Sunday Spotlight: Authors on Show – Jeanette O’Hagan

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About the Author:

JOHagansquareJeanette O’Hagan enjoys writing fantasy fiction and poetry. She has recently had a short story published in the Tied in Pink Anthology  (profits from the anthology go towards Breast Cancer research) and is writing her Akrad’s fantasy fiction series.  She has practiced medicine, studied communication, history and theology and has taught theology.  She is currently caring for her children, enjoying post-graduate studies in writing at Swinburne University. You can read some of her short fiction on her JeanetteOHaganwrites.com website.

 

Jeanette’s Books:

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Tied in Pink romance anthology Editors Mirren Hogan and Heather Tyler. Published December 2014

In Tied in Pink romance anthology, fourteen authors from across the globe joined forces to help raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research. Every fictional story is unique and ranges from romance to romantic suspense and fantasy. There are stories of love, loss and determination. Each contains a pink ribbon – the international symbol for breast cancer awareness.

My story The Herbalist Daughter is included in the anthology – a romance story based in the fantasy world of my as yet unpublished novels (the Akrad’s Legacy Series).

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How would you describe the writing to publishing process? Any fun analogies?

I wrote a webpost not so long ago describing writing like herding cats

“So as I sit down to write this post, my thoughts are scattering all over the place, heading off in a thousand and one different directions and tipping their feline noses in the air at the very thought of cohering into anything rational – let alone brilliant, scintillating or inspirational. And sometimes, being a writer is just like that – juggling the demands of life with the need to find the head-space to write or juggling different ideas and images that pull away in different directions.” http://www.adelejonesauthor.com/herding-cats/

Another time, I compared writing to climbing Mount Everest. While much of the time writing is a dream come true, the ideas and stories seem to write themselves. Whatever it is, it’s certainly an adventure J

Are you a plotter or a fly by the seat of your pants type writer?

I would say I’m a “tweener” – I usually have some tent posts (beginning, middle, end & a handful of other major plot points) but a lot of the detail comes out as I write – or daydream about that story.

Do you listen to music or are you a silence in the library writer?

I usually write without music at home – though I don’t mind writing in a busy café either and sometimes have to write with lots of interruptions.

You’re going to a deserted island and you’re allowed 3 books to read for the rest of your life… which books and why?

That’s almost impossible to choose just three books. Could I take a kindle with solar rechargable batteries? Just kidding.

Lord of the Rings because I love fanasty and C S Lewis Narnia series and Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings were my first introduction to this genre. Besides LOTRs is a nice long book.

A contemporary translation of The Bible. Because I find so much inspiration and encouragement in its pages.

The complete works of William Shakespeare – because Shakespeare’s stories are timeless and have drama, tragedy, humour, romance, myth, history, poetry and prose.

 

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I hope you’ve been enjoying them. I love hearing from authors and seeing all of their talent on display!

Until next time… Happy Reading!

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Sunday Spotlight: Authors on Show – Patricia Weerakoon

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This week we have something a little different! A Non-Fiction Author!
*Disclaimer: I have not read any of the books, all opinions and content of
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About the Author:

Patricia Weerakoon is a Christian medical doctor cum academic turned sexologist and writer. She retired in 2012 from after a career as director of an internationally renowned graduate program in sexual health at the University of Sydney to pursue her passion for writing and public speaking.

Launch PWeeHer nonfiction books are gold-standard guides for good sex and relationship for all ages: from preteens to those in nursing homes. She also writes romantic fiction with a social conscience, bringing together her international experience in sexual health and her passion for her homeland of Sri Lanka.

As a Sexologist she has translated her passion to bring good holistic sexual health to all people into practical sex education, sex research and sex therapy. Her writing and speaking brings together her enthusiasm for sex and her love for the glory of God. Patricia has a recognised media presence and is a popular public speaker and social commentator in Australia.

