I met the delightful Alex Brown, whose debut novel Cupcakes at Carringtons is out in January. I'm dying to read it - the previews are fantastic. Also Louise Voss and Mark Edwards, whose first two thrillers Killing Cupid and Catch Your Death were the first self-published novels to reach No.1 on the Amazon Kindle AND the Amazon Fiction list. Blimey. In retrospect, I should probably have been a bit more in awe of Louise, but she was such good fun that I just chatted merrilly away as I glugged back the vino. (I've ordered them both from Amazon and just started Killing Cupid - it's very clever and funny, and utterly compelling - highly recommended.)
I also bumped into the lovely Amanda Brooke (author of Yesterday's Sun), whom I first met with her beautiful daughter at the Harper Collins summer party at the Orangery at Kensington Palace. It's a tough life, being a Harper Collins author. Yesterday's Sun was recommended by the Richard and Judy Book Club and described by Fern Britton as 'a haunting and heartbreaking story that stayed with me long after I'd finished.' Oooh, she was there too - Fern Britton, that is - but we were not introduced. Had we been, I'd have been brimming with questions about all things Strictly, sparkly and Artem-related. Possibly just as well that we weren't.
It's always great to see the people who actually make the books happen, but it was particularly good to meet my new editor, Kimberley Young, who is covering Sarah Ritherdon's maternity leave. We had a very exciting chat about the way forward once I've finished Treachery. I'm saying nothing more, except watch this space...
And so the night rolled on. According to Carrie, she and I were the last two authors propping up the bar. My fault, not hers, I imagine.