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Book pet hates

Recently, I began thinking about the things that annoy me when reading a book. Sometimes you can be reading a really good book, but the author might keep doing just one little thing that keeps niggling at you. Maybe it’s a phrase. Maybe it’s the way they write their sentences. Or maybe it is the constant typo that keeps cropping up.

We all have them. Pet hates. Those things that really frustrate us when reading and sometimes even force us to close the book and stop reading altogether.

For me, it is things like short jerky sentences, really long chapters and sloppy dialogue. And then when you think about the actual content of the story, I cant stand anything too obvious, or things that drag out much longer than they need to.

I took myself off to Facebook and Twitter and asked that very question to my friends. What are your pet hates when reading. I received quite a mix of answers and  thought to myself, people should really know this. As a writer, it is really handy to know what readers like and dislike when reading. So I thought I would list a few of the responses I got:

 

  • Historical Inaccuracies
  • A character playing with their hair too much
  • Character POV too long
  • Character POV not long enough
  • A popular one – Headhopping
  • Extra, unnecessary words
  • Excessive backstory
  • Adverbs
  • Information dumping
  • Typos
  • Fancy words that you have to look up the meanings for
  • Repetition of words
  • Heroes who are hot, sexy and pretty much perfect!
  • Short jerky sentences
  • Obvious clichés
  • Alpha males who are bullies
  • Certain phrases (These were individual to the person commenting)

 

So as you can see, there are lots of things that you can do when writing a book which will really bug the reader. Isn’t writing a book supposed to be easy – oh wait, that’s right, it’s not 🙂

When I read all these comments – which are from both authors and readers – I was surprised at some, which is why I thought it would be a good idea to share it with you all.

I hope you’ve found this post useful. Maybe you have some pet hates yourself which haven’t been mentioned. Please feel free to add them into the comments below.

A special thanks to the following people for getting involved and voicing their views on my Fb and Twitter:

Jean Fullerton, Judy Astley, Julie Mccullogh, Sophia Valentine, Jo Cannon, Rhoda Baxter, Sue Moorcroft, Liz Ringrose, Linda Mitchelmore, Berni Stevens, Samantha Tonge, Georgia Hill, Jane Lovering, ReaBookReview, Kate Johnson, Nina Pottell and Julie Cohen.

 

Thanks for stopping by.

Lucie x

 

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Falling Apart falls over …

It’s always nice to occasionally have a fun, silly blog post for no reason other than to have a giggle. Well, there is a little promotion in this one but I could not pass up the opportunity to document the spontaneous, and quite frankly bonkers book launch we all held for Jane Lovering’s latest novel.

This last weekend, I attended my first agency day. I signed with Sarah Taylor of the Kate Nash Literary Agency back in January of this year and on Saturday 7th June, they held their annual agency day. I absolutely loved meeting the other authors at the agency – some I already knew, some I met for the first time. All of them absolutely wonderful!

After a day of talking about everything writing related, we hit the town. Cocktails, dinner and dancing! It was a fabulous evening with great company.

We had decided late on in the afternoon that seeing as it was the release of Jane’s novel that day, we needed to give it a good launch – so Falling Apart came out to PARTY. And boy did it do just that! Just look at the photographic evidence I snapped …

We always knew what sort of day we were going to have when these special biscuits turned up for Jane ...

We always knew what sort of day we were going to have when these special biscuits turned up for Jane …

The very lovely Jane Lovering, posing with her book baby

The very lovely Jane Lovering, posing with her book baby

And the journey begins ...

And the journey begins …

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nacho's!

Nacho’s!

Perusing the cocktail menu ...

Perusing the cocktail menu …

Sex on the Beach or Blue Lagoon ... which would you choose?

Sex on the Beach or Blue Lagoon … which would you choose?

 

 

 

 

Summoning the waiter with the chequered flag!

Summoning the waiter with the chequered flag!

Rocking out with the band!

Rocking out with the band!

Selfie! Bella Osbourne, Kate Nash, Jane Lovering and me!

Selfie!
Bella Osbourne, Kate Nash, Jane Lovering and me!

