Month: January 2016
WIP (Work in progress)
Life is full of abbreviations isn’t it – And a writer’s life is as bad as the rest of the world. So for the non writer readers WIP is the current book and MC is the main character, in this case Mabel aka Freddie.
This is the last in my trilogy although I’m tempted to carry on the model as frankly they’re enjoyable to write. Whilst I have great fun reminiscing about Ireland through my scribblings this time the story moves quite early on to North Wales, another place close to my heart. I decided at the start of my writing journey to never write about a place I hadn’t been and, as I’m quite well travelled this shouldn’t cause too much of a problem. But if you’re hoping for a book set in the USA I can just about manage Miame airport – it wouldn’t be much of a book!
Rest assured for my Irish fans this move, although important to the plot is only temporary and the book will end in my beloved Dublin.
My other romances in this trilogy end with a wedding or at least the inference of one – this book (as yet unnamed formally other than Girl 3) is in reverse as it starts with one. That’s the thing with series like this. Even though they are stand alone books in their own right there’s timelines to follow and characters to remember. Just which one had green eyes (Liddy) and what did I call her BF again!
Funnily enough naming my characters is one of the hardest things! Liddy is a family name (Lydia) whilst Sorcha is named after one of our cats, who in her turn was named after Sorcha Cusack, a well known Irish actress – in my opinion the best Jane Eyre ever. As for the boys I googled through hundreds of names to come up with one that fits. Mitch was Matt for a while, but Mitch suits him so much better. Ruari was always Ruari from day one, although I had sleepless nights as to which spelling to use. And for my new book, well the male MC has a name inspired by one of our kittens – I’ll give you a hint – it’s not Tiddles or indeed Thomas.
Mid January blues
That’s January on the middle mark, and didn’t it go quick! I managed to get the decorations down by twelvth night but that’s about it.
I also decided on a dry January, which actually started on New Years Eve. It’s not that hard but I may get tired of bitter lemon by the end of the month, and of course I’m hoping on losing a couple of pounds too.
What did cheer me up somewhat was my latest review, from Amazon USA no less, simply because it compared me to Betty Neels, whom although dated is a writer I love.
Finally I’m back in the writing saddle after half of December off. I needed a break after publishing Girl Descending to recharge my writing batteries! I’m a quarter into the last of my trilogy, a book I’ve been wanting to write for ages now but I’m being strict with myself. I have to stick to the book in hand before starting the next one, that way I might actually get another one published sooner rather than later.
I’ve also read a couple of books, because although I’m a writer, i’m firstly a reader.
The Amulet recently published by Alison Thomas (Candy Jar).
Dion suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome. He is an intelligent boy who lives in the functional ordered world.
When he is kidnapped and taken to a place beyond the imagination, Dion finds that his disciplined mind becomes strength. But little does he realise his life is now in danger.
This is a debut novel by a Welsh writer experienced in looking after children with special needs. Unusually it is written in the third person voice of Megan interspersed with the first person voice of Dion. Unusual it may be but as Dion has Aspergers this is how the writer has chosen to portray his unique voice, and very cleverly too. I enjoyed the way the story developed from an average family with big sis Megan having to put up with Dion and all his quirks to a magical fantasy with a hidden message. It was both well written, well edited and a good story – what more can you ask for!
The Vintage Cinema Club
I really didn’t know what to expect with this one but I like vintage and with such a cute cover I thought I’d give it a go.
“A witty, warm-hearted romp through the lives and loves of three friends – with a cool retro vibe, and a sense of fun that will never go out of fashion.” – Debbie Johnson, author of the best-selling ‘Cold Feet At Christmas’ & ‘Pippa’s Cornish Dream’
Meet The Vintage Cinema Club….
Izzy is a wow at making unwanted things pretty, but with three brothers and her shabby chic furniture business to run she doesn’t have time to date. Could a fabulous French proposal change her mind?
Single mum Luce’s vintage bridal dresses are exquisite, but there’s no way she’s ever going to wear one or walk down the aisle for that matter. She’s a strictly no romance, one night kind of woman.
Dida seems to have it all – a chocolate and banana cake recipe to die for, lovely kids (most of the time!) and a great lifestyle. But what good is a fabulous home, when your marriage has more cracks than a pavlova and your husband is having it off with half of Lithuania?
This drew me in straight from the beginning. With laugh out loud skip scenes (what a way for the two main characters to meet, over rubbish) to flirty storylines set in Provence this kept me entertained on the school run and all the odd times in between my trusty Kindle helps me while away boring moments. A straight 5 star read and I’ll certainly be back for more.
You can find the book here