*Author Interview- Deb Rhodes*

Hello everyone! Today I bring you a new author interview- The lovely Deb Rhodes!

Tell us a bit about your book

I wrote the poems in Brightwood Street Chronicles to express the reality of growing up with sexual violence. Each poem represents a different aspect of my world back then. For instance, Steady Hands tells of my passion for writing in a household that had no use for literary aspirations and, in fact, ridiculed my writing dreams. Holy Ground expresses the incongruity of my mother’s air of refinement at church each week with her passive domestic self who failed dismally at protecting her children.


What would you say is the genre for your book

These are confessional style poems, written in free verse form.

Where did the inspiration come from?

My passion for writing began shortly after my stepdad (my abuser) entered my life during my seventh year. For lack of any other means of expressing my trauma, I turned to writing both as a means of communicating my sorrow and as the only way I could process what was happening to me.

How did you come up with the title for your book?

We lived on Brightwood Street during the years of my abuse. Since I was the family scribbler, or chronicler, it seemed fitting to use the word ‘chronicles’ to describe the nature of these poems. They are a written record of my family’s particular madness.

How long did it take you to finish writing the book before the first edit? How many drafts were there in total?

I began writing the poems about ten years ago. It was a slow process, mainly because in the beginning I didn’t have it in mind to write enough poems for a book. As I began the arduous work of healing from my childhood wounds, I would infrequently be haunted by a particular phrase or sentence rolling around in my mind that compelled me to commit words to paper. Some of these poems were scribbled down in haste and then thrown into a drawer. Years later I’d come across one and realize that it wasn’t all that bad. I’d edit it as impulsively as I’d originally written it. Nothing was deliberate, it was all done in the heat of emotions that drove me to write these down, and then later drove me to perfect them as much as I could without smoothing off too many rough edges. I was going for emotional content, not poetic form. Some of the poems read unevenly, but I’ve kept them that way so as not to lose the original emotional force.

I don’t think I could guess how many drafts there are of these poems. Some I got nearly right in the first draft; they needed only minor corrections. Others were more of a struggle and some might have been rewritten half a dozen times before I was satisfied that they conveyed what I wanted them to express.


How did you celebrate being published? Did you have a launch party?

I didn’t exactly celebrate, it was more like I plunged into a deep depression. Somehow it felt as if I’d exploited my own pain, and that didn’t feel like something that should be celebrated. I’ve since come to terms with publishing my poetry, having remembered that my whole purpose in publishing these poems was to give my younger self a voice, as well as to speak out on behalf of children everywhere who are going through such trauma and also have no voice.

Would you care to give us an extract?

This is an excerpt from Rough Draft:

I’m writing you out of my soul the nub of my pencil scratching the comfort of truth on every line, knowing you can’t snatch away my tablet now, or stop me from writing what I really did all those many summer ago while mother waited on you hand and foot, and my cheeks burned hot with secret shame and someone oh someone forgot to rescue me.

How do you beat writers block? Any tips?

For me there’s a world of difference in dealing with writer’s block with my fiction, and writer’s block with my poetry. When it comes to writing poems, no amount of trying to coerce myself helps. I find I have to be in a certain frame of mind, and probably that’s mainly because the subject matter I’m dealing with is so personal. I can’t deliberately sit down with the idea of writing a poem, and I also can’t simply decide to work on a rough draft. It must come from a place deep inside that I don’t seem to be able to access at will.

Do you have any hobbies apart from writing?

I love to knit and bake, and I used to do a lot of altered art, though not so much these days. I spend time with my grandkids, and I also do a lot of beta reading.

When you write, do you consider yourself to be a plotter or a pantser?

This doesn’t really apply to my poetry, but when I write fiction I’m not much of a plotter.

Do you have any advice for fellow writers?

Read twice as much as you write. Immerse yourself in good writing. Don’t try to imitate it, but let the varying styles move you and broaden your mind. And, of course, write your little heart out every chance you get.

If your book became a film- who would you pick to play the main characters?

I can’t even imagine . . . though I would love for Frances McDormand to be in there somewhere. As my mother, I suppose.

