Bridget Upton, the author of Archibald Trotter, released her book in May 2020. We wanted to catch up with the new author and see how life has been treating her since she was published.
I didn’t always dream of being an author, but I have always been quite creative and had a million ideas for stories floating about in my head. None of them came to fruition until now.
My first job was when I was ever so young, back when I was living in Cape Town, South Africa. I worked on the till at the local supermarket. My first ‘real’ job i.e. post university was as a geography lecturer at the University of Plymouth.
Writing Archibald Trotter was not intentional, it started as a misunderstanding. I walked in on my two then young sons, Joshua and Noah, watching an episode of The Simpsons. I misheard a character’s name, and the misheard name inspired the creation of Archibald Trotter, or more accurately, his alter ego.
Busy, always busy. I am a full-time HR professional, as well as qualified patisserie chef, catering for sporting events. I train and compete in running events and obstacle course races. You will often find me immersed in water, knee deep in mud or hanging off monkey bars during these events. I guess now, my life has just got even busier with book promotion, social media engagement and even a radio interview.
I have been very lucky in love and have a wonderful husband and family. We have had a good life, living for half of it in Wiltshire/Gloucestershire and the other half in Aberdeen, Scotland. My only struggles have been health related, and although I had a life-threatening illness several years ago, which still can affect me from time to time now, I see my illness less as a struggle than an impetus to live my life to the full and to take chances. The latter most probably resulted in me being brave enough to try to get Archibald Trotter published.
It is too early to say that it has changed. Archibald Trotter was published just over a month ago. I have been overwhelmed by the support for the book from my family, friends and work colleagues and as mentioned above I am trying to find new ways to promote the book to reach a wider audience.
I usually start the day with a cup of tea. I had to put that in as I really can’t start the day without one. I then catch up with Facebook and Instagram and plan my social media engagement for the day. This may or may not involve getting in touch with my illustrator, Madeleine Edwards, to run ideas past her. I then go for a canoe, paddleboard, walk or run, usually with my husband, Jo and our black Labrador, Izzy. Once washed, fed and watered, I then do a full day’s work in my HR role, which is being done remotely at the moment because of COVID-19. I then plan my evening meal, which five times out of seven will involve trying out a new recipe to ensure that I have interesting images and material for my @bakebybuffy Instagram account. Sometime during the evening we will do a HIIT, Pump or Ab class with our wonderful trainer, Steph, or go for a walk with Izzy. It is then more social media activity and possibly some TV. And finally, it is off to bed. On the weekend, a lot more baking is added into my day’s activities. Soon however, my time will be taken up by writing the sequel to Archibald Trotter. The story is already in draft form and the characters are taking shape, I just need to put pen to paper again (or fingers to the keyboard).
Receiving a box of twenty-five copies of Archibald Trotter and seeing my book for sale on the Amazon and Waterstones’ websites.
Pegasus Publishers have accompanied me in a very supportive and helpful way on my journey to becoming a published author.
I had a couple of offers from publishers to publish Archibald Trotter, but having looked at Pegasus Publisher’s website and online presence, I felt that they would do a professional job and help me bring Archibald Trotter to life in the way that I wanted to.
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