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What’s your news?

Easter weekend brought a lovely new review from the fabulous people at Page Central. Not only that but they also interviewed me. You can read all about it here Page Central Interview 

I must say it was a real pleasure to answer their questions, some of these were put to them by their readers, and you know how much I like interacting with readers.

Please check it out and add them on Facebook, they’re lovely and friendly, perfect add to your group of friends.

So that was my news. Any news you’d like to share with me?

Have a great week!

Here’s their review of Lost in your time Page Central Review

[author_info]A prolific author, Elle Amberley writes Women’s Fiction, Literary (under a different pen name), poetry, short stories and features. If that wasn’t enough she recently started writing in French and a novel is due for publication next year. [/author_info]

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?

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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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. 


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 🙂

How to beat writer’s block

NaNoWriMo: The Curse of Being Prolific

I’m delighted to welcome Elle Amberley to the Write Now! Coach Blog. Elle is a super-prolific author who writes in both French and English. Enjoy!

The Curse of Being Prolific by Elle Amberley

Writer’s block? What’s that?

I often hear about the dreadful writer’s block, sounds horrible. I always fear of it landing on me and enveloping me in its gloom. Yet, it’s never happened to me.

On the contrary, I seem to have been blessed, or cursed, with an overactive brain. I say blessed because of course I absolutely love writing and crafting new stories.

So, why would it be a curse, I hear you ask.

Well, imagine, it’s the middle of the night, the whole house is finally quiet and you’re lying there, tired to the bone, desperate to shut your eyes and go to sleep. And yet, you can’t, that mind of yours keeps wandering through the night, opening more and more doors.

That’s me I’m talking about by the way. My long suffering husband will at some point sigh, switch the light back on and pass me pen, paper and my Mac, if that particular night is very productive.

Truth is I have far too many ideas, files full of them for my next projects. Maybe this is one of the reasons I now have two pen names, because no publisher can keep up with this flow.

I always have several novels on the go and switch from one to the other as inspiration strikes or as publishing constraints demand. And maybe this is the secret, I never get a chance to get bored with one project. It also keeps my writing fresh, to me anyway. The only problem is I’m over-stimulated.

To make things worse I also started writing in French, which is rather bizarre but there you go, I never do things the way I’m expected to. Writing in French happened by accident or rather following a trauma. I felt such grief but was unable to express it and writing in another language unlocked these emotions I had kept hidden. It has also helped me developing as a writer.

As for NaNo, I wish you all good luck. Last Christmas I did my own NaNo in one week. 70,000 words to be precise. This is how I like my first drafts, fast and furious. Once I have an idea in that thick brain of mine, I’m gone, nothing can stop me, not even the flu. In fact, I could say I was in a trance.

About the Author. Please visit my website Elle Amberley Author to find out more about me and don’t hesitate to drop me a line. 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 Facebook where you will find updates and details of book signings.

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Trashionista interview

Don’t miss it :

Recently we posted about Nowhere Left to Hide, the new novel by Elle Amberley. In the book, Natasha leaves her home to go to California – where she hopes to leave her past behind. We caught up with Elle to ask her more about her exciting new book and her writing habits!

Read it here : Elle’s interview on Trashionista



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Does creativity flow better with a pen and paper?

Pen and paper or laptop? Does it matter?

A recent article suggests that writing longhand is better for creative writing.

Really? Is it not more a matter of personal choice and what works best for the
individual writer?
I always used to write in notebooks first then I got my beloved Mac.
It's made my life so much easier and it's also much faster.
That said I still have notebooks all over the place which I use constantly.
I guess I make notes which I can then use when I'm writing my first drafts
but also as and when an idea pops up.
I will confess to being a bit of a fetishist when it comes to notebooks, I just love them.
Recently I have talked to and interviewed many fellow authors about this. It's really
quite interesting to see how it differs form one writer to the next. We all our
little quirks and personal preferences.
One thing though every writer I know has notebooks of course, that's almost a guarantee.
So what about you, pen & paper or toys? as one commentator put it.

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Game, Set and Match with Sue Moorcroft


Today I have the great pleasure to welcome Sue Moorcroft on my blog. Thank you very much Sue for agreeing to take part in this new feature.



Sue Moorcroft writes romantic novels of dauntless heroines and irresistible heroes for Choc Lit. Combining that success with her experience as a creative writing tutor, she’s written a ‘how to’ book, Love Writing – How to Make Money From Writing Romantic and Erotic Fiction (Accent Press). Sue’s the head judge for Writers’ Forum and a Katie Fforde Bursary Award winner.





Where do you most like to write?

I have a study that overlooks my back garden – I don’t have the desk facing the window or I’d never get anything done – and this room is my refuge. I normally write directly onto my beloved iMac, although I do scribble notes, scenes and plans by hand, too. I have photos of family, a few ornaments, including a knitted monkey, and all the trappings of a home office: phone, fax, trays, cabinets, printer/copier, modem, router etc.

It’s MY space! I can’t control the noise that enters from other parts of the house – but I can control everything else.

How much does real life inspire or shape your writing?

Some. I certainly study real people to keep my characters plausible. I don’t mean I ‘copy’ real people; it’s more, ‘What would she do, if he did this? What has made her so frightened of commitment? Where in his past is the key to his personality?’ I’m a human nature junkie, I suppose.

I have used real life events as the inspiration for storylines, too. Often, it comes from an anecdote somebody tells me. Or I choose to set a book somewhere that I already know – Love & Freedom is set in Brighton, for example, because I used to have so much fun there as a teen. I knew Honor’s mother was a bit of an aging hippy and Brighton seemed an ideal place for her to be hanging out. Everything in the book hinges on that fact.

Plotter or pantser?

Somewhere in between. I used to be a complete pantser, rebelling against the way that teachers used to make me plan all the life and joy out of a story. But the more I write, the more I plan, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the first book accepted for publication was the first book I properly planned.

That said, what is a plan? A different thing to every writer, I suspect. For me, a plan means lots of biographical work on characters, quests/missions/goals, conflicts, and knowing the ending to the book. And, often, a few key scenes. It’s more of a compost heap than a plan.

My mind is unruly and sometimes comes up with better ideas, mid-book.


The dreaded writer’s block, have you been struck with it or blissfully spared?

I can’t afford writer’s block. I earn my living from writing, one way or another, and, as Mickey Spillane said, inspiration is an empty bank account.

But, because of the number of things I do – writing novels, short stories, serials, articles and ‘how to’, judging competitions and teaching creative writing – if one thing isn’t going well, I do pick one of the other things, and do that, instead.


Thank you very much Sue for taking part, loved your answers. It’s been a pleasure to get to know you a little better.


Sue’s latest Choc Lit novel, Love & Freedom, has just won the Best Romantic Read Award at the UK’s Festival of Romance 2011.

Check out her website www.suemoorcroft.com and her blog at http://suemoorcroft.wordpress.com/ for news and writing tips. You’re welcome to befriend Sue on Facebook or Follow her on Twitter.

All of Sue’s Choc Lit novels and Love Writing are available as paperbacks and ebooks. Her early stuff is available in ebook format.





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