I see you have new work in progress- care to tell us about it?

I’m currently working on a memoir, and several novels.

Lastly, where can readers find you and your book on the internet?

My book is currently available on Amazon and Barnes and Nobles.

There is a link to it on my website at:


I’m also on Goodreads:


Thankyou so much for sharing your reason why you wrote your poems and such a brave lady! Big hugs and praise to you 🙂



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Camp Nano and Author Bio’s


Nice to be back on the laptop! My charger broke and took ages to get a replacement hence the radio silence….


Camp Nano went very well as I actually finished with hours to spare! My first Nano win!!!! 😀 Was a great feeling! Was hard as couldnt use my laptop so had to use old fashioned pen and paper.

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News on the anthology poem- I sent my headshot piccy (my facebook pic- only decent pic of me so far) to the publisher and now struggling with my author bio… do I write in third person, what info should I include/not include- how long should it be…….

Think will keep it short and sweet though 🙂

The anthology will be released on the  1st August! (Our 1st wedding anniversary) so fitting (as well as a special day anyway, isnt the 1st anniversary gift paper? So can give the hubby a copy :D)

The title is called: The Realms Of Magic

So excited and hoping to do an online pre-release party  so watch this space…..

Did you finish camp nano? Any tips on author bio writing?

Many thanks for reading




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Author Interview-Emma Robinson

This month we have fellow nano Essex writer Emma who has just released her book that I will be covering in the next few posts very soon! 🙂

Hello Emma!

Tell us a bit about your book


The Undercover Mother follows Jenny, a journalist on maternity leave who writes an anonymous blog to prove to her boss, sister and random women in queues that life doesn’t have to change just because you’ve had a baby.  It’s a novel about self-discovery, embracing change and finding friendship in the unlikeliest of places.


What would you say is the genre for your book


I guess it comes under romantic comedy. Although there is no romance. So, let’s go with humour.


Where did the inspiration come from?


I became a mum for the first time when I was 35 and it was a huge learning curve! I had a tough birth experience and could be heard mumbling ‘everyone lies’ for months afterwards. Writing the novel was therapy.


How did you come up with the title for your book?


Because Jenny uses the mums she meets at antenatal as material without telling them, calling her blog The Undercover Mother seemed to fit. Then I just gave the novel the same name.


How long did it take you to finish writing the book before the first edit? How many drafts were there in total?


It took me 7 months to write the first draft which I then hid in a drawer for 6 months. After that, I edited it and sent it out to an agent who liked my writing but not the convoluted, multi-narrator, flashback plot I had written. I went away, did an online self-edit course with The Writers’ Workshop and did the work to improve it. After securing my publishing deal with Bookouture, we went through three stages of edits which my lovely editor assured me were only ‘light’ ones.


Are there any characters in the book based on people you know?


Dan, Jenny’s husband is very similar to my own husband. We are both lucky to have such patient men in our lives!


How did you celebrate being published? Did you have a launch party?


Oh my gosh – I milked it for all it was worth! I had several mini-celebrations with my friends after getting the deal. Then, during publication week, I had a book signing and a party for my friends. It was a lot of fun.


Would you care to give us an extract?


Preoccupied with checking her phone for a message from her boss, the length of the queue she was in and the question of whether the baby needed one or two giant cookies for breakfast, Jenny didn’t notice the woman’s splayed palms until they landed squarely on her stomach. She jumped so high she nearly lost hold of her sandwich. ‘Look at your beautiful bump! How long have you got?’


Jenny took a small step backwards. ‘Five weeks.’ It wasn’t a problem that the woman was touching The Bump – although a bit of warning might be nice – but there was no time for a conversation about the delights of pregnancy today. Eva was an even-tempered boss, but she hated lateness more than a missing apostrophe, and Jenny needed her in a good mood. She pushed her sandwich along the counter and focused on the jar of cookies. Avoid eye contact. Buy the sandwich. Get to work.


But Queue Woman didn’t get the message. ‘Is this your first one?’