 

 

 

 

These are going down nicely ...

These are going down nicely …

Come on, Tony, bedtime methinks... zzzzzzz

Come on, Tony, bedtime methinks… zzzzzzz

OOPS! Maybe a little too much ...

OOPS! Maybe a little too much …

 

A massive thank you to Kate and Sarah for a fantastic weekend and to Jane Lovering for being such a good sport and letting us be a bad influence on her book baby. And thanks to all the others – accomplices – who helped by seeking out new ways and positions to ‘pap’ Falling Apart.

Boy does it have one hell of a story to tell the other books on my shelf …

 

Oh, and here is a little peek at what FALLING APART got up to after a few Blue Lagoons … tut tut … : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADReKfm7Uuo

FALLING APART is available now. Click on the image for more information.

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Romaniac Questions – Sue Fortin

Good morning! I have a very special guest on my blog today. She’s an incredibly talented, kind hearted, funny woman and I am very excited to be interviewing her today.

Please welcome, Sue Fortin.sue fortin picSue, great to have you on my blog. Take a seat, make yourself comfy and please do help yourself to cake – it’s Victoria sponge! I promise to make this as least like a counselling session as possible.

If cake is involved it will be fine! Hi, Lucie, and thank you for inviting me over.

So, we have just launched our anthology, Romaniac Shorts, how are you feeling? Did you enjoy the process of it all?

Still very excited by it all. It’s been a tremendous amount of fun seeing it all come together and I’m very proud of all of us. That’s not to say it hasn’t been hard work, but that just makes it all the more rewarding.

What is it you enjoy most about being a writer?

The variety of things it lets me do. For instance, one day I could be falling in love with a hero who is heaven sent, the next I could be jumping out of a helicopter, another day, sitting on a Caribbean beach, soaking up the sun and the following day, it could be holding up a bank! There’s no end of fun things to do. On the flip side, I do get bad days where my heroine is heart-broken but the best bit about being the writer, you absolutely know, you can mend that heart-break. 

You are signed with Harper Impulse now, which is amazing! Tell us a little about the day you found out.

It was last summer and I was at home, checking my emails when one pinged in from Charlotte Ledger, she said that unfortunately her phone was broken so she couldn’t call me, so she’d get to the point and they would be delighted if I joined the HarperImpulse team.

So, I reread it several times to make sure I hadn’t misunderstood and then went and told my dog. Yes, my dog. There wasn’t anyone else at home at the time. Needless to say, my dog was suitable underwhelmed. My family and friends made up for it though when I told them.

It took a couple of days for it to sink in, together with several more reads of the email, just to make sure it was real. 

United States of Love has recently become a bestseller in the Amazon Valentine’s Day ranking. Congratulations! Can you tell us a little about the book?

Thank you! It was great to see it there with some other wonderful authors and novels.

United States of Love is really about atoning for and accepting the past so you can move on to a better, or at least, different future. It tells the story of a single mum who finds love second-time around but she has to deal with her ex-husband who appears to want reconciliation. However, all is not what it seems and there’s a fair amount of hidden agendas, blackmail and sabotage involved.  

And what are you working on at the moment?

My WIP has the working title of Where It All Began and the theme is what mothers will do for the love of their child. It looks at the extremes, both good and bad. There is, of course, a romance and a mystery involved too. 

Ok, let’s do some random ones now… because I do love a bit of randomness.

*If you could have any talent in the world, what would it be and why?

To sing in tune. Why? Because even my children can’t bear to listen to me attempting to sing. I keep telling them, it’s all the right notes, just in the wrong order – they’re not convinced.

*If you could be anyone for a day, who would you be and why?

I’d be Andy Garcia because then I could come and find me and propose. Then then the next day, when I was back to me again, I’d be married to Andy Garcia. Simples!

*White or wholemeal?

White, especially if it’s a bacon or chip butty. 

*Have you ever been hypnotised? If not, would you try it?

Never and, err, never.

I’d be too scared. What if they made me crawl around on my hands and knees pretending to be a cat or something? What if, it didn’t wear off properly and every time some mentioned milk, I started meowing?

