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Welcome Bella Osborne…

*offers Bella a cup of tea*

 Coconut Loft~cup of tea

Can you tell me a little about yourself?

Thanks for the opportunity to appear on your blog, Suzan. I’m a wife and mother and I live in the Midlands. I’m eternally grateful for the wonderful people in my life and tea, wine, holidays and cake… oh, and custard creams.

What was the first story you wrote?

I can’t remember if it had a title but it was about a thief who stole the crown jewels – I was about nine at the time and the story was so long that my teacher typed it up for me and then stuck it on the classroom wall.

Were you inspired by someone or something?

I was always taught to respect and look after books so reading and being read to was always very special to me as a child. Like so many children I loved the Enid Blyton stories, with Secret Seven being my absolute favourite. I started writing at school and have continued to do it on and off for many years.

Why do you write?

It has always seemed quite logical to me to write my own stories so I’ve never really questioned why I do it. My question would be ‘why doesn’t everybody do it?’ It’s the best fun ever! It is also the best excuse to sit at a computer, drink tea and eat Olympic quantities of custard creams.

Can you tell us about your newest book?

My debut novel ‘It Started at Sunset Cottage’ is out as an e-book on 12th February 2015 and in paperback on 23rd April 2015. It has two strong women at its core. Kate is an author and is consistently calm, reserved and measured whilst Sarah is a sharp-tongued single mother who acts first and thinks later.

After losing her fiancé, Kate is slowly getting her life back on track when

Timothy Calder, A-list actor and leading man in the movie adaptation of her book, turns up on her doorstep, hoping to lie low after his latest tabloid scandal. But after a rocky start, they find they have a few things in common: a liking for Lady Grey tea, walnut whips and bad ‘knock knock’ jokes. Actually, the bad jokes are just Tim.

Sarah on the other hand is trying to hold down two jobs and shut her ex-husband out of her life. When he goes missing she thinks it’s the answer to her problems until Sarah becomes number one suspect.

Bella~It started~

How did you come up with the story?

I really wish I had a super intelligent response for this question but the honest answer is that Kate appeared as a character and the ‘what if?’ questions started flying around my head and it all grew from there. I was keen to have two related threads in the story, which I switch between and hopefully make for a compelling read.

What genre best fits for the book?

It is definitely Romance but when it comes to narrowing that down to a sub-genre then it gets a bit tricky. It is a romance novel that incorporates humour with underlying menace and intrigue. It has been described as being both witty and poignant but hopefully readers will enjoy it despite its lack of obvious pigeonhole.

What are some of the benefits and challenges to writing?

For me the benefits are that I simply love writing. When I’m writing it feels like it’s what I should be doing (apart from being with family, eating custard creams and being on holiday obviously). I get a real buzz when I’m sat at the keyboard and the words are tumbling out and when I typed The End on my first completed novel I felt a huge sense of achievement.

The biggest challenge for me is juggling all the other roles that I have in life and squeezing it all into 24 hours whilst retaining what’s left of my sanity.

Do you attend a writing group?

Not as such but I do attend a local writing course which meets weekly and provides me with a safe environment to share my writing. The tutor and course attendees have been a huge support to me over the last two years.

Do you have someone to critique your work?

I do. I am very lucky to have a hugely supportive writing tutor, a friendly grammar Nazi, an inspiring agent and a wonderful editor, oh and a lovely husband who I make read it too. I then have a fabulous bunch of beta readers who read it for story and tell me honestly if it’s any good.

Are you working on something new at the moment?

I have just finished my first attempt at a children’s story, which I’m very excited about and really hope I can find a publisher for. I am also part way through my third novel for adults, which is based in an office and has themes of romance, humour and underlying menace.

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

Seek out other writers. I can’t explain how brilliant it feels to be around other writers. I would recommend joining groups, courses and the myriad of genre writing associations. I joined the Romantic Novelists Association on their New Writer’s Scheme and I have learned so much from their events, met some amazing writers and made some terrific friends.

Make time to write. If you really want to write, then something else has to give; be it social media, Candy Crush, television, sleep or the cleaning – trust me in a year’s time you won’t regret not having done those things but you will regret not having found time to write.

What is your writing routine?

I work part time so I am lucky enough to be able to dedicate time each week to writing. I also squeeze in time whenever I can especially if I’m in the middle of a WIP or doing something crazy like NaNoWriMo. Even ten minutes can be enough to get a few words down. If you wait for a two hour window it’ll never happen!