‘Yep.’ Jenny nodded. ‘First one.’ Here came The All-Knowing Smile. She got it a lot now. Why did everyone assume they knew better than her?


‘You’ve certainly got a lot of changes coming your—’ Leaning forward, the woman scrutinised Jenny’s sandwich. ‘Is that bacon and brie?’


Jenny knew what was coming next. ‘Actually, I’ve researched and apparently…’ Queue Woman snatched the sandwich out of her hands, scanned the selection on the counter and replaced it with a ham and cheddar panini.


‘Thank God I was here. You nearly ate soft cheese!’ The Smile again. Accompanied by a shake of the head. ‘Pregnancy brain.’ Leaning down, she stage-whispered at Jenny’s stomach. ‘Silly Mummy.’


Jenny looked at the ceiling. She just wanted to buy a sandwich – and a cookie or two – and get to work. At least in the office people still talked to her face rather than her midriff. They’d enjoyed their joke of pointedly counting off the months since her wedding and had then barely mentioned her pregnancy since. But now she needed to talk about it. Maternity leave started next week and she still hadn’t been able to pin down her boss about the plan for her column. Eva had evaded her questions, as if the ‘Girl About Town’ articles would write themselves. Admittedly, they wouldn’t need to cover the column for long because Jenny was only going to be off for six months and she’d also pick up some of the work from home once the baby was settled. Writing when it slept.


Queue Woman was back at face level. Frowning. ‘You look tired. Do you need to sit down?’ She lowered her voice. ‘My friend was about your age when she had her first baby and she said it was exhausting.’


Thirty-seven is not old! Jenny bit her tongue. Even her doctor had said her ovaries were chucking out eggs like the last day of the January sales and that she should ‘get on with it’ if she wanted a baby. Just showed how much he knew. ‘No, I’m fine, thanks. Really.’ The queue began to move and Jenny bought the panini she hadn’t chosen, three cookies and a large latte – decaf, to avoid another lecture. On the way out, her mobile buzzed in her bag. A message from Eva. Come and see me as soon as you get in. Don’t speak to ANYONE.


At last.


How do you beat writers block? Any tips?

Free writing to a timer works well for me. I set a timer for 20 minutes and I am not allowed to stop writing. Usually there is a thread in there which gets me started again. If I really don’t feel creative, I give myself a break and try again later.


Do you have any hobbies apart from writing?


I’m a huge reader. I usually have a paperback and a kindle book on the go at once. The best thing about being published by Bookouture is that they have a lot of great authors which has encouraged me to read outside my genre. I’m quite partial to a psychological thriller these days!


When you write, do you consider yourself to be a plotter or a pantser?


I’m a planner with a sprinkling of pantser. I do like to have a clear character arc for each of my characters and I plan a five act structure. However, best laid plans are often tweaked and changed as I get to know my characters better and there’s the odd flash of inspiration.


Do you have any advice for fellow writers?


Read a lot and write as often as you can. Be prepared to work on your writing if you know there are things you can improve. For me it was plotting, until I read a great book called Into the Woods by John Yorke. Don’t give up. Ignore the new story whispering in your ear until you have finished the one in front of you.


If your book became a film- who would you pick to play the main characters?


I am rubbish at knowing the names of actors and actresses. I would like a comic actress to play Jenny. Maybe Kristen Wiig from Bridesmaids. (I just had to google her name.)


I see you have new work in progress- care to tell us about it?


I’m not sure if I am allowed to yet! Can I keep you posted? I love it though and am hoping it will make you laugh and cry.


Lastly, where can readers find you and your book on the internet?


I would love them to come and join me on my facebook page www.facebook.com/motherhoodforslackers and I also have a blog: www.motherhoodforslackers.com

The Undercover Mother can be found on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2B58ltB


Emma Remmaobinson thinks of herself as one of the ‘Bridget Jones generation’ – who are now grown up and having children – and writes novels for women who feel the same.
She also has a blog, Motherhood for Slackers, which takes a humorous look at parenthood, and includes poems such as ‘Dear Teacher’ about her son starting school which has been shared around the world. Emma is an English teacher and lives in Essex with a patient husband and two children who are an endless source of material.