See, very valid reasons.

*You have a whole day to yourself where you can do anything you want, what would you do?

I’d pack the day full of all those things I’ve always wanted to do. Things like, drive through the Alps in an Aston Martin DB4GT like Michael Cane at the start of the film The Italian Job, ride side car round The Isle of Man TT, go to a Kings of Leon concert and, of course, go back-stage with my VIP Access All Areas pass, and round the day off with a romantic evening meal at the top of the Burj in Dubai.

I would, of course, have to be able to time-slip to achieve this, but, hey who knows, one day …

*Red wine or White wine?

White

Ok, enough of that now. Thank you so much for coming on here today, it has been an absolute pleasure.

Thank you, Lucie. It’s been great; your questions were a lot of fun. xx

 

You can purchase United States of Love on Amazon by clicking on the image below.

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It’s oh, so quiet … shhh …

Good afternoon,

It has been very quiet on my blog of late. But I am still here. I had a rest period over the festive holidays to enjoy time with my family and friends and re-focus myself. I set myself goals for the coming year – some are writing related, some are just general life – and set about in January to fulfil them. Or at least begin to.

One of my goals was to write more. This is why it has been quiet – I have been writing! I am well underway with my second novel now and I am loving the direction it has taken me. I spent ages planning it which is something I had not done in quite so much detail before. But, I had hoped it would help keep me focused – especially on those days where it is a struggle to get more than two words out, let alone hundreds and thousands as expected.

This is what my board looks like:

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Planning for next book

And I am now 20k into the first draft and am  I using the board? Well, sort of. I regularly refer back to it to see where I should be going. But, I have found that now I am writing the story of these characters, they’ve got their own mind about where they want to go. So I’ve been using it as more of a guide, rather than set in stone.

I have also been doing my usual Romaniac duties, along with being a mummy, wife and trying to read when I can. So it is all a bit full on. But I will try and pop in and blog from time to time to keep you all updated on things,

I have a good feeling about 2014. I am going to work my socks off – just you see. Thanks so much for your on-going support. It really is appreciated.

Love Lucie x

Interview with ChocLit author, Zana Bell

Today on my blog, I have the very lovely Zana Bell, author of Close to the Wind.

Zana Bell author photoZana grew up in Harare, Zimbabwe and studied English Literature at the University of Cape Town. After travelling for several years doing a wide range of jobs, she immigrated to New Zealand where she now lives with her family and cats in a small harbourside community.

She began writing, just for the fun of seeing whether she could actually complete a novel and immediately became hooked. Research is her primary love and writing gives her an excellent excuse to be obsessive or just plain nosey. She enjoys writing in a variety of genre but has a particular fondness for all things historical.

I really enjoyed Zana’s novel and found myself falling in love with the amazingly well drawn out characters. I managed to grab a little interview with Zana – here’s what she had to say…

Hello Zana, how lovely to have you here. Close to the Wind was an absolute pleasure to read, where did the initial idea for the story come from?

I’m so glad you enjoyed the book, Lucie.

The idea came out of a yen to write a NZ historical despite repeated advice from editors and agents to write either Regency or Scottish romances. But the gold rush beckoned – just as it had in 1860s. The rush was a particularly lively time down here, with thousands of people from all walks of life and from around the world flooding into the country. Small towns mushroomed everywhere; hotels, bars, theatres, gambling dens, fortunes discovered and lost. Of course these adventurers were in search of gold but many soon discovered that NZ offered them opportunities undreamed of in Victorian drawing rooms. As an immigrant myself, I wanted a book to reflect some of that huge energy and exuberance that comes from moving to a new country.

However, actually getting the characters from England to NZ turned out to take longer than expected as I became entranced with the different locations en route so it’s less NZ historical than I’d initially planned.

Georgiana is a refreshing character, a girl who knows what she wants and who isn’t afraid to go and get it. She must have been a lot of fun to write. Do you tend to start with the story and sculpt the characters around that, or were Harry and Georgiana already firmly in your mind?

