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All writing is personal

 

 

 

 

My humble opinion, of course. When we write, we project our own opinions, our feelings, the way we see the world and in some cases we strip ourselves, sharing our most intimate feelings.

All of this goes to varying degrees but nobody will write the same story, even if given the same bones to play with, unless you bring in the plagiarists…

Today I was the guest on this great blog, yes, I know, novel coming out on the 28th March, time to get talking. Please visit and read my interview and find out how personal my writing really is.I’m sure Melissa would be delighted if you’d leave her a comment.

Thanks again to Melissa, she loves all things written and so do I.

Blog tour interview with There for you

Lost in your time

Novelist meets French rock star, prepare for the sparkles.

 


Rock star or husband – which would you choose?

 

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?

 

Nowhere Left to Hide on Amazon UK

 

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

 

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Can you spot Mr Whinger in Lost in your time?

Mr Whinger and co

Yep, you know the type, always complaining and it never is their fault! I lived with  a whinger once, it exhausted me and slowly took my spirit away little by little.

If they do get to apologise, it is invariably followed by a “if” or a “but”. Well, what does that mean?

Either you’re sorry or you’re not ! Saying “I’m sorry if I hurt you” or  ”I’m sorry but …” doesn’t really say you’re sorry but implies somehow you’re the one to blame or  being difficult. It trivialises the issue.

I tend to be a giver, a carer and a worrier. I’m the shoulder people cry on but sometimes I need to offload too.

When I first met Mr Whinger, I was a bubbly person.

I’ve always been optimistic and he was Mr Pessimistic. After a while, it rubs off on you, you try and resist it but ultimately it wore me down, probably because I was going through a very difficult time and I was rather poorly. Where was my shoulder to cry on?

So after all the crises and the loneliness I had to make a choice but hey, life is full of them, isn’t it?!

One thing I also found is that living with a pessimistic ruins your social life, friends wanted to meet up with me but curiously they wer never too keen to visit us at home.

I’m really sorry for Mr Whinger by the way, sorry you thought the whole world was against you and you isolated yourself not letting anyone in. I wished you’d let me in,I had so much love to give and you knew it, only didn’t know how to respond to it.

☆ “It takes a genius to whine appealingly.” F.Scott Fitzgerald quote

So, let’s see if you can spot a whinger in my new novel, out on the 28th March, and based in Paris.

Don’t worry, it’s not all about whingeing, but more about love and finding yourself again.

Hope you enjoy reading it. Don’t forget to join my Facebook page, Elle Amberley Facebook , there’s a giveaway and more freebies to win.

Have a great weekend!

 

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Author to Author with Jae De Wylde

 

Interview with Jae De Wylde, author of The Thinking Tank

I met Jae through my publisher, she’s a very friendly lady and talented writer. I’m thrilled to ask her a few questions for my blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Any writing quirks? 

Oh my goodness – so many. I guess the most annoying one – and irritating for my husband, is that I have to have the whole house clean and tidy in order to be able to settle to writing – bonkers, hey? But if there is something that needs to be done on the domestic front, I just cannot concentrate until it’s sorted. However, the upshot of this is that my house sparkles the whole time that I am immersed in a novel!

Where do you most like to write? 

I have an old chaise longue that has migrated from house to house and room to room – but wherever it is, that’s where I like to write. I do also enjoy writing in coffee shops though. I spent lots of time in a well-known brand place in Town Centre Dubai when we lived over there – they were so lovely to me.

How much does real life inspire or shape your writing? 

I have had quite a lot of life’s so-called T-shirts. I think you bring your thoughts, feelings, and senses to your work, as well as familiar places – but keep it rooted firmly in fiction. Real life would be in danger of being far too pedestrian told as it is. That said, The Thinking Tank was conceived when I had to spend two hours per day, five days a week in a hyperbaric oxygen tank (see my blog ‘Life’s Crappy Stuff’ for details).

Are you a disciplined writer? Do you make yourself sit down every day or do you write in bursts? 

When I am properly in the flow I make myself write 1500 words a day, 5 days per week plus I always edit the previous day’s work. If I don’t manage my target, I make up for it at weekends and never let myself off the hook

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

I have been lucky to have been spared thus far. Sometimes the first 20 minutes or so of what I write just has to be scrapped – but then I get in the zone and I become very uncommunicative for a few hours!

What do you like best about writing? 

Discovering what’s going to happen next! No – seriously, I have tried planning until the very last page but in reality, the characters just take over to the extent that I can’t wait to see how it ends. Characters just develop as you go along – so what you had intended for them no longer suits their personality – it’s fascinating. There’s a huge twist in my plot, which just kind of wrote itself. Honestly!

