I attended the Society of Authors Literary Awards and Summer Party last Thursday at the RIBA in Portland Place, London. Billed as the writing awards 'for authors by authors', such a gathering was bound to be a success. The RIBA’s great gallery enhanced it of course, but a collection of more than 400 writers would make such an event go with a swing in an underground shelter.
I wrote Mackerel over a period of time, it was my first attempt at writing a children’s story and I just loved it. I was in the most fortunate position in having grandchildren, a ready made audience you may say, a great barometer as to whether the book is heading in the right direction or not, the bored look and fidgety posture was the greatest indicator.
My name is Sahera Patel, writer of I'm not a Celebrity I am a Muslim and Unveiling Arabia. Being an author with i2i publishing is a wonderful privilege as I get the opportunity to meet other authors as well as work closely with Lionel Ross.
When Loretta Goldberg from the NYC Chapter of the Historical Novel Society invited me to be part of a panel celebrating unusual protagonists, ‘Pushing Boundaries’, I leapt at the chance. I would be on a panel with authors, Linda Trice and Jeanne Mackin. Linda Trice, author of Charles Drew: Pioneer of Blood Plasma, and Jeanne Mackin, author of The Beautiful American, Dreams of Empire and The Queen’s War, and I would be discussing be discussing our latest published books. Linda’s protagonist, Charles Drew, was an African-American doctor who developed a method of preserving blood and Jeanne’s recent book, The Beautiful American, revolves around Lee Miller, the muse for Man Ray and photographer post WWII. Pamela Colman Smith, the protagonist for Magician and Fool, would be my area of expertise.