I am also a big planner so I spend a long time developing my characters, understanding them as people and plotting out the story before I ever put pen to paper, finger to keyboard or custard cream to lips (it’s a kind of reward mechanism).

Do you have an editing process?

I write a first draft then put it away for about four weeks. I get it out, crack open a new packet of custard creams, read it through and redo the bits that don’t work as I go. I try to focus on each scene and mentally check what it is adding to the overall story and if it’s the best it can be. Then I send it to my agent who tells me what works and what I need more of. Then I send it to my Editor who will make some suggestions for improvement. Then it goes to a proof reader and then we all breathe a sigh of relief.

What do you enjoy the most/least about writing?

I love the first buds of a story (as long as they don’t pop up when you are trying to finish something else). That stage when you have no idea where the story is going to take you and you have to learn about your characters is the most exciting for me.

I’m less fond of the editing. I can read something ten or more times and not spot a typo because I’ve become blind to it. But I do like being able to tinker with it. The hardest bit is letting go.

How important is it for you to share your writing?

You know what, it’s actually not that important. I can say that because I kept it to myself for years. I never really expected to get published so the fact that real people are going to read it is very scary. But now that it’s happening I truly hope that readers enjoy it.

Where can people go to read your work?

Amazon via this link http://goo.gl/2yl8Qz

Other e-reader book stores for ‘It Started at Sunset Cottage’ and there are some examples of output from my writing class as well as some terrific work by other course attendees at www.tellingtalesonthursdays.weebly.com

I also write a fortnightly column called Bella’s Scribblings for the Novel Kicks website. www.novelkicks.co.uk/category/bellas-scribblings/

Where can people find you on the internet?

www.bellaosborne.com

Is there anything else you would like to share with your readers?

A big thank you to each and every one of them!

Custard cream anyone?

 Custard creams

Don’t mind if I do.

Thank you for a lovely interview, Bella and good luck with your writing. Suzan.

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Welcome, John Dolan…

John D

Can you tell me a little about yourself?

Hi, Suzan, and thank you for the invitation to appear on your blog. I’m a British ex-pat, currently based in Thailand. For the last twenty-odd years I’ve been working in the international power industry, most recently working in India, Dubai, Malaysia and South Africa. My background is in law and finance, although I’ve also run a hypnotherapy practice and I was (for a short time) a karate instructor. I have a low boredom threshold – as my long-suffering wife will testify.

What was the first story you wrote?

Oh, God, that was an Agatha Christie-type story when I was at grammar school. Fortunately for the world, all my embarrassing early writings are long lost. You only have to worry about my latest embarrassing efforts.

Were you inspired by someone or something?

I’ve always been a big reader. Graham Greene, Evelyn Waugh et al are to blame for my sitting down in front of my laptop. I can’t say, however, that I’ve always had an ambition to write. That’s a relatively new aberration.

Why do you write?

It keeps me out of Thai bars when I’m not working on consultancy assignments.

Can you tell us about your newest book?

My latest book is entitled “A Poison Tree”, and it’s the third instalment in my “Time, Blood and Karma” series – which is about a seriously screwed-up English private detective, David Braddock, who is hiding out on the Thai island of Samui. The latest book is a sequel to the previous two novels, which gives the reader some idea about why Braddock is so damaged.

john d~A POISON TREE EBOOK COVER

How did you come up with the story?

I don’t come up with stories, Suzan. I have this little man in my head who creates them. I just do the typing for him. Seriously, I have NO idea where the stories come from.

What genre best fits for the book?

I guess “mystery” would be the label, but you could argue it is psychological literary fiction, if indeed such a category exists. I don’t worry too much about genres and certainly don’t write with a specific “label” in mind.

Are you working on something new at the moment?

I’ve just started book four in my series: “Running on Emptiness”. More mystery and phuquerie in Thailand.

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

Don’t do it. Get a dog instead. Seriously, I think it’s important to be clear about your goals and objectives in writing – and to be realistic. I see many writers who become disillusioned that they are not producing immediate best-sellers. We need to remember most “overnight successes” have been writing for years, if not decades. So keep at it. And write stuff that gives you satisfaction. Keep learning. Drink coffee.

What is your writing routine?

I don’t have a set routine. I squeeze in my writing around other things – working, travelling, spending time with my family, taking the dog for walks. I’m amazed I ever get anything written. But somehow it happens.

