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Saturday, 25 April 2015

'Without Those Songs.' How Your Words Will Live On Forever

I downloaded the album, No Sound Without Silence last weekend, and a certain song really got me thinking.

Without Those Songs is a story about famous singers who made a career out of certain life events.

This concept is also true for writers. I suppose it's true for any artist, as their work is just an extension of themselves.

The idea that there will always be a remaining part of you after death is a fascination for the majority of people. People have children for this very reason, or at least to carry on with their family name.

But what if the children die young or fail to reproduce themselves. The extension of the original person may only live for forty years. After that time has passed their DNA may be gone for ever.

But with artists, their extension really can go on forever. If what they produce doesn't live then it can never die and that's what makes art so special for me.

To celebrate this fact, I've just released my fifth book: Second Time Around. I hope you will download a copy.

Phoebe Philips is perpetually single. At the age of thirty-two, she’s tried all the top dating tricks without success.

So when her best friend, Annabel, suggests she joins an online dating agency, Phoebe feels like she has nothing to lose. Despite her best efforts, the cyber dates don’t go to plan and things just go from bad to worse. It seems like she won’t have her childhood dream of a fairytale wedding with a horse-drawn carriage.

Now time is ticking and Phoebe fears singledom will always be her way of life. She has to meet someone so she can live happily ever after.

The question is who will that be …?

It's available at all Amazon stores. Or go to my Amazon Author Page for the direct link.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Book Series or Stand Alone's: Which Have More Success?

Over the past five years as a writer, I've seen a lot of discussions on this topic and a lot of success stories from authors on both sides of the coin. It's also made me think of another question - does it depend which genre you write in?

All the really famous writers including Janet Evanovich and Lee Child have had huge success with their book series. Who hasn't heard of Stephanie Plum or Jack Reacher? But writers like Danielle Steel have had huge success with stand alone novels.

People may expect crime thrillers to be in the form of serials. Lee Child has written twenty Jack Reacher books in his series, so no wonder he's had phenomenal success and it's the same story with Janet Evanovich.

But does that mean you can only write serials in crime and stand alone's in romance?

What do you think?

I've made my book: Confessions of a Webcam Model  FREE THIS WEEKEND! That's the 28th-30th March. Grab your copy while you can! Just follow to links on my blog to the appropriate page. Happy reading!

Thursday, 26 February 2015

How Can Writers Research Taboo Subjects?

Here in the 21st century life is impossible if you can't access the Internet. Everything now depends on modern technology and pretty soon you'll need the World Wide Web to make a simple cup of tea.

As so much information is now available on the Internet, libraries are becoming obsolete and other research methods are taking a back seat to the computer.

All this may sound fantastic but as writers this is a potentially terrifying concept. Imagine you're the next Stephen King and you have to research a particularly gruesome murder. How are you going to do this without putting the authorities on high alert?

Gone are the days where people could innocently make a mistake on the Web. Every phrase you type is instantly recorded on your browser history, so how is the sentence how to make a bomb going to look to the FBI?

Now, as I just write chick lit, I can sleep well at night. But to other writers this issue must play on their minds. So many terrorism groups exist in Cyberspace that just the mere hint of something suspicious will be enough to wave several red flags in the government's security department.

And if officials do pay you a visit, are they going to be satisfied when you tell them you're just an unknown writer and that your next book happens to be about Islamic State?

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Do Real Life Events Affect Your Writing?

Writers are prone to living in a bubble. We work by ourselves with limited interaction from the outside world. And occasionally, it can be hard to separate dreams from reality until an event from the real world occurs.

We can be so removed from this world that such an event can feel like a meteorite has hit the Earth. The effects can last for months, even when it's clear the episode is over.

I was happily living in such a bubble until Christmas day when I decided that a lump I'd had for a while had gotten considerably bigger.

Now most people assume the worst when they discover a lump and they automatically think of cancer, but as I am only twenty-nine with no family history of such disease, I didn't jump to that conclusion. Besides, I'm a healthy weight, don't smoke and don't drink that much so I wasn't in any high risk category.

Only when the doctor said she was going to send me to see a specialist straight away under urgent care did I start to panic. She said she didn't think the lump was anything nasty but better to be safe than sorry. By this stage I thought it would be too late if it was anything nasty.

I went to the hospital, trying not to panic. The specialist sent me for a biopsy and an ultrasound after saying he was absolutely convinced it would be nothing to worry about. He said he was sure it was a fibroadenoma, a benign lump which is common in my age group. Never the less as it was so big, I'd have to have it out regardless.

Fortunately the results came back and it wasn't cancer. I had it removed, feeling extremely lucky that the lump was just benign. Even so, I'm still quite shaken by the whole thought of the results coming back as something else, especially as I met someone my age who has had aggressive cancer. Twelve months later she's had chemotherapy and seems to be all right. But even though you don't expect to have cancer in your twenties it can still happen.

So now my ordeal is over (it could have been much worse, so I'm still thankful,)  I'm even more focused on my writing and living life as much as I possibly can.

Now it's over to you. Has any event occurred in your life that's made you determined to see things through?