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Guesting on the RNA blog

Today I’m featured on the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s blog. Why don’t you grab a coffee and read all about it?

 

Our guest today is Elle Amberley. Not a member of the RNA but a prolific author who writes Women’s Fiction, Literary, short stories and features. Her publisher tells me that Elle’s particular strength is writing positive stories with a strong theme of being lost and finding yourself again. Having overcome many obstacles in her life, including a very difficult childhood, she chose to reconstruct her life. Rather than writing a memoir like many abuse victims she prefers to marry fiction with some of her own experiences.
  • Find out what my writing schedule is. Or even if I have one.
  • The craft tip that helped me the most.
  • Whether I’m a plotter or a panster.
  • What I think about ebooks.
  • What my latest work in progress is.
Read all about it here:
You can also go behind the scenes and look at the mood board I created for my Parisian novel.

Lost In Your Time
Ah, the dangers of the internet! We’ve all been warned, but do we take notice? When Natasha clicks on a link, her whole life is turned upside down. A flash from the past, a chance meeting with a gorgeous French rock star…

A chance to start over and forget the pain and misery from the last two years. But can Natasha let go? Will she accept this new twist in her life?
Thank you Elle for sparing time to talk to us today. We wish you every success in the future. Best wishes, Freda

To find out more about Elle Amberley you can find her here:




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How it all began

 

A song, a flash from the past

 

She hears them and she doesn’t, locked in a private corner of her past. A painful memory she’s been unwilling to share. But for now she isn’t fearful or sad, she’s mystified, lost in the beauty, the magic atmosphere. She doesn’t understand what she sees. It has familiar connotations but it makes no sense.

 

Twenty odd years have passed, how could it be? He looks so young, so beautiful, but the exotic setting? What is this?

 

His voice wraps her up and transports her back. Memories emerge and float, and she remembers. She’s a fighter, always has been. The little girl she once was kicks her from the inside, the one who refused to give in.

 

She doesn’t know it yet, but the nightmare is shifting away. For the last few months she has merely survived, now it’s time to live again. She’s alive and fighting. A new energy jolts her, she doesn’t even realise she’s pirouetting around the conservatory.

 

Lost in your time, based in Paris, out now.

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Novelist meets French rock star, prepare for the sparkles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rock star or husband – which would you choose?

Lost in your time, based in Paris, out on the 28th March

Ah, the dangers of the internet! We’ve all been warned, but do we take notice?

When Natasha clicks on a link, her whole life is turned upside down. A flash from the past, a chance meeting with a gorgeous French rock star…

A chance to start over and forget the pain and misery from the last two years.

But can Natasha let go? Will she accept this new twist in her life?

 

Elle’s chatty and engaging style invites us in to share Nat’s thoughts and feelings as she comes to terms with another of life’s twists. Will she choose happiness or duty? Or are they one and the same?

Jae De Wylde Minshall Novelist

 

Review copies are available, use contact form, thank you.

Posted by Indio Press.

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To cut a long story short ( the art of the novel )

” What’s in store for me in the direction I don’t take ? ” is one of my favourite quotes from Jack Kerouac, especially at times of uncertainty, when I’ve been procrastinating  or simply struggling to make a decision.

I remember putting this quote once on a social network and many people  said they couldn’t understand it. I thought it was  abundantly clear. Trouble is, many people want everything explained to them.

It reminds me of this wonderful quote in ” The little prince ” by Antoine de Saint – Exupéry : ” Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them. ”

It is the same for books, songs, poems which some people tend to over analyse, sometimes competing with others because they feel they’re the ones who’ve broken some code.

Either you get it or you don’t. When I hear a song or read a book, it has to talk to me, provoke some reaction. Sure over time, a song or a book might take a different meaning, another dimension, especially as you grow up, mature and experience the many adventures and lessons life throws your way.

