BUBBLES OF JOY / #TheStorytellerSpeaks

Annika Perry at Cuppa Club Interview/Reading

Bubbles of joy were unleashed within me during my recent big interview. Big as in numbers! This Spring I happily accepted the kind invitation to give a book reading from my book ‘The Storyteller Speaks’ to a local group.

An interview was also discussed and agreed – once I’d ascertained that the numbers attending would be around 14. That I could cope with as I’m still unused to talking in public to larger groups.

Imagine my surprise when a week before the event, during a chat with one of the organisers, I realised that I’d misheard and learnt 40 people would be present! Yikes! A pathetic cough failed to mask my shock and fear; then I started to sit straighter as I was awed by this wonderful opportunity to meet so many people interested in my book. I couldn’t wait!

Below is the press release/article I wrote after my visit to Cuppa Club. I had an amazing time and felt honoured by the warmest of welcomes. Furthermore I sold lots of books and it was surreal to sit at the table, feverishly signing books as a queued formed around me! I felt like I was an author at last! In the rush I forgot to give out the bookmarks until halfway through!

The Storyteller Speaks Bookmarks

Local author Annika Perry was overwhelmed with the warm welcome she received this week during an interview and book reading at a local Cuppa Club.

Annika Perry & Ann Chapman
‘I’m overjoyed with the wonderful reception from everyone. It’s fabulous,’ said Annika. ‘Initially I felt rather daunted as I had misheard and expected 14 people to be present, in the end over 40 attended.’

‘Absolutely fantastic,’ was the verdict of one member, Glenn Chapman.

Annika Perry was interviewed by Ann Chapman, a volunteer at the club and spoke about her life as an author as well as about her debut book ‘The Storyteller Speaks’. Ann declared that ‘the visit went very well and there was such a good response afterwards’.

img_2147The members, ranging in age from 55 to 92, heard how Annika has been writing since childhood but took it up seriously three years ago. Her first book is a collection of short stories and poems and explores ‘the belief that there is no such thing as an ordinary life; they’re all extraordinary’. 

Annika is currently working on the last edits of her first full-length novel, ‘Island Girl’ as well as looking forward to publishing her first children’s book next year.

Ann Brown was one of many who afterwards bought a signed copy of Annika’s book. ‘I very much enjoyed the interview and I am buying a book to take with me to dance club,’ she said. ‘It will do the rounds there and short stories are very popular amongst some older readers as they like shorter stories that don’t require so much retention of the plot found in longer novels.’

Graham Sexton enjoyed the extract of Annika’s prize winning story ‘Biding Her Time’. ‘I found it very moving. There wasn’t a superfluous word in the writing and went straight to the point in the least amount of words. Rather like Earnest Hemingway who insisted every word has to do its work.’  

Annika Perry & Sheila Allen
Sheila Allen found the interview ‘very enlightening’. She added that, ’I had no idea Annika was writing; she kept that quiet. We only realised when we saw an article in Halstead Gazette at the beginning of the year.’

‘Cuppa Club was originally started by Sheila and Graham Allen spring 2014,’ explained Ann Chapman. ‘Following the closure of their shop, G & S News, the Club became a way for the villagers, particularly the elderly, to stay in touch with each other.’ 

At the book signing of The Storyteller SpeaksAnnika would like to extend her warmest thanks to Cuppa Club for the opportunity to speak to the group and also for their generous gift. 

‘The Storyteller Speaks’, which has 18 four & five-star reviews on Amazon across the UK and in America, is available to buy at Amazon  UK or Amazon US.

The final published article can be seen below or online here. The headline is inspired!

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Finally, before I whither from the heat which has enveloped the UK and reduced me to a constant state of lassitude, I’m looking forward to my imminent summer sojourn in Sweden. With concern of causing discombobulation for you all, I am in a quandary whether to attempt to blog or not. With no wifi in the beautiful retreat in the forest,  I fear my ominous mood at lack of mobile signal will result in colourful vitriol. Therefore, I will only be able pop by to you for quick visits now and then.

The above paragraph is my funny (I hope) response to Pam’s challenge at roughwighting for me to use my ‘Breakfast Cereal Words’ in a piece of writing … I succeeded … barely!

