Sylvia Broady was born in East Yorkshire and has lived there all her life. With a career varying from child care, a police civilian and working for the NHS she then started her dream job of working in the Library Services. Sylvia’s previous novel, The Yearning Heart, was also published by Robert Hale.
To launch her latest novel, A Time for Peace, Sylvia headed to Bargain Books, King Edward Street, Hull for a signing. Here’s what happened:
As a writer and a reader, I am passionate about books and love visiting book shops, especially those like the Bargain Books shop in Hull, where I was warmly greeted by the friendly and supportive staff: Lisa, the manager, and her assistants Laura and Melanie have been so helpful with publicising my book signing event.
I knew this was going to be a successful day as soon as I entered the shop and saw a table, placed in a strategic position near the door, holding an arrangement of my books and a large stand up poster advertising my book signing. In addition, there was another large display of my books in a prominent position by the till. Having publicised this event as widely as possible in all areas of the local media and on facebook, so all I had to do now was wait for some customers. For a fleeting moment I felt nervous, but that soon vanished as customers began to arrive.
I was very delighted with the response I received from loyal fans, and especially from people who came into the shop to browse and who bought my book. There was lots of interest in the local setting of the story, and I was happy to answer questions and to explain why I chose to set the book in Hull in the difficult period at the end of the Second World War and the beginning of peace. Also, just to assist the celebrate atmosphere, I offered delicious tempting chocolates.
I have called into the Bargain Books twice since the event and I was thrilled to be told that they have only a few books left, particularly as other sources have now sold out and are awaiting the reprints and new supplies.
This has been a most encouraging launch for my second novel. Already I have had feedback from readers who have enjoyed my novel and have also expressed an interest in my next book. So, watch this space!
– Sylvia Broady
A Time for Peace by Sylvia Broady is available to buy now. To find out more about this title, go to the Robert Hale Ltd website.