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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The Liebster Award: Take 2

I was first nominated for the Liebster Award two or three years ago and not only did I get loads of traffic to my blog as a result, it gave me something to write about other than my normal ranty stuff and it was fun. Thanks to the fabulous Ailsa Abraham, I’ve been nominated again and I am delighted to have another bash. You can read Ailsa’s response to the questions she was given (and a succint definition of what the award is about) here. Below are the questions Ailsa wanted her nominees to answer and I’ve done my best to answer them. Hope this is OK, Ailsa! What prompted you to blog in the first place? I am a writer and inherent to being a writer is the belief one has something to say. I don’t like speaking to myself (well, not ALL the time) so blogging seemed...

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An Interview with Laurence MacNaughton

Following my review of Conspiracy of Angels yesterday, I was lucky enough to secure an interview with the talented Mr. MacNaughton himself. I hope you enjoy it and if you read on to the bottom you’ll find out how you can win a digital copy of Conspiracy of Angels for yourself. Hi Laurence! Can you share your journey from writing to publication with us? A: Well, I had wanted to write this book for years. I was obsessed with the idea of an ex-con trying to track down his daughter’s killer, only to discover that her killer isn’t human. Deep down, it’s a story about loss and redemption, and I think it resonates with so many readers because we’ve all lost someone and struggled to come to terms with that. That struggle is what makes us...

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The Coward’s Tale: A Musical Map and a Publishing Journey with Vanessa Gebbie

[tweetmeme source=”nettiewriter” http://www.URL.com] I am beyond thrilled to be participating in Vanessa Gebbie’s blog tour to promote the paperback publication of The Coward’s Tale, undoubtedly the best book I have read this year.  You can read what I thought of the book here and visit Vanessa’s own website here. NT: Hi Vanessa, and thank you for letting me participate in your blog tour. I loved ‘The Coward’s Tale’ and know that it won the Telegraph Write A Novel In A Year Competition. Could you tell us how that happened? VG:It was lovely – great validation. ‘The Coward’s Tale’ was called ‘Boy in the Tunnel’ back then. The Daily Telegraph ran a series of workshops with novelist Louise Doughty, which ended...

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