What do you enjoy the most/least about writing?

I love the satisfaction of finishing the first draft. But I also get a kick out of the research and planning. I’m a bit of an anal retentive, you see. I dislike editing. I think most writers do. But it’s a necessary evil. Also, every writer has to be a marketer. This is not something that comes naturally to me – and sometimes I find myself choking on the process – but I’m learning.

How important is it for you to share your writing?

Pretty important. Without sharing, there is no feedback; and without feedback, there is no improvement. Having said that, I’m not trying to change the world with my writing; just to give people something interesting and involving to read, and maybe give them some things to think about along the way. A man’s got to know his limitations, right?

Where can people go to read your work?

At the moment my ebooks and paperbacks are exclusively on Amazon (with the exception of my free short story, “Jim Fosse’s Expense Claim”, which you can find on most e-retailer websites). You won’t find my novels on the shelves of bookshops: it’s too time-consuming and expensive to get them there, so that is not a part of my business model.

Where can people find you on the Internet?

Twitter: @JohnDolanAuthor https://twitter.com/JohnDolanAuthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JohnDolanAuthor?ref=hl

Website: http://johndaviddolan.wix.com/johndolanauthor

Blog: http://johndolanwriter.blogspot.com/

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/John-Dolan/e/B008IIERF0/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6550683.John_Dolan

Is there anything else you would like to share with your readers?

Just a big “thank you” would be appropriate, I think. Without readers, there would be little point in writing.

My novel ‘Everyone Burns’ is free on Amazon from 16-20 January.

john d EVERYONE BURNS REVISED EBOOK COVER   john d~ HUNGRY GHOSTS EBOOK COVER   john d~A POISON TREE EBOOK COVER

Thank you John for taking time out to do this interview, I have really enjoyed it. Suzan

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We [Just Write It!] held our first writing workshop this Autumn and were delighted to see so many people, all enthusiastic and wanting to write. 

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The workshops included: Getting started, Planning, Researching, Editing,  Publishing and Marketing. I joined authors/tutors: Ann Bowyer, Glynis Smy, Jayne-Marie Barker, Jo Wilde and Rosy Thornton.

Jayne Marie Barker 

Rosy Thornton Jo and Denise

Feedback …

“I had a great time with some great people. Thank you for inspiring me to ‘Just Write It!”

“Thank you for the uplifting weekend. I take away renewed interest. These workshops have geed me up to move on with my work.”

“A lovely and inspirational weekend. It has been great to get to know more like-minded people and share time and ideas.”

“Thank you so much – I feel more alive than I have felt in months.”

“I absolutely loved this experience.”

“Thank you for a great weekend. I have enjoyed meeting other would-be authors and I feel truly empowered to write my book/s.”

Watching the fox and ducks

Watching the fox and the ducks tease each other.

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Some of the group have made a commitment to write and self publish a book [small, medium or large] by July 10th 2015. This group call themselves ‘Waveney Author Group’ [WAG] and will hold monthly meetings to support each other with their writing projects. I have agreed to be part of this WAG group and look forward to meeting up with the group in January 2015.

Wag

Just Write It offers a variety of writing workshops-

Getting Started and Planning Fridays

Editing and Different Styles of Publishing Saturdays

Pitching to Publishers/Agent and Marketing Sundays

If you would like more information on our writing workshops please click www.justwriteitworkshops.com

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Interesting writing workshops coming up this month. For anyone looking for tips on #Planning  #Researching #Editing  #Publishing #Marketing. With 6 published and successful authors. FEW PLACES LEFT, BOOK NOW! http://justwriteit1.wordpress.com/

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Welcome, Glynis Smy…

Glynis

Can you tell me a little about yourself?

I live in the coastal town of Dovercourt, Essex, with my husband and mother. We have three adult children, one in Canada, and two in Essex. Our adorable granddaughter keeps us on our toes, and look forward to another arriving in February 2015. I enjoy card making for charity, fishing, cross stitch, and of course, writing.

What was the first story you wrote?

It was Ripper, My Love, a romance suspense in the Victorian era.

Ripper my love~Glynis

Were you inspired by someone or something?

I would like to say Jack the Ripper, but it was more of a statement made than the person. Someone said what an evil person he/she had been. I replied that somebody loved them once, and that was it, the idea kicked in for a short story but a novel developed.

