It’s busy in Kate Pearce world at the moment. “Antonia’s Bargain” came out last Wednesday and I’m anxiously waiting for someone to review it. Well, review it nicely if I’m honest. I’m proud of that book and I’m hoping the people who read it will enjoy it too.

I got my author’s copy of ‘Sex in Public’ this week which is always a thrill and I was also quite surprised that I still liked the story, ‘Cowboy Up’ I wrote for it. Usually I shudder when I see something in print and realize it’s there in all its glory forever, mistakes and all.

My family are fairly used to me getting stuff published now and the adoration level, never particularly high, has faded significantly. How does Nora cope when she had six books out a year? Does she even notice? I can’t decide if I’d love to be in that position or not.

My good friend Mel Francis is now to live the dream life of a published author. She’s just been offered a contract by Harper Collins for two young adult vampire novels which look fabulous!! Mel has already realized that the glamorous life of a published author still includes trips to Walmart, washing clothes and sick kids…at least for now it does.

I sent my mother a copy of my short story ‘The Talisman’ because she insisted she couldn’t work out how to download it from the internet even if I sent her the file. I think she was quite impressed. The only thing she took exception to was my description of the jam being thin because she said after the war, everyone made their own jam and it was always good. (I stand corrected on the jam front) Mr Kate pointed out later that as sugar was still in short supply, making jam might have been a problem-wish I’d thought of that…

But the best thing was that when my mum said she’d shown the story to at least three of her friends, I told her she was the literary equivalent of an illegal music down loader and that she was taking money from a starving artist (me). She thought that was very funny and insists that she’s going to charge all the old ladies 75p to read my masterpiece. I could do quite well out of it!

I have a lot to write now and I’m slowly getting back into it. Sven the intergalactic viking is up next!

It’s also my birthday on Friday…I’ll be oh, a year older I guess, lucky me

2 contests running on my website at the moment folks! click on the handy dandy link Mr Kate installed on the right hand side of the page (just for you Robin) and try and win!