An Evening with Stuart MacBride

Waterstones sometimes have author events, and for some reason, I have never taken advantage of that. That is until Monday night. 

A couple of weeks ago I was just popping in to buy a book I really wanted when I saw posters of the event everywhere. An Evening with Stuart MacBride. And I knew I had to go. 

The events are free to go to, it's an opportunity to listen to the author behind the words of their stories and for someone who loves reading it is a good chance to hear more about the books. I don't know why I have never gone before. I know I'll be keeping an eye out for future events.

The event was busy, there were a lot of people who came to see him. But he was so natural and friendly, as though nothing phased him. He was just a normal guy there to talk about his book and to thank everyone for helping him pay his bills. 

He really interacted with his audience, which made the event that much more enjoyable. 

Stuart MacBride is an Aberdeen crime writer, most of his novels are set in the Granite City. However, this standalone book he has just published A Dark so Deadly is set in the fictional city of Oldcastle. He explained his reason for this was to get Aberdeen Council off his back - which got a good laugh out of the crowd.

I was surprised to find out that he got his inspiration for his new book from Elgin, of all places! My hometown. This, of course, piqued my interest even more. 

In particular, he found inspiration in the Elgin Museum and their hidden Mummy. He explained that this interested him because the Mummy originates from a village in Peru where they believe that once someone is dead and mummified they become a god who will look after that village. So, effectively, Elgin Museum have a Peruvian God hidden away.

It was so surreal for me to learn about the inspiration since it was found in my hometown where I volunteered at that Museum for a year and was myself fascinated with the Mummy; or should I say, God. I can't wait to read A Dark so Deadly and see just where her presence comes into the story. 

It was fascinating to hear about his other inspirations that he gets from his home life and from the society he lives in. He mentioned that he and his wife like Dinner Ladies and so he tries to reference them in his books. 

My dream is to become a published author and it was helpful to hear that you can get inspiration from the smallest and most insignificant thing and turn it into something amazing, or use it to add the flesh onto the bones of your story.  

I am so glad I went to the event and met a bestselling author who is so close to home. 

But as he said, the book took him 14 months to write, it's 81 chapters and 596 pages long. With exams around the corner, I don't suppose I will manage to read it quickly, but I can't wait to get stuck into the gruesome world of A Dark so Deadly.