I was at a great event at the Arnprior Public Library last night: it was called Criminal Minds, and featured myself and John Lawton, a British spy-thriller writer.
Arnprior has a gorgeous library — we sat in the lower level in comfortable tub chairs in front of a fireplace, chatting and answering questions. A big thanks to Karen, Nancy, and Anita and all the other organizers for introducing me to a library I’d never been to, and to the readers who braved the brisk winds to come out. A huge shout-out to some of my Ottawa fans for driving all the way out to the event (very much appreciated).
Here’s a little tip for writers. My book was a staff pick at this library and when I saw the review online, I posted a comment, thanking the librarian who posted the review (which turned out to be Anita). It only takes a second to thank someone who has not only read your book but taken the time to promote it; it’s the least you can do.
Anita told me last night that she really appreciated it and (in an unrelated incident) has been telling everyone to read my books. Well worth the investment, don’t you think? (It’s also good manners.)
If you’ve never been to this library, next time you’re in Arnprior, check it out — it’s fantastic! I wish I lived there: I’d be all over that Mystery Section in the basement and an incredible DVD collection on the main level.
Here I am with Neil from Ottawa International Writers Festival who moderated a lively discussion: picture courtesy of @arnpriorlibrary. And thanks again to all of you for allowing me to participate in this event.