Patricia’s Books:

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Teen Sex: By the Book: For teenagers and parents of teens

This book answers your questions about teenage sexuality and relationships. Renowned sex therapist and educator, Dr Patricia Weerakoon, explores the topics of sexual desire and arousal, falling in love, and dating—things like, ‘How far is too far?’ You’ll also cover topics like cybersex, pornography and homosexuality, and the effects these can have on our sex lives. The discussion is frank and, in parts, explicit.

Some may find it a little uncomfortable, but it’s stuff that will inform and challenge you. Ultimately, it calls you to consider who you are and what you stand for. Discover how living God’s countercultural lifestyle leads to healthy, pleasurable sex and intimate, satisfying relationships that last a lifetime.

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Growing up: By the Book: For Children and preteens from 9-14 years and their parents

Puberty—it’s an exciting time. You’re not a child, but you’re not an adult either. Your body is chang­ing­: breasts, curves and periods; deepening­ voices, broadenin­g shoulders and wet dreams. And hair in some quite strange places! And, you don’t feel like a child. Well, sometimes you still want to cuddle Mum but mostly you want to do things your own way and explore your own identiGUBTB4ty. And then there’s all this talk about sex!

So, how do you manage all these changes? How do you decide ‘your way’? Who (or where) do you go to for advice?

Renowned sex therapist and educator Patricia Weerakoon answers the most common questions kids aged 10−14 have about puberty, sex and relationships. She’ll get you thinking about how you see your body, what you feed your brain, and who you base your identity on.

But growing up is more than just facts; it’s about becoming the best person you can be. You’ll see how living your life the way God intended is best for you, your friends and your family.

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The Best Sex for Life: For couples of all ages from dating to the nursing home.

We live in a world of rampant individualism and self-fulfilment. We’re entitled to sexual satisfaction; our culture vigorously affirms it. The result is dissatisfaction—sex is not as frequent, exciting or orgasmic as it should be and it’s usually our spouse’s fault.

Whether you’ve accepted that ‘this is as good as it gets’, struggle in ignorance, or turn to other sources for fulfilment, know that this is not how God intended sex to be! The best way to have a happy, fulfilled sex life is to understand God’s purpose for sexuality and to be willing to live under biblical direction for our relationships in marriage and beyond.

No matter whether you are engaged, a newlywed or have been married for many years, this new book by Patricia Weerakoon is for you. We will discuss the day-to-day activities of a good sex life plus hot topics like premarital sex, infidelity, pornography, sex toys, sexual dysfunctions and variant sexual practices. Discover how to have the best sex for life, no matter what stage of life you are at.

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All Vicki wanted to do was visit her homeland, Sri Lanka, to attend her sister’s wedding, and find out more about an orphanage she’d heard good things about. Instead, she finds herself forced into an illicit liaison with Alfie, her sister’s wealthy, arrogant and charming fiancé; finds herself drawn to Patrick, the tormented manager of the orphanage; and then discovers the orphanage to be a front for a child sex tourism racket. Vicki is determined to save her sister’s marriage, and the orphanage children – and to do it she’s willing to put her career, even her life, on the line.

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Empires Children

A story set in the tea plantations of Sri Lanka in the dying years of the British colonial ‘raj’. These are the children of the empire: Shiro, the feisty and independent daughter of the native tea-maker cares nothing for the class distinctions, while her best friend Sunderi, born into the squalor of life as an indentured Indian labourer is only too aware of the hopelessness of her situation. Anthony Ashton, who with his brother William is heir to one of the world’s largest tea companies, and has been indoctrinated by his father James Ashton to scorn Sri-Lankan natives and see the Indian coolie labour as little more than slaves to be used for personal gratification and the increase of company profits. And Jega, the half breed son of James.

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QandA

  1. How would you describe the writing to publishing process? Any fun analogies?

I love cooking. Writing is a little like a good curry. You need the right ingredients. Authentic, fresh, spicy. Then the mix of these and the time you spend stirring and heating all are influenced by who you plan to feed. If the flavours are just right you get the result you want: A dish that informs and edifies, thrills and whets the appetite or an aphrodisiac that makes the consumer beg for more.