Thankyou so much Emma and congrats again! Im halfway through the story so far and love it- can relate to so much! 🙂 Will give the 20min timer approach a go!


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Hello everyone!

So Friday evening I received a reply from my poem submission – and guess what?…..


Its going to be published in the anthology!!!!!!




Still beaming and cant believe that my little poem will be in a book 😀 Im so happy and this has boosted my confidence in writing again- just in time for Camp Nano! (Will see how far I get this time!)

The fairytale story will now be considered next year but they have put a new anthology deadline and the theme is “Nightmares” – so I might try this….

I put a poll on my facebook page to see what others might want me to write 😛 So far haunting is winning, no votes for zombies yet!

Anyway time to get on and try to get my head working after lack of sleep the past few nights….

Yay published a poem- cant wait to share all the details with you!


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**Author Interview- Nickie Joy**

This month we have Nickie joining us to talk about her novel- Jill 🙂

Tell us a bit about your book?

My debut novel, Jill, is based on the infamous Jack the Ripper killings in Whitechapel, London, in 1888. The story opens to Mary as a young girl reminiscing about a rare family outing and follows her as she grows up in the notorious East end of London. Her diabolical nature is revealed as events around her turn deadly. Mary encounters hardships and tragedy as she establishes her place in the world which shapes her domineering personality. Family relations are strained by the constraints of society and the shame of a wayward child as Mary strives to stamp her remarkable and unforgettable legacy on the world. Inevitably, young gentleman are ensnared by the dangerous beauty and Mary forges a unique friendship that will descend into a secret web of blood and lies.

Mary loves as fiercely as she kills. Deep down all Mary craved was a family, a child to love, but that had been viciously stolen from her. The world had forsaken her so she would forsake the world and she would teach them not to squander what they had been given.

Will love conquer all and where will Mary’s fate lead her?

What would you say is the genre for your book?

The genre of this book is crime/horror.


Where did the inspiration come from?

I’ve been fascinated by the unsolved murders for a long time and read an article in a magazine with the usual proposed suspects. However, this article named a suspect that I had never heard of before, one Mary Pearcey nee Wheeler. The small 25-word snippet provided her name and picture and from there my novel was created.


How did you come up with the title for your book?

The title came from the old nursery rhyme Jack and Jill. With the name Jack being given to the murderer I choose Jill, the female equivalent. I know it’s slightly confusing with the book named Jill, but the main character is called Mary. The name Jill stuck, it just felt right. And it helped spawn the poem in the book:


Jack and Jill went up the hill

to fetch a deserving victim

Jack blew down and broke their crown

and Jill stabbed them after.

Up Jack got and home they’d trot

as fast as they could scarper

He went to bed, alone she slept

with images of blood all over.


How long did it take you to finish writing the book before the first edit? How many drafts were there in total?

It took a year to write and edit Jill. In hindsight I should have spent more time on the editing process, but I did it alone and my inexperience shows in the first few chapters, which are probably a bit over written. But, I believe it gets better and I have learnt many lessons for my second novel. There was only really one draft that was reworked, the historic events were already set in stone so couldn’t be changed to suit the prose.


Are there any characters in the book based on people you know?

The timescale of the book, which ends in 1890, means that I did not know any individual. The characters are all based on real people.


How did you celebrate being published? Did you have a launch party?

I self-published so I didn’t really feel that I had anything to celebrate as I hadn’t made it the traditional way and found an agent that thought my book was worth reading. Can I say I’m a published author when I did it myself, I’m not sure? I feel far to insecure to hold a launch party, surely only my family and friends would come? I’m considering one for my second book……………..


Would you care to give us an extract?

Mother and father’s bedroom had bare floorboards and the pale walls were smudged with reminders of the previous occupants. It was just big enough to contain a double bed, which was pushed firmly against the wall and a wardrobe that had been crammed into the space between the bed and the adjacent wall. A small wooden chair that would have been fitting in museum, nestled behind the door. It was the throne to my mother’s prized possession, a tatty but loveable bear that her grandmother had given to her on her 5th birthday.

