Did you go to the Author Evenings with Michael Robotham or Judy Nunn?

If you went to one of our author evenings we'd love to hear what you thought. Were the authors interesting speakers? Did you have a good time? Would you like to see us doing more author talks? You can leave a comment on this post or email us.

Here are the thoughts of a couple of the staff who listened to Michael Robotham speak to get you started:

Michael was a most gracious speaker. He talked about his early life growing up in Gundagai and his career as a journalist working the night shift at the old Sun newspaper as well as some of his experiences working internationally. He discussed his early forays into 'ghost' writing a range of biographies before he began work on his own first novel. There were lots of interesting insights from him as to how publishing works and how 'lucky' he felt he had been to have a link with UK publishers who were interested in his first work. Lots of fascinating stuff about how he creates his characters and names them and even some clues as to how his approach differs from other popular authors of his acquaintance. He was more than happy to answer questions from the audience - a small but very interested group - and was very generous with his time signing copies of his current novel 'Lost'. It was thoroughly enjoyable.

Michael Robotham started his career as a cadet journalist on The Sun newspaper in Sydney. He worked the night shift so he was often called to accidents, murders and other unsavoury events. He became the favourite journalist of the imfamous Raymond John Denning. After he escaped from Golburn goal, Denning used to ring Michael regularly with tales of his exploits such as taping a note to the door of police headquarters during the middle of the night. After working as a journalist in Australian and around the world, Michael decided to try his hand at writing. He became a ghost writer, credited with writing the biographies of Gerri Halliwell, Lulu, Tony Bullimore, Ricky Thomlinson and more. Michael had been thinking about writing a fiction book for some time. He originally planned to write a romance but discussions with publishers pursuaded him to try his hand a crime fiction. His background as a journalist provided much insight into crime, the criminal mind and how offenders are eventually caught. Michael's break into the world of fiction writing came when he went to the London Book Fair with the partially written manuscript for Suspect. Suspect subsequently became a best seller. One of the characters from Suspect later became the central character in his next best seller Lost. His next novel Night Ferry is due out in early 2007. Michael was very entertaining and his appearance was well received by all those in attendance.

Sounds like it was a very interesting evening. What did you think?