  1. Are you a plotter or a fly by the seat of your pants type writer?

I am a plotter, a planner a pedantically practical person.

  1. Do you listen to music or are you a silence in the library writer?

I am a ‘whatever takes my mood at the moment’ type writer.

  1. You’re going to a deserted island and you’re allowed 3 books to read for the rest of your life… which books and why?

The Bible: My life is based on it

A music hymn book: I love to sing and can learn all the hymns.

A blank note book (and pencils) to record my thoughts.

 

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canstock6030971Thank you to Dr. Patricia Weerakoon for spending some time on the blog today. I’m an equal opportunity blogger and happy to bring all different ideas, genres, and views for everyone to make up their own mind.

Next week I’ll have some new reviews up and don’t forget Teaser Tuesday! I keep forgetting the US is a day behind so after I’d posted last weeks we ended up with a load more teasers! I’ll add them to this weeks post.

What are you reading right now? I’d love to know!!

Sunday Spotlight: Authors On Show – Lauren Dawes

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About the Author:

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Born in South Africa and raised in Sydney, Lauren Dawes is an urban fantasy/paranormal romance writer and the author of the Dark Series. In 2009, she quit her full-time Teaching English as a Second Language job to finally begin writing “that book”, letting her over-active imagination pour out onto the digital pages. She currently lives with her husband and daughter in whatever city the army happens to post them to.

Genres: Paranormal – Urban Fantasy

Lauren’s Books:

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A FIGHT FOR THEIR LIVES

A battle for werewolf territory and rights has Rhett fighting for his life and for the survival of the pack. The last Half Blood –a half human, half vampire hybrid–has been found and Rhett has been chosen as her unlikely Guardian. The pack’s survival hangs on her completing her transformation, but a Sicarii–a vampire assassin–is hunting her to ensure that never happens…

A DARK SECRET REVEALED

 Indigo’s hard exterior is nothing compared to the dark secret she carries within her. Her haunted eyes alone tell of her struggle and desire to live. But what she doesn’t know is that she is hard-wired for survival; the very blood in her veins and the legacy of her father demands it. But when her life takes a violent turn, her heritage and her fate may be the very thing to get her killed…

 If you love vampires, werewolves and a bit of intrigue, “Half Blood” is the book for you!

 Genre: Urban Fantasy

Length: 230 pages

Price: $2.99

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The time of Odin is over. The Aesir gods now live among the humans in their bustling modern cities. Their brutal dominion over the other gods and their eradication of the entire dark elf race may have ended, but their actions have not been forgotten.bio - korvain 28-10

 Korvain is one of the last full-blooded dark elves, and is feared like no other. His ruthlessness and cold heart are legendary, but when he is given the task of killing one of the most fabled goddesses of all time, he is left with an undeniable desire to make her his own. Failure in his task means only one thing: death. Will he follow his orders, or will he follow his heart? bio - bryn 16-11

 Bryn’s whole world crumbled when she left Odin’s service to protect the other valkyries. Now living with the humans, she is the only thing standing between them and total destruction. But her beliefs are about to be shaken to the core when she meets Korvain—a volatile, completely irresistible dark elf who threatens to take away more than just her innocence …

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The time of the Aesir gods is over. Now they live amongst the humans in their bustling modern cities. Their brutal dominion over the gods and humans may have ended, but their actions have not been forgotten.

 Taer 1.2With the death of Adrian still haunting Taer’s every waking breath, she dreams of getting revenge on the dark elf responsible for her brother’s murder. But when the one person she’s depending on to train her in the art of weaponry refuses to help, she has no other choice but to get instruction from the most unlikely of people. Driven by an undeniable desire, Taer finds herself learning more than just how to fight.

Eir, the goddess of healing, has had her spirit destroyed with the death of her twin at the hands of a deranged god. Still struggling with her loss, she is merely surviving each day. That is until a chance encounter with a human shows her that her broken heart can be mended in the simplest of ways.

