It went really well at the Dulwich Reading Group at Dulwich Library last night.
Half an hour beforehand, there I was retching violently on my balcony. Will I ever get over that awful nerves thing when I have to do face-to-face stuff? Dunno, but I was assured that no one would have known from the outside what was going on inside ...
Anyway, it couldn't have gone better really - thanks to the following (trumpets, please):
Anna from the library, who not only organised the event but also baked a cake for my you-know-what day.
J & E - great friends and fellow members of the writers' group, who are so unstinting in their support.
Maxine - yes, folks THAT Maxine! My lovely virtual friend made oh-so-huggable flesh who trekked across London to be there.
The members of the reading group - knowing that reading groups thrive on criticism, I was prepared to be savaged. But they were all so nice! Really welcoming, interested and interesting, intelligent ... I'd been all ready to cry if need be and wail 'But it's my biiiiirthdaaay ...' but there was no need. Whether they were being kind to me - or genuinely enjoyed the evening, they made me feel great. And I even sold some books!
So - big thanks to all. Doesn't mean I won't be retching next time though ...