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An Easter message

Goodness, I sound like the pope. Sorry, no disrespect meant.

The last few weeks have been rough. Still, I’m grateful, things could be far worse.

I’m alive, I have a fantastic family and friends. Another book is out, another on the way.

I would like to thank you all of you, readers, friends everywhere and friends on Facebook, Twitter and of course Women on the Verge.

Thank you so much for your kindness and your support.

I’m so touched by all your lovely messages. It’s tempting sometimes to share them but I don’t.

Why not? Because I respect the senders of this kindness. The fact they’ve sent a message privately tells me something, and I wouldn’t betray their confidence. If you share something for all to see, that’s another matter.

Some of these messages touch me very deeply, thank you for sharing your stories. Together we can share and make a difference. So thank you for letting me know when something I’ve said or written has made a difference.

Hope you all have a lovely Easter!

So, what will the Easter bunny bring you?

[author]  [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] [/author]

Meet Jill Mansell








Big welcome today to novelist Jill Mansell. Jill kindly agreed to answer a few questions for me, so here it is without further ado.


Paper or laptop? I write mainly on my Mac but treasure my notebooks which can be found all over the place. What about you Jill?

I’m one of the few remaining dinosaurs who writes her novels by hand. I use Harley Davidson fountain pens and Pukka Pads – always have done and always will write by hand – it’s the only way I can create fiction. It’s also the reason there are no explicit sex scenes in my books – my mum used to type them up for me and now my teenage daughter does it. She’s easily repulsed!

 How much time do you waste on social networking sites?  I love interacting with readers and writers friends, what about you?

Too much! It’s just lovely, being able to chat on Twitter with other friends and writers and people who like my books. If I ask a research question, someone will always have the answer. I love watching favourite TV shows along with so many other people. We interact in so many ways. I feel sorry for those people who pull faces and say disparagingly, ‘But what’s the POINT of Twitter?’ They’re really missing out.

Indeed, Twitter is great and you do meet some lovely people this way. I often write amidst chaos. What about you? Absolute peace or hustle and bustle?

Well, I’m a bit of a mixture. Much as I would love to be one of those novelists who can sit in a cafe and write, it would be a disaster for me. I’m so incurably nosy I’d be too busy watching and eavesdropping on everyone to get any work done at all. I only ever write at home, either upstairs in bed or on my sofa in the living room, and I much prefer to be alone, but I do have to have the TV on while I’m working. It’s company, and you can pick up some great plot ideas. I love shows like This Morning, property programmes, old episodes of Oprah, and schmaltzy Christmas movies. I bet not too many other authors would admit to writing like this!

And why not. Whatever stimulates the muse, I guess. We all have our little quirks. Once again, thank you very much Jill, it’s been such a pleasure to get to know you a little better.

About Jill

I’ve written 23 books so far – romantic comedy, feel-good fiction to make you laugh and cry, and love my job when it’s going well. When it isn’t, I turn to Twitter and chat to readers and other writers for a while instead – you can find me there as @JillMansell. I’m also on Facebook but find it a tad confusing! My website is to be found at www.jillmansell.co.uk. I used to work in the field of clinical neurophysiology in a neurological hospital but that ended twenty years ago when I decided to take the plunge and become a full time writer instead.

My books have been translated into 26 languages and six million copies have been sold to date. My latest book is To the Moon and Back and the next one, titled A Walk in the Park, comes out in February 2012. Many thanks,Elle, for inviting me to answer questions about myself!

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Facebook Timeline. It’s my life


There has been much talk of Facebook and its new timeline, much controversy. Like it not, Facebook does what it wants. It took me a long time to join Facebook because of these privacy issues. Facebook is sneaky, you have to be on your guards to make sure some of your personal details will not be revealed.

Some people don’t care so much or can’t be bothered to check all the different and numerous privacy boxes. So does it matter?

Here is an article I read this morning, it was written by author Nathan Bransford on CNET. Check it out here :

Is the world ready for Facebook Timeline?

