Interview with Author, Gail Mitchell @GailMitchell42 #Author #Interview #wwwBlogs

It’s my pleasure to introduce author, Gail Mitchell, as she releases her fabulous book, Loving the Life Less Lived (you can read my review tomorrow). Over to Gail…

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The Fun Stuff:

What part of the world do you come from?

I was born in Nottingham, but spent my teenage years in Brentwood in Essex (before it became famous for TOWIE). After studying in York I came back to Nottingham, moved to Bristol for six years then back to Nottingham again. Nottingham is my home, it’s like a magnet that keeps drawing me back.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

An Air Hostess! Even though it’s not politically correct to call them that anymore. Other than that I wanted to be a recluse!

List three words to describe yourself.

Well avoiding the obvious anxiety related words I would say: Continue reading “Interview with Author, Gail Mitchell @GailMitchell42 #Author #Interview #wwwBlogs”

Interview with Claire Seeber, author of The Stepmother #Thriller (@claireseeber)

I’m delighted to be kicking off the blog tour for Claire Seeber’s new novel, The Stepmother, with a quick chat about power naps, being witty with a Pringle, and writing psychological thrillers. Over to Claire…

 

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The Fun Stuff:

What part of the world do you come from?

I’m a proper Londoner 🙂 Having said that, my dad is actually Austrian, from the middle of the Alps, & now lives near the sea in Sussex.  I love the sea.  I have mixed feelings about mountains – majestic but there’s no way out!

What did you want to be when you grew up?

An actress.  I had a go too, when I left university but I gave it up when I got asked to be ‘witty with a Pringle crisp’ in an audition.  It was soul-destroying!

List three words to describe yourself. Continue reading “Interview with Claire Seeber, author of The Stepmother #Thriller (@claireseeber)”

Meet Author and Charming Man @PeterJonesAuth #TuesdayBookBlog #Romance

 

When I started on my personal development journey and devoured every self-help book on the market, I discovered an author who managed to combine life, love and goal setting with a huge dollop of humour. This man became my go-to resource when I needed a metaphorical kick up the behind. After reading all of his self-help titles, I tentatively connected with him on Facebook and found him to be gracious, witty and charming. He welcomed me into his ‘gang’ and that, as they say, was that. He has allowed me to stalk him ever since!

Peter Jones (not that one!) is one of my favourite authors and a thoroughly fabulous chap. In 2015, he released The Good Guy’s Guide to Getting the Girl, his debut fiction novel. It was very well received, racking up the five-star reviews, such as this one from a Mr Caulfield:

Loved it! This was such an easy read, the story flowed effortlessly even with the jumps in time. I could so see this as a movie and was mentally casting it as I read. The beauty of this book is that every misfortune, mistake, blunder and block that our hapless hero, Jason, endures, is feasible, not overblown or unrealistic. I’m sure there are many men who would identify with him. I loved the author’s writing style and humour. There were plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, and I can’t wait for the sequel. According to the author, it took ten years to get this book out; if the sequel isn’t out in the next 12 months I shall hunt him down and become Cathy Bates!!

Much to everyone’s delight (especially Mr ‘Bates’ Caulfield), Peter has now released his second novel, The Truth About This Charming Man and I am honoured that Peter has joined me on my blog to talk about his latest release.

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Me: You have mentioned in various interviews that The Good Guy’s Guide to Getting the Girl took you ten years to write. How long did this one take you to pen? Continue reading “Meet Author and Charming Man @PeterJonesAuth #TuesdayBookBlog #Romance”

Using Pinterest as a Writer

 

As a kid, the walls of my bedroom were covered in posters. I had favourite bands and artists, and also the actors from TV shows I followed, they were spread across every square inch of space. Posters were one of the simple pleasures in life, one that I miss now I’m a grown up.

Fortunately, a few years ago, I discovered Pinterest. An online pin board where you save, or ‘pin’, all your favourite pictures, quotes and article links. It’s a visual site with minimal text so appeals to my ‘visual learner’ personality.

One of the first boards I created was a ‘my favourite people’ board. I spent a happy hour searching for all my old crushes (Michael Praed – Robin of Sherwood was awesome!), along with a few new faces (Kit Harington). It was like taking your teenage bedroom walls with you wherever you went – whatever your age! images (7)

Since that first board, I have gone on to create another forty plus boards in a huge variety of topics. From tattoos to vampires, garden ideas to favourite authors, the possibilities are endless.

