Debut novel, South Shields Fiction Writers and more – in the words of A.M. Peacock

We were thrilled to welcome A.M Peacock (or Adam as those who know him call him) to launch his debut novel here at The Word last month! The event was fantastic and it was great to support a new writer in this way.

Adam also leads our South Shields Fiction Writers group which will be meeting this coming Sunday and every other 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month between 1-3pm.

In his own words, Adam gives us the details about the event and more below:

“Well, the wait is finally over. My debut novel, Open Grave, was released on 26th September. To mark the occasion, I held a book launch event at The Word on 29th September.

There were some nerves, of course, mainly with the worry that nobody would turn up and I’d be left red-faced. Tickets were free to reserve so that kind of thing is always a potential risk. As it was, the launch was really well attended. It was pleasing to see people there who have been a part of my life in a number of different ways. Friends, family, former school teachers, former colleagues, writers and a few new faces all came together and I really appreciated their support on the day.

Nothing is ever simple and, unfortunately, illness meant that the host for the event had to pull out at the last minute. I can’t thank Vic Watson enough for agreeing to take on the role. She did a fantastic job. The event itself consisted of Vic putting questions to me, before I read an excerpt from the book. The audience were then able to ask questions before grabbing a signed copy.

So, the focus now shifts to spreading the word about the book so that as many people can have access to it as possible. The library has informed me that they are ordering in a number of copies so I am looking forward to seeing them on the shelves. I also have a couple of other events coming up, such as giving a reading at Newcastle Noir in the Bar on October 17th. I’m also attending an author event in Leeds, organised by my publisher Bloodhound Books, later this month. I do have one or two shop signings potentially in the pipeline but I’ll wait until these are formalised before giving any further details.

In the meantime, South Shields Fiction Writers will continue to meet on the first and third Sunday of the month between 1-3pm at The Word. We have had a number of new members in attendance recently so feel free to come along and get involved. Don’t worry if you haven’t been published or are not used to reading work out, as long as you are somewhat actively writing fiction then you should fit in nicely!

Open Grave is now available online in paperback and Ebook formats. Feel free to follow me on Twitter and Facebook at @ampeacockwriter.”


Gemma Grist, Marketing & Communications