay. If anyone wants to donate books too, any authors, or just anybody with books, do feel free to get in touch with me. (There is a contact form on the contact page of this web), and we can get this going.
I Had such an interesting afternoon hosting a panel from the award winning Jack the Ripper two-part series. MY panel included the immensely interesting, and fascinating David Wickes, the director of the film. He had researched the killer so thoroughly and brought so many views before us. Also the actors Gary Shail, Hugh Fraser, and George Sweeney, all played leading roles and could have been the Ripper. Many thanks to Misty Moon Productions for producing such a fascinating talk, and to the Cinema Museum for having us. There is a Jack the Ripper Society if anyone is interesting learning more on this infamous murderer.
I am addicted to EastEnders. The standard is top rate. And I love the fact that so many of the characters have murdered someone and got away with it. Currently now we are on tender-hooks as to who murdered Stuart, or maybe he will recover from his coma. The police are excellent too. They always suspect Phil Mitchell, although they never can tie him down. Well this time, for this shooting he wasn’t around, so who will you blame. Danny Dyer? Or was it his wife, Linda? I am sure we will never really know. And like all the other killings, it will get buried under the Queen Vic and all will be history. Until it rains…. and the canal overflows, because there are many guns and pieces of evidence that could come to light.
APRIL 2020: Just so delighted with the reviews on Terror Within. Anyone who writes will know the dread and fear one feels when a book is due out. In the theatre I thought first nights were the worst thing in the world, but the good thing about those is that all the mistakes you make you can rectify the next night or through the run. With a novel, and so many hundreds of copies been printed, if you have made a mistake there is no going back.
Thankyou to all the bloggers, Amazon Reviewers, and everyone who has reviewed it. I am ever grateful you like it. I will keep striving to get better. I know we are all in lockdown, but when this is over, I am going to be out signing in various places (all will be up on my EVENTS page, on this web, and if any of you are in the area, I would love you come and say Hi.
It is August and, officially my latest hits the shops at the end of this month, and currently I am being sent around doing lots of promotion to publicise the fact that it is coming out soon.
I went to a book shop yesterday. The staff there were terribly nice, and because no one seemed to be vaguely impressed with my presence in the shop, except to ask me if I knew where the Sci-Fi or the young adult author’s books were kept, one of the shop assistants brought me tea and cake. I adore cake and can hardly resist the smell of a cream and jam laden fresh sponge slice. However, I am abstaining from cake at the moment. (I didn’t like to say so at the time as the cake was definitely home-made, and with all the trouble it takes to bake a cake, and Mary Berry’s latest book flying off the shelf in front of my very eyes, when no one was even looking at mine, I felt the least I could have done was to say thank you. Otherwise, it might have looked like I was envious of Mary Berry. Actually I am. She has the most gorgeous figure and every shot I see of her on television, she has her mouth stuffed with cake. The truth is I am going on holiday soon and am hoping to get into my clothes, so am attempting to avoid anything that is heavily sprinkled with sugar. I was about to drink the tea when a customer came up and looked at my name above my table and asked if I was Linda Regan. Relieved I didn’t have a mouthful of cake, I said I was, and asked if she wanted me to sign one of my books for her. She said she did, but her eyes were glued to the sugary, cherry and cream filled, slice of cake on the plate in front of me. I crossed my fingers behind my back and told her I wasn’t a cake person and would she like the slice. She said she would and immediately ate it, she also washed it down with my tea. I didn’t like to object because she was the first person all day to ask for a signed copy of my book. (even though I asked if she wanted one). So I just handed her the book, duly signed. She thanked me and as I watched her walk to the till to pay, she walked past it, and then out the door and into the street, still carrying my book in her hand!