Fiction, Fun Stuff, The Writing Process, Travel, Vampires, Writing, Young Adult

Book Research and Seeking Out Vampires in Whitby #YA #WritersLife

Editing has begun on my latest YA novel, Blood Born, and after spending a week in Whitby immersing myself in the town where the book is set, I have my red pen at the ready, and I’m raring to go. There’s something magical about standing in the same spot your character stands and exploring the… Continue reading Book Research and Seeking Out Vampires in Whitby #YA #WritersLife

Mardi Gras 2020, New Orleans
Authors, Fun Stuff, Travel

Surviving my first Mardi Gras #Travel #NewOrleans

When I told my UK friends that I was heading to New Orleans for Mardi Gras they responded with the customary ‘oh, how lovely, I wish I was going’ that you would expect from anyone staying behind. My US friends, however, mentioned the phrase ‘baptism of fire’ far too often for me to ignore! What… Continue reading Surviving my first Mardi Gras #Travel #NewOrleans

Author Shelley Wilson, Harry Potter Pencil
Authors, Fun Stuff, The Writing Process, Writing Tools

5 Things On My Writing Desk #WritersLife

My favourite kind of blog post is when an author allows us to see behind the scenes. They give us a small insight into their world with snippets of their working day, the view from their window, or what they have on their shelves. After all, it’s human nature to be inquisitive (nosy!). I was… Continue reading 5 Things On My Writing Desk #WritersLife

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2019, Author Shelley Wilson
Authors, Blogging, Books, Fun Stuff, Top 10 Writing Tips

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2019 #Blogging #Top10WritingTips #BookReviews

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2019. I haven’t blogged as much as I would like this year, but the content I have shared has been well received by followers far and wide. In July, I launched my Top 10 Writing Tips feature, which proved to be incredibly popular with readers and writers alike. I thought… Continue reading Top 10 Blog Posts of 2019 #Blogging #Top10WritingTips #BookReviews

My Top 5 Favourite Reads of 2019, Author Shelley Wilson
Authors, Book Review, Book Reviews, Books, Fiction, Fun Stuff, Historical Fiction, Indie Author, Inspirational, Non Fiction, Reading, Young Adult

My Top 5 Favourite Reads of 2019 #Fiction #YA #NonFiction

My Top 5 Favourite Reads of 2019 I’ve struggled with my reading goals for the last couple of years (one of the many annoying side effects of depression). My Goodreads challenge has dropped significantly, and if I manage ten books, it’s worthy of a celebration. Sometimes I’ve started to read but not had the headspace… Continue reading My Top 5 Favourite Reads of 2019 #Fiction #YA #NonFiction

Authors, Fiction, Fun Stuff, Indie Author, NaNoWriMo, Non Fiction, The Writing Process, Writing

Why Failing at NaNoWriMo is Okay #Writing

Why Failing at NaNoWriMo is Okay. Hello, I’m Shelley, and I’m a big fat failure! I’m not upset by this statement, and in fact, I find it quite liberating to admit my failures, especially when they’re writing-related. I recently met two lovely A-Level English students, and I felt thoroughly inspired as I listened to their… Continue reading Why Failing at NaNoWriMo is Okay #Writing

Books, Fiction, Fun Stuff, Young Adult

Opening Lines – What hooks a reader? #AmReading

It’s been a few years since I published an opening lines blog post highlighting my favourite novels. To celebrate some of the incredible books I’ve read recently I thought I’d do it again. Feel free to join in and tag me so I can read your posts. Here are eight novels where the opening lines… Continue reading Opening Lines – What hooks a reader? #AmReading