The story was very much driven by Georgiana and Harry and you are right – they were both enormous fun to write. Once I got them onto the high seas, they pretty much took over. My job then became to throw obstacles at them to see how they coped.

You certainly did that! 🙂 The characters in this story do a lot of travelling so I imagine a lot of research went into writing Close to the Wind. Which part of the book was the most enjoyable to research?

The road trip round the South Island to revisit locations was a huge pleasure. Oamaru still retains a few old cobbled streets and beautiful buildings from the 1860s – which is old by NZ standards! I stayed in Christchurch just before the earthquake and had a glorious time walking around Hagley Park and visiting the wonderful museum there.

I also enjoyed reading countless diaries and travel memoirs written in the 1860s.  Most of them are lively and very humorous, the writers remaining undaunted despite considerable challenges and hardships.

It all sounds very interesting. Did you always have the ending clear in your mind, or did it change as the story progressed?

I always knew that Georgiana and Harry would want to stay in NZ but I hadn’t realised quite how much Georgiana would grow into herself over the course of the book – a process that was both a part of, and completely separate from, her relationship with Harry.

Could you ever imagine yourself as a character in the book? If so, which would you most like to have played and would you have made the same decisions as they did?

I would love to have Georgiana’s physical courage and trapeze skills but I’m not nearly as impetuous as she is – though at her age, I probably was.

Georgiana has a love for acting, is this a passion you share?

No alas, I have no acting ability but I do think actors have fascinating and varied lives, always exploring different personalities, different settings etc.  Hang on – that’s what writers also do  – plus we get to control the script.

If you could liken Harry to a celebrity, or a combination of two, who would best describe him?

Hmm. Tricky. Young Hugh Jackman (especially the humour) crossed with Euan McGregor (especially from his Long Way Round adventures) with a big splash of Chris Hemsworth.

Oooh, he sound’s gorgeous! You obviously have a love for New Zealand, this is clearly apparent by the beautiful way in which you write about it. Where would you recommend people to visit on a trip there?

The amazing thing about New Zealand is that everywhere is beautiful. Truly. Road trips are the way to go because the scenery changes radically every couple of hours. The South Island is particularly spectacular. My special favourites are Wanaka (stunning snow-capped mountains, brilliant blue lake) and the West Coast with its rugged, wild beaches. However, I’m a Northlander (the skinny bit right at the top) and think everyone should see the Bay of Islands at least once in their lives.  There’s nothing to equal being out on the water on a hot summer’s day and spying a pod of dolphin. Pure magic.

What other genres do you enjoy to write?

I love them all but anything historical has a particular attraction. The historical research is always fascinating and it provides such a good excuse to visit glorious locations.  Mind you, my contemporaries have been a lot of fun to research, too. I learned all about big wave surfing, endangered birds and motorbike stunt riding. I’m also probably one of the very few people who, on arriving in Houston, immediately begged for a tour of trailer parks. And very interesting it was too.

Where do you do most of your writing? Do you have a specific space dedicated for it?

I have a little office in the back garden, overlooked by a mountain so it’s very peaceful.  However, I also like mixing things around so if I’m home alone, I’ll work in different rooms. A change of scenery is a good way to overcome writer’s block.

That’s a great tip. So what’s next in store for you –  what can we come to expect from your next novel?

Next year I have another 1860s NZ adventure coming out. Lady Guinevere Stanhope arrives alone in the South Island armed with little more than a passion for photography and her determination to save her family home. She is catapulted into adventures which include crossing paths and swords with Finn O’Donnell, an Irish doctor who has his own very clear goals – none of which include a young woman from the English aristocracy. I hope you’ll enjoy that one too, Lucie.

 I’m sure I will. I’m looking forward to it already!

Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions, Zana, I wish you all the very best of luck with the book.  But I am sure you don’t need luck – it’s a fantastic novel. 

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And a big thank you for interviewing me.

Close to the Wind is available now to purchase both as a paperback and on Kindle. Click the image to be taken to Amazon.

Zana is published by ChocLit Publishing.

