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Author to author with Kit Domino

 Visiting my blog today is the lovely Kit Domino, author of Every Step of the Way. 

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

Very definitely with a pen in my hand. I was a sickly child, often away from school and at one stage even having lessons at home too, and thus I used to read a lot. This moved on to my constantly writing stories and had always dreamed of one day writing a book. A dream that came true. At school, my top subject was English and I wrote a lot of articles for the school magazine, usually on pop music! In a later job, the reporter in me led to writing and editing the company magazine.

  1. What inspires you the most when writing?

I would say that music is my main muse. It has always played a part in my life, always being played at home. I was a rock chick of the late 1960s and 70s, my first husband a DJ, and in later years I fell in love with classical music. It’s a great mood enhancer and whenever I’m writing, music is always playing in the background. A single melody or lyric can throw up all sorts of ideas. In all of my books, music is bound into the plot.

  1. How much does real life inspire or shape your writing?

A great deal. In my novel Every Step of the Way the people and locations are very much taken from my childhood in West London. I find people’s background and history fascinating, their lives a rich tapestry which gets interwoven, often subconsciously, into my work. Whilst none of my characters has been an actual portrayal of a particular person, certainly their mannerisms and traits have shaped and formed characters within the books. Places, too, are important: be it a particular location, a house, an island – all these inspire and form an important part.

Things that have happened in my own life also play an integral part. I think most writers would agree with that adage “write what you know”, thus when you have actually experienced something firsthand, had that particularly feeling or emotion, you write with greater clarity. It helps to bring it all alive. It is also cathartic. There is on the backburner of my writing cooker a part biographical story waiting to be written. It needs to be written if only to enable me to put that particular part of my life to bed and lay the ghosts finally to rest.

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

Indeed I have hit that solid brick wall. Often. Well, I used to, but not now. Over the years I’ve been writing I have found ways to clamber over it. I find I get it more in painting now. I’m an artist, and whilst often I know what I am going to paint, sometimes I just stare at a blank canvas not knowing. The secret is, as it is in writing, to get something down on the page no matter what. That is why I started to write a blog. It gets the creative juices flowing again, like a heavy rainstorm after a period of drought till it all comes tumbling out in a great waterfall of words until you are wading through a quackmire you have to reach in and pull what is worth saving.

  1. Have you ever switched genres, or considered doing so?

I write across several genres, partly through choice, partly through a fortunate series of incidents. I read many different book genres by many different writers but one of my favourites is Barbara Erskine. I love books that step out of the box of everyday life and venture into the world of fantasy and imagination, hence the writing of a timeslip. It’s still rough around the edges but it’s getting there.

There’s little doubt Every Step of the Way, a family saga as well as piece of social history , was influenced by a love of Cathrine Cookson stories and led to my being shortlisted for the Harry Bowling prize. But I don’t want to be just a saga writer. Being intrigued by the paranormal, ghosts and hauntings, one particular TV programme a few years ago shaped the plot for my paranormal, hopefully to be published later this year.

I know it’s said a reader will pounce on any book by a particular writer because they know the type of story they are going to get, but I like to think that isn’t always the case, certainly not for me. Perhaps I am different, but I want to be known as the author who switches genres because she has such a vivid imagination (as my mother used to say). Authors who get pigeon-holed in one genre often find after a while they run out of ideas, of plots and characters. By writing in different genres I know I’m never going to run out of steam, only time.

Books:

Every Step of the Way, published April 2012: http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Kit+domino&x=0&y=0

Website: http://www.kit-domino.com/index.htm

Blog: http://kitdomino.wordpress.com/

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Fifty shades of abuse?

 

 

 

I heard today a UK charity called for people to hand over their copies of Fifty Shades of Grey so they can be burnt in a huge bonfire.

 

While I don’t like the idea of burning books or any forms of extremism and intolerance (remember the Nazis?)

 

"North Hampton is a Domestic violence fre...

“North Hampton is a Domestic violence free-zone” (Massachussetts) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

, I can see their point. I like to listen to both sides. That said, I’m really uncomfortable with the idea. Burning books, burning flags? No. What will this achieve?

 

 

 

One can only hope this is done to shock in hope of garnering publicity for the charity and highlight what victims of domestic violence go through. I can also understand this charity’s frustration as authorities cut down on the services they provide for these victims. Not so long ago some of these women were told by their local authorities to go and sleep in the Occupy movement tents because of a lack of hostels.

 

Really? What a ridiculous suggestion!

 

 

 

When I was asked, as an author, for my views on the Fifty Shades phenomenon, I declined to comment, pointing out I hadn’t read them. No problem, they said, we’ll send you a copy right away. Ah thanks, not my type of book was my reply.

 

I have toyed with the idea of reading them since everywhere you look, someone is talking about it. Comments, reviews, articles in newspapers, you can’t escape the wildfire.

 

The more I read, the less I was inclined to read these books, even though I enjoy reading different genres and have at times been nicely surprised. It’s just not for me and that’s fine.

 

 

 

The fantasy of the young virgin being taken in charge by a millionaire is nothing new, but I baulk at the idea of reading a novel where someone enjoys inflicting pain. Oh, but he has a tormented past. Hmm, so what? Many more have had a difficult start in life, no reason to turn on others, on the contrary. There is a time when people have to grow up and make their own choices.