The only decoration in the room was a small mirror framed in wood and a truly awful portrait painting that looked like it had been done by a drunk donkey. On top of the wardrobe, pushed as far back as it would go was a box, I often wondered what was in that box and what secrets it held.


How do you beat writers block? Any tips?

I only have a limited set period each week to write (family and work commitments) so I’m usually very focused when I do and have been thinking about the chapter from the previous evening. When I do get writers block I tend to watch a bit of daytime TV to give my mind a chance to get itself together. If that doesn’t help, then I move onto a different part of the story and come back to the bit causing trouble! I’ve spoken to authors who go for a walk, walk the dog (I have cat!) or even read, whatever gets those creative juices flowing again.


Do you have any hobbies apart from writing?

Of course! Reading is one of my favourite hobbies, has been since I was a little girl and completed Book Track at my local library. I love art and like to work with my hands on a small scale, I’m rather good at portraits but, although I adore it, I’m not great at woodwork! I’m also a fan of logic puzzles.


When you write, do you consider yourself to be a plotter or a pantser?

I had to look up panster, how bad is that? So, I’m a bit of both, Jill had a rough plot and a later established timeline of events but getting her there I was a panster! Same with the current novel, I have a plan for each chapter but almost anything could happen to Jim along the way!! If an idea wants to head off on a tangent I let it go and see where we end up.


Do you have any advice for fellow writers?

Do it, get out a pen and start writing. If you choose the route of agents/publishers don’t get disheartened over rejections, there is always self-publishing. Join social media groups, they are a source of support and a wealth of information from traditional and self-published authors. Believe in yourself, you are the master of your own destiny.


If your book became a film- who would you pick to play the main characters?

Christian Slater. In any role as long as he’s in it!  For Mary I think Phoebe Waller-Bridge would suit the role with Aaron Taylor-Johnson as her friend Malt.


I see you have new work in progress- care to tell us about it?

Yes, I would. My second novel, is a dark comedy and it centres around Louise Wilson and her husband Jim. Louise loved her hubby but couldn’t help daydreaming about different ways to dump off her lazy spouse. From being eaten on a safari to fired out of a human cannon come and join me to find out the different ways that Jim dies, but who will survive the book? I am hoping for a summer 2018 release for Murderlicious.


Lastly, where can readers find you and your book on the internet?

My book is available via Amazon as a paperback and a kindle edition. Here is my authors page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B076HQZ2DM

I’m active on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/nljdesigns/ where you can find the links to my website and twitter.


Thank you Jenny   x


Thankyou Nickie I love the poem!!!! My mum is fascinated with “The Ripper” and you have given it a twist 🙂 Look forward to your next book!

25395794_1980182188860231_5846292239466868007_nN.Joy is an author and artist living in the inspirational setting of North Devon. The debut novel, Jill, was released on Amazon in October 2017. N.Joy is passionate about literature and giving everybody the opportunity to read.

A cat-loving married mum of two she’s had a love of books from a young age and a passion for writing stories .N.Joy’s debut novel, Jill, though self-published, is the first step towards her life long ambition

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Author Interview- Mark Carnelley

Hello and welcome to another author interview!! This month I am pleased to introduce you to Mark 🙂

Hello Mark! Thankyou for taking some time to chat with us! Tell us a bit about your book?

“The Time Detective – Discovery” is actually the second book I wrote but the first published.  I’ve always enjoyed crime thrillers and sci-fi books so to put the two together was quite a bit of fun.

It follows the times of Marshall Bellows in 2016 and his alter-ego Allan Besley in 1956 (after the discovery of a wormhole that allowed him to travel back 60 years during the chase for a serial killer). Discovery is book #1 and I am currently writing #2 which will be titled “The Time Detective – Between Two Worlds”


What would say is the genre for your book?

Definitely more of a thriller genre with a sci-fi twist


Where did the inspiration come from?

