For a newly published novelist, there’s no greater feeling than the excitement that comes of seeing your debut novel stocked in a bookstore. It was an amazing moment to see Gods of Avalon Road among the new Sci-fi and horror releases in Waterstones – my book among such great titles in the UK’s biggest bookstore chain.
When I was twenty, I was in the midst of writing a children’s fantasy adventure story. One day after a university lecture I went into the Belfast branch of Waterstones with the aim of buying books similar to my story, both to hone my skills as a writer and to get an idea of fantasy publishers out there. Although I moved on to other writing projects and archived that particular story, the feeling of seeing my work in a bookstore never left me and became one of my ultimate goals. To go back into that same store nearly two decades later and see my book in the section where I had been browsing for inspiration, back when I was an aspiring writer, is truly a dream come true.