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”

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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.

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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

 

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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 😀

X

 

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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.

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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/

 

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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!

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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)

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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!

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Anyway quick craft post!

What have you been upto?

Many thanks for reading 🙂

xx

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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

9/10

 

 

 

 

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Happy New Project :P

Well 1st of January is nearly over already….

First of all I want to wish all my followers a Happy New Year and hope 2018 brings you lots of great things 🙂

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New Years Day is never a good day for me as it marks 7 years since my nan passed away so I tend to skip today and start on the 2nd.

Now the knitted choc orange xmas covers are now put away until late Sep/Oct I find myself in search for a new project (apart from knitted Easter things and continuing the baby/toddler knits) I came across the temperature blanket and thought this would be a great knit!

A temperature blanket? Well each day I will knit 2 rows in a colour that corresponds to the temperature that day (eg if its 33+ then I will knit in red….)

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Quite excited to 1) do a big year project 2) see how it turns out 3) do a blanket (as last one was for my mum 6 years ago that I finished off for my nan before she passed)

Also I got for xmas a knitted doll book- and Jess has already chosen the first one that I should knit!

Anyway Im still full of cold and so off to bed I go..

 

Night all

 

xx

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To-Read List 2018

Happy NYE everyone!

So I thought I would write out what is on my to-read list at the moment-  there are a few more to be added 😛

Not in any particular order here are the books I want to get round to reading in 2018:

 

  • Secrets- E.H.Demeter
  • Sowing- Angie Grigaliunas
  • The Dark Days Club- Alison Goodman
  • Little Grey Dress- Aimee Brown
  • Magnetic -Attraction – Kristina Marshall
  • Lost Symbol- Dan Brown
  • Lord Bachelor- Tammy L. Bailey
  • Operation: Jaguar- Lyman Rate
  • Strictly Between Us- Jane Fallon
  • Unmumsy Mum Diary- Sarah Turner
  • According to Yes- Dawn French
  • Billy and Me- Giovanna Fletcher
  • Custom Chaos- James Salsido
  • Some Kind of Wonderful- Giovanna Fletcher
  • AARU- David Meredith

What is on your to-read list???

 

Cant wait to read and review these books!

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All the best and enjoy whatever plans you have for tonight- I will probably tucked up in bed nursing my cold 😦 while eating an enormous amount of xmas chocolate to help!

 

xx

 

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Book Review-Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

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Meet Rebecca Bloomwood.

She has a great flat, a fabulous wardrobe full of the season’s must-haves, and a job telling other people how to manage their money. She spends her leisure time … shopping.

Retail therapy is the answer to all her problems. She knows she should stop, but she can’t. She tries Cutting Back, she tries Making More Money. But neither seems to work. The letters from the bank are getting harder to ignore. Can Becky ever escape from this dreamworld, find true love, and regain the use of her credit card?

The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic… the perfect pick-me-up for when it’s all hanging in the (bank) balance. (Amazon description)

 

Book Review

 

The main character is like marmite- you will either love her or hate her. I find her quite amusing and a unique person that I have not met in any books before-where others might get very frustrated by her selfishness and naive outlook.

This was made into a film but it is nothing like the book so I recommend reading it before watching- and I prefer the book as the film is very different from location to storyline itself.

Some bits are cringy and at the beginning of chapters are funny reply letters from the banks or debit collections. It is an easy quick read – abit predictable in places but it feels like you are supporting the character and her struggles with her addiction.

I like how the character justifys her spending – cleverly done and a fun book to enjoy again and again.

 

8/10

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What a year!

Hello everyone!

Gosh only a few days left till the new year! How has this year been for you? Since reopening this blog I have had 603 views and reviewed/interviewed/ cover revealed some great books/authors 🙂 and made new friends.

This year I also moved into our first house and got married- Phew two major life changing things so writing came last in the chain of life…….

I was going to participate in Nano but unfortunately bit off more than I could do as work was affecting my health and so had to prioritise (plus left it way to late!)

I have started up my knitting (but only for certain times of the year such as Easter and Xmas etc) and Usborne mostly for my kids to enjoy the books I order…. But again they taken up the time when I could have been writing….Talking of knitting here are my chocolate orange covers that were popular and fun to make oh and Elvis the elf:

23843626_1587799357944088_7093079854854472400_nI have however completed a story and submitted it for an anthology 🙂 writiers block also happened a few times this year knocking my confidence but I was watching cat in the hat tv show with Jess the other day and something the cat said got me thinking-

“I dont know how now but I will when im done”

I have to keep trying with things even when I feel like I should give up and try something else- I am a creative person, that is who I am- a multi passionate person who loves trying many things and most of it are practical/craft type things so I shouldnt turn away from things I enjoy.

When you look at that quote what does it make you think of?

Next year I will focus more on my crafts/writing and enjoy the process- no set goals or resolutions as if I dont do them then I will feel like I have failed.

I do want to join my blogs together and am still in the process of doing this.

We never know what is round the corner and writing should never be rushed- it should come and go as each time it comes back the want to write gets even stronger and more progress happens.

So here is to 2018 and the opportunity’s we can have/make in the next 365 days

Have a great New Years Day!

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xxx

 

 

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Book Review- Happy Mum Happy Baby- Giovanna Fletcher

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Sunday Times Number One Bestseller Happy Mum Happy Baby is now a Number One podcast.

A positive and uplifting book about what it is to be a mother and all things mum and baby by Celebrity Mum of the Year and phenomenally popular vlogger, author, TV presenter and actress Giovanna Fletcher.

Being a mum is an incredible journey, a remarkable experience that changes how we look, how we feel, who we are. As mothers we are strong, protective, proud. We feel a love like no other.

But being a parent can be hard too. It challenges us physically, mentally, emotionally. There are the days where just managing to fit a shower in amidst the endless feeding, entertaining young children and surviving on a lack of sleep feels like an achievement. With so many people ready to offer ‘advice’ on the best way to parent, it can feel like you are getting it all wrong.

Since Giovanna and her husband Tom Fletcher have had their sons Buzz and Buddy, they have been sharing glimpses of their family life. With an infectiously positive outlook and happy take on all things mum-related, Giovanna has developed a following of fellow parents and mums-to-be.

This is not a book about how to have the perfect family experience – Gi would be the first to admit she is winging it just as much as the rest of us – instead it is an honest, upbeat and incredibly personal account of her own experience of having a family. In Happy Mum, Happy Baby Giovanna shares her own journey through parenthood and in doing so, she looks at what it is to be a mother today, encourages you to be confident in yourself as a parent and celebrates how putting a focus on being a happy and confident mum can really make for a happy baby.

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Book Review

Giovanna is now one of my idols- I only came across her from a facebook advert for this very book- I watched it and was hooked and so when it was released I had to grab it!

I love how open and honest she is from the start (which from her vlogs and facebook page that I followed soon after watching the advert-this wasnt much of a shock) and nodded in agreement to most of the things she mentions. Wish I had this book with my 1st as it would have helped in the beginning of the journey 🙂

Easy to read and come back to – it was an enjoyable bit of light reading. It was refreshing to read real tales and struggles from even someone famous- that we all have our own ways in parenting 🙂  and that we are not alone- that its ok to ask for help and not be perfect all the time.

From pregnancy troubles, birth, baby phase to toddler phase- this book is a gem and one I would recommend. If this is what her non-fiction book is like then I cannot wait to read her fiction books (Already on my TBR pile) I love her writing style!

 

10/10

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