When the time came for me to get serious about my writing, I chose Pinterest to help me visualise the ideas I had. Quite a few of the authors I also follow have novel inspiration boards. It’s like taking a secret peak inside the minds of the authors I admire. You get a feel for how they pictured their protagonist, or where the inspiration had come from for a particular world/scene.

I found this to be incredibly helpful when writing my fantasy series. I found numerous images that resonated with my idea. They included characters as well as places/setting. Sharing my boards with my readers also helped them to bond with my characters before the book was even published. I could tease my readers with ‘guess who’ games and they engaged in this passionately.

When writing my non-fiction books, I chose to create boards that centred on my blog and inspirational quotes or affirmations. This helped to raise interest in not only my motivational blog but in the books I had written.

As a writer, you can link your books to your boards, sending your readers directly to your Amazon page, or wherever you need to send them.

Pinterest can also be a useful tool for comparing your favourite authors. Start a board and pin their book covers – see if there is a theme to what you are pinning. If you are creating your own book cover then Pinterest can help to collect all your ideas in one place.

It is a highly beneficial tool for both writer and reader, and with more and more people engaging in this platform, it might be time for you to sign up.

If you are interested in joining the fastest growing social media site, then follow these steps:

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Originally you could only sign up using your Facebook or Twitter account, this is still possible, but you also have an email sign-up option now.

Choose which way you would like to sign up and follow the instructions.

For this example, I used the email sign up.

You will be asked for your first and last name, your age and gender. Enter and hit ‘Join us.’

You will then be directed to a page with ‘what are you interested in?’ This is where you can click on all the topics that interest you and allow Pinterest to share appropriate boards. You can click on as many as you like. When you’re ready click ‘Follow.’

Pinterest will then tell you they are searching for boards.

You will be reminded to confirm your email address and then a page full of ‘pinned’ images will appear.

Before you can pin anything, you need to create a board. In the top right of the screen, you will see your name in a box with a white pin in a red circle next to it. Click on your name and you’ll be taken to your profile page.

Click on ‘Edit Profile’ to fill in some more information about yourself.

Once you’ve done this, you can start to create boards.

On your profile page, you will see a light grey box that says ‘Create a Board’. Click on this and you will be taken to a board page – enter the relevant information. What is the board about? You can name it however you like. You are also asked to choose a category; e.g., Hobbies. You also have the option to keep your board private.

For example, I have a board called Campervan Crazy, this is where I pin anything to do with VW Campers. This is my most visited board!

On my account I have a mixture of professional and personal boards, you are free to create a board on any subject you want. I’ve seen some users who have a board for every letter in the alphabet, and others who have colour coded boards. The choice is yours.

When you’ve finished creating your board click ‘Create’ and your new board will come up – you will notice the title you chose, in bold at the top of the page. There will now be a light grey box that says ‘Add a Pin’, this is where you can upload your own image from the Web or your computer. I use this feature when I upload my cover art for my books, linked to my Amazon page.

To search the millions of pins within Pinterest, type what you are looking for in the search bar at the very top of the screen. As you type, a drop-down menu appears to help you search. All the pins are taken from other people’s boards. If you see an image you like then hover your mouse over the image and you will see three options at the top of every image. You can ‘pin it’, ‘send it’ or ‘like it’ (a tiny heart shape). If you press ‘Pin it’ you will be given the option of choosing which of your boards you want to pin the image on. Click the pin it button and the image will be saved to your board. Simple as that.

To log out of your board, click on the cog symbol next to your name on your profile page. This will also link you to the ‘settings’ page and ‘find friends’, where you can follow the boards of all your friends. Unlike Facebook, you don’t need to request to be a friend, you can follow any board you like and their pins will show up in your notifications – you can access this by clicking on the small button of two grey pins just next to your name.

To return to your profile at any time just click on your name in the top right. You will notice that your board/s are displayed below your name.

In a nutshell, that’s it. The next thing you need to do is pour yourself a large coffee and have fun – beware though; Pinterest is addictive.

I’d love to hear how Pinterest has helped you with your writing. Or if you are an avid reader, has this platform aided your search for interesting authors and books?

 

Blog Tour – Craig Boyack

 

Will O’ the Wisp is the newest release from C. S. Boyack. It involves a mildly handicapped girl facing a mysterious threat. The wisp has been killing off Patty Hall’s family for generations, and she’s next on the list. It is suitable for young adult readers.

