Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Words we Want to Hear

My daughter and I are avid readers and it was with interest that I noticed her friend carrying much the same books each morning when she called so they could walk to school together. As she is in the right sort of age group for the novel I was trying to get representation for, I printed her out a copy and asked if she would read it.
She told me that she had started reading it and said that the description had made her lose track of where she was. Happy times. Then I heard nothing from her.

The self doubt monster sat heavily on my shoulder and dug it's claws in. She hadn't finished it (I decided) that meant that the story wasn't engaging - the writing wasn't good if she'd stopped and hadn't wanted to pick it up again. My spirits plummeted and I found it hard to keep working on my next novel. Finally I asked my daughter to talk to her friend (I didn't want her to be uncomfortable admitting she hadn't enjoyed it) but I thought it would be helpful to know where she had got to in the novel before she stopped reading.
This morning her friend spoke to me. "I loved it" "The description was so good I thought I was actually there" "The minute I'd finished it I wanted to read it over again"
I was eleated.
I feel lighter - I've shrugged the monster off, for now - although he's probably lurking in the shadows somewhere; but in the meantime I must take this feeling and get on with my editting.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

Hi to everyone out there, especially if you've come over from Annaliese Matheron's blog as part of the blog hop.

What is the working title of your next book?

Where did the idea come from for the book?

An image of two people in a classroom popped into my head.

What genre does your book fall under?

Teen/Young Adult

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

I haven’t thought about that.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

The fate of a magical kingdom rests on whether Cassie can find a missing book.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Hopefully represented by an agency

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?.

About 5 months

What other books would you compare this to within your genre?

Graceling but less violence.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Just needed to get the image out of my head.

What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

Hopefully characters they will believe in both human, endowed with magic,elvish or an ancient treeman.

Thanks for taking the time to read this short Q&A session. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to two more authors who will be the bext big thing.

Meet Kizzy Lee and
Jess Sturman Coombs

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Excitement in our House

I am happy to say that I am invloved in publishing a book for children called Tales of an Old Wizard.

 All the proceeds from the book will be going to charity. In 2013 it is the children's epilepsy unit in Turku University Hospital, Finland.

The cause of excitement in our house, apart from the book nearing completion, is that my daughter has also had a story accepted in the same anthology. There, on the cover, are our names side by side. I'm so proud of her and happy that we got a chance to do this project together.

You can find out more about the authors by visiting our Facebook page

 or find us on twitter


Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Happy New Year

Started off 2013 with a walk down the beach - I swear it was busier than in the summer - mind you considering how much rain we've had recently, I guess I shouldn't be surprised that the sun brought everyone out.

I've spent the afternoon catching up on a few bits, editted a chapter and had a family meal. Hubby back to work tomorrow so I think the Christmas decs will come down and things can return to normal (apart from all the sweets in the cupboard that still need eating)

I wish you all a healthy, peaceful and prosperous 2013.