A dream come true

I was in London for publication day last week of The Girl in the Ice, and spent the morning with the lovely Kirsteen Astor from Sphere, visiting Waterstones in Piccadilly and Trafalgar Square to sign some copies, and then I had lunch with the wonderful people from Sphere and Bookouture at Spring in Somerset House. It was such a fun morning, and a lovely lunch, but it all happened so fast that we didn’t get much of a chance to take photos. Around mid-morning it started to snow when we were crossing Trafalgar Square, and as the soft white flakes spun and whirled around our heads, I hoped it was a good omen for The Girl in the Ice.

At Waterstones Piccadilly, with the lovely Sphere Publicity Director, Kirsteen Astor.

This publication day was different to others. It’s the first time that The Girl in the Ice will be available in all bookstores and supermarkets, and whilst every publication day before has been full of excitement and trepidation, this publication day felt different.

I lived in London for many years, and you may have read in my previous posts what a long struggle it was to get published. So it was incredible to see my books piled up in the Waterstones in Trafalgar Square, and to see them in the WH Smith in Charing Cross station.

The Erika Foster books are set in South London, where I used to live in Forest Hill, Brockley and Honor Oak Park. For the 7 years I lived in South London, I commuted into the city most days, for auditions when I was an actor, or when I worked in offices as a temp, and for nights out at the theatre, or clubbing!

Charing Cross was the train station which took me home, and it holds so many memories for me; the times I arranged to meet family and friends under the clock, I met my husband Ján on our first date outside the Marks and Spencer. I spent many days on the station concourse, doing promotional jobs, handing out free samples of chocolate or shampoo to the early morning commuters. Regular commuters will identify with the hundreds of times I just made the last train by seconds, slipping into the carriage as the doors closed, and the times when I stood on the platform watching the last train slip away on the track!

When I wasn’t missing them, or running for them, I also spent so much of my time  waiting for trains, and I would kill time browsing the books in the WH Smith by platform 5, and gaze at the shelves, dreaming that one day my book would be there. So it was a HUGE moment, when we went to the station, and there it was!

As I stood outside the store, holding up two copies we’d just bought, I tried to hold on to the feeling and drink it all in. A dream I’d had for so many years had come true… and then I saw that our train was about to leave (we were headed to Bromley to visit friends) so feeling like a Londoner all over again, we made a mad dash for it, fumbling for tickets as we ran to the ticket barriers, and onto the platform. Thankfully we just made it onto the train as the doors closed. It seems some things haven’t changed!

You can buy the new Sphere edition of The Girl in the Ice from all good bookshops – and there still might be some signed author copies in Waterstones Piccadilly and Waterstones Trafalgar Square.

And of course, you can buy from Amazon: myBook.to/TheGirlInTheIce

About Robert Bryndza

Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestseller The Girl in the Ice, which is the first in his Detective Erika Foster series. The Night Stalker, Dark Water and Last Breath are the second, third, and fourth books in the series, and the fifth book, Cold Blood has just been published. Robert's books have sold over 2 million copies and have been translated into 27 languages. In addition to writing crime fiction, Robert has published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels. He is British and lives in Slovakia. You can find out more about the author at www.robertbryndza.com and on Twitter and Instagram @RobertBryndza Sign up to Robert Bryndza‘s New Release Mailing List here: http://eepurl.com/UITxz (Simply cut-and-paste that address into your browser. Your email will never be shared and you will only be contacted when a new book is out.)
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7 Responses to A dream come true

  1. Susan J Roberts says:

    Your adventures in London sound amazing and reading about how you first started out and your dreams of one day being published give all of us struggling writers hope.

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  2. Melissa Buxton says:

    Wow. Thanks so much for sharing. Blessed are those who realise their dreams. Wishing you much more xx

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  3. Sheila carter says:

    Thanx for sharing pleased you saw your books from your dreams

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  4. Kim Strange says:

    Congratulations! I absolutely love your books. They are right up there with Jonathan Kellerman in my book!

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  5. Christine says:

    What a wonderful post. Congratulations, Rob, for achieving your dream! That’s not something everybody can be successful at.

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  6. renitadsilva says:

    So inspirational, Robert!

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  7. What an amazing journey you have been on.
    I certainly believe you’ll be seeing a lot more of your books on those shelves.
    I can’t wait to see/hear more about it.
    You deserve every bit of success, because you are by far one of the best crime writers out there.
    Keep going.
    Follow those dreams.

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