On Monday 6th September, award winning local author Amy Lord attended the Books and Bakes Book Club at The Institute, Grays Road, Grangefield to talk to the group about her book, her writing, her awards and all things book-publishing related.
The author of ‘The Disappeared’, published by crowdfunding publisher Unbound, did a short reading from the beginning of the book leaving the group with the age old question – what happens next? The Disappeared is dystopian fiction, think George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four, based in a UK where certain books are banned, democracy no longer exists so the country is run by a brutal regime and people who break their rules disappear.
After the reading, Amy spoke at great length about the book, the plot, the inspiration, her writing process, the publishing process, how authors make money and her overall experience of book writing and publication from her perspective. It was really interesting to learn more about the processes involved and how much work, often over many years, goes into each publication.
One group member, Karen Shields, added that she loved listening to Amy read from her book but wished she could have read on to the end even though she had already read the book in preparation for the session today. Karen was also surprised to learn about the struggle that new authors have to get published and the little they receive in royalties. She added, “It makes you realise that they fight to get published just for the love of the written word and, depending on the genre of the book, do it to get our minds as readers working, thinking and, in the case of ‘The Disappeared’ this could happen. What would my reactions be if I was in such a dystopian society? You could see how passionate Amy is in her craft in how fully and honestly she answered all of the questions.”
As a gift for those who attended the group today, Hand In Hand Activities CIC purchased signed copies of Amy’s book for participants and the group have decided that The Disappeared will be the January Book Club book to read for discussion.
Our next Books and Bakes Book Club is on Monday 20th September and we will be discussing The Memory Keepers Daughter by Kim Edwards.
This session was made possible thanks to the National Lottery Local Connections Fund.
I’m halfway through her book ‘The Disappeared’ and will continue reading it with a newfound respect for all writers.