I think I was watching either an episode of Criminal Minds or CSI and I thought…..What if a body was found that the DNA proved was of a particular missing person but the condition and appearance was totally wrong. Time travel solved all that 


How did you come up with the title for your book?

It just seemed so obvious to me. The title was already in my mind before I started on the story.


How long did it take you to finish writing the book before the first edit? How many drafts were there in total?

From memory I believe it took only a few weeks from start to finish. It is only a shortish book at just over 44K words.

The editing only required a few changes, mainly grammatical and took a few months because of a time constraints. Me being in Australia and my publisher, Austin Macauley being in the UK.


Are there any characters in the book based on people you know?

None whatsoever. All characters are from my imagination.


How did you celebrate being published? Did you have a launch party?

No party. Just a few quiet sips with the family.


Would you care to give us an extract?


He approached the table where the last body had been placed and, without looking at Marshall, he said, “You were pretty much on the money with this one, though if I were a betting man, of which I most certainly am not, I would say closer to 60 years this unfortunate lass has been in the ground.”

“You said lass … this is the body of a female?”

“Yes … see here … the pelvic area has a larger subpubic angle, it’s greater than 90 degrees. Also, the bone sizes are quite different. Decomp is total here, though I still might be able to get some DNA from any marrow.

“What’s that around the neck? … It looks like some sort of necklace … can you get that first, please Doc, and I’ll have it examined against what we know about any victims, though after this length of time, it’s going to be nigh on impossible.”

“You’re right there, Marshall, though I should be able to get a cast of the teeth, they seem to be in pretty good condition. Maybe that will assist you as well, in determining who this poor girl was.”

“Any indication of age?” asked Marshall.

“I would say late teens, she hasn’t given birth and the fillings are … wait a minute, I would have assumed that these fillings here and here,” Dr. Hall said, pointing to the two filings in question, “these would have been silver amalgam or silver mercury, we rarely use them anymore. But these, it’s got me stumped, they appear to be composite resin which is fairly new – not what I would have expected to see here.”

It took Dr. Hall a few minutes to clean up the neck area and when finished he dropped the necklace into the evidence bag that Marshall held open. As he did so, Marshall saw it and his brow creased, as if deep in thought. He mumbled a few words of thanks and left quickly.

On arrival back at his headquarters, Marshall went straight to the file for Abby Holmes. He flicked open the pages and found the photo and description that had jogged his memory. The photo, gotten from Abby’s mother, showed a necklace with a forget-me-not blue flower inside a circular ring with the words FORGET ME NOT inscribed at the bottom. It was an exact match to the necklace that the Coroner had cleaned and placed in the evidence bag.

Marshall was stunned. He rang the Coroner and said that he wanted a DNA as soon as possible, if not sooner. And he wanted the dental x-rays from the body emailed immediately. The fillings shown to him by Dr. Hall were of the left upper and lower second pre-molar. Marshall slowly removed the dental x-rays they had in the file for Abby. They showed that Abby had recently had two white composite resin fillings performed on her, in the exact same position as the body in the morgue.

Marshall slumped in his chair. He couldn’t fathom how the body, supposedly of Abby Holmes, taken from this earth barely six days ago, was now on the morgue’s table as a body that had been in the ground for close on 60 years. It wasn’t possible, but he was faced with the fact that the two were one and the same.

His laptop dinged, notifying him that he had received an email. He opened it and stared in disbelief at the dental x-rays he had just received from Dr. Hall, and those in the file of Abby Holmes. They were identical.

He picked up the phone and dialled the coroner’s office directly and waited for Dr. Hall to pick up.

“Sorry doc, but we have confirmation now that the body in front of you is of that young girl Abby Holmes who disappeared six days ago. How is it possible that, to all intents and purposes, she has been in the ground for nigh on 60 years? I’ll wait for the DNA results until I tell the mother, but for God’s sake, doc, it isn’t bloody possible, is it?”

“No Marshall, it’s not, I can’t even begin to figure out how it is possible, and there is no way that the condition of the body could be like what we have here after just six days. To tell the truth, I’m as flummoxed as you are.”


How do you beat writers block? Any tips?