Lucie xx

Why my Romaniac buddies are my F.R.I.E.N.D.S

The past few months have seen me gradually lose my ‘writing mojo’ again. It has been awful! Those of you that have followed me for some time will know that this isn’t the first time that I have misplaced it. For a little while, I had no energy to get up and find my mojo. And after a bit, I realised I needed to find out why. After much thought and deliberation, all I could come up with was loss of confidence, lack of time and pure laziness!

So how did I remedy this? Well, one word – Friends! (Cue The Rembrandts ‘I’ll be there for you’ song)

My eight other Romaniac buddies have been a HUUUUGE support in the last year and have really kept me going. And after the very very quiet patch I have just been through, their unwavering encouragement and support has, yet again, reunited me with my ‘writing mojo’ and rekindled my love for the written word. It’s always been there, but sometimes, when times are hard, it can get a little lost. But there were my Romaniac buddies, shining a huge light for it to find its way back.

Here’s how they help me:

Joey Tribiani – ‘How you doin’?

Whenever times are hard and there’s just no words or ideas milling around in my head, they are always there to ask how I’m doing. If I’m struggling with a piece that I’m working on, I’ll have regular ‘how’s it going?’ from them – this comes in very handY to keep me going. And even when it’s just a bad day due to illness, or there are more personal issues, a simple ‘How you doin’?’ from them just lets me know they are thinking of me.

Phoebe Bouffet – ‘Smelly Cat’

Now this in no way applies to the pride of cats that between us, we all moan, praise and laugh about. There are a few other pets thrown in for good measure but feline friends definitely take the ruling out of the nine of us.

No, what I mean by reference to Phoebe is the music. We recently spoke on our blog about how we connect to emotions and use them in writing (here) and music was one thing most of us agreed on. Whenever we are stuck, or down, or even just feeling happy and want to share it, we paste links of music to eachother. Laura being the one to do this more frequently! 🙂

Monica Gellar: SUCK IT UP!

See, I’m sure you all think, ‘oh those Romaniac ladies are very nice, aren’t they pleasant,’ and yes, I like to think we are. But behind closed doors, we can also be right bossy little madams! This is a good thing, honestly. And I think this is a huge reason as to why I’m normally only wallowing and not writing for short spaces of time – otherwise they shout at me! Whilst nice, gentle encouragement is good and can help steer you back in the right direction, sometimes a short, sharp, ‘stop wallowing and get on with it, woman!’ is needed. And those girls aren’t afraid to say it.

Ross Gellar: Study and learn

Ross is a professor and teaches students. He values the importance of learning and working hard. This is something I think us Romaniacs have in common. We all love to learn new skills and we regularly try to attend lots of workshops, events and conferences to help us craft our skill and better our writing. If I want to know something, I can ask these girls and between them all, I will get sent links to websites and blogs to help me either find out the answer, or attend a workshop where I will learn it. We live all over England, none of us are particularly close in where we live, so it is really handy when one girl says, ‘ooh, so and so is doing a talk/workshop near me,’ – it’s also handy to have a sofa/bed/floor to kip on if that talk is particularly far away!

Chandler Bing: Jokes!

Whether you are feeling down, bogged down with work or running around doing errands, us girls always have time for a joke. It lightens the mood and just makes everyone feel happy. Sometimes they are random jokes when one of us is feeling weird – which happens alot! – and other times it may be linked in with something one of us has said that has followed onto a joke. Quite a few times I have been the butt of the joke….this links in with…

Rachel Green: Ditsy love!

The reason that I am normally the butt of a joke or comment is normally when I am being ditsy – this happens a lot. I am one of the youngest of the group, and maybe a little less worldly wise, and I often say/do things that are, shall we say, a little ditsy. I am the most naive out of the group and take a lot of things at face value. I am gullible and ALWAYS the last to ‘get’ the jokes! Even when I am the butt of them!

But they all still love me and because I can be a bit ‘airy fairy’ sometimes, they mother me and look out for me.

And that’s why I love each and every one of them so much. I owe my persistence  my confidence and my slightly crazy nature to every one of them.

Thank you girls!

(Now they are probably going to yell at me for procrastinating and writing this blog post when I should be drafting the plot outline to my WiP!)