Why do you write?

Why? Because I love it, and there are characters in my head I cannot shut up at night. They force me to scribble down words at a frantic pace!

Can you tell us about your newest book?

The Penny Portrait is due for release December 2014. It is based in my hometown, although I started writing it in Cyprus (where I lived for eight years until 2013). My favourite place to walk is along the rough coastal paths of the beach, and it holds fond memories of my father who passed two years ago.

                                         Harwich 1865

When Elle Buchanan is abandoned by her parents in her sixteenth year, she has no choice but to run from the leering eyes of their landlord. Earlham’s beach in the town of Dovercourt, holds memories of her childhood and becomes her home. Hiding out in a rundown shepherd shack she takes stock of her life, and finds friendship in the form of a crippled male, Stanley.

Through various friendships she is able to follow her love of art and earn from her skill. Under the guidance of Angus Argyle, a local art tutor, she thrives. His sharp eye spots a charcoal drawing in her portfolio, and knows the naked man Elle etched. She tells of how they met, and Angus sells the drawing on to its model with the promise that they would say nothing.

Elle struggles with the loss of friends, friendship, and love. Growing up alone she is naïve, and her innocence loses her a love she so desperately seeks.

Will Elle have to give up her dream for love, or will love find a way into her life?

How did you come up with the story?

Dad had Alzheimer’s and I sat reminiscing about my childhood walks with him, and I wanted to capture the feeling of abandonment that the disease gave me when it took him from me. He saved me from the tidal dikes one day, and became my hero as he carried me on his back across the rushing waters.

I met my husband in the same town, and we walked there as young lovers, I wanted to capture the romance, angst, and emotional patterns of young love.

I played there with my best friend who died twenty years ago, and during the reflective moments, that was the place my mind took me, so I tried to capture friendship and loss.

I really cannot think why I chose art as my character’s pathway in life, I cannot paint to save my life!

So all in all the story is a plot of emotions based upon my inner-self, about a place that some see as desolate but I see it as a giver of life.

What genre best fits for the book?

Historical Romance – Victorian

What are some of the benefits and challenges to writing?

Benefits are of achieving a dream. Pocket money if you sell enough for profit, and the sense of satisfaction a reader has enjoyed your work. Challenges? Editing, marketing – the other side of writing.

Do you attend a writing group?

No, I am not a group person. I attended one once but felt so inadequate I couldn’t return.

Do you have someone to critique your work?

Yes, I have a couple of fab beta readers.

Are you working on something new at the moment?

My novel Maggie’s Child, has captured the imagination of a few readers and I received emails and messages wondering if there would be more about Maggie’s life. So, I am in the process of attempting a family saga. A BIG challenge!

Maggies child~Glynis

 

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

Go for it, grab that pen and follow your dream. Build a presence on the Internet, learn from others, and do not be put off by those who have received rejections from publishers and agents. Self-publish, and carry on enjoying the dream!

What is your writing routine?

Grab time when I can. I no longer have the luxury of all day to myself, I literally have to grab moments, so there is no longer a routine.

Do you have an editing process?

  1. I read on computer – edit x3.
  2. I print off read through & edit x1
  3. I download to Kindle and read as a book (amazing how many glaring errors are found this way).
  4. I then hand over to beta readers

What do you enjoy the most/least about writing?

There is nothing I dislike, I enjoy the whole process – except marketing but that isn’t writing to me.

How important is it for you to share your writing?

At first it wasn’t something I focused upon, I just enjoyed my books for my own personal satisfaction. Slowly readers began to want more from me, and it became a need to share situation. My ego now loves sharing!

You were shortlisted for an award recently. Can you tell us all about it and how you felt etc?

When my book Maggie’s Child, reached the second round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, I thought Christmas had arrived early. It was a true ego boost. I found courage to submit the book to the Festival of Romance New Talent scheme, and to my surprise and joy I found my name on the shortlist! This has instilled new courage and inspired me to keep writing. To know I now have ‘street cred’ within the writing community is thrilling.

Where can people go to read your work?

Amazon stores online are where my books are based at the moment. Although I do have plans to have paperbacks in independent bookstores in the future. I would also love them to be in libraries in the UK.

Maggie’s Child

Ripper, My Love

Ripped Genes

www.glynissmyauthor.com

Purchase at Amazon

Where can people find you on the internet?

www.glynissmyauthor.com

Author Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/glynissmyauthor

Is there anything else you would like to share with your readers?