 

While victims can find solace and healing with others, this sounds a bit extreme. Most of the healing has to start from within. Imagine if all of us who had a difficult childhood did this? In reality, you can’t just change people, not unless they want to.

 

Some will say this is a novel, no harm done. Perhaps, but will it do anything to help change attitudes about rape and violence?

 

Each to their own, but let’s not forget the vulnerable, the victims. While everybody are making jokes, they’re still suffering.

 

 

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 🙂

 

Where did she go?

Some of you got a bit worried, as I haven’t posted for a while. Bless you. I’m ok. A combination of things.

First of all, I was stalked. Not very nice, but it’s been dealt with.
Then, my site got hacked. We don’t know yet if it was the same person. Anyway, our tech team did a brilliant job and secured the site. This is why the site was down, so they could work behind the scenes and do whatever they do. Don’t ask me, I’m just glad someone took care of it. I’m not very savvy in that respect.

My health has not been brilliant, an ongoing battle, I’m still working on it.
Most of all, I’ve been busy with my family, and of course, writing. I’ve been writing like a woman possessed, still no sign of the dreaded writing block. Too many ideas, too little time. Sleepless nights, spent writing. I resorted to pen and paper, hoping that not switching the laptop on would allow me to get some sleep. Lost cause. I’ve used lots of notebooks. In fact, I need more.

Short stories are flowing out of me like no business, anything starts me off. Watching the news, the radio, one word, one comment, and I’m away with the writing fairies. Some of these will be coming out soon. I’ve really enjoyed writing more diverse subjects lately, some are quite dark, and those of you who haven’t read my literary books will witness a new facet of my personality.
Anyway, I hope you will enjoy these. Get in touch, I love hearing from you 🙂

The comments’ system has been changed. I hope it will make it easier for you to drop me a line.
Thanks for reading Xx

Don’t forget to check out my books, and if you’ve enjoyed reading them, I’d be thrilled if you posted a review. Thanks

Author to author with Glynis Smy

 

 

 

 

Very pleased to present this guest post from the lovely Glynis Smy. Congrats on her first release and best wishes with the next.

 

Glynis Smy was born in England, in the coastal town of Dovercourt, near Harwich. She left town to nurse in London, and lived there for the first few months of her marriage. Three children, two pharmacies, a nursing career later, she is now free to write. Emigrating to Cyprus with her husband in 2005, enabled her to concentrate upon writing poetry.

Having always kept her poems in a drawer, Glynis decided to celebrate her fiftieth birthday by publishing them in a book. This was followed by a second, and she was contacted by a writer who told her she enjoyed reading her work. An on-line friendship formed, and for three years they communicated every day.

Reading a short story written by Glynis, her friend commented it would be better as a novel, and encouraged her every step of the way. Sadly the family contacted Glynis and told her that her friend had passed away. This was the day Glynis wrote The End on the novel. Slowly the writing world rallied around and drew Glynis into the community. Courage to set up a blog and share her work paid off, and novel two was completed with the support of a new mentoring friend.

Glynis loves the Victorian era, and gets carried away with researching for her novels, often procrastinating for hours on an attractive website or two. The first novel is now making its debut appearance, and is called, Ripper, My Love. It is an historical romance suspense.

Growing up in late nineteenth century East London, Kitty Harper’s life is filled with danger and death – from her mother, her beloved neighbour and the working women of the streets.

With her ever-watchful father and living surrogate family though, Kitty feels protected from harm. In fact, she feels so safe that while Whitechapel cowers under the cloud of a fearsome murderer, she strikes out on her own, moving into new premises to accommodate her sewing business.

But danger is closer than she thinks. In truth, it has burrowed itself right into her heart in the form of a handsome yet troubled bachelor, threatening everything she holds dear. Will Kitty fall prey to lust – and death – herself, or can she find the strength inside to fight for her business, sanity and her future? And who is the man terrifying the streets of East London?

It can be purchased on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle version. It will also be available on Amazon.co.uk at a later date.

Glynis has a blog she continues in the memory of her friend. They set it up to help authors showcase their books. New Book Blogger accepts all genres and will accept books published for many years, not just new.

Her personal author blog is www.glynissmy.com and she can be found on twitter and Facebook. 

Her second novel, an historical romance; Maggie’s Child, will be published at Christmas. Novel three, another historical romance; The Man in Room Eighteen, takes Glynis back to her roots and is based in her hometown.

 

 

 

 

What’s your excuse?

Excuses not to write

“Of all human activities, writing is the one for which it is easiest to find excuses not to begin – the desk’s too big, the desk’s too small, there’s too much noise, there’s too much quiet, it’s too hot, too cold, too early, too late. I had learned over the years to ignore them all, and simply to start.”

Robert Harris

What he said…

Forever may not be long enough,”says Matthieu to Natasha in my new novel, Lost in your time.

He’s French and he doesn’t take no for an answer. Impossible is also denied.

So, will the sparks fizz out? Or will Natasha fall for the forever concept?

 

“Forever is the most dizzying word in the English language. The idea of staying in one place forever was like standing at the border of a foreign country, peering over the fence and trying to imagine what life might be like on the other side, and life on the other side was frankly unimaginable.”

Emily St John Mandel ( Last night in Montreal)

What’s your take ? 

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