So, I send my heartfelt wishes to you all for a wonderful and peaceful summer! May the sun shine for you and in all your hearts!

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132 thoughts on “BUBBLES OF JOY / #TheStorytellerSpeaks

  1. Sue Dreamwalker says:

    Oh Annika, what a glorious post to come back to here and read my friend.. Congratulations on such a successful event.. I am over the moon for you and can see your happiness shining forth as your smile beams out and says it all..
    Such wonderful memories and photos of your time at the Cuppa Club..

    And I sympathise with your wilting in the heat.. We have been the same.. Thankfully today here in England today we have much needed rain..
    Enjoy your Summer in Sweden.. and come home refreshed and full of joy…
    Sending LOVE and Blessings your way..
    Big Hugs Sue ❤

    • Annika Perry says:

      Dear Sue, thank you so much for your wonderfully happy and spontaneous comment – I can sense your joy at reading this. It was an amazing afternoon and I just couldn’t stop smiling … as you notice! 😀 This is an occasion that will always stay with me and it meant a lot to me.

      The heatwave spell finally broke here in Sweden as well and we now have what a neighbour called ‘summer’ – normal Swedish summer, in the low 20s, sun, a little rain. Perfect! Still a few days left for me to soak in the nature – I’m trying to ensure I absorb all the beautiful views and calming sound of the breeze in the tree tops – so soothing.

      Love & hugs to you … may your heart be full of joy & peace. ❤️

    • Annika Perry says:

      Hehe!! 😀Yep, just the cup of tea! 😀 It’s very relaxing to be off-line for a while – reading and writing lots as well as the usual holiday activities! Thank you so much for your lovely comment!

    • Annika Perry says:

      Tiny, I’m so happy you had a great time in Stockholm and I read on my phone about your moving and heartfelt visit to Finland … beautifully capturing the old and new. I’m having a relaxing and fantastic break here on the west coast – time just seems a bit too fast! Wishing you a lovely rest of the summer. Xx

  2. Mike says:

    What a fantastic experience that must have been, particularly once you had overcome your surprise in the increase in the number of guests. I admire you for your determination in speaking to a large group as it must have been daunting – although you do look as if you are enjoying yourself. Must have been the tea.
    Selling books and a book signing – you are now truly an established authouress. Congratulations and I hope you are having a brilliant holiday in Sweden and are not too hot.
    Mike

    • Annika Perry says:

      Many thanks for your great and supportive comment, Mike! 😀 It was indeed daunting to speak to so many and a first for me. My initial reaction was to back out but I just couldn’t let them (and myself) down – so happy I had to courage to go ahead. In the end I had a fabulous time and was flying high with joy! Oh yes, the tea and especially a delicious scone and jam helped a bit! As for the book signing I couldn’t believe and yep, I felt I’ve finally arrived!

      I’m having g a wonderful holiday in Sweden with a few precious days left to absorb the beauty and peace … thankfully the heatwave has given way to normal Swedish summer! Hope you’re having a magical summer. Xx

  3. Vashti Q says:

    Aw, this is wonderful, Annika! Congratulations! I’m very happy for you, because you are very deserving. Great pictures. Wishing you continued success, my friend! ❤ xx

    • Annika Perry says:

      Aww…thank you so much, Vashti! It was an amazing afternoon and a real boost with such a warm welcome – us writers are far too isolated at times and it was lovely to share my book with everyone at Cuppa Club! Wishing you lots of success with your writing and books too. Hugs ❤️

  4. Natalie Ducey says:

    This was such a joy to read! Congratulations, Annika! Soooooo excited for you, and delighted to see the amazing reception you received. Cheers to you!
    Wishing you a fabulous trip to Sweden. Enjoy enjoy enjoy! 🙂

    • Annika Perry says:

      Natalie, bless you for your wonderful message and your exuberant ‘enjoys’! 😀 I am indeed having a brilliant time during this amazing summer heatwave!

