Set in Faulklands Square, just outside of the bustling Poole Dolphin Centre, Waterstones is not unlike the Tardis from Dr Who, being deceptively roomy inside, covering two floors.
Dee Steed from Waterstones in Poole, Dorset has been a huge support to me since 2006 when she offered me my first book signing in the then Ottakers book store. The following year, when I returned with news of another publication, she invited me to throw a launch party there and it has become a yearly event. This year the launch was for Turn Back Time, my ninth novel.
I was warmly welcomed by Dee and Glen and together we set up a table for the books, another for nibbles and drinks and, finally, a table for me to sign my books. As ever, I was quite nervous, but on the dot of 4.30 people began to arrive. Anyone who knows me tends to arrive early because they know that rather than make a speech I will read a poem especially written for the occasion – they are usually on the humorous side and this year was no exception.
The support locally is phenomenal and I always try to personalise a short message in each book I sign if I know the person. They tell me how much they look forward to reading each one and are generous with their comments when they have.
When I returned to Waterstones the following week I was thrilled to see that Turn Back Time was at the top of their chart for hardback book sales for that week.
– Pamela Fudge
Pamela Fudge works as a part-time administrator at Bournemouth University and has written poetry since she was a child. She started writing fiction in 1983 and has had short stories published in most of the national women’s magazines. Her previous books, also published by Robert Hale, include Second Best, High Infidelity, A Blessing in Disguise, A Change for the Better and Never be Lonely. You can find out more about her at www.pamfudge.co.uk
TURN BACK TIME OFFICIAL BLURB
Once they were childhood sweethearts, but, after an acrimonious divorce years before, the only contact Tessa Wallis had with her ex-husband, Chay, was in relation to their daughter and her welfare. With Megan now grown up Tessa is surprised to receive a message from Chay, desperate to speak to her. Tessa is shocked when he tells her he believes they may still be married. It’s ridiculous, of course, and once the missing decree is found they can go back to living their separate lives and forget all about each other, but apparently it’s not going to be that simple…
Praise for the author:
‘Full of twists and turns’ – The Daily Echo
‘The pages turn of their own accord’ – The Bookbag