On Wednesday I had an email from Parthian Books asking me if I would come to the launch of their Gothic Anthology and do a reading to help celebrate the launch with them.
While I’m excited at the thought of my gothic crime story being one of the thirteen stories that they selected for their anthology, I’m nervous about standing in front of a crowd and reading part of my story aloud.
This is the third time I had been asked to read one of my stories aloud, but each time in the past I’ve lost my nerves and couldn’t do it.
The last time it happened, I made a promise to myself that I would overcome my fear by facing it head on. The next time someone asked I would do it.
So I’m going to look upon the evening as a learning curve, an opportunity to learn a new skill for my future as a writer. So when the time comes when I’m asked by my publisher to read for my debut novel to do a reading, I can with ease and pleasure.
As I stand in Mozarts in Swansea I should remember I’m following in footsteps of the great Dylan Thomas and Richard Burton, both wonderful wordsmiths.
Have a great weekend,
Paula R. C.