      Thank you so much for reading this post and sharing my joy and excitement of the afternoon- an occasion that will always stay with me and still fills my heart with happiness and warmth! Hugs ❤️🌺🌻

    • Annika Perry says:

      Thank you so much, Clare! 😀🌸. I am having an absolutely wonderful time here in Sweden, the weather has been extremely hot with over 35 degrees centigrade but now back to a happy warm of 24! Hope you’re having a super summer and that the UK weather has relented and the poor gardens finally get some rain. Xx

  5. Julie Holmes, author says:

    Wow! 40! Superb! So glad you had such a great turnout, and an interested audience. Expecting 14 and learning it’s actually 40 would be daunting for sure. Hope you are enjoying your Swedish holiday!

    • Annika Perry says:

      Julie, I was incredibly daunted and when I saw the mass of people as I entered the hall my first instinct was to turn and run!! 😀😀 I couldn’t let Ann down though, nor myself – once we started I just imagined lots of blogger friends interspersed amongst the crowd and that really helped! Then I noticed everyone smiling encouragingly and listening intently which was amazing!

      Thank you, I’m having a brilliant wonderful summer, the heatwave followed us to Sweden and it’s been over 35 degrees centigrade but cooling a bit. I haven’t seen rain for months… what is it exactly??😀😀. Happy summer to you and your family. Xxx

  6. ateafan says:

    Wishing you a happy holidays Annika. What A year of growth you’ve had! It has been a pleasure to follow your journey. I had a laugh at the 14 becoming 40. And what a shame the 40 weren’t 41 with myself in attendance.

    • Annika Perry says:

      That is a shame – I would loved for you to have been in the audience!! 🤗 You’re right, it has been an amazing year – this time last summer I’d just started to think about collating my stories into a book format seriously … but all the hard work and the incredible publishing trek was just about to start! Hope winter is treating you well.

  7. jjspina says:

    How wonderful, Annika! Congratulations on the successful book signing and talk. What a lovely article in the paper too! Three cheers for you!! Have a wonderful and relaxing trip to Sweden. Hugs xx

    • Annika Perry says:

      Janice, thank you so much for your lovely comment and all those cheers!! 😀🌺 It was a wonderful afternoon and I couldn’t believe the article in the paper – a real boost!

      I’m having a fabulous holiday in Sweden; it’s been breathtakingly hot (over 35 degrees centigrade) but wonderful to be here, enjoying family, friends, nature and the lakes and sea! Wishing you a fantastic rest of the summer! Warmest hugs xxx

  8. Mahesh Nair says:

    Congratulations, Annika! This is awesome. What shines through this post is exactly what Graham Sexton said “…there wasn’t a superfluous word.” Reading your posts is exciting and there are so many takeaways. Another thing that shines through is your humility and I wonder what can stop a talented writer like you. Good luck. And, The Storyteller Speaks is a book I want to read. Looking forward to it.

    • Annika Perry says:

      Mahesh, so many thanks for your amazing comment!! 😀😀 I’m over the moon you enjoy my posts and find them helpful – I always want to share what I learn along the way! Thank you so much for your words about my humility… I was unsure whether to post at all about the event as I didn’t want to seem as if I was bragging … the moving and kind welcome by Cuppa Club was so touching and I just had to share it here. I felt humbled by their reception, the time they gave to me and their genuine and deep interest. I felt so lucky! 😀 So glad you’re looking forward to reading my book … enjoy when you have a chance.

  9. Behind the Story says:

    Congratulations on the big group that gathered to hear you speak and be interviewed. Robby Bryson wrote a wonderful article about it. And, by the way, you looked very pretty in that sweet summer dress.

    • Annika Perry says:

      Nicki, you have me intrigued and I will have to look up this article by Robby Bryson! I had no visual idea how big forty would look in real life and awed into silence as the whole hall was full of tables and people! I really appreciate your comment about my dress – luckily my mother insisted I wear one. I had decided for trousers and smart top as I was rather over-dressed for another occasion – this was just perfect! Hope you’re having a lovely summer. Xx

  10. Baydreamer says:

    Bubbles of Joy, indeed, Annika! Wow!!! This is amazing and what an opportunity, too! I’m so happy and excited for you. And you look wonderful and so professional in the photos, but then to make it in the newspaper? Another Wow! Enjoy the Glory, my friend. You deserve it, and enjoy your summer vacation, too. Don’t worry about blogging. Unplugging is much needed, too, once in awhile. By the way, I love your paragraph for Pam’s challenge. I thought that was so clever of her when I visited the post. 🙂 Take care and enjoy the warmth from the sun’s rays, too. Love and hugs! ❤🎉❤🎉

    • Annika Perry says:

      Lauren, heartfelt thanks for your wonderful and enthusiastic comment, so full of love and care. Oh, I am enjoying the sun’s rays – at the moment sitting in the dappled shade of a birch tree (one of zillions around!), the heatwave of the last week (35 degree centigrade) is now down to a pleasant mid-twenties.

