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“What’s the worst thing about being an author?”

There are LOTS of lovely things about being an author: making up stuff in your head; school, library and festival visits; the fact that because you work at home you can wear whatever you want, ie pyjamas, a tutu, an adult-size Olaf onesie…

No, I am NOT inside this onesie. I prefer an Elsa outfit to write in.

No, I am NOT inside this onesie. I prefer an Elsa outfit to write in.

But I SOMETIMES get asked the “What’s the worst thing about being an author?” question, and the answer (for me) is this; it’s a bit lonely at times. Absolutely lovely as my job is, I do miss those moments of random chit-chatting that you get at school, or in offices and staff-rooms. So I make sure I catch up with my ‘general’ buddies whenever I can, but I often wish I could see more of my fellow authors. We only usually catch sight of each other at festivals, but that’s usually over a speedy cup of tea before we zoom off to separate events.all alone

So it was LOVELY last week when I caught up with a whole CREW of writers. (Like buses, they don’t come along for ages, and then there’s a whole heap of them at once!) First of all, I did a joint talk with YA author Keren David (This Is Not A Love Story’), then went to an event and hung out with the likes of YA-ers Non Pratt (‘Remix’), Nicole Burstein (‘The Other Girl’) and Daniel Whelan (‘Box of Demons’, illustrated by new Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell).

If THAT wasn’t enough, I ended up in an author dance-a-thon on Friday evening with Joanna Nadin (‘Joe All Alone’), Fiona Dunbar (‘Kitty Slade’ series), Caroline Green (‘Cracks’) and Catherine Johnson (‘The Curious Tale of the Lady Caraboo’). Luckily, there are NO photos of us dancing, or I’d have to hide behind a cushion for the next couple of months.

From l-r: Me, Fiona Dunbar, Catherine Johnson, Joanna Nadin and Caroline Green. *Ahem*

From l-r: Me, Fiona Dunbar, Catherine Johnson, Joanna Nadin and Caroline Green. *Ahem*

So hurray for my flurry of fellow writer friendliness. I can now pootle on back to my lonely author cave quite happily…

Karen McCombie :c)

My cosy author cave. Desk and computer just out of shot.

My cosy author cave. Desk and computer just out of shot.

3 thoughts on ““What’s the worst thing about being an author?”

  1. Hi Karen 🙂

    I get lonely too, because I’m ill, and the doctors said I’m not allowed to work. For me, GHB and Twitter is good too, cuz I feel like I’m part of something and chatting with mates. 🙂

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