More than 60 people from St Helens Borough and elsewhere joined author Milly Johnson at Chester Lane Library for the evening.
Milly is the writer of 15 bestselling novels with over two million sales worldwide.
Her style is humorous, dealing with topics instantly identifiable with women all over the world primarily friendship, love, children and the workplace, giving her an extensive readership covering a wide range of ages.
Her books champion women, friendship and community spirit and hope. She often features characters who have had dreams and plans when younger but have been ground down by life and are in need of a revival.
Despite the joyful covers, Milly’s books often address harmful social issues such as domestic abuse and alcoholism.
She talked about the inspiration behind her latest book ‘The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew’, and in a reading of the novel Milly left the audience on a dramatic cliff-hanger.
Head of Libraries Kathryn Boothroyd led an interview with Milly for the audience, in which the author talked about her books, her victory on the Channel 4 show Come Dine With Me and her many various jobs before becoming an international best-selling author, from trainee accountant in a building society to Purple Ronnie poetry writer.
Everyone received a goody bag on arrival, with chocolates, bath bombs, sewing kits and bookmarks from the author, who was extremely complimentary about the welcome she received in St Helens.