My Creative Process – The Grand Blog Tour

Firstly, many thanks to Abi Burlingham who nominated me to take part in the Grand Blog Tour for creative types. The whole point of these tours is to encourage new visitors to your blog so if this is your first time at my particular madhouse, hello, welcome and please come again. If you’re a regular visitor you already know not to put your hands near the cage bars and under no account to feed the exhibits. Unless it’s chocolate. Unless it’s chocolate for me. And booze. And….ahem. Each participant in the blog tour has four questions to answer, so here goes. What are you working on? I have more projects on the go than is healthy. To get me actually writing I work on a little bit of “Senga McGurk’s Guide Tae Glesga: An A to Z.” Senga has...

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Ailsa Abraham tells us about her new novel ALCHEMY

As part of the celebrations for the launch of her new novel Alchemy, it is my great pleasure to welcome Ailsa Abraham to my blog today. Hi, Annette. Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity to strut my stuff about my latest release. It’s very kind. Here are some thoughts on the seemingly endless gestation period for this one. There is some very good advice around for beginner novelists. One of them is “Start your novel with a bang! Hook the reader from the very first sentence.” That is exactly what I did when writing Shaman’s Drum. It dived straight into the action, referring to past history along the way but concentrating on the adventure at hand. Yes, well, great advice if the newbie novelist is writing a stand-alone work. It’s not so...

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Today, I’d like to welcome Nancy Jardine to my blog. Nancy is celebrating the launch of her new book, After Whorl: Bran Reborn.  Below she shares with us what her new book is about and where you might be able to purchase a copy. Ravaged by war …AD 71. After the battle at Whorl, Brennus of Garrigill is irrevocably changed. Returning to Marske, Ineda finds her grandmother dead, though Brennus is not. Snared by a Roman patrol, they are marched to Witton where he is forced to labour for the Roman IX Legion. Embracing his new identity as Bran, Brennus vows to avert Roman occupation of northernmost Brigantia. Ineda becomes his doughty spying accomplice, though sometimes she’s too impetuous. Trading with the Romans lends excellent opportunities for information...

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Iain Banks

I’ll never forget how I felt when I turned the last page of The Wasp Factory. I was stunned. Stunned by the talent, the story telling, the words I had just read. Iain had take me to a strange, troubled and disturbing world from where I didn’t want to leave. And I still don’t. Although I’m not a lover of the Iain M Banks novels, the man just doesn’t know how to write a bad book. God, I’m going to miss him. You can tell from the pics below how proud I was to meet him at Wordfest in 2011 and have him sign my daughter’s copy of The Wasp Factory and my copy of Transition. Let’s all send a prayer, a vibration to the universe to hope the man has peace and love in his final months.     The social media...

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If Only I Knew…

My debut self-published story collection ‘And The Angels Cried and other stories’ is launched on Amazon Kindle tomorrow. I’ve hardly slept for a week and have been obsessively checking and double checking everything. I can do no more. I have read, with great interest, many blogs written by friends and colleagues who have gone down a similar path to mine and have found them, without exception, to be filled with great advice for the novice self-publisher. Without their help, the tricky process of formatting, negotiating the author interface on Amazon and pricing dilemma would have been much, much harder. But what I haven’t been prepared for is the sheer emotional anxiety of the process. Maybe it’s just me. I don’t normally...

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