If folk are interested they can sign up for my newsletter. It is sent out four times a year unless I have extra news to share.

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I support other authors and showcase books here:

The Virtual Bookcase

Maggies child~Glynis

  Ripper my love~Glynis   ripped-genes-createspace~Glynis

Thank you, Glynis, it’s been lovely meeting you again, and good luck with your next book, The Penny Portrait, which is due for release December 2014.

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Welcome, Margaret Mayo…  Margaret Mayo

If you are sitting comfortably, would you like to tell me a little about yourself?

I live in the UK with my husband who is a keen DIY man (which keeps him out of my hair when I am writing). I have a son (who now lives in the U.S.) and a daughter, and two wonderful grandchildren. So my life is happily fulfilled.

What was the first story you wrote?

Writing was not something I’d ever thought about but one morning I woke up with an idea in my mind for a short story. I have no idea where it came from but I started writing it that very day. (I had an office job with plenty of spare time so I did it all at work. How lucky was that?) Gradually my short story turned into a full scale novel. Since I didn’t know how good it was I joined my local writer’s circle and was fortunate that the lady who ran it was a Mills & Boon writer. She took me under her wing and after some (actually considerable) re-writing I sent it off to M&B. They didn’t accept it, saying the storyline didn’t quite suit them but would be interested in anything else I wrote. Encouragement indeed. After that they accepted two books at the same time.

What do you like about writing a story?

In a few words – it takes me into another world. A world of make-believe. Larger than life characters but real people in my mind when I write and I hope my readers feel the same way.

Margaret_Rachel'sRetribution                                Rachel’s Retribution: http://tiny.cc/ibmplx

Can you tell us about your newest book? Abby’s Bodyguard.

This is an e-book and is a sequel to Rachel’s Retribution (stories about two half-brothers who never knew the other one existed).  Abby has flown to Paris from England to attend a Trade Fair and is met at the airport by a man who says he is a friend of her brother. He is also staying in the same hotel. Coincidence? Her brother has asked her to drop off a parcel and this man (Temple Townsend) offers to drive her to the address. But when he sees the seedy district he puts his foot down and heads straight out again. As you can imagine tempers fly. There follows a chase by the baddies (for want of a better word) through parts of France and eventually they both fly back to England – where there are still problems waiting. Especially when Temple finds out from Liam Mallory (his half-brother in Rachel’s Retribution) that their mother is seriously ill. It’s an action packed story with romance thrown in.

Margaret~Abby's Bodyguard cover

Abby’s Bodyguard:  http://tiny.cc/v4lplx

How did you come up with the story?

Do you know, I never plot my stories. I envisage a situation in which my main characters find themselves and simply take it from there. I might know one or two things that I want to happen along the way but never all of it. In that way I find it as interesting to write a book as I do to read one. I’ve often exclaimed aloud to myself, “I never knew that was going to happen.”

What genre best fits the book?

Romance. Entirely romance. It’s all I ever used to read, as had my mother before me. It must be in my genes!

Are you working on something new at the moment?

Absolutely. My heroine in this romance has suffered so terribly she tries to kill herself – saved only by my hero. Much to her annoyance. It is the story of her coming to terms with everything that has happened in her life and eventually realising that it is worth living after all. Thanks to the help and persistence of the stranger who saved her.  It’s a little different from my usual storylines and I’m thoroughly enjoying writing it.

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

To never give up. If at first you don’t succeed try, try again. Decide what genre you want to write for, read as many books in that genre as you can, and then go for it.

What is your writing routine?

I write from ten till four Monday to Friday, stopping only to have lunch with my long-suffering husband. Before he retired I worked nine till five, carrying on the routine from when I used to go out to work. But that’s not fair on him now. I’m fortunate that he’s a DIY type of man and always finds something to do.

Do you have an editing process?

I am constantly editing my writing. I edit as I go along. I edit at the end of the day. I edit when the book’s finished. I know people say you should write quickly, get it down on paper and then edit, but I can’t do that, I have to perfect it as I go along. That’s not to say I don’t still do editing again afterwards.

What do you enjoy most/least about writing?

I can honestly say I enjoy the whole process. It’s hard sometimes when the words don’t flow, when I ask myself what’s going to happen next, but on the whole I always love what I’m doing.

How important is it for you to share your writing?