I’m not one to deliberately write with fancy words. People often comment that I write from the heart which I consider to be a huge compliment. I am a very instinctive writer and when I do rewrite and edit, it’s never  in a quest of  finding  words that will make me appear intelligent or sophisticated.

Recently, I was reading an interview of Brett Easton Ellis in which he explains his frustration at having to explain , justify what he tweets.

He also made this comment : talking about technology : “There are some tweets out there that say what needs to be said in about 140 characters, while certain writers who literally masturbate for 400 pages fail to say [it] as succinctly.”

This particular comment struck a chord with me. So it’s blunt and to the point, no explanations needed !

Such a shame I find when you read a book that sounded promising only to find it goes on and on. I’m left thinking why this is the case, why the excessively long and boring passages. Perhaps it’s to please the publishing industry ?

People often ask how many words should a novel have.

I find this question both absurd and impossible to answer. It is not the number of words that makes up a good novel but rather the plot, the characters and the emotion they convey. After all, that is all that matters surely ? Who cares how many words it took to write it, either it’s a good story or it isn’t, however long or short.

What do you think /

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise.  The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.  ~Sylvia Plath

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You might have heard…

If you fancy reading Nowhere Left to Hide for free now is your chance.  

     Hurry, it’s only for 3 days. 

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0063T7QN6/ref=tsm_1_fb_lk

So click on the link to be transported to Santa Barbara, California.

Happy reading!

By the way, I’ll love you to bits if you could post a review.

Thank you 🙂

Queen of the Suburbs

Queen of the Suburbs

 

Neighbours… Everybody needs good neighbours…

 

Perhaps I have watched Neighbours too many times, perhaps it’s the eternal optimist in me. When I move in on that glorious day, I have no idea what is ahead of me.

Welcome to Suburbia, a land I have not lived in before. My parents have lived a retired life, this is all new to me. Not a conscious decision, but I have to live somewhere. I like the house and I can afford it, decision made.

My own space, my first home. A proper home, the base I’ve craved all through childhood. A place where nobody can tell me what to do or remind me I’m only a guest. I never questioned this before, not until I had friends. They’re not guests in their parent’s houses. They can voice their opinions and they talk back.

I move into this big house filled with light, just me & my dog with very few possessions. A mere few boxes, I have stripped myself of my past. All the heavy and dark furniture inherited from my parents is gone, I’ve kept only cutlery and china.  No big removal lorries for me, just a couple of car trips. My bed arrives the next day, somehow the man at the furniture shop took pity on me and had it delivered “as soon as possible” he’d said.

My crazy pup is in dog’s paradise, a big house, three stories to run around in and a garden.No more cramped flat, no more having to wait to frolic in the fresh air and chase after bees. He can go as he pleases. He soon learned not to jump off the balcony, which is not really a balcony, there are no balustrades. How crazy is that ? When I brought him with me to view our new house, he got a little over excited. I thought him safe in the garden, the house was unoccupied. When the estate agent and I went outside we got a nasty shock. Barney had trotted up the steps to explore, probably looking for me. When he realised I was just below him, he leapt off. No common sense. Well, what do you expect from a four month old Labrador. I screamed as I saw a golden mass land right in front of me, he just shook himself up, bouncy as ever. Oh boy, puppies! He’s my first dog, I have no experience of dogs, or any pets for that matter. My mother had a strict “no feathers, no fur” policy.

 

The doorbell rings and I go downstairs to investigate.

 

 

To carry on on reading, click here for the UK link:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Queen-of-the-Suburbs-ebook/dp/B006G36DKQ/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_4

 

For Amazon.com:

http://www.amazon.com/Queen-of-the-Suburbs-ebook/dp/B006G36DKQ/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_1

 

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A Labrador Retriever in the snow.

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Living in fear, and writing about it

Living in fear, and writing about it

 

Elle Amberley

Having your name out there in public can be a frightening thing for some, especially for us denizens of the internet. Mother and author Elle Amberley talks about fighting that fear and coming out as a writer and about her new book Nowhere Left To Hide.