Author Interview – Giselle Green

 

18-yr old Rose’s life is devastated – as sole carer for her disabled father, her own dreams of pursuing a career or finding love are fast fading. In desperation, Rose borrows from pagan knowledge and casts a spell.

22-yr old Lawrence has been working as a paramedic in war-torn Sri Lanka. Compelled to return home, he’s suddenly a man on the run. Lawrence ends up sheltering near Rose’s family farm in Kent.

When a fierce snowstorm traps Rose in the same isolated ruin for 48 hours, the two meet and fall in love – the beguilingly gentle and handsome Lawrence is everything Rose has dreamed of but why does he keep warning her away? It turns out that like Romeo and Juliet, their families are bitter enemies. Lawrence also has a darker past and personally much more at stake than Rose knows.

As the thaw sets in, Rose is torn between a deep family loyalty to her father and her love for Lawrence. When Lawrence makes one last-ditched attempt to put things right for the woman he loves, he faces both a past – and a family – that threaten to destroy him. As the opportunity to pursue her own dreams suddenly open up for Rose, she discovers just how far she is prepared to go to keep him.

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Today I have the very lovely Giselle Green on my blog to talk about her latest release, Falling For You, which is out now on Kindle and in paperback.

Hello Giselle, nice to see you here. How have you been?

Thanks for asking me on here, Lucie! I’ve been doing great thanks. Very busy, as I’ve spent the last couple of months sorting out a paperback edition of this novel, following on from the kindle release in December. A steep learning curve, but well worth the result, I hope you’ll agree.

I have read Falling For You and absolutely loved it! (Read my review, here) I found it heart-warming, exciting, un-predictable and completely fulfilling. How did you come up with the idea for this book?

Thank You, Lucie. The idea for this story took quite a while to develop fully in my mind. While it was always going to be primarily a love story, I knew it was going to revolve around the theme of ‘Justice’ and in order for that to work there needed to be some injustice that was done to start with. I needed to ask; who would be the wronged party and who would be the perpetrator? How would justice be served and how might there be any redemption in the end? I had to get to know my characters. Lawrence came first, strangely enough, because he is male and I usually find the female characters easier to write. Lawrence had a very strong voice, right from the beginning. He was very easy for me to get hold of. Once I knew his background, I was able to start working on the main story for the novel, a story about a young couple who innocently fall in love while the reader is aware from the start that their love can only end in tears…

You have previously released Little Miracles, Pandora’s Box and A Sister’s Gift, which of these have been the easiest, and the hardest to write, and why?

Pandora’s Box was the easiest – though hard in some ways because it is very sad in some places. I wrote it very quickly – in nine months – the words just flew out of my pen. Little Miracles was definitely the hardest book to write. The subject matter was harrowing, and I really felt I went through Julia’s pain, what she went through when her child went missing. I could only write for a few hours at a time because it made me feel quite drained. A Sister’s Gift was different again.  While I had to work harder at getting under my character’s skins – neither of the sisters are like me personally, and I would never have made the choices either of them made – still, it meant that I felt at one remove from it. It was easier to write on an emotional level, but technically, it was more challenging.          

Do you plan your novels out when starting a new one or do you write and go with the flow? Are you more driven by your characters or the plot initially?

The characters are everything. Once you know your ingredients that pretty much defines what sort of pie you’re going to make! I spend weeks and months just thinking about who my characters are, where they’ve come from, what drives them at the deepest level, and – most importantly – what do they need to do to overcome whatever’s keeping them stuck in their lives right at this moment?  Then I imagine the circumstances I might put them in, in order to give them the opportunity to make the choices they need to make. I also start off with a theme in my head, to date; Hope, Faith, Charity and Justice (see a pattern emerging here?)

I always know how it’s going to end, the destination point they’re heading towards. How they get there might change as the novel evolves. It’s a bit of plotting and a bit of letting it develop organically. I don’t always write sequentially, either. Sometimes it’s nice to write key scenes that I know are further up ahead because I’m looking forward to those bits. Sometimes scenes present themselves that appear to have nothing to do with the rest of the jigsaw but I write them anyway – and find out where they slot in, later. Every book is different.  