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1. How would you describe the writing to publishing process? Any fun analogies?

My writing to publishing process is like being in a relationship. Sometimes you love the book, sometimes you want to stab it in the heart for mistreating you, but at the end of the day you stick together and see it through because that’s just what you do. For many authors, they can knock out a book in about a month. I, unfortunately, am not one of those people. Urban fantasy takes a little more research and world building in order to make it good. At the minimum, writing a book will take me six months, and another six months of editing, editing, editing and then proofreading. Maybe then it’ll be ready for some beta readers. I don’t rush the process. I’m putting my name to the story. I want to be known for having great, well-thought out stories, not just hastily thrown together ones. The day you hit the publish button is a good day though because you know you’ve done all you can.

2. Are you a plotter or a fly by the seat of your pants type writer?

I’m definitely a plotter. The first book I ever published was written without a plan and it took me three and a half years because I kept changing things to make it better. If I’d taken the time to plot, it wouldn’t have taken so long. I’m also meticulous when it comes to characters and the geography of my books. I have notebooks filled with character descriptions and maps to make sure I don’t have any plot holes.

3. Do you listen to music or are you a silence in the library writer?

I listen to music, but what I listen to changes with the tone of the scene. For example, if I’m writing a love/sex scene, the music I like is more ballads and love songs. If I’m writing about a murder scene or a fight (definitely more my style) then I listen to something heavier, or something with a faster beat and usually with a lot of swearing.

4. You’re going to a deserted island and you’re allowed 3 books to read for the rest of your life… which books and why?

I’d probably take Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” because it’s a classic. I’d also take any two randomly chosen books by J.R.Ward. That woman can do no wrong.

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Sunday Spotlight: Authors On Show – Cecily Paterson

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About the Author:

Cecily Paterson has given up sugar in pursuit of a healthier life more times than she can count. She’s probably not going to do it again because, chocolate. Cecily grew up in Pakistan where they don’t eat chocolate too much, so she now makes up for missed Cecily Paterson Author  opportunities. Her years at boarding school overseas were also largely chocolate-free, unfortunately, but she did learn a lot about teenage girl relationships, and especially that every girl needs two things: her own place to chill out in, and a kind, understanding person to talk to. Cecily now lives in small town NSW with her husband, four kids and two dogs. Her favourite kind of chocolate, in case you’re wondering, is the Lindt 70% dark blend. Mmmmm.

Genres: Young Adult

Cecily’s Books

cover front smallJazmine Crawford doesn’t make decisions. She doesn’t make choices. She doesn’t make friends. Jazmine Crawford only wants one thing: to be invisible. For Jazmine, it’s a lot easier to take out her hearing aid and drift along pretending that nothing’s wrong than it is to admit that she’s heartbroken. When Jazmine is forced to be in the school play, she finds that she’s stronger than she thought. But is it enough to stand up to the school bully? And does she have enough courage to face the truth about what really happened to her dad?

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INVINCIBLE COVER SMALL“When I was smaller I thought that at some point in my life I’d reach the top of the mountain. You know, the place where you’re finally happy. The night I got a standing ovation in the school play was the night I got to the top. The trouble was, no one ever told me that I’d have to hike back down.” invincibleteaser2 invincibleteaser
Finally, everything is going right for 13 year-old Jazmine Crawford. After years of being invisible, she’s making friends, talking to her mum and hanging out with Liam. But what happens when everyone around her changes? Will getting back in touch with her grandma help her cope or just make things worse? And who’s going to finally give arrogant Angela what she deserves?
Invincible is the much-anticipated sequel to Invisible, a semi-finalist in the 2014 Amazon Book of the Year Award.

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goodreads_icon_50x50-823139ec9dc84278d3863007486ae0acLMP cover smallThirteen year old fashionista Coco Franks has finally made it into the popular group when her dad decides to move the whole family to the country so they can ‘bond’. Social death is looming, her shoes are covered in mud and all Coco wants to do is get herself back to her city friends. After all, things can’t get any worse, right?