Very important. The whole point of writing is sharing it with others.  Hopefully giving them pleasure in the stories that I write. I write what I like to read and I always hope that my readers enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy writing them.

Where can people find you on the internet?

My website is: www.margaret-mayo.com

To purchase any of my books please go to http://goo.gl/kKnVfH

 

I’m also on Facebook.

Margaret Mayo cover~Bitter Memories Margaret Mayo cover~The Santorini Marriage Bargain Margaret Mayo cover~Ungentlemanly Behaviour

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Welcome, Tottie Limejuice…

Tottie

Please help yourself to the tea and scones, settle in your chair and tell us about your writing world.

I’m Lesley Tither, much better known as Tottie Limejuice. I’m a retired journalist/copywriter/copy editor, now a published writer.

What was the first story you wrote?

We always had to write a diary on a Monday morning at junior school. I have always loved writing so mine were sometimes very long indeed. I always had a notebook on the go full of scribbled stories. I remember one about a blackbird. My father was a newspaper editor and he also wrote. I remember writing a sequel to a short story he had written when he was young, called The Renfrew Street Ghost.

Were you inspired by someone or something?

When I was very young I met the award winning author Alan Garner. He was such a lovely and very ordinary person, always very kind to me. I loved his books, although was never interested in writing anything in the same genre, which is rather Tolkienesque, although Garner had never read Tolkien.

What do you like about writing a story?

I just love telling stories, always have done. If you got stuck next to me at a dinner party you’d not have to worry about lulls in the conversation, that’s for sure!

Can you tell us about your newest book?

I’ve recently published ‘Mother, Was It Worth It?’, the third in my Sell the Pig series, about my life in France. It’s a bit different from the average as there are no whinges about France and the French.

How did you come up with the story?

It’s easy writing non-fiction as I just write about what happens. I don’ believe in embellishing, if something isn’t amusing enough in its own right to go in the book, I would rather leave it out.

What genre best fits for the book?

Ah, the million dollar question! Some would say travel memoirs, although I personally don’t care for the word memoirs, it’s just a thing of mine. There was a really good category for it on Amazon but for some reason they moved the goalposts so that category no longer exists.

Are you working on something new at the moment?

Yes, lots! Currently revisiting two children’s books I wrote ages ago, animal adventure type stories, a bit nostalgic in a way, from the days when no one had mobile phones, certainly not children. There’s a sequel to the Sell the Pig series in the pipeline, and a very exciting collaboration with two other writers. That is something so different we may actually have to invent a new genre to classify it. In a literary spin-off, I’m also launching Tottie’s Tours in April 2015. People have expressed an interest in the beautiful Auvergne region of France since reading the Sell the Pig series so I’m running holidays where people can come and discover the region, meet me and, amongst other things, hear some of the tales which didn’t make the editor’s cut.

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

It’s hard work, and you’re very unlikely to make a fortune. Get ruthless beta readers who will tell you honestly what your work is like and don’t be offended or disheartened by their comments. With their help, you will get there in the end.

What is your writing routine?

I write a lot in my head. When I’m walking the dogs, or gardening, or whatever, my mental typewriter is usually churning away prodigiously. Luckily my memory is still good enough to hold the snippets until I get in front of my computer. Once that changes, I shall have to get a voice recorder but I am such a technophobe I may never master using it!

Do you have an editing process?

As I’ve worked as a copy editor for many years, I’m pretty ruthless. I always like to go over what I’ve written before I write fresh and I keep all drafts of everything so I can always go back to how it was first if I over-think things.

What do you enjoy the most/least about writing?

I’m a bit stubborn, I’m too old and ugly to do things I don’t like so I like all of it.

How important is it for you to share your writing?

I love sharing things I am passionate about, and I’m passionate about the Auvergne, so I love telling people about it.

Where can people go to read your work?

All of my books are on Amazon, which is probably the easiest place to find them. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tottie-Limejuice/e/B00ADQX5KS/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

Where can people find you on the internet?

I’m on Facebook considerably more than I should be!

You’ll find me here https://www.facebook.com/groups/1450797141836111/

I’m also on Twitter https://twitter.com/tottielimejuice

And I have a website and Blog http://tottielimejuice.com/totties-tours-discover-beautiful-auvergne/

Is there anything else you would like to share with your readers?

I love to chat, so don’t be afraid to get in touch.

Thanks for stopping by, Tottie, it’s been great to hear your news. Suzan x

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