      Oh, I’m not sure of looking professional but I tried to rise to the occasion … I’m so glad my mother convinced me to the dress so at least I look the part! I couldn’t believe I made it into the paper either and I just had to smile at their headline!

      Pam is always a joy to visit, full of fun and wisdom – I just couldn’t resist her challenge to use my words – so glad you enjoyed the paragraph.

      Wishing you a lovely summer, hope it’s one of much peace and laughter! Love & hugs 🤗❤️

    • Annika Perry says:

      David, your insightful comment touched me so … just as I read it I had once again doubted my post, whether it seemed to bragging – which I never am nor would want to seem. Your words calmed my fears – I truly feel humble by the kindness and warmth shown to be by these strangers. Thank you so much for reading and sharing your thoughts – always heartfelt and meaningful. 😀🌺

  11. the incurable dreamer says:

    Congratulations, Annika!! You have earned all of this success. I am so happy you are out there finding the courage to stand in front of 40 people to share your experiences with them, your voice is one that needs to be heard far and wide. Enjoy your visit to Sweden. I think the only thing you should attempt to do while you are there is, kick back and relax and revel in your awesomeness!!! Big hug to you! Enjoy your weekend! xo

    • Annika Perry says:

      Bless you, Tanaya … my son is agreeing with you!! (He’s in a good mood, first day of his holidays!) I will definitely kick back and relax … and keep smiling at your kind comment and try to consider the possibility of awesomeness!! 😀😀 Seriously, I never imagined a day I would stand in front of so many people and talk!! My book gives me extra courage and pride, I am keen to share it with others, and it is something I know inside out!

      Tanya, I hope you’re having a great summer filled with creativity and writing! Hugs, my friend! ❤️🌺🌻

  12. Andrea Stephenson says:

    What a great event Annika, I would have been very taken aback at 40 people as well! But I’m so glad it went so well. And I hope you enjoy your Swedish sojourn – and enjoy not having a mobile phone signal 🙂

    • Annika Perry says:

      Andrea, it was a fantastic afternoon and not at all what I had imagined! The welcome was so warm and friendly my nerves were soaked up by kindness! It felt very strange to be standing at the front of so many people … I’ve always been part of the audience!

      It is wonderful to be disconnected for a while … though a bit frustrating trying to make call if necessary. It’s very much walking to the right section of a hill and pointing the phone in a certain direction! Happy summer to you! 😀🌸

  13. dgkaye says:

    Wow Annika! I’m so happy for you! You look like a star sitting up there with your books! What a fantastic event and you made the newspaper! Spectacular. And I envy your courage for public speaking too – many an author’s nightmare, LOL. Good for you and enjoy your holiday! ❤ 🙂

    • Annika Perry says:

      Debby, I never imagined I would ever be doing event like this!! 😀😀 I attended quite a few and was even too shy to ask questions … but everything comes in its own time I reckon … the warm welcome put me at ease and it was a joy to be there! Thank you so much for your supply and for reading! 🤗 Wishing you a wonderful summer! ❤️🌺

  14. Book Club Mom says:

    How exciting and glad you got through a reading to a bigger group than you expected, though I’m sure you discovered how easy it was for you. Happy to see you get the recognition you deserve, Annika, and best of luck with your novel edits!