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QandA

1. How would you describe the writing to publishing process? Any fun analogies?

Hmmm. It’s a lot like poking your eyes out with blunt pencils. Slow, painful and messy. The only bit I like about writing and publishing is having a book in my hand at the end.
2. Are you a plotter or a fly by the seat of your pants type writer?

I plot. With four kids and no time, I’m a big believer in doing things in the most time-efficient way possible. I have no time to faff around changing plots. However, like with my kids, I do let my characters have a bit of leeway as we go. I’m not super-strict with them.
3. Do you listen to music or are you a silence in the library writer?

PLEASE BE QUIET. DO NOT FLICK YOUR TOES. DO NOT BLINK OR SNIFF. DO NOT EVEN BREATHE. WE ARE WORKING IN HERE, ORRIGHT?

4. You’re going to a deserted island and you’re allowed 3 books to read for the rest of your life… which books and why?

Pride and Prejudice. Or anything by Jane, actually. Her books make me laugh every time, and I have so much so learn from her construction and characterisations.

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth. The India setting reminds me of my childhood growing up in Pakistan, the characters are wonderful, and it’s incredibly long, which is useful, because I’ve got the rest of my life, right?

The Bible. In my estimation the most important and most interesting story ever told. Plus it’s incredibly long, which is useful, again, because, well…
Thank you so much to Cecily Paterson for joining us in this addition of Authors on Show. I am super excited and intrigued to grab these books, they look absolutely divine! Don’t forget to click the buttons below to connect with the author. ((I’ve checked out her website and I highly recommend you have a lookie…there is SO much wonderful information on it!!)) I’ll see you next week for another post!

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Sunday Spotlight: Authors On Show – Michelle Irwin

I thought we’d try something a little different around here and start a weekly post called Sunday Spotlight – Authors on Show.  A place to showcase some authors and see what book or books they have out all in one post! I may not have read the books posted, so please know that this is all about sharing the love and discovering new authors, together. Kicking off the inaugural Sunday post is……

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About the Author

Michelle Irwin BioMichelle Irwin has been many things in her life: a hobbit taking a precious item to a fiery mountain; a young child stepping through the back of a wardrobe into another land; the last human stranded not-quite-alone in space three million years in the future; a young girl willing to fight for the love of a vampire; and a time-travelling madman in a box. She achieved all of these feats and many more through her voracious reading habit. Eventually, so much reading had to have an effect and the cast of characters inside her mind took over and spilled out onto the page.

Michelle lives in sunny Queensland in the land down under with her surprisingly patient husband and ever-intriguing daughter, carving out precious moments of writing and reading time around her accounts-based day job. A lover of love and overcoming the odds, she primarily writes paranormal and fantasy romance.

Michelle’s Books

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Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy

Evie Meyers’ life is one spent on the run. Every minute of every day, her life is in danger if anyone should suspect the truth about her ancestry. Her father was willing to risk everything to keep the truth hidden, even from her, but the lies he fabricated were exposed when her high school crush, Clay Jacobs, inadvertently stumbled upon her secret. His discovery puts Evie at risk from a secret organization tasked with washing the world clean of nonhumans—and Clay is one of its deadliest soldiers. Forced into a war she doesn’t understand, all because of what she is, Evie is left with no choice but to flee with her father to escape persecution.Magnolia Teaser

When Clay reappears in her life, battle scarred and mysterious, Evie is unprepared and terrified as he forces his way back into her heart. When the battle catches up with her, and a tragic accident tears apart the peace she discovered, she finds herself alone and without the protection of her father, or her lover. Now, she needs to keep her secrets hidden and learn to survive on her own in a world that wants her dead, all while searching for the missing piece of her heart.

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Genre: Romantic Comedy.

Evan is a reluctant cupid.

