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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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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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Why we need good books

Good books, songs, poems…

  • to make you think
  • to open your mind
  • to entertain you and distract you
  • to make you dream
  • to exorcise the pain within you
  • to make you laugh
  • to transport you to another place

and so much more…

And these two, just like Mummy and Daddy, they can never have enough books !


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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Meet Sheryl Browne

In this latest author to author, I’d love to introduce the lovely Sheryl Browne

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Sheryl grew up in Birmingham, UK, where she studied Art & Design. She wears many hats: a partner in her own business, a mother, and a foster parent to disabled dogs. Creative in spirit, Sheryl has always had a passion for writing. She has previously been published in the US and writes Romantic Comedy because, as she puts it, “life is just too short to be miserable.”

 

Links: Website: www.sherylbrowne.com

Twitter: @sherylbrowne

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2771834381527&id=245372252189480#!/pages/Recipes-for-Disaster/245372252189480

 

 

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

Hmm?  Well, born with a crayon in my hand possibly.  I’m an artistic soul, secreting myself away from my siblings as a child to draw and paint in solitude.  I loved anything colourful and visual, which would fire my imagination.  Even as a toddler, I adored book covers and the illustrations therein.  Later, Grimm’s Fairy Tales and The Chronicles of Narnia totally enchanted me.  You’d never think it now – because I’m never the quiet one in a crowd, but I was little mouse as a youngster and not overconfident.  So, it came as a complete shock – to my then school teacher, as well as me – when I was considered talented enough to take the entrance exam to art school at age eleven.  Phewie.  Still, I remained an introvert, drawing and scribbling away.  I was totally rubbish at maths but, surprise, surprise, good at English.  So good, apparently, that my English tutor – who famously said he never marked higher than 19/20 – marked my essay 21+/20.  When he then went around the class asking us to comment on our essays, I just sat there, cheeks glowing like a set of brake lights and too timid to point out his obvious mistake.  I’ll never forget the smile on his face when I did manage to speak up.  Maybe he was trying to encourage me out of my shell.  From thereon, I wrote like my life depended on it.  My dad, who considered books in themselves to be works of art – woe betide anyone who turned down a page at the corner – continued to encourage me to read (I’m not sure Charles Dickens was suitable to my age group, though obviously I adored the characters) and I’ve been reading and writing ever since.

 

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

Real people inspire my writing, real life events and the turmoil of emotions that often goes with them.  That said, I like to look at the humour in a situation.  Not that I would laugh at people’s disasters.  God knows, I’m a walking disaster myself (I’m the kind of person that breaks her ankle, goes to work on crutches – single parent with necessary day-job – and falls face-first off the bus!), so I’m looking to laugh with people, rather than at them.  I want to squeeze someone’s hand when they’re sad and try to make them smile.  Thus, my stories tend to be character led, often featuring children and teenagers with all their adolescent quirkiness.  When I write, my aim is to leave someone with that all-important feel-good factor.  It someone laughs, it makes me feel good, and is a fabulous way to measure whether I’ve succeeded.

 

  •  What is your biggest ambition?

My biggest ambition was to tackle my arachnophobia.  I was so terrified of spiders, I moved house once, because they were just huge!  I did it!  Yay!  Cognitive therapy cured me, thank God.  My biggest ambition now, if I’m totally honest, would be able to sell enough books to justify my writing time, my me time. I don’t aspire to bestseller…  OK, I lie, I do …but I would like to be able to say, I’m busy, without the tinge of guilt that goes with it – whilst quietly hoping my family would find the kitchen without the aid of a compass, of course.

Oh, and to marry George Clooney, obviously.  He’s playing a bit hard to get, but I don’t give up easily.

 

 

  • When did you realise you had made it as a writer?

Well, I have been previously published in the US which was fab, but I felt I’d made it when my current lovely publisher http://safkhetpublishing.com/ liked my style and asked me to write Recipes For Disaster for them.  I was so nervous waiting for their feedback, I’d almost bitten my fingernails down to my elbows.  And then they said Yes!  They loved it!  Music to a writer’s ears.  Needless to say, I was euphoric.  Rejection is part and parcel of being a writer.  You have to try to use criticism positively, pull yourself up by your bootstraps and move on.  Your confidence does dwindle sometimes though.  Working with Safkhet has done wonders for mine.

 

  • Have you ever switched genres, or considered doing so?

I definitely switch genres, though it’s not something I would recommend unless you are exceptionally good at marketing yourself and possibly an already established writer.  It tends to confuse people.  However, because my stories are, as previously stated, character led, I tend to look at the dynamics of the family unit and what makes people tick.  I suppose you might call the genre I write in when not doing rom-com, family thriller.  I would certainly consider switching genres if asked to do so by someone who wanted to publish me!  There is no bigger incentive for an author than to be recognised.  What can I say?  I’m a writer.  I have to write. 

 

Thanks so much, Elle, for interviewing me and indulging my ramblings!

My pleasure Sheryl!

 

Blurb:

She’s a single. He’s a widower. She wants him. He wants her. She wants to impress. So does he. There’s just one catch – she can’t cook. To get him, she needs to get past the big fish – his mother. Lucky her, she’s got an Ace up her sleeve and all she’s got to do is impress this one time. Bad luck, though, her new guy can’t cook either, her dog Rambo is on the loose and now they’ve got to pull off the big lunch at the club. Will it be a match made in heaven? Will they be able to pull off a culinary miracle? Will their combined efforts result in love at first bite? Or is it simply a Recipe for Disaster?

Pre-order your copy today, using the links below, to have it in your hands on Valentine’s Day! 

Safkhet Publishing – Recipes for Disaster by Sheryl Browne

www.safkhetpublishing.com

Recipes for Disaster – Mix romantic comedy and step-by-step cooking instructions. Bake at 200 degrees for an entertaining read and handy guide. For more information, contact info@safkhetpublishing.com

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Woman and writer on the Verge

I’m a woman on the verge

Women on the Verge is a wonderful community of women, not afraid to speak their minds, coming from all walks of life and spread over the world. All wonderful women with stories to tell, experiences to share and most of all very supportive of each other.

It is an honour to be part of this wonderful community. I’d never joined one before but I’m glad I was introduced to WOTV. Wish I had more time to chat to all of them and in particular  Ana, it’s been a funny year, so much happening !I created my first post on their site, never realising how much I’d love it and how liberating it would be.

I’ve always found writing a good way to exorcise pain. As a novelist I write fiction, although there’s a little piece in me in everything I write and I don’t mean the blood, sweat and tears…Writing blogs posts on WOTV prompted me to start my own blog. Sharing experiences and pain lightened my soul and it’s amazing the response you get when you opened to people.

I’ve often been in tears because of it. Even if you only help one person by writing about abuse, heartache, grief… it’s a blessing. We all have a voice and experiences to share, it’s a powerful and amazing way to help each others.Long live women on the verge!
So go have a look :

http://www.womenontheverge.net/

This is a repost as Elle is not well. Thank you for all the good wishes.
Steffi
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