When I met Sir Terry Pratchett I was taken by his quiet charm and
intense intelligence. Having just flown half way around the world for
the first time in several decades just for the chance to have drinks and
nibbles with him, it was a moment of absolute delight for me, only one
of many of his most ardent fans.
What gave me this coveted chance? Not quite winning the Terry Pratchett Prize in 2013, Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now.
It didn't matter, the winning story was better than mine, and I felt
like I had won anyway, when, following our 'official chat' he wandered
back over to talk with me again. We talked about Australia (where I
live) and about cats, those that he owned being, apparently, the reason
that he had never emigrated to the Great Southern Land. He also talked
to me about what he liked about my novel and gave me great
I have a photo of him chatting with me displayed in my study.
It is the source of one of my greatest pleasures that I can say that
Terry Pratchett read one of my books. And liked it.
I have loved reading his.
Vale Terry Pratchett.