Facing an unknown term of servitude to repay his debt to the world, it is his responsibility to guide couples together. Despite initial hesitancy, he has learned to handle every case with care and he now basks in the afterglow of new-found love and Happierrelishes in the energy it provides him. But his end goal is still the promise of paradise in return for his penance.Roses

It’s all going according to plan until he receives an assignment that is inconceivable to him. He has to find a mate for Becca, within whom lives the reincarnated soul of his one true love. Bound by his duty to find her a match, he must resist her charm and suppress his own desires. It is his job and he cannot fail, even if his own paradise now seems lost.

For a cupid, falling in love is against the rules.

Isn’t it?

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Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy

Clay Jacobs is a soldier. His family—elite members of a secret organization—are tasked with washing the world clean of all supernatural threats. Each new day brings the opportunity to fight at their side for a cause that he’s never doubted is just.‏

But Clay harbors a dangerous secret. The object of his teenage obsession was not human, and he failed to detect the truth until it was too late to destroy her. Even after she fled, he couldn’t bring himself to report her. Now, the memory of the one who got away not only haunts him, it holds him captive and assaults him nightly. Unable to escape her hold on his mind, he races across the country to locate her and restore his sanity. Only instead of the monster he expects, he finds a woman who ensnares him with her charms. In her embrace, Clay dares to imagine a different life.

When his family discovers his betrayal, and threaten to destroy his dreams in the worst way imaginable, Clay has no option but to return to their side and convince them he’s back on the right track. Will he be able to play his part convincingly when the cause he’s spent most of his life fighting for is the very thing that will end his lover’s life?

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1. How would you describe the writing to publishing process? Any fun analogies?
I don’t know about fun analogies, but the best description is different to what I expected but somehow exactly what I expected. Actually, I have an analogy but not sure if it’s “fun.” Writing to publishing is like having a baby (stay with me):
Step 1 is the learning how-to – this is the sex ed part of writing. You don’t have to do it, but you know a hell of a lot more if you do.
Step 2 is the fun part 😉 – the actual sitting and writing. This can be painful, can be brilliant. You sometimes do it when you’re not in the mood but when you are right into it everything is just flowing (*snorts* unintended pun, but leaving it there for comedic value)
Step 3 is the editing – this is a bit like antenatal classes and labor all rolled into one. It’s also sometimes painful, but it’s necessary. It helps you to understand what is happening a little better. It is where things go from being a theoretical maybe in the future to the “holy crap this is happening right now.”
Step 4 is bringing the baby home and showing it off. There’s a certain amount of trepidation of have you done everything you can to make the baby (book) the best it can be. You worry when it goes off to meet friends and strangers. You are left just hoping that you’ve done what you can do to make sure it has every possible success but ultimately it’s out of your hands.

2. Are you a plotter or a fly by the seat of your pants type writer?
I usually start out with an idea and a very loose plot. I don’t sit and plot that out further. I spend the time getting to know the characters instead. Usually when I sit to write, they look at my loose plot points, laugh, and then wander off to do their own thing. So I guess that makes me a pantser.


3. Do you listen to music or are you a silence in the library writer?
“Who turned out the lights?” Sorry, whovian joke 😉 To answer the question: music. Always. I’m the sort of person who can’t sit in a silent room without getting an irresistible urge to chuckle, which was obviously not great for exams. The right song at the right time though can get things moving in unimaginable directions. My first proper writing session after I’ve allowed myself to concede that yes this idea is going to be a book, is usually spent setting up a playlist.

4. You’re going to a deserted island and you’re allowed 3 books to read for the rest of your life… which books and why?
I always cheat when this is asked, because one choice would be my Lord of the Rings book, which is actually all 3 of the LoTRs books in one deliciously bound book. I can read this over and over again so it’s a must. The 2nd would probably be Red Dwarf omnibus, again a great book that is actually three books all in one. And lastly hmmm it’s a hard choice, but probably the complete works of William Shakespeare. I love his plays and really between those books I’ll have hours & hours of reading before I have to repeat 😉

Thank you so much for answering my questions and letting us get to know you a little better!
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I hope you have enjoyed this Sunday Spotlight.  Look out for every Sunday for a new author to discover.  Read On!