    • Annika Perry says:

      Many thanks, Barbara! 😀 It never fails to astonish me what we are all possible of doing! The actual interview before the reading was over thirty minutes and then extra time for questions. It went really well despite deciding not to use a microphone which neither Ann nor I was keen to use. Instead I had to project my voice which was tricky to start with! It was a very special afternoon! Hope you’re doing okay and are able to find peace this summer. Hugs xx 🤗

  15. Miriam says:

    Annika, I’m so happy for you. A huge congratulations to you on this amazing achievement and recognition. You deserve it and should be so very proud. xx 🙂

    • Annika Perry says:

      Miriam, thank you so much – it was a fantastic day, exhiliarating even and I came out beaming. I had lots of fun and it was great to talk to everyone afterwards, not just about my book, but literature, their lives etc. I will happily do similar events in the future! 😀

  16. balroop2013 says:

    Wow! Annika you are a star! I am so happy for you. Congratulations for another successful interview, with 40 people looking at you and buying books signed by you. Thanks for sharing that lovely picture, bubbles of joy are peeping through your smile.
    The Sweden sojourn is well deserved! Have a wonderful break. Playing with words just like Pam is an amazing endeavor and I like your ‘discombobulation’ of “to blog or not” during the break. Stay blessed!

    • Annika Perry says:

      Balroop, I’m smiling whilst reading your beautiful comment, always a hint of poetry creeping in.

      It was rather daunting to be looking out across the tables at so many people – in the end I concentrated on a few people, glancing across now and then! That helped … as well as imagining fellow bloggers amongst the crowd! They didn’t all buy a book I hasten to add, but many did – wonderfully so!

      I wish you fantastic summer filled with joy and laughter – and of course lots of poetry! Hope you have a chance to take a total break as well. Hugs xx❤️

      • balroop2013 says:

        I am looking forward to it as this time I have chosen a place where wifi and Google maps don’t work! Let’s see how I manage 🙂 Hopefully with more writing!

        • Annika Perry says:

          Balroop, have a lovely time disconnected from the internet… it’s funny how it takes the mind a day or two to accep the change but then you find yourself with lots of time! Enjoy the writing and best get some old-fashioned paper maps! 😀

    • Annika Perry says:

      Thank you so much, Jo! 😀 I must admit, I can’t wait to get there now … with a crazy busy few months and then the heat I long for the sea, the lake … to totally unwind! Wishing you a wonderful summer. Hugs xxx

  17. Janice says:

    Congratulations Annika! And what an exciting challenge to present to so many people. A happy occasion for you and the club. I wish you a wonderful summer holiday 🌻🌺🌼

    • Annika Perry says:

      Thank you so much, Janice – you’re right, it was a wonderful day for both me and the club. This was quite a different event than they’ve had before so I was a bit apprehensive – unnecessarily so! Wishing you a magical summer as well … may it be filled with poetry and photography! 🌺🌸

  18. robbiesinspiration says:

    Marvelous, Annika, you did so well. 40 People is quite a lot to speak to. Maybe you should take a short blogging break; it can be quite refreshing. I am going to when I go away in August.

    • Annika Perry says:

      Robbie, I’m so you’re taking a total break away in August – I don’t know how you do everything! During the summers in Sweden I do take a bloggging break and it helps so much. Out on the land there is no internet, TV and barely a mobile signal. It is amazing to live disconnected for a while and it’s become quite the thing to do nowadays!

      I feel so much more confident after this interview/Reading and it’s given me such a boost … I feel ready for anything!

      Happy Holidays, Robbie … have tons of fun with your family and friends! Xx

  19. delphini510 says:

    Thanks Annika, my first reaction when I saw your post this morning was smiling straight back
    at you. You have such a happy and pretty smile. Reading the whole story about your interview and reading and the warm and welcoming reception made me smile even more.

    You deserve every bit of it, we are all spoilt with your writing and attention.

    The Cuppa club seems a lively and positive group. The group photo is one of contentment and pleasure. As a matter of fact, the photos speak of the success as does the interview and
    post. It is a pleasure seeing you sign your book. Wonder what the next venue will be?? No pressure.😊 .
    Now, off you go and just relax and experience new things, be the big or small. They all matter.
    Have a wonderful time Annika.

    Miriam

    • Annika Perry says:

      Miriam, I’m so sorry for missing your comment in the hectic days before my holiday – now sitting under the gentle dappled sunlight of birches in Sweden, I have calm to read through them all and read again your wonderful reflections. Ahhh…thank you for smiling right back at me and for your sweet words … I’m so glad they gave you a happy morning.Your amazing support is a gift to all us writers, and I am happy you feel spoilt with my writings.

