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Still bohemian

A French connection that you could not take out of this girl. Reborn in Paris, like Sacha Guitry once famously said. “Parisian are not born in Paris, they are reborn.”

So mine lay dormant for many years, until after a period of intense grief, a click prompted me in the right direction. This is the story which inspired my novel, Lost in your time.

I’m guesting on the French Village Diaries, talking about this special connection. I invite you to go and read my post on this lovely blog.

http://www.frenchvillagediaries.com/FVD/Blog/Entries/2012/7/16_Guest_post_by_Elle_Amberley.html

Thanks for reading 🙂

 

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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Welcome to my private universe

How much do we need to see? How much do we need to know?

Awareness is good, but how much is too much information?

Graphic photos, every single detail of what happened in a murder case. I’m not wired to cope with this relentless flux of misery and horror, and who is?

Too much and I want to retreat in myself, close the door and become the hermit some people think I am.

Up until recently I wrote books and nobody knew who was hiding behind my pen name.

Now, I have a new pen name and I’m writing a different kind of books. I show my face and I am more outspoken.

Which way is best? I don’t know. I do stand by my choices though.

The social animal in me wants to interact and loves it. The hermit side needs her private universe to retire to when her empathy can’t cope.

A question of balance? Yes, still trying to find it.

Last night I couldn’t sleep after seeing disturbing pictures, I only saw them for a second or so, but still the damage was done.
This weekend I will be watching the X factor, not really my thing and I don’t really watch television anyway.

Find out why on Monday, have a good weekend!

So much advice

Do this, do that!

Many writers are concerned about their “platform,” sometimes forgetting to take time to write their books it seems, some of them haven’t even written a book to start with.

Nothing wrong with being prepared but when I hear so many saying they haven’t got time to WRITE, the balance seems all wrong. Ah, balance, always a tricky one.

It seems though that there is so much advice about promoting yourself that writers become obsessed with it, questioning their every moves be it about what they’re writing , how they’re writing…

So it’s confusing out there, you’re not sure who to listen to, what do you do?

Write, of course, that is the whole point, isn’t it?

Write, write again and then worry how you’re going to promote yourself. Make contacts, talk to people, sure and don’t forget to listen to your gut instinct. You’re the one writing this book, either you can or you can’t, but nobody can tell you how to write.

Is Amazon Lying About eBooks Outselling Printed Books? (via Me and My Kindle)

Is Amazon Lying About eBooks Outselling Printed Books? It’s been bothering me for a while. My friend Patrick said he didn’t believe ebooks were outselling printed books. In July, Amazon announced they’d sold 180 Kindle books for every 100 hardcover books, but my friend insisted Amazon must’ve been including all the free ebooks they give away every day. He was wrong about that. I tracked down Amazon’s original press release, where they specifically said they hadn’t used free Kindle books in their figu … Read More

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