This madness possessing me, the one that stops me in my tracks, forcing me to write, so compulsive and obsessive.

I’m a mum first and then an author. I’ve been very good at hiding the writer side of me for the last few years using a pen name and keeping my private life well out of my professional life.

So why am I coming out now under a new pen name? Why was I not content with being known as the hermit author on the other side of the Atlantic?

I’ve stopped being a wuss? Well, let’s just say when I started I was scared, I had been living in fear for years. I broach this in my latest novel but also I’ve been talking more publicly about my own experience and grown more confident.

 

Imagine living in fear for most of your life, your first memory being of terror. Dreaming night after night of escape plans, only to be woken up by your worst nightmare.

Writing has been a wonderful healing process and talking about it helps, sharing with others has surprising rewarding benefits. I still have lightbulb moments when I get a better understanding of past events, where I can see how people are sometimes driven to do what they do, or fail to (re)act.

Furthermore, time has passed and the nasties have got older, time to let go of the childhood ghosts. As a teenager I ran for my life, I escaped several times until I realised I had to go further away in order to get on with my life. This time I escaped for good and ended up on the other side of the world.

I always find it easier to express myself through my writing and also on my own blog than on other people’s. I suffer from the Great British reserve and fear to be seen as a “look at me” type. Truth is I really suck at promoting myself. But I’ve been asked to do interviews and nudged to go on Facebook. God, I was dreading that and yet, in only three months I have a fantastic group of friends and so much support.

 

So this is how I came to write Natasha’s story. It is not my story although there are similarities. I wanted to show “victims” do not have to accept labels, we can all break the cycle. Sartre said that we always have a choice. Indeed how we react is up to us, we can lay down as victims or pick ourselves up, live to see another day and grow from it.

Nowhere Left to Hide is not a sad story, but a positive one. You will not find graphic details in my book but you will meet a strong woman who is determined to turn her life around. She is not a victim, she’s a fighter and a go-getter.

Writing for me is fun, it’s what I enjoy the most. I can write anywhere, I even have to stop the car sometimes to get hold of my notebook. Nobody around me bats an eyelid, well not the people who know me anyway. The others I wouldn’t notice, my head is down, I’m in my own universe.

Characters speak to me and yes, I used to fear for my sanity. Is this normal, and what is normal anyway?

The good news is men in white coats have not come to take me away yet. A friend of mine, who also happened to be a novelist, once told me “You’re not mad, you’re creative.”

I like the sound of that, that’s my excuse anyway.

I’m always very happy to hear from readers or fellow writers. You’re very welcome to follow me on Elle Amberley Twitter and Elle Amberley Facebookwhere you will find updates and details of book signings.

Nowhere Left to Hide now on Amazon

 

About the author

Although she is a British author, Elle Amberley likes to dabble in French too and hopes to resume work on her French novel when time allows. She also enjoys writing articles on women’s issues and whatever she feels passionate about, as well as poetry. A follow up to Nowhere Left to Hide is due for publication in Spring 2012.

 

Nowhere left to hide Elle Amberley

Nowhere Left to Hide by Elle Amberley 

Described as “A heartfelt tale, told with a deft touch” by novelist Rowan Coleman.

Sometimes sad, sometimes funny, sometimes romantic, this much awaited novel is a story of hope, fighting against the odds & the determination to do the right thing.

 

‘Lyrical from start to finish, Elle Amberley embraces the essence of women and friendship in Nowhere Left to Hide. Natasha, a young poet and writer, is wise beyond her years, as she lets us accompany her on her year long journey from England to the sunny coast of Southern California as she finds courage, her true calling and love.’ Ana Lewis, Founder, WomenontheVerge.net

 

This post was originally posted here : Guest post on Heather Sunderland

Please visit Heather’s wonderful blog, many thanks to her for hosting me.

 

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