Everyone is different when it comes to writers block. I don’t have that much of it but I must admit to having a bourbon shot, only occasionally I might add, to get the juices flowing and the fingers typing.


Do you have any hobbies apart from writing?

I can’t get away from books. Without them I would be lost so when I’m not writing then I’ll be reading.


When you write, do you consider yourself to be a plotter or a pantser?

Definitely not a plotter. I let my fingers do the talking. When I sit down in front of my laptop the words seem to flow.


Do you have any advice for fellow writers?

Never, ever give up your passion and dream to write. Not being published is NOT a failure.


If your book became a film- who would you pick to play the main characters?

I can see Matt Damon or Ben Affleck being my Marshall Bellows.


I see you have new work in progress- care to tell us about it?

I am currently writing Book #2 of the Time Detective series titled “Between Two Worlds”. Hopefully finished this year.


My first written book, ‘The Omega Chronicles” is to be released in three days and is an end-of-the-world scenario.


Also writing two children’s series. I like to keep my mind alert and active.



Lastly, where can readers find you and your book on the internet?


Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/markcarnelleythetimedetectivediscovery


Website : carnelleymark59.wixsite.com/markcarnelleyauthor


Twitter : @mark_carnelley



Mark is nearly 59-year-old, first-time author and retired in December 2014 after starting a 15 year IT career in 1976 and finishing off 12 1/2 years working in security. Married for nearly 35 years and has five children and one grandchild. Retirement has given him the time to pursue his long-time dream of writing and becoming a published author.


Thanks so much- interested in what the children books are about! Good luck with the release of “The Omega Chronicles”

Great idea about writers block 😀



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Author Interview- Kelly Blanchard

Hello and welcome to the 1st author interview of 2018! Today I am chatting to Kelly Blanchard!

Tell us a bit about your book: My book is about Lorrek, a sorcerer prince, who has been missing for ten years. Some believe he’s dead. Others say he committed a terrible crime and fled. When he finally returns and discovers the accusations, he sets out to clear his name but realizes that path may lead him into a darkness he may never return from. He will do whatever he must to protect those he cares about even if it means becoming the evil they think him to be.



What would say is the genre for your book: It’s a blend of fantasy and sci-fi.


Where did the inspiration come from? I was bored one day and began watching a lot of fanmade YouTube videos where they put characters from different movies/shows into the same video. For instance, Loki from Thor and Morgana from Merlin interacting. I saw a bunch of those videos, and one thing led to another.


How did you come up with the title for your book? ‘Someday I’ll Be Redeemed,” is one of the last things Lorrek says at the end of Book 1, and it really captures the essence of the story.


How long did it take you to finish writing the book before the first edit? How many drafts were there in total? It takes me three months to write a book and another month or two to revise and self-edit it. There can be anywhere from four to ten drafts. I can’t remember how many there were for this specific book.


Are there any characters in the book based on people you know? No. They’re all fictional.


How did you celebrate being published? Did you have a launch party? That’s a good question. I keep meaning to celebrate whenever I publish a book, but life gets in the way and I forget.


How do you beat writers block? Any tips? Have someone you can brainstorm with. Whenever I hit writer’s block, I sit down with my husband and brainstorm with him until I have a good idea where I need to go with the story. He knows my story universe extremely well, so he offers great insight. It would be awesome if everyone has such a supportive person have their back.


Do you have any hobbies apart from writing? I do photography, piano, fencing, archery, baking, and occasion ballroom dance.


When you write, do you consider yourself to be a plotter or a pantser? I consider myself a plantser—that’s both a plotter and a pantser. I plot the general, overarching outline of the story so I have a good idea where the story should go, but then I just wing it, filling in the blanks.


Do you have any advice for fellow writers? Some people say writing is a competition, but it’s changing now into a community. Everyone has their different approaches to writing and publishing, and we should respect one another and help one another when given the opportunity.


If your book became a film- who would you pick to play the main characters? Originally I imagined Tom Hiddleston as Lorrek and Maggie Q as Vixen (those are the two fan favourite characters), but honestly there might be some undiscovered actors out there that would be perfect for the roles.