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In most blog tours readers want to know what jarred the author’s imagination into writing a story. The fact is that inspiration comes from everything. I find inspiration in music, film, television, art, books, even random conversations.

It so happened that I was spending some time with my grandchildren. They wanted to watch a movie and chose Brave. Now Brave includes a Will O’ the Wisp in it. My movie ended there, and my imagination was off to the races. I’ll admit it was a fun film, but I kind of tuned out at that point.

I may have spent some time Googling ignis fatuus, Jack o’ lantern, fairy lights, and more. I liked the fact that Merida wasn’t exactly the typical Disney princess either. She wasn’t tall, thin, and perfect. Regular people deserve stories too. I may have incorporated a similar, albeit brunette, hairstyle but the similarity ends there.

Patty Hall is fifteen and lives in rural Virginia, USA. The time is the fall of 1974. Patty is the outcast at her school with her corrective leg braces. She has loyal friends who are outcasts as well. Her journey takes readers on a coming of age story of a sort.

The Wisp itself had to be magical in my mind. It is the harbinger of an ancient curse that’s inflicted this specific branch of the Hall family for hundreds of years. I guess we just left Disney movies behind.

Even without any Disneyesque style, Will O’ the Wisp is suitable for young adults. I wouldn’t be afraid to share it with my oldest granddaughter. (Her siblings can’t read yet.) I never shy away from adult themes, but this story doesn’t need them, and they would actually detract from the story.

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Patty Hall is perfectly prepared for the wrong problem. She is enamored with the space race, and knows the history of NASA by heart. She is faced with an ancient threat that has been targeting the Hall family for generations. Hampered by an overprotective mother, if Patty can’t figure it all out in time, she may be the next member in the Hall family cemetery plot.

It’s not hard enough to be a fifteen year old girl, and a social outcast. As she watches her friends mature and grow, she has to face the idea of never turning sixteen. Please consider joining Patty on her incredible adventure.

You can pick up a copy on Amazon using your Kindle or a free reading app. Download it here:

North American version: http://a-fwd.com/asin-com=B00UPH6BNS

International version: http://a-fwd.com/asin-com=B00UQNDT2C

 

Follow Craig at the following locations:

Follow my blog: http://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com

Check out all my novels here: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00ILXBXUY

Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/Virgilante

On Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9841203.C_S_Boyack

 

Author Bio:

I was born in a town called Elko, Nevada. I like to tell everyone I was born in a small town in the 1940s. I’m not quite that old, but Elko has always been a little behind the times. This gives me a unique perspective of earlier times, and other ways of getting by. Some of this bleeds through into my fiction. I moved to Idaho right after the turn of the century, and never looked back. My writing career was born here, with access to other writers and critique groups I jumped in with both feet. I like to write about things that have something unusual. My works are in the realm of science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy. The goal is to entertain you for a few hours. I hope you enjoy the ride.

 

“This tour sponsored by 4WillsPublishing.wordpress.com.”

 

Author Interview – Terry Tyler

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The Fun Five:

  1. What part of the world do you come from?  East Anglia
  2. What did you want to be when you grew up?  Oh, the usual things.  A princess or an actress!  I never had a clear idea of wanting to be ‘an’ anything, even when I got older.  Of course I had the occasional fantasy about being an internationally acclaimed writer, but that’s about it.
  3. List three words to describe yourself.  Totally Hot Babe.  I am.  Honest.
  4. Who would play you in a film about your life?  I’d like to say Scarlett Johansson or Evangeline Lily but I suspect Rick Parfitt of Status Quo might be more apt.  He’d need a sex change, of course, but I hear he does like to cross-dress.
  5. Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?  No.  I write.  No time for much else.  I could list some other stuff I like doing but it’s not very interesting.  I’m great at backgammon against the computer.  Oh yeah.  That’s not very interesting, sorry….