Interesting article, I left this comment:

A timely warning, as ever it depends what you post and how much you’re happy to reveal about yourself.

Problem is many people forget that and very young people are vulnerable as they don’t always grasp the significance of their acts. When you’re a certain age you might not care and think it’s all a bit of fun, trouble is you might live to regret that bit of fun.

And the law is never far behind you, people get drunk or post something as a joke and the next thing they know they’re in court.

What about you? What do you think? Like it? Or hate it?

Forget it!

Yes, forget Twitter, Facebook and the Internet

I do love Twitter by the way,  it’s great to follow other writers and support each other.

Trouble is, it can be far too distracting. There are so many interesting posts to read, it’s never ending!

When you already have a tendency for procrastination, it’s easy to lose track of time and while away hours on the net.

I do fear however for the sanity of new writers, trying to get published. You could spend days on the internet reading how to query, how to write, how not to write, how to submit… blah blah blah

There is of course some very good advice but I get alarmed  to see many getting discouraged and overwhelmed by so much conflicting advice.

Speaking to @LFauthor yesterday, she was thinking of completely rewriting her first novel on the basis of what she had been reading.

Now, I have read a couple of short stories she has written. I did like her style and I’ve encouraged her to follow her heart.

I have no real rules when I write. I just go with the flow. I truly believe that is the only thing that really matters.

So my advice to you, go and write, and write some more. Forget Twitter and the internet for a while. Follow your heart and your guts.

P.S. There will be plenty of time to worry about getting your book out there when You, yes, you! are happy with it.

Good luck!

Computer rage, don’t you love the Internet?!

Heck,I’m not the most patient person in the world.Don’t get me wrong, I can be really patient with people I care about but when it comes to machines and myself, I seem to have none at all.

I hate waiting, the computer is always too slow and when it goes wrong, I want to scream with frustration.Often, I’m drumming my fingers waiting for downloads.Ok, so you might have guessed I ‘m not exactly computer savy.
In fact, if you’d told me 2 years ago, I’d end up spending so much time on the Internet and tapping away on a keyboard, I probably would have laughed.

I’ve been sucked in though by all the net offers you, so many interesting sites, you could waste hours, days and still there would be so much more to explore.
Of course, there’s also plenty of rubbish which you have to sift through and that can be quite maddening and time-wasting.Do I have time to waste?!
Shame you can’t filter all the trash that comes up , you have to go through this elimination process.
Still, sometimes, you get a pleasant surprise and often your eyes can open to new ways of thinking.

Some people regard the the Internet as evil, sure you do have to be careful but come on! Unfortunately, not everybody realises how much of themselves they’re giving away.

For my part, I’ve embraced the Internet.I can find all the music I love, find out what’s happening in the world, keep in touch with my friends all over the world.Yep, even the mad one constantly at my side who still finds the need to persecute me on my Twitter, joke!

The Internet also provides me with the tools I need to make the most of it.So often,I’m sat there wondering how to do this or that.When I started my blog, I had to find out how to burn a feed…Say what!
I didn’t have a clue but soon found out, thank you Google and all the geeks in this world!
So yes, I’ve surprised myself creating backgrounds for my profiles and so on.

Why do they have to make it so complicated though.Some things are dead easy like Twitter but when you want to do other things properly, there comes the challenge and my perfectionist side rears its ugly head and I get frustrated.Sometimes I think they like to make it more complicated than it should be so that you spend more and  more time slaving away.Perhaps it’s a conspiracy.Ok, only joking!

Most of all, I  really enjoy writing even more, blogging being so different from the writing I normally do.It has unleashed  all the thoughts and ideas swirling in my brain, quite liberating and refreshing.Tweeting was a challenge at first, expressing myself in 140 characters, a real challenge for my unrestrained mind.

Sometimes I just wish I had a button too, like a machine, at the very least a pause button to still my mind.
A little bit of peace, quiet please! Thank you very much.