Many of you are aware that I am a huge fan of Lindsay J Pryor‘s work, and continually rave about and promote her Blackthorn series.
So imagine my delight when I was invited to join her for lunch recently, as a surprise for her 40th birthday, all arranged by her amazingly organised and dedicated husband, Tim Pryor, in the beautiful, historic Stratford-upon-Avon.
Back in 2012 when I first left my day job to pursue full-time motherhood along with a career in writing, I met Lindsay through Twitter (although apparently she ‘stalked’ me – I thought it was the other way round), and went on to follow her progress as she went from contest entrant to published author with new innovative publisher, Bookouture within a matter of months. It certainly wasn’t a quick or easy path to publication for Lindsay, but she now has three published (and I must add, best-selling) books under her belt, just part of a whole other world that lives and breathes in her mind and notebooks. This world is otherwise known as Blackthorn, and she’s been nurturing and growing her creation for a number of years. She is hugely talented, and has become somewhat of a mentor to me, giving me some much-needed feedback on my work, and supplying me with tips and hints which to an author aspiring to publication, are like gold-dust. Lindsay dedicates a huge amount of her time to her fans, and always finds the time to answer them, so I always feel especially privileged when she still finds the time to chat over email and social networking. We have a huge amount in common and have often talked about meeting up, so the fact that I was going to meet her over a birthday dinner in her honour (without her knowledge) was such an exciting concept.
I’ll never forget the moment I walked into the room. Everyone had been deep in conversation and Lindsay just stopped mid-flow and said ‘is that Fiona? Oh my gosh!’ and then rushed over to greet me with a huge hug, complete with tears and adrenaline shakes. You can read Lindsay’s wonderful story of her birthday week here, when she got to meet myself and fellow author CC MacKenzie, as well as the lovely Tracey Rogers the day before. Sadly I didn’t get to meet Tracey, so that’s next on the agenda! 🙂 Tracey has her own story of the day she met Lindsay, which you can read about here.
Ms MacKenzie is equally as lovely, is a wealth of knowledge and absolutely hilarious. I’ve never been so entertained in such a length of time. We arrived at 12:15, and didn’t leave the restaurant until 16:30, when I regretfully declared that we had to go and relieve my mum of her babysitting duties.
Needless to say, I came away from Lindsay’s birthday lunch absolutely buzzing, having had so much fun, and gleaned so much inspiration and information, that it was one of the best birthday parties I’ve been to in a long time. Compared to two years ago, I’m moving in totally different circles now, and I can physically and mentally feel my life changing. I can feel the shift, and I can confidently say, more than ever, that my decision to follow my dream was truly the best one I have ever made.
Thank you Tim for making it possible to meet Lindsay, and thank you Lindsay for sharing your birthday with me, it was an absolute honour! 🙂