Browsing in Waterstones Belfast – and there’s my book!

Books, books, books! Any writer who wants to be good at their craft should read widely from a range of contemporary books and classics. The post Christmas sales are a good time to go shopping generally, but for book lovers such as me, I can always make time to browse bookstores. Online book shopping has its perks for picking up obscure or out of print titles, though for mass paperback copies, I prefer to support local bookstores.

In good company: my novel, Gods of Avalon Road, alongside Lord of the Rings in Sci-fi and Fantasy

As a writer, browsing has an added bonus: it’s a wonderful, indescribable feeling to see your own novel on the shelves of a bookstore – even better when you realise a customer just bought a copy. That happened to me on a recent trip to Waterstones, while shopping for Christmas presents. I must say, it absolutely made my day!

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is a novelist and poet. Her debut novel, Gods of Avalon Road was published by Blossom Spring Publishing in October 2019 and her second novel, The Buddha's Bone is forthcoming in October 2021. Leilanie has also published three poetry collections: The Redundancy of Tautology (Cyberwit, 2021); Chemotherapy for the Soul (Fowlpox Press, 2017); A Model Archaeologist (Eyewear Publishing, 2015) and two self-published pamphlets: Toebirds and Woodlice (Meandi Books, 2012); Metamorphosis of Woman (Meandi Books, 2012), satirical novella Zombie Reflux (Meandi Books, 2014) and surreal novelette, Til Death do us Boneapart (Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, 2017). Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of educational books. Literary blog: Meandi Books: Bindweed Magazine:

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