50 cheers for Mary!!

January 24, 2010 at 20:03 (1)

Bas and I flew over to London on Thursday, then drove up to Norfolk on Friday to see her aunt, Mary, who is a Carmelite Nun. Carmelites live in an enclosed order, i.e. they almost never leave the walls of the convent where they live. Mary celebrated her 50th anniversary as a Carmelite this month, so on Saturday she had a big party after mass for many of her friends and relatives. We stayed in a group of cottages close to the convent, with lots of Bas’s relations. It was fun to spend time with some of the members from her side of the family — she comes to a lot of my family parties and celebrations, which happen quite regularly because I have LOADS of relatives!! But Bas comes from a much smaller family, so there aren’t quite so many get-togethers. While I love my family to bits, it was, y’know, nice to see some different faces at a party for a change!!!! We had dinner each night together, swam in the pool at the cottages, and hung out. On Saturday we all went to the mass and party, which was fabulous — it was amazing to see how many friends Mary has managed to make over the years, even though she hardly ever leaves the convent!!! Everyone was delighted to be there — it wasn’t one of those parties that people felt they HAD to go to — and a great time was had by all. I didn’t even mind the mass!!!

Now I’m back in London for a while and working on my tour plans. Dubai and Hong Kong are virtually complete now, and I should be able to announce full details in the next issue of the Shanville Monthly. I should also be able to announce details for a short March tour which I am undertaking, to promote the release of my next adult book, City of the Snakes. It’s the first time I’ve toured with an adult book, so we’re starting off with just a few select dates, to test it out and see what sort of a response we get. If fans turn out in their droves, then there might be bigger tours in future. I’ll have more news about that next week — all I can say for the time being is that it looks like I’ll be visiting Cardiff, Bath, Exeter and Truro, with maybe a couple more informal signings if we can fit them in. And the May tour is coming together nicely too, though it’ll be a bit longer before I can make any announcements about that one!!

New York is the city that never sleeps — well, Darren Shan is the WRITER who never sleeps!!!!!!


  1. Sacha said,

    I love all of your’ vampire books. My mom was pretty pissed-off when she saw me read (1.00 in the night. Wooops..) I haven’t read the demonata yet! I’ll go to the bookstore tomorrow and buy them all. My best friend like’s The Demonata more than the Vampire-books but I don’t think I can like Grubbs more than Darren (or even better Mr. Crepsley :] ).

    Sorry for the bad spelling. But my English is not so good :(.
    -Sacha (12) from the Netherlands.

    Oh.. By the way, I hope the Mr. Crepsley come also out in the Netherlands.

  2. jax lees said,

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  3. Stefanie said,

    I have such an insane (not in the cool way) family that I avoid family gatherings like the plague. I found out I adore going with my friends to their family parties instead. It’s so neat to see members of the same family actually getting along and having fun. I was so shocked to find out people ACTUALLY like being with their relatives.They love me too because I always bring cakes 😉

    Anyways, thanks to my best friend I discovered your books and immediately got hooked. I can’t wait for your tour, which hopefully I’ll be able to attend.


  4. Miley said,

    I always avoid going to family parties! My family is big, crazy, and loud. They have two simple volumes- loud and louder!!!! I have always loved going to my friend’s parties because thier families are….. Well, you know……. Smaller!!!! Don’t get me wrong, of course I love my family- if only they could be quieter…….. Well, I hope you come to the U.S.A soon, maybe I can sneek the kids out for a signing! See ya!

  5. tyla said,

    YOU SHOUD TOUR THE U.S.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😉

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