You have a young family to look after as well as your writing. I have a child too and so I realise how hard it can be to squeeze everything in. What’s your secret? How do you fit it all in?

Ah – the perennial ‘time’ question! I think all women I know have this issue going on in their lives, whether they are writers or not. We’re used to filling up our lives to the very brim. When I first got my contract, my twins were 10 and my eldest was 19, so a little bit older than yours, Lucie. At that age, they still need you though, even if in different ways, and juggling writing books with family life is hard, I will not lie! I found writing a book a year incredibly demanding. As pre-published authors we dream of getting a contract, but the minute you do, the pressure is on. That isn’t to say it’s not worth it. It’s definitely worth it, but something’s got to give, and that ‘something’ is usually the limited ‘down time’ you would have had yourself, as Mum! It’s easy to become over-stretched

This was your first book that you self published on Kindle, is that right? How did you find the whole process?

Correct, FALLING FOR YOU is my first novel self-published on kindle. Following on from the above answer, one thing I really appreciate now that I’m self-publishing, is that the huge time-pressures are off and I can concentrate on enjoying producing my novels again.  I’ve found the process – now that it’s over – incredibly liberating. Every time we tackle something new, there’s always the worry that we won’t get it ‘right’ isn’t there? I’ve found my friends in the RNA have been incredibly helpful and supportive in this respect – so many authors have been down this road ahead of me now I hardly feel as if I’m trail-blazing.  The technical side of it, I am afraid, I left to my ‘techie’ sons. I let them format it and upload it. We’ve all learned things along the way. I have sworn the next book will be proofread by TEN people before I put it up on Amazon! It’s amazing how many errors can slip by when you think you’ve got them all nailed. The beauty of it though, is it’s very easy to go in and correct any errors when you do spot them. That wouldn’t be the case with a print book of course. I’ve since brought this book out as a paperback version too – now that was a little more complicated, as we didn’t have anyone holding our hands during the process. 

What are you working on at the moment? Are there plans in place already for the next book?

I’m at the delicate ‘first thoughts’ stage with the next book, asking myself who the characters are and what do they want and why can’t they have it? I’m not one of those writers who has constantly got new ideas bubbling away on the back burner. It takes me quite a while to let that information come in. I enjoy having a fallow time when I’m not writing too. Writing can be hard work! I aim to start writing again by the summer, though.     

You have also released a non- fiction book called A Writers’ Guide to the Zodiac, what made you think of writing a book like this? Are you planning to do anymore non-fiction in the future?

The Writer’s Guide to the Zodiac was the first thing I published, back in 2005. As a qualified astrologer, I’d been noting the parallels between astrology and writing for a long time. They are essentially about the same thing. One: what people are like (their characters) and Two: what happens to them (as a result of their personalities) – ie their destiny.  I wrote it in response to the fact that I kept waking up in the morning with the thought in my head that I needed to write it – an inner prompting, you might say. It was one I ignored for a good while because I didn’t want to be diverted from my fiction project at the time. Eventually I caved in and took the time to write it. It turned out to be an important career move. The late and much-loved RNA member Penny Halsall (Annie Groves) loved it. It lead to her reading my next novel – Pandora’s Box – and subsequently recommending it to an editor she knew at Harper Collins. That’s how I came to be offered my contract.

Lesson: Pay heed to your inner promptings! I don’t have any current plans to write another non-fiction book but who knows …    

Thank you so much for speaking to me today, I wish you lots of luck with Falling For You – It’s a great book!

Thank you, I’m so pleased you enjoyed and appreciated it. I think it will appeal most to those who are able to slow down and get in touch with their feelings … not always easy to do in this busy world of ours.

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Giselle has very kindly offered to give away not one, but TWO copies of her non-fiction title, A Writer’s Guide to the Zodiac: How the Stars Can Help You Understand Your Characters.

All you need to do to be in with a chance to win is tell us what starsign’s you think the Hero and Heroine in Falling For You, Lawrence and Rose, are?

Two winners will be picked at the weekend. Good Luck!