      The Cuppa Club was a revalation – a fantastic and warm group, sparkling with conversation and interest! I feel very lucky to have been invited to visit with them. Haha…as for the next venue I have one in mind. I’ve been building up the courage to arrange a book signing event at Waterstones nearby but wasn’t brave enough – after this interview I feel I can do anything!!

      Warmest thanks again for taking your time to read and comment. Wishing you a fabulous and amazing summer – may the sun shine for you always! Love & hugs 😀🌺🌻🌼🤗

  20. Bette A. Stevens says:

    Dear Annika,

    How thrilled to find your wonderful post…so proud of you and happy for you, dear friend. Sharing you awesome news everywhere and wishing you a blessed, beautiful and restful time away.

    Hugs!
    Bette

    • Annika Perry says:

      Bette, thank you so much for your wonderful enthusiastic comment – I feel as if you were there! 😃 Just before we started the interview I imagined that amongst the group were some of my friends from here on WP and I got a safe fuzzy feeling … it really helped! Thank you so much for sharing and for your lovely wishes. May the summer be a happy one for you, with lots of peace and laughter! hugs xx

  21. Lori says:

    Oh my, I’m so proud of you, Annika. I’d have choked on my own saliva having to talk to so many. Your dress is lovely and you look beautiful. What a fantastic opportunity. How wonderful that you were able to sell many books. Congratulations. Have a wonderful and safe trip.

    • Annika Perry says:

      Lori, thank you so much for your wonderful and exuberant comment … this means so much to me! The dress is one I love and bought for a wedding a couple of years ago. As it was I’d planned to wear trousers and a top but luckily my mother convinced me to wear this instead! Beforehand I kept having to cough, nerves catching up, but once the interview started I was fine – to my surprise!

      Thank you for the safe travel wishes … my normal flying anxiety is exacerbated by not one but two flying incidents in Europe this week – can’t wait until I’m safely on land in Sweden!

      Wishing you a brilliant summer filled with joy and fun! Hugs xx

  22. D. Wallace Peach says:

    You are so awesome, Annika! What a great idea to write a press release after the event! And great job using your breakfast cereal words. Have a wonderful balmy unplugged break. 🙂

    • Annika Perry says:

      Balmy sounds perfect, Diana … can you tell I’m suffering from the heat … along with most of the U.K! Thank you so much for your wonderful comment; I’m just being me but overjoyed with the reception and how well the afternoon panned out. I couldn’t stop smiling! Having worked as a journalist I was used to receiving Press releases like this and rewriting them to fit the space available…they’re the backbone of local newspapers and even more so as even fewer reporters are employed these days! Have a special summer as well, Diana. I seem to recall a family gathering on your part?! 😀❤️

    • Annika Perry says:

      Aww…thank you, Jan! 😀 That’s all down to the photographer – in this case my mother who kindly came along, took the photos, some notes and made lots of new friends in the process! 😀

  23. Sharon Bonin-Pratt says:

    What a wonderful experience you enjoyed, Annika. To be welcomed so warmly by this group of wonderful people, to be able to share your book and learn about the folks who read it. Now you know that shyness is overcome by being surrounded by friends. I bet it gives you a huge boost to get the next book out.

    It’s terrific to read something uplifting. You made my day.

    • Annika Perry says:

      Shari, it’s a joy to share my Author experience here and so glad it made your day. 😀 It was a wonderfully uplifting afternoon for me and as you say, I felt like I was among friends and that made all the difference. Their warm interest made it so easy to eagerly answer the questions and give the reading. It’s definitely given me a boost … both for my next book but also to organise a book signing in Waterstones. Something several local authors have adviced me to do but I’ve been too shy … not any more!

      Wishing you a very special and peaceful summer filled with joy. Hugs xx ❤️

      • Sharon Bonin-Pratt says:

        I enjoyed reading this post a second time – always a pleasure to read about someone’s success, especially when they’ve handled it graciously.