The Thinking Tank is available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle, in all branches of Walkers and through branches of Waterstones and Waterstones.com

www.jaedewylde.com

Also available through: www.expatbookshop.com

Facebook: Jae De Wylde/ Twitter: @jaedewylde

Blog: Life’s Crappy Stuff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bio:

Half Dutch and born between the in-and-out gates of a distillery on the borders of Wandsworth and Battersea, way before the area became chic, I loved the whole London culture vibe as I was growing up. I went to Grey Coat Hospital Girls’ Grammar School in Victoria (a real privilege – I am grateful for the experience to this day), and then on to read BA Jt Hons Modern Languages at the University of Bristol. I loved my early career as a Modern Languages (French and German) teacher, working in both the state and private sector. Writing has been in my blood for as long as I can remember. Following on from freelance journalism, my work as Editor for Travelsphere holidays was fantastic – travel is a great passion and I am blessed to have done a lot of it, and to have lived for a spell in Spain and in The Middle East. I also enjoyed editing Embrace Magazine for a couple of years – an intensely busy time, bonkers but good. Life has not all been easy. When one of the closest people to me died I thought that the world would end and it almost did. When I surfaced, I realised that it had simply changed forever, and decided to honour her memory with the passion I try to inject into everything I do. The Thinking Tank was inspired by a desire to turn life’s crappy stuff into something meaningful and enriching…our past doesn’t always have to dictate our future. I am now living in Lincolnshire with my husband and two chihuahuas.

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Author to Author with Rochelle Melander

Welcome to Rochelle Melander, CEO of Write Now! Coach, a writing, editing, and coaching practice that she founded in 2001. Her 10th book, Write-A-Thon: Write Your Book in 26 Days (and Live to Tell About It) will be released in October 2011. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Where do you most like to write?

I write in my home office, next to a window, so I can watch the squirrels, birds and the neighbor’s cat when I have writer’s block. I live in a college neighborhood, and my office window overlooks a duplex filled with college students. Over the years, I have been treated to many more risque sights and sounds than squirrels and birds. My other very favorite place to write is at my friends’ home on Coronado Island in California. I love to look out at the lemon tree and smell the ocean as I write!

  • How much does real life inspire or shape your writing?

Tons! I am always revisiting my life experiences in my writing work. Since I mostly write nonfiction, I often use my daily experiences as a jumping off point for the writing I do. I am currently working on a novel, and I am finding that I do the same thing. I am planning to host my first Thanksgiving dinner ever in a few weeks. It just so happens, that I have given the characters in my NaNoWriMo novel the same challenge. This way, I get to look up recipes during my work time and get a double benefit out of it.

  • Plotter or pantser?

I land somewhere in the middle. I usually have an idea of the general plot line, but then I develop the specific plot turns and scenes as I write. Sometimes I stick to the original plot lines, sometimes I don’t.

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

I’ve had massive bouts of writer’s block and have finally figured out that writer’s block usually means something. Here are the likely culprits: 1. I am tired. 2. The book’s structure, plot, or topic is not working. For either crisis, I take a break from writing that piece and do something else. (Take a nap, do laundry, play with kids, walk in the park.) When I come back, I am usually able to write or find a solution to the book’s problems.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the Write Now! Coach, Rochelle Melander coaches professionals, executives, writers, business owners, and aspiring authors. Write Now! Coach Rochelle Melander values the power of writing to change the lives of writers and readers. She teaches aspiring authors how to make time to write, shape their ideas into a book or product, sell their work, and navigate social media.

 

Write Now! Coach evolved from Ms. Melander’s related careers as an author, feature writer, copywriter, editor and coach. Rochelle writes a popular Ezine, Write Now! Weekly Writing Tips, blogs regularly, and hosts the Write Now! Mastermind Class

 

Find out more:

Rochelle@writenowcoach.com

http://www.linkedin.com/in/rochellemelander

http://www.twitter.com/writenowcoach

 

www.write-a-thon.com

www.writenowcoach.com

The link to the book trailer is:  http://bit.ly/WriteathonTrailer

 

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Once a victim, always a victim?

My new novel follows a British student as she leaves her past behind her to go and study in California. Make no mistake, Natasha is a go-getter, a fighter, not a victim.

Abuse is ugly and all too often an assumption takes place, labels stick. Once a victim, always a victim? Abused children go on to replicate what was done to them?

I don’t think so. Yes, of course it does happen, but a difficult upbringing is never an excuse and many of us do go on to become loving parents. Perhaps it makes us better parents, I don’t know but for those who recover and break the cycle life becomes a constant search to better ourselves, a perpetual discovery and lightbulb moments.  For even after all these years you suddenly get a better understanding of past events and with life experience you might understand, not excuse, what pushed people to act the way they did but also to understand you were not the only one, that it didn’t happen because of something you did.

