Something approaching four years ago, I started writing to actresses that had played companions in Doctor Who. The result was a self-published book entitled Desperately Seeking Susan Foreman that raised a three-figure sum for Children in Need. Three years on, and the third, definitive, final version has been published by BearManor Media and on Sunday, I am going to Mansfield’s Central Library to do a brief talk and hopefully sell a book or two at an event being held to commemorate the series’ upcoming fiftieth anniversary.
I’m sure there are an awful lot of people who have achieved far greater things, but I’m actually proud that a professional company was willing to publish my book, and that someone thought I was worthy of being asked to attend an event – even though Mansfield is miles away from Middlesbrough!
All this because I wanted to try and raise a few pounds for a wonderful cause.
I am therefore using my ever popular (artistic licence) blog to announce that a new Desperately Seeking… project is underway and that the profits from the finished book will be donated to next year’s Children in Need appeal.
I’m a quick writer, but I’m not that bloody quick.
The book’s theme is music, and in particular my all-time top-ten records and the “seeking” bit will involve trying to track down singers or members from the bands in question. Somewhat fortuitously, all but one of the vocalists is still alive, but the bad news is I’ve got to try and find people in America and France as well as the UK, and some of the songs were recorded over thirty years ago (one nearly fifty years ago).
Well if it was easy, it wouldn’t be fun would it?! And even if I don’t quite find everybody, at least I know I can ramble and digress with the best of them! So here’s to another bout of “seeking” which hopefully won’t become too desperate, but will result in a book that some of you will want to read.