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30th October, 2014 Poddling on the beach in a t-shirt and eyeing the waves with a degree of temptation this morning, I can’t believe it’s nearly the end of October. Instead of giving in, I’ve come home to invite Emma Darwin to tell us all about her life prior to becoming an award-winning author, in the mini-blog series: Before We Were Writers.
October, 2014 Recently received a lovely message from book blogger, Tamara Tilley along with a link to her review of The Secret Of The Journal series. http://tamara-tilley.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/my-review-mortal-fire-secret-of-journal.html
It’s been a busy old week so I’m taking a break from posting the mini blog series and will resume next week. So, Michael Jecks, you get another seven days on the stand.
1st October, 2014 Submitted Realm of Darkness last night (after what’s been a very heavy September workload) and promised myself a couple of days before diving into Book 5. ‘Take a break,’ I said to myself, ‘Give yourself a bit of time to relax.’ Hah, right! So what was I doing at 2am making notes on Kort Staahl’s current psychiatric condition? And what exactly does Maggie keep behind the locked door?
26th September 2014 NEW blog post. Before We Were Writers with that Master of the Medieval Mystery, Michael Jecks.
11th September, 2014. A day later than intended as I scramble around the country getting Child One back to university, I nonetheless extend a very warm welcome to author Sue Russell as the second of my guests bloggers in the mini blog series: Before We Were Writers.
September 3rd, 2014 New blog post: Before We Were Writers. Being an inquisitive type I’m often curious to know what writers did before they took up the pen, so over the next few weeks I’m inviting a number of authors to spill the beans on life before words.
We begin with Dave Sivers, author of murderously good crime fiction, whose recently released Dead In Deep Water has shot to #4 on Kindle Serial Killers.
13th August, 2014 NEW BLOG POST On Meeting Lauren Bacall or How Not To Greet A Star.
5th August, 2014 Scarily close to the end of the first draft of the new WIP (Work In Progress)
4th – 11th August FREE If you haven’t seen this special offer, MORTAL FIRE is still available FREE on Kindle on the 4th August. Check out the other freebies in The Secret Of The Journal series here: http://www.amazon.com/kregelpublication
3rd July, 2014 NEW BLOG POST: Grasping At Sand - the (brief) story behind The Secret Of The Journal titles.
GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! June, 2014 Only three days to go for the ROPE OF SAND giveaway. Enter to win! https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/83768-rope-of-sand
25th June, 2104 Society of Authors conference at Bristol. Looking forward to meeting old friends and making new acquaintances.
4th June, 2014 New BLOG post: Putting myself in the picture – why a camera can be an author’s best friend.
GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! Those splendid people at Kregel books will be doing a Goodreads giveaway in June. 15 copies of ROPE OF SAND will be available for Goodreads members to win in the US, Canada and Great Britain starting June 1 and closing June 30. If you would like to take part and have a chance of getting your paws on a free copy of ROPE OF SAND, here’s the link to the giveaway: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/83768-rope-of-sand
9th May, 2014 Gloriously sunny evening for Rope of Sand‘s launch at Cobham Hall, Kent. Thanks to everyone who helped make it such a memorable event.
14th April, 2014 NEW BLOG POST. My thanks to Paul Harris (http://www.paulcanonharris.org) for inviting me to take part in the Monday Blog Tour. If you have a mo, pop over to my blog and take a look.
2nd April, 2014 This made my morning: I’ve just heard that three consignments of ROPE OF SAND have been shipped to Australia. I’m not not sure whether Matthew ever made it Down Under in his travels, but he’s certainly getting the chance now. Thanks Australia!
10th March, 2014 Latest blog post: WHAT’S IN A NAME? Why assessment and identification of dyslexia matters.
24th February, 2014 So there we go, the ROPE OF SAND proofs are back with the publisher and it looks like we’re all set for printing.
8th February, 2014 What do you do when you come across a plot glitch? Resort to coffee and chocolate, or take the dog for a walk? New BLOGPOST: THE STRAIGHT AND THE NARROW.
17th January, 2014. Working on the editorial queries of ROPE OF SAND is keeping me busy and out of trouble.
15th January, 2014 – first blog of the new year: TREASURE BOX
30th December, 2013. Getting ready to welcome the new year and taking stock of the old. New blog post: TAKING STOCK.
23rd December A very happy Christmas. A short post on the key to what Christmas is all about. Check it out, with thanks to Neil Thompson and Clavis Christi.
12th December Join me and fellow authors at Heffers in Cambridge for an evening of Christmas Chrime while enjoying yourself in a fabulous book emporium and picking up a few presents along the way. Christmas Chrime Party at Heffers Bookshop on: Thursday 12 December 2013 at 6:30pm.