The Sensible Seven:

  1. What/who inspired you to write your first book?  No-one and nothing, I don’t think!  I’d always read a lot and written stuff and one day when I had a lot of time on my hands in 1993, I thought, I wonder if I could write a novel.  So I put pen to paper!
  2. Give us the title and genre of your latest book and a brief tagline.  Last Child.  It’s a contemporary drama with a historical twist.  Tagline: Imagine the Tudor court set in the present day…

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  1. When you wrote Kings and Queens did you plan to write a series?  No, I don’t really do series.  I’d always planned a sequel if the book worked, but I prefer to write one-offs.  Having said that, the other day another writer (April Taylor) gave me a great idea for how to carry the story on…!  But Last Child ends in March 2015 so I’ll have to wait at least two years.
  2. Once you had chosen to write these books how did you begin researching such a huge topic?  (I’m having a History class flashback about all those dates!) I already knew the stories well; it was my interest in Tudor history that made me want to write them.  I just read several more books, both fact and fiction, that cover the periods, to remind myself of details and get different outlooks on the relationships between the characters.
  3. I love the diversity of your writing and the inclusion of many every day issues tied in with romance and mystery. What are you enjoying most about writing historical fiction?  Thank you, Shelley!  Well, I don’t really write historical fiction, it’s just a modern day version of it, which is much easier.  I love the reading, of course, but also seeing the reaction of readers who might see certain characters’ historical counterparts differently.
  4. What can we expect from you in the future?  Ah – I’m writing another modern day-history parallel. This time I’m doing the Wars of the Roses, and it’s MUCH more difficult. It’s completely unrelated to the stories in Kings and Queens and Last Child. I’ve done an extensive basic plan as it’s a more complicated story; it’s been hard to decide what to keep in and what to leave out, and it necessitates me writing a murder and kidnapping, too, which is going to be something new for me.  I’ve decided to write it from the points of view of the women involved ~ Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort, the Neville sisters and one of Edward IV’s mistresses, Jane Shore.  I have a lot more research to do, as well, but I am doing it as I go along, this time.  At the time of writing this (March 13) I’ve written about 15K words of the first draft.  A long way to go!
  5. How can we contact you or find out more about your books?  They’re all available only as ebooks on Amazon.  Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog, Shelley, and here are all my links:

Amazon UK

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Terry-Tyler/e/B00693EGKM

Amazon.com

http://www.amazon.com/Terry-Tyler/e/B00693EGKM

Blog

http://www.terrytyler59.blogspot.co.uk/

Book Review Blog

http://terrytylerbookreviews.blogspot.co.uk/

UK Arts Directory Blog (about self-publishing)

http://ukartsdirectory.com/category/ukad-blogs/terry-tyler/

Twitter

https://twitter.com/TerryTyler4

Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5821157.Terry_Tyler

Author Interview – Della Galton

Today I am joined by one of my favourite authors, Della Galton.

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The Fun Five:

1. What part of the world are you from?

Bournemouth, born and bred, like my mother 🙂

2.  What did you want to be when you grew up?

A vet!  Not sure what happened!

3.  List three words to describe yourself.

Tall, over sensitive, workaholic, tee hee.

4.  Who would play you in a film about your life?

Someone gorgeously attractive and a lot younger – preferably with real long hair and not hair extensions!

5.  Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?

I can click my mouth and make it sound like a galloping horse.  My cousin, Nicola, taught me when we were about eight!

The Sensible Six:

1.  You write short stories, novels and non-fiction – not to mention your agony aunt page, critique service, blog, Daily Della anthologies, workshops and public speaking (phew!), do you have a favourite?

It’s a close toss up between short stories and novels.  I love both, the stories for their brevity and the novels for the opposite reason, you can really get your teeth into a good novel.

2.  Give us the title of your latest book and a brief tagline.

It’s called The Morning After The Life Before – and it’s about a scatty lovely girl who used to drink a teeny bit too much and is trying not to do it again.

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3.  I am so excited about SJ’s return.  Did you plan to write a sequel?

Not when I wrote Ice and a Slice.  I thought it was a standalone.  But I got nagged a lot and I fancied writing more about SJ – I love her.  And in the end I couldn’t resist it.

4.  How much research is involved when writing about sensitive topics such as alcoholism?

Loads.  I do all my research by asking people who know.  I speak to them at length and in depth.  I feel very privileged that they trust me.

5.  What can we expect from you in the future?

Well, actually I quite fancy writing a third novel about SJ.  I have the first page in my head.

6.  How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

I am on Facebook and Twitter most days.  I have a website and a blog.

You can get your copy of The Morning After The Life Before here.

Also available: Ice and a Slice.

To celebrate its two year birthday, Ice and a Slice, book one in the Ice series is FREE for kindle today until Sunday.

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