I have been spending an unusual Saturday today, reading Pam McIlroy’s Twitter ‘TAIR’ (Thoughts As I Read) through Mari Hannah’s new release Settled Blood, her second Kate Daniels novel. Being new to Twitter, I had not anticipated how compelling such an exercise could be. I have found myself creating a novel around Pam’s tweets, a novel which is no doubt very different from (and inferior to!) the original, but, I would argue, as fascinating as personal creativity gets to be. The success of something like this depends on the skill of the reader to capture key aspects in a pithy way (and Pam’s delivery is trenchant indeed!) and, as I discovered as I was drawn in, some genuine audience participation to engage the mind. I have been, as might be guessed in a writer contemplating the imminent launch of her debut novel, more than a little nervous about reactions to my book, so my response to Pam’s TAIR through Settled Blood (to be launched on November 7th) has been touched with some extra personal piquancy. So, as the TAIR tears onwards to its conclusion, I should like to congratulate Pam on her wonderful work and to wish Mari all the best for her launch. Appetite whetted yet? Mine is…
4 thoughts on “TAIRING through Settled Blood”
Christina – Oh, I’m going to have to look out for those tweets. What a fascinating way to discuss, think about and I guess one could say experience a book! Thanks for letting us know about this.
Margot, I think it was a super way to get people interested in a book and I thought that the whole thing was very well managed and compelling to follow. I’m becoming more and more interested in the Twitter dynamic.
I don’t know how I missed this post but thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed the #TAIR session. You’ve certainly understood it’s unique perspective 🙂
I hope that you understood at the time how impressed I was at your doing it with such panache! I enjoyed it very much indeed, as a technique that you exploit brilliantly. 🙂