11th December It’s going to be a busy week next week and it has nothing to do with stuffing the turkey. If you fancy an evening of poetry and literature, I’ll have a guest spot at Loose Muse, off Covent Garden, with Agnes Meadows and Manchester poet, Rebecca Smith. http://loose-muse.com
2nd December, 2013 NEW BLOG POST An expedition to the (almost) wilds of Kent produces more than a Christmas tree. Seasonal thoughts on the dilemma of choice.
November, 2013 Returning from a brain-buzzing weekend with fellow writers at Penhurst Retreat Centre, my latest blog reflects on a minor quandary when deciding whether to take the plunge. Would I stay or would I go, and what role would a tin of homemade biscuits play in the proceedings?
October, 2013. As I updated my author profile this morning, I recalled a conversation I had with a psychiatrist earlier this week while researching Sociopathic Personality Disorder for Rope Of Sand. My latest blog reflects my changing perspective: why I write.
October 2013. Off to the ACW Writers’ Day tomorrow. What’s the collective noun for a bunch of writers? A scribe? A jabber? A chuckle? I could get into this game.
August 2013. This interesting review of Death Be Not Proud caught my eye today:
12 – 18th August, 2013 AuthorBuzz Shelf Awareness in the USA. A week of Death Be Not Proud giveaways has resulted in lots of emails from people all over North America entering this giveaway book promotion.
I know I’ve said it before, but one of the best things about writing Mortal Fire and Death Be Not Proud is having the privilege and pleasure of being contacted by many interesting people from diverse walks of life, world-wide. There’s more to writing than sitting on your lonesome with a laptop and dog for company (gorgeous though he is), so feel free to get in touch, it’s lovely to meet you all!
The new book trailer for Death Be Not Proud is out! Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YPwiAnZefs&feature=c4-overview&list=UUIaEHeBFvlcwnS_9L0B-5Dw
July/August, 2013 – concentrating on getting as much done on the WIP as I can before September. Don’t think I’ll get the first draft finished, but the end is in sight. Juggling national/regional/personal politics in a different time period has proved mind-expanding. I’m up for a challenge.
Thursday, 18th July, 2013 – this has been a tough week getting to grips with a complex set of events 1469 – 1471 and plausibly mixing fact with fiction. Think I’ve cracked it, but only time will tell. Listening to LASSUS – MASSES FOR FIVE VOICES has helped.
Tuesday, 9th July, 2013 When Adam – the lovely publicist from Kregel – told me some time ago that Mortal Fire had been short-listed as a finalist in the ForeWord Book Of The Year Awards (BOTYA) ‘Romance’ category, 2012, I admit to having been both chuffed to bits and a tad sceptical. Imagine my reaction, then, when an email popped into my ‘inbox’ today with this news… https://botya.forewordreviews.com/books/mortal-fire/
GOLD? For Mortal Fire? Golly, as Emma might say.
Monday, 1st July, 2013. Woo-hoo! Today is the official release date for Death Be Not Proud in the United States. So want to get back there to top up my research, but can’t decide which season to aim for. Snow V Sun? Spring V Autumn?
Friday, 21st June, 2013 From 2pm, in a pre-recorded interview, I talk to Joe Talbot on BBC Radio Surrey and Sussex about growing up with dyslexia, and life as a writer. Wednesday, 19th June, 2013 I took advantage of some late afternoon sun this afternoon and went for a walk, reminding me of Emma’s walk among the conifers in the woods behind the college in Maine. Friday, 7th June, 2013 A cross country dash to BBC Radio Kent this morning for an interview with Matt Cole on dyslexia, schools and life combining both as an author. This is a first for me so driving with everything crossed is a bit of a challenge. 28th May, 2013 Waiting for the electrician to arrive at some unearthly hour of the morning and taking advantage of this quiet interlude to get some editing done on Rope of Sand. 21st May, 2013 Congratulations to authors Rob Chidley and David Alton, who launch their book: Building Bridges: Towards a Peaceful Future in North Korea at the House of Lords this evening. All the best, gentlemen! 17th May, 2013 Happy launch day DEATH BE NOT PROUD! 19th May, 2013 Had a fantastic time at the launch of DEATH BE NOT PROUD at Cobham Hall on Friday. It was good to see people who came last time for the launch of MORTAL FIRE, and great to see new faces this year. Best of all, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, adding to the warm glow of a happy author as guests cradled their copy or two of my latest book. Spoiler alert! If you’ve already read DBNP, the significance of me choosing historic Cobham Hall as the venue for the launch might now be clear. All that was missing were a couple of members of a reenactment group stalking the grounds! 15th May, 2013 Getting that slightly nervy, fluttery feeling as the countdown to the launch of DEATH BE NOT PROUD is only a few days away. Yes, I know, I know – DBNP has been on the shelves in the UK for the last few weeks, but I have to have a party to celebrate! After all, it is a team effort to get a book up and running and, thanks to all at LION FICTION, DBNP is looking good. See you all at Cobham Hall, Kent. Okay – time to find that dress and dig out the iron…