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We were out again last night to another excellent event at Waterstones Nottingham - this time to see Deborah Harkness, author of the best-selling A Discovery of Witches, talking about that and the second in the series Shadow of Night.
Deborah's story itself seemed to be a fairy-tale. Having had her imagination sparked by a bookshop window display of paranormal romance, she sat down, wrote a novel - which expanded into three as she continued to write, had it accepted for publication and had a best-seller on her hands in a few short years. What's next? Well, a film deal for Discovery does actually seem to be progressing as far as the casting stage, so maybe will be hitting the screens before very long.
Meanwhile, Deborah is on a tour promoting Shadow of Night in which Diana and Matthew find themselves back in Elizabethan times, still trying to solve the mystery surrounding the missing Ashmole 782 manuscript and trying to keep their romance alive. I was very interested to discover that Deborah's favourite books include the Nancy Drew mysteries, anything by Anne Rice and Possession by AS Byatt as her stories seem to include elements of them all.
Lots of other things were discussed - both in Deborah's prepared speech and the audience questions that followed - but I'm not going to disclose everything here!