Friday, 21 December 2012
Monday, 17 December 2012
The end of the book is hardest for me. I never want to end too abruptly. I hate it when I read books and then, at the end, I’m left hanging. Cliffhangers are fine because I know another book is out there or coming. But I really try to clean up whatever loose ends I can and make the ending satisfying. That’s hard – often at the end of a book even I am ready to move on and I need to remind myself to close it out rather than just end it.
5. If one of your books became a movie, which celebrity would you like to star as one of your heroines? Tell us about your heroine.
6. If one of your books became a movie, which celebrity would you like to star as one of your heroes? Tell us about your hero.
7. Do all your heroes and all heroines look the same in your mind as you “head write”?
I don’t usually eat and write, I am terrified of crumbing up my computer. I’ll drink coffee and Earl Grey tea, though.
I’ve been told the voice in my YA is spot on. I hope it’s true because voice, particularly in YA and Middle Grade is key to writing a convincing story. You can’t have teenagers discussing retirement options or discussing finances. I just wouldn’t be realistic.
11. What is your favorite book?
12. What genre would you like to try writing in but haven’t yet done so? Why?
13. Facebook, Blogs, Chats, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn. Which do you like best and why?
14. Tell us where to find you: website(s), publisher’s page(s), blog(s), Facebook page(s), etc. List them all!
15. Speed Round:
TORN is available in e-book and paperback all over the place. I’ll give you two links –
Three Days of Rain
Monday, 10 December 2012
"My name is Jess Sturman-Coombs and I love to write novels that capture the imagination. My stories seek to take you on a journey that thrills and excites.
What was your first job?
Friday, 7 December 2012
The book has black and white illustrations so they can be coloured in.
“Put yourself in Jerry's shoes... His parents have been invited to China to take part in an archaeological dig. Because it is the summer holiday, he and his sister Sammy are going along. Jerry and Sammy meet some interesting people, and they find a beautiful hair slide. All seems great, but things are already starting to go wrong. Suddenly, Sammy thinks she is having visions from the past. They soon discover that the hair slide is linked to an old portrait in the museum and an old Mongolian tale. Jerry's summer is about to get very complicated...”
I hope you enjoy my books. They are all without violence and can be read independently or (for the older reader books) a chapter a night by parents.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas. Marie
Friday, 30 November 2012
Saturday, 24 November 2012
With the Christmas season fast approaching I thought I’d put together a little gift guide – of course there will be lots of books on there – but surprisingly some other things too. There’s something for everyone; from youngsters to adults. Take a look; help out an artist and get something a little bit different. Simply follow the link to the relevant pages and be prepared to part with some money.
For books for youngsters, from the under 5’s upwards visit http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_9?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=marie+godley&sprefix=Marie+god%2Cstripbooks%2C194 or www.amazon.com\author\mariegodley
For Poetry take a look at http://www.treasurechestbooks.co.uk/
For the teenager in your life, especially if they are into wolves (especially shape shifting ones) http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_12?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=jennifer+loiske&sprefix=jennifer+loi%2Cstripbooks%2C249
A collection of horror stories can be found at http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_9?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=kizzy+lee&sprefix=Kizzy+Lee%2Cstripbooks%2C284
For traditional jewellery http://folksy.com/search?t=items&q=dontworrybeadhappy&commit=Search
And for jewellery made from vegetable ivory visit
Thank you to Adam Hollier for allowing me to use his photo.
Monday, 19 November 2012
What made you write (or continue to write) poetry?
I started writing poetry at school, when we were set it for English lessons, and found I was rather good at it. Then a few years later my sister, a friend, and I started making up silly rhymes to go on the Christmas cards at Church. They more or less stopped, but I continued, and the Pastors enjoyed reading them out. It turned out people loved it when I wrote them poems. And of course most teenagers write reams of teen angst - yup! Been there, done that! I eased up a bit from time to time, in fact for 10 years or so I hardly wrote any, but in the last few years it's all started pouring out again!
Do you write on a daily basis?
No, not at all. I can go several weeks without writing, then write 4 or 5 in a day. For Hopes, Dreams and Medals I did write quite a lot each week though. Normally, when I have enough, I start to think about my next book. Hopes, Dreams and Medals is probably the only book I will write to a schedule.
Do poems come to you when you’re doing other things, like shopping?
Sometimes! That's often how I get my inspiration. But sometimes situations just pop into my head. Also when I'm chatting away to God I tend to get my more inspirational verses.
What are the reasons behind your themes for your books? And what made you decide to publish your poetry?
The first one, Fire and Ice, is a little bit of a mish mash. I hadn't written poems for a few years, but they were becoming much more frequent, and I found that people liked them, it seemed a shame to shove them in a drawer somewhere, but I didn't have a clue how to go about publishing, so I prayed about it and a few months later I discovered a way to do it. The rest is history. My latest two books are much more structured, but of course that comes with experience.
How has M.E. impacted your life? And has your poetry helped you at all?
The M.E. had a devastating effect on my life. It almost came to a standstill. Even now I can do so much less than people with normal health. I have to rest a great deal, which is incredibly boring! I am improving somewhat now, but still have to rest loads more than I'd like. I can at least write lying down!
You recently did a book signing. Were you nervous?
Incredibly, as it was a reading as well, although I did used to sing with various (not terribly good) groups when I was younger, so I was at least used to having to get people's attention. I'm not sure I could have done it without that previous experience. And I was completely wrung out at the end of it.
Are you working on any more poetry collections?
Well I am still writing, though with somewhat less frequency at the moment. When I have enough work I will doubtless start putting it together into another book. But I have written 3 books within the last year, so I think I need a bit of a break now.
What is the most exciting thing happened to you since your books have been published?
One of our well known and well loved British athletes has just told me she definitely intends to invest in one of my books as it looks fab. (I'm assuming she means Hopes, Dreams and Medals)
Anything else you’d like to mention?
Yes. 'Hopes, Dreams and Medals' and 'Jumping in the Puddles of Life' are both also available from Apple iBookstore from £1.99
Paperbacks are available in the U.K. From my own website http://www.treasurechestbooks.co.uk and hardbacks and overseas sales are available from http://www.blurb.co.uk/user/store/poetloretta
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