        Also, I’ve missed you. So, coming round to say hi again, and hope you’re enjoying your blog break.

        • Annika Perry says:

          Sharon, it’s wonderful to see you here again and thank you so much for reading again!

          I am having a brilliant holiday and as usual I’m shocked at how quick the time flies by! The summer heat has thankfully been replaced by normal warm sunshine. The blogging nd internet break has been restful and ensured I’ve read and written lots … but I look forward to reading yours and others posts later in the month when back home. Hugs xx 🤗🌺

  24. Mae Clair says:

    Wow,you had an awesome author event., Annika. That is fantastic! So glad everything went spectacularly for you.

    And I enjoyed the fun of the last paragraph, LOL!

    • Annika Perry says:

      Mae, I was over the moon as well – this exceeded all my expectations and I felt so welcomed and heartened by their genuine interest! It’s beforehand that’s always a bit nerve-wrecking! 😀 Have a great summer and hope you have a chance to take a break! Xx

    • Annika Perry says:

      Thank you so much, Staci! I had a brilliant time and came away on a high of Joy! 😀😀 I can’t resist a challenge and these words had been on my mind since writing them earlier in the week – so glad you enjoyed something a bit different. Wishing you a lovely summer! Xx

  25. Khaya Ronkainen says:

    Wow, dear Annika! How wonderful to get such a platform to share, read and chat about your book with your readers! Congratulations, may your stories continue to flourish. And oh yes, you do look fabulous Mrs Perry. 😊 Enjoy your break in Sweden!❤️

    • Annika Perry says:

      Khaya, warmest thanks and I’m blushing here!! 🤗 Luckily my mother insisted I dress up for the occasion – after being over-dressed to one event before I was cautious but so glad I heeded her suggestion! I realised with my book to hide behind that I love these kind of events … never imagined my words would make me feel so empowered! Hope you have a wonderful summer as well! I’m looking forward to savouring your book in the peace of the forest! X❤️🌺

    • Annika Perry says:

      Jena, I used to wonder if the writers of yore had it easier with their hermit existence, not having to do promotion etc … it’s so much easier to want to hide away. After this wonderfully positive and uplifting experience I think modern writers are lucky to engage so readily with readers … we jus have to overcome that fear! 😀😀 Thank you so much, I am so looking forwarding to Sweden and wish you a magical summer as well!

  26. roughwighting says:

    First, in regards to your last paragraph, you not only succeeded, you EXCEEDED, Annika, in using your breakfast words to explain your mood and quandary as you prepare for a Swedish break. My initial response is NOOOoooo, don’t leave us behind. We miss your posts so much. But on second thought, I know the break is good for you – good for all us writers/bloggers. We come back refreshed and de-discombobulated (haha, I just made up a word).
    Now, cheers to you for speaking to the Cuppa Club about your writing and your wonderful book of short stories. Sounds to me like a perfect venue for you to speak, and for the listeners to learn about your immense talent. The fact that they wanted to buy your book too is a huge dollop of icing on top of that cake. ❤

    • Annika Perry says:

      Pam, your comment has me chuckling away and my heart is deeply touched by your warm and kind words! I’m so glad you enjoyed the little breakfast cereal word paragraph … I’m never one to resist a challenge! I love your new word de-discombobulated and we have to ensure it becomes part of everyday language! My mind needs some de-discombobulation … rather groggy with heat, and doing! I can’t wait for the refreshing and rejuvenating break! Usually I prepare a few ‘inspirational’ posts to put on over the summer but haven’t had the chance this year alas.

      The event was amazing and I was astonished by the warm welcome … from being a very noisy hall, full of chatter, once the interview started it was absolute silence. I felt so daunted, but quickly found my stride and the time flew by! Oh yes, I was amazed to sell so many books, I had only expected a couple at most but had to get my reserve stash out!

