New Site

This has been a good week in writers terms. I’ve received some very useful feedback on my new children’s novel, The World in Johnny’s Back garden, which in turn has encouraged me to start writing again. It’s slow progress, but any progress is better than none. Also, as you can see from my last post I now have a fantastic book cover for the first book in my Truth Teller series. Another massive encouragement. What would us poor writers do without such fantastic friends. Go insane I should think.

So, what’s next? Well, usually it’s the same old routine for any author, writing, reviewing, editing, but this week I decided to make a start on a shiny new web site. My old one desperately needed an overhaul. I made it a long time ago, and as any writer knows, things change very quickly. Updates are constantly needed. A little voice in my head was screaming at me to start a fresh. So that’s what I did. Let me introduce you to my shiny new site, with fresh images and a spanky new slogan. Okay, it’s far from being finished yet. It still needs new pages to be added, and I haven’t done my research on the technical side of things…ie…meta tags and such things. Once this is complete I will release it to the world, but for any of my blog readers you can have a sneak preview. (Click here)

Truth Teller Cover Art

Today I received my first ever official book cover for Truth Teller. I’m very excited about it, it’s absolutely AWESOME as you can see :-) Let me just say a MASSIVE thank you to the cover artist who made it for me. Dawné Dominique, published author of Daniella Rolfe, editor and illustrator for two publishing company’s, and most importantly one of my dearest friends, created this magnificent book cover. Not only that, but she has encouraged, taught and nurtured me through the whole of my writing career and through some of the worst times of my life. I owe her so much. She is a real life angel.

Thank you so much for being my friend, my tutor, and a wonderful person. I wish everyone in the world could be just like you :-)

Just My Thoughts

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Ever heard that saying? Ever really thought what it really means? Maybe today you should. Sayings are funny things. Where do they come from you may wonder. Sayings come about from the wise words of people who have experienced life themselves, and the only reasons they actually become sayings that everybody knows is because they are true, and they relate to our lives. If they are not true, then they simply don’t become sayings, end of.

Here’s another saying for you…Life is too short. And believe me, it is. How about…Live every day as though it was the last day of the rest of your life. Another good one. All true and very wise words indeed. So, what am I getting at here people. As any older person will tell you, your life will come and go in the blink of an eye. Any younger readers will find this concept hard to believe, but trust me when I say, it really does.

Now is the time for all you people out there to stop and really think about what is important to you. Think about the people who are important in your lives. If you have anything you’ve been meaning to say or do, but never got round to it, then now is the time to do it. Don’t leave it until tomorrow, it might be too late. Say what you have to say, do what you have to do. Too many people in this world take their time on this planet with a pinch of salt, and find that all too often, they put things off that they really shouldn’t of.

Don’t leave this world with regrets. Your time is now; use that time to the max. One day you will find you don’t have enough time left to achieve what is important to you. One day you may find yourself wondering why you didn’t do a certain something in your life that you should of done a long time ago. Life really is too short. Take it from someone that knows what they’re talking about.

Novel Reborn

The people that know me will know I have never been a big fan of writing a novel just to suit the market. That’s crazy, in a way, writing should come from the heart. But I’m not the angel I make myself out to be, because I have considered doing this myself. In fact, the next two novels I am writing were born from this idea. I like to think though, that it’s just the ‘ideas’ behind these novels that were aimed at the market and nothing else. The stories themselves do definitely come from the heart.

One of these stories is about to make a comeback. I came up with the idea a long time ago, and I even wrote the first chapter. It is a children’s story that will hopefully give kids an alternative view of all living things. The original title was, Alternate Lives, but for a kids book it was lame. It’s now called, The World in Johnny’s Back Garden. It was going to be a series of mini adventure stories shown through the eyes of different living things, a tree, slug, mouse, dandelion…etc. I recently discussed my ideas with some friends and have since written an outline. The book have evolved into something very different. Better I hope.

Last year I mentioned this novel in my bio when sending a query to Ladybird Publishers. I received a very positive response. They remarked that their editorial panel was very impressed with my ideas and my approach. This was very encouraging. Now I have decided to bring this novel back to life in the very near future. It should be a fun book to write.

Rollercoaster

I feel a blog is in order today. Nothing book related, this is simply all about me …lol… Yesterday I had two grandchildren, but today I have three. I found this out through a very obscure phone call during the day. I discovered I had a granddaughter I didn’t know about. Kimberly, a beautiful little girl, 5 months old. I held her for the first time today. I had my three grandchildren in my living room this after noon. It was very strange. All I could think of was granny’s famous rollercoaster story…

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When I was 19, grandpa took me on a rollercoaster…up, down, up, down, oh what a ride. I wanted to go on it again. I could never understand how a ride could make you feel so excited, so scared…so thrilled and exhilarated yet so sick all at the same time.

Some people didn’t like it. They preferred to go on the roundabout, but that just went around and around.

I liked the rollercoaster. You get so much more out of it.

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I’m beginning to see the appeal in the roundabout.