I see you have new work in progress- care to tell us about it? Currently I’m working on the revision of my fifth novel of The Chronicles of Lorrek series. The one I’ve been telling you about is the first book in the series. I’ve already published four books. The fifth book is already written but in the middle of revision. It really dives into the lore of the series.


Lastly, where can readers find you and your book on the internet? I can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and my own website, and my books can be found on Amazon.


Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/AuthorKellyBlanchard

Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/AuthorKellyBlanchard

Twitter: www.twitter.com/kellannetta

Instagram: www.instagram.com/kellannetta


Book 1: Someday I’ll Be Redeemed — https://www.amazon.com/Someday-Redeemed-Chronicles-Lorrek-Book-ebook/dp/B01CZ21VM6/


Book 2: I Still Have a Soul — https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MAX3811


Book 3: I’m Still Alive — https://www.amazon.com/Still-Alive-Chronicles-Lorrek-Book-ebook/dp/B0735BC98Y/


Book 4: Do You Trust Me? — https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078Z6LCBZ/



Kelly first became serious about writing at age twelve and worked hard to learn and fully comprehend the numerous elements of writing. She tutored and assisted teaching in college while she studied for her degree in English. After graduation she continued tutoring children and even taught several classes. Now she has established an online community to assist fellow writers in understanding their craft. Writing and stories are important to Kelly. They are a reflection of reality, and she tries to capture that reflection in a way that sparks the imagination even if it means bending a few rules and blending several genres.


Thankyou so much Kelly for stopping by- love the writers block tip and maybe a party to celebrate the 5th book perhaps? 😀


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Winnie the Pooh Day!


So yesterday was Winnie the Pooh Day- a day to celebrate the author A.A. Milne’s’ birthday. Winnie the Pooh first appeared on the printed page in 1926, together with friends Piglet, Tigger and Eeyore. All of them were based on toys owned by the author’s son, who also featured in the famous stories as Christopher Robin.

Many regardless of age have watched, read, or been inspired by the big yellow bear- here are some my favorite quotes:

‘Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.’

Piglet: ‘How do you spell love?’ Pooh: ‘You don’t spell it, you feel it.’ 

‘If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.’ 

‘The things that make me different are the things that make me.’

‘Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.’

‘You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.’

‘How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.’

So to celebrate we held Pooh bear/s a party! 😀 and tonight we will read the book!

What are your favourite quotes? Who is your favourite character? Mine is Eeyore as even though he is depressed his friends love him the way he is 🙂 that he doesnt need to change.




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Catchup crafts

So nearly the end of January already! Ive been busy with a few crafts (not much in writing tho)

I baked another gluten free loaf of bread- and made a porridge oat bread (using just oats and yogurt) both turned out very well and tasted yummy! Oh and baking more cakes 😛


The temperature blanket is coming along- im a few days behind but prefer to do one big knit then every day two rows…. Talking of knitting im also knitting cream egg covers to sell (on their own or include into a gift package for my usborne books)



So alot of crafts this past few weeks! Really need to get back into writing soon- just need to motivate myself and prioritise… am debating to  close my fb page for the writing so can concentrate on the blog…..

Anxiety set in atm and it sucks- hence more craft then writing….

Oh and Jess drew a large picture of me at school (its as big as her) so cute!


Anyway quick craft post!

What have you been upto?

Many thanks for reading 🙂


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Book Review- Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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Will needed Lou as much as she needed him, but will her love be enough to save his life?

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun teashop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time. (From Amazon)

Book Review

Well where to begin? This book is truly heart-wrenching and unique. I had to not watch the film before reading it and so glad I didnt watch before as it would have spoiled it. SO READ BEFORE WATCHING!

The characters were so original and well written out. The quirky nature of Lou to the depths of depression of Will- every emotion thought of and played a part in each bit of the story.

The storyline was very powerful and thought provoking- it really does make you think and wonder as well as how we take things for granted. The ending is such a difficult subject to write about but it has been done beautifully.

If you cried with “The Notebook”- this is its partner.

Highly recommended






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