As if it isn't difficult enough making a living as an author. The worst which has happened to me is the boredom, when few people showed up. [DE]
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Reader convicted for Val McDermid ink assault
Grudge over perceived slight in 1985 novel led woman to fling ink at the author during a book-signing
by Liz Bury
In dramatic court scenes, defendant Sandra Botham stormed out of Sunderland Magistrates Court after unleashing a tirade of insults, calling McDermid a "liar", the Sunderland Echo reports. Botham was convicted in her absence, and is yet to be sentenced.