      Wishing you a most wonderful summer, my friend. May it be one of joy and peace. ❤️

      • roughwighting says:

        To sell even one book, besides a whole stash of ’em, is a miracle indeed. I’m glowing with pleasure and pride of your accomplishments, Annika. Have a terrific respite – I’m hoping to go away to the “seashore” with family soon, too. The ocean always helps de-discombobulate me for sure. 🙂

    • Annika Perry says:

      Brigid, the choice of dress was all down to my mother (who also came to take the photos). I’d decided to be simply dressed in trousers and a new top! My mother kindly hinted that I should wear a dres … so glad I did! Not only did I feel right for the occasion but also everyone else was so smartly dressed for the afternoon! Yeah, glad you like the bookmarks – made by a local company run by the kindest and most warm hearted father and daughter! Wishing you a lovely summer and hope you have many more opportunities to visit the ocean! Xx 🌺🌸

  27. Iris@poetsmith says:

    So lovely to read of the warm and wonderful time you had with this group, Annika! 😃 It must have been a joyous and rewarding occasion. A fabulous write and best wishes always! 👍 🥂 ⚘

    • Annika Perry says:

      Iris, rewarding is definitely the word!! 😀😀 I left on such a high and full of joy! I had not expected such a warm and positive welcome nor the deep interest in my book and myself as a writer. I was deeply touched. Thank you so much for reading and for your lovely comment. Wishing you a summer of peace and creativity! 🌺🌼

    • Annika Perry says:

      It was so exciting, Jill … when I saw everyone I felt quite unreal for a moment, as if this was happening to someone else! 😀 Everyone was so friendly and interested – I felt incredibly lucky to have such a wonderful group listening and joining in the discussion! Ahh… I’ll miss you too. Wishing you a peaceful and joyful summer, Jill! ❤️🌼

  28. radhikasreflection says:

    Its so wonderful to read about the success of the event Annika. Wow! I have only seen writers signing a copy of their book in the movies….now you are a celebrity of sorts:) Well done and keep writing. Wishing you all the very best ! ❤ !

    • Annika Perry says:

      Awww… 😊 thank you so much for your wonderful comment, Radhika! I had a fabulous time at the event and a ball signing the books. I’m smiling at the celebrity comment … not quite but it’s been fun to have people coming up and talking about my book and the interview! I’ll definitely keep writing … I’d be lost without it! Wishing you a magical summer filled with joy and creativity. ❤️🌺

  29. Darlene says:

    Sounds like an amazing and successful even. Annika. You look fabulous too and so at home with your books! Have a great time in Sweden, a place I would love to visit one day.

    • Annika Perry says:

      Darlene, I hope you manage to visit Sweden one day … you’d love it, I’m sure! I would be an avid reader of your posts about it!! 😀 I like how you say I look at home with my books, oddly enough that is so true! With them around me I felt I could do anything, they were my armour, giving me strength and confidence! Wishing you a wonderful summer! ❤️🌺

    • Annika Perry says:

      Alison, you’re right, there is lots to write about during my holiday in Sweden and to be honest, being disconnected for a while makes it easier. With the break from everyday rushing around as well, my mind clears … I can’t wait as you can tell! Forty was not a bad number and one manageable without a microphone…any bigger and I’d have to try that for the first time! I do hope you will have a chance to read my book over the summer … enjoy! 😀🌺

  30. M. L. Kappa says:

    That’s wonderful, Annika! I’ve just started on your book. I’ll write a review when I’m done. And, last but not least, take a break! It’s lovely to be unplugged for a while. Enjoy! 😘💕🌹

    • Annika Perry says:

      Marina (hope I got your name right), I am so excited you’re reading my book!! 😀😀 Enjoy and thank you so much for reviewing .. that means so much to me and for the book too! Hope you have a wonderful summer too and yes, must say I’m looking forward to being unplugged for a while! ❤️🌺

    • Annika Perry says:

      Charley, the event exceeded all my expectations and I was on a high as I left … I’d hoped to sell a couple of books but in the end people noticed the ones on the table were fast disappearing but luckily I had extra copies in another bag! It was an amazing day and I felt so lucky! Wishing you a lovely peaceful summer … it’s the last of school here today. Same for you or are you already on holiday? Happy Reading and have lots of fun! Xx

      • booksandbakes1 says:

        You deserve it honestly!!! You’ve worked hard on it, it’s been a labour of love. It’s a really beautiful little book and I’m so thrilled more and more people are reading it.
        Last day today but I feel like I need to sleep for at least a week! Thanks for your well wishes xx

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