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Hmmm… And I thought I was in the hot seat with my book club!
Eighteen months ago, when my debut novel, The Sister, was No.1 in the charts, I was invited along to HMP Thameside to meet their book club. Immediately, The Fear hit and I quickly declined. Not because of the environment, but because I had a massive phobia of public speaking. Those who read my blog know that after turning down numerous talks, I was asked to speak at the Althorp Literary Festival last year and eager to attend, I had a course of hypnotherapy to help me overcome The Fear (you can read about that here). I’ve since spoken at, and enjoyed, several events so when HMP Thameside’s librarian, Neil Barclay, got back in touch and asked if I’d reconsider, grateful of a second chance, I said yes.
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Today is my second governmentally-significant birthday. Back in 1974 when I celebrated my 21st (on the 21st!) legality loomed large. Many personal milestones followed, but who considers the government when huffing to extinguish 30 or even 50 candles? But at sixty-five - and running up to it? The government is in one's face! Sign up … Continue reading Birthday Give-Away
Barbara Stahl is a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and retired school library media specialist, who is a devoted western New Yorker. She loves her family, circle of friends, reading, history, music, theater, and cat Tarzan. Her "Lucky to be Here" bi-weekly column appeared in the Canandaigua Daily Messenger. Barbara is the author Aviaries of Sonnenberg and other … Continue reading Barbara Stahl Reviews Come Back
I was in the hot seat last week, in the best possible way, as the smartest readers I know – my own book club – discussed my novel Come Back. Lordy, what a night! Several years back – before Come Back had a title, when the manuscript still crawled with red-flag errors and an extra … Continue reading My Hottest Seat
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