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Back from England!

Lo, I have returned to the snowy shores of Canadia (as one of my hosts on my last night in the UK jokingly called it), tired but happy. It was a busy week packed with school visits, store events, and meetings with booksellers and sales reps, not to mention plenty of time in planes, trains and automobiles getting from one point to another.

But the folks at Orchard Books took excellent care of me, and the schoolchildren and loyal readers who attended my events in Fleetwood (check out the amazing Rossall School where I did my first school visit -- Hogwarts, eat your heart out!), Benton Park High School in Leeds, Newcastle's Royal Grammar School and the rather nifty Cramlington Learning Village, and London's Muswell Hill were all wonderfully attentive and charming.

I was also pleased to meet several folks I'd been chatting with online, some (like davidbrider and alawston) long before I was published, and also spent a lovely final evening with the Bradnam family in East Croydon, who made me very welcome.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and would gladly do it again! Though not perhaps for another year or so...

On one of my last couple of days there, I did a special interview with Orchard Books answering questions posed by readers on Twitter, such as "Which author inspired you the most?" and "Are the characters of Knife, Rebel and Arrow based on any real people?" You can see the answers here :

Q & A With R.J. Anderson

And I also came back with glorious swag, including some books for my boys, and an especially nifty little something you can see demonstrated in this video :

Ultraviolet Mug

Now I get to spend the rest of February researching and preparing to write Swift -- my bedside table is piled high with books on Cornwall right now. I've already learned some quite interesting things about the faery legends of that area that are making me excited to start this new chapter in the series!


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Feb. 12th, 2011 01:02 am (UTC)
Those mugs! So cool! It sounds like a tremendously exciting, fun trip; something I'm sure you'll always remember.

All those sweet schoolchildren look so...British.
Feb. 12th, 2011 03:16 am (UTC)
Welcome home! It sounds like you had a really wonderful trip, but it's always good to be home.
Feb. 12th, 2011 04:21 am (UTC)
I definitely have to get me one of those mugs. SO cool.

Glad you had such a great trip! :)
Feb. 12th, 2011 04:30 am (UTC)
Neat interview! And the pictures are lovely (you have already heard my opinion on the exceedingly cool - if small - mug!)
Feb. 12th, 2011 11:35 am (UTC)
Yes, that is a cool mug. Or a hot mug, as the case may be.
Feb. 12th, 2011 04:54 pm (UTC)
Great to hear you had a good trip! :) Those mugs are awesome! You look so smug and delighted, sipping tea from yours.
Feb. 12th, 2011 05:30 pm (UTC)
Really glad you had a great trip, it was awesome to get to meet you in London. And that mug is very cool.
Feb. 12th, 2011 06:44 pm (UTC)
That second video, especially, leaves me envious - I wish I ever looked that good on video!
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