Whatever happens to us, we have a choice, we can turn our lives around instead of seeing ourselves as victims.

In Nowhere Left to Hide, Natasha has to fight her childhood ghosts. She’s had to run away many times, she knows what it is to live in fear and run away in the night.

When she’s offered the opportunity to study in Santa Barbara she does not hesitate despite being warned of the challenge ahead of her. She doesn’t even consider it a challenge, rather she sees her chance to be free and seizes it.

Being so far away from her tormentors and her fears she can finally be herself and shake off the labels. She makes friends and falls in love. The big question is: can she conquer her last fear?

Author to Author with Scarlett Bailey

So pleased to have Scarlett on my blog today, makes me feel all Christmassy. Mince pies anyone?

 

 

 

  • What inspires you the most when writing

It seems to be that ninety percent of writing seems to be like walking uphill in diving boots, but then suddenly without you even noticing it, you a skiing down a mountainside at top speed, because you are right there, in the middle of a scene, and everything is flying. It is a most exhilarating feeling, and it’s the promise of finding that fleeting moment whilst writing, that makes me want to keep doing it.

  • Plotter or pantser?

I’m a plotter, I’m a very exhaustive plotter, because I’m worried about losing my way or faffing or waffling too much, but the most interesting plot twist in The Night Before Christmas was not in my very extensive 20 page plot, it came out of the blue – so it just goes to show, you can’t plan for everything!’

  • What would you like people to remember most about you?

My recipe for Boy Scout’s Baked Beans which can be found in the back of The Night Before Christmas….(Only joking) I don’t know. For being rather nice, I hope. And not always eating all of the After Eights in one go without sharing. Not always.

  • Do you ever get fed up with your own stories?

Not so far. Writing The Night Before Christmas was an enormous amount of fun, but then writing about Christmas and kissing and snow and kissing wasn’t ever going to be too emotionally draining…

  •  I often write amidst chaos. What about you? Absolute peace or hustle and bustle?  

Utter, utter chaos, lots of bits of paper I need to file (bleugh) and things that have to be tidied up (double bleugh) and empty cups of coffee that should be washed up (you know what I think about that, BLEUGH). It all works fine until I have to find something….

Scarlett also has a little treat in store for you. Be good now and you get to read a chapter of Santa, Maybe ( Scarlett’s Advent Calendar short story )

Find one behind the door every day: http://adventcalendr.com/scarlettbailey/

 

You can also find Scarlett here:

@ScarlettBailey on Twitter

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Scarlett-Bailey/114529108652745

Watch the book trailer here:

watch?v=aAlTnauvFek

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Author to Author with Paige Toon

An interview with lovely author Paige Toon!

 

Paige Toon was born in 1975 and her dad’s career as a racing driver meant that she grew up between England, Australia and America. She worked for eight years as Reviews Editor at heat magazine, before leaving to have a baby. She now lives in Cambridge with her husband and two children. One Perfect Summer is her sixth book.







 



 

 

  • Born with a pen in your hand or writing came as a shock brigade?

I was definitely born with a pen in my hand. I’ve always wanted to write books – ever since I was a little girl. I remember I often used to write stories with sad endings, because I knew that that wouldn’t be what people expected from a little girl, and I didn’t want to be predictable. The day I got a book deal was one of the best days of my life – I had started to fear it would never happen, and I know it would have been one of my biggest regrets. I feel very lucky indeed.

  •  Plotter or pantser?

I’m a plotter, for sure. I know how my stories will start, continue and end. All of the main story arcs I know beforehand… with the exception of my new book, One Perfect Summer (10 May 2012). To my total surprise, I realised about twenty thousand words before the end, that I didn’t know what was going to happen to my characters. One of the main characters turned out different to how I imagined at the beginning, and because of that, it had a knock-on effect with the other characters. I literally didn’t know what was going to happen as I was typing my last few pages – it was a truly bizarre, but extremely exciting. Maybe I need to plan less in future…

  •  What do you like best about writing?

I love losing myself in another world. My stories and characters feel very real to me. When I’m into a story, I’m itching to get onto my computer so I can put my thoughts down. As I’m a full-time mum, this isn’t often immediately possible, but I can daydream about my stories any time I like, and live vicariously through my characters!

For more information, join Paige’s Facebook page :

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Paige-Toon-Fan-Page/142441769168819

or follow her on Twitter @PaigeToonAuthor

You can also visit:

www.simonandschuster.co.uk

www.paigetoon.com

Thank you Paige, it was a pleasure to find out a little more about you and your writing process.

 

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