Saturday, 30 June 2012

Book Winner, giveaways and A Quick Update on Me

Many congratulations to Dan Holloway who has won a copy of Housewife with a Half-Life in the giveaway by A.B. Wells!

I am delighted to say I have a few more author interviews and giveaways scheduled in the future, including the one already running with Laura Wilkinson for a paperback copy of her fabulous book BloodMining, so do keep an eye on my blog if you like giveaways.

I would also like to thank everyone for the enormous response to my post What The Funk? on here as well as via email, Twitter and Facebook. It's great to know you are not alone when you feel like that.

I'm pleased to say I have been spending more time away from my computer (I still feel slightly allergic to it so I'm limiting my time online) and I've been doing quite a lot of exercise (I know!!) and even more reading. It's felt like a holiday but the beauty of it is, the time away from my computer is giving me lots of ideas for blog posts that may be of interest to other writers, as well as readers, and also I now have a fully formed sequel to When Dreams Come True in my head and have already been in discussions about a cover, which I am really excited about.

Thanks as always for reading, and even more so for being there. It's amazing to know that people can be so supportive, even when (in some cases) you've never actually met them in real life.

One of these people is author Emma Williams, who has actually written a response to my post. Her guest blog will be posted tomorrow so please do come back and give it a read.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

What The Funk?

I usually don't post anything unless I'm capable of being all happy and jolly, even if sometimes, quite honestly it is an act. This is an exception to that rule, and I'm posting it in the interest of honesty, because I have a feeling we all have times like this.

I know some of you will read this and think, what do you have to be fed up about, you silly cow? Well, that just shows how good I am act keeping up the happy show the whole time  ;o)

I'm really happy about my multiple publications in anthologies. I'm pleased to have a short story collection and two novels published. I'm delighted when someone gets in touch to say a story they have read (of mine) has touched them in some way.

But at the moment, when I go near my computer, I feel fed up. I don't feel like writing, I'm behind on all my emails and social networking stuff, and I haven't written anything new (novel -wise) for quite some time now. The most important thing is though, I am sick to the back teeth of all the marketing and pushing and promo stuff. I am boring myself going on about my own books all over the place and finding it ridiculous how I feel like having a party when I sell one book a fortnight. Or worse. I don't feel like a writer at the moment, I feel like some sort of marketing assistant who is doing a really rubbish job.

I think what I need, is a proper break from it all. So I am going to step back from the computer and (apart from emails), give everything else a bit of a break. I don't know how long for, possibly even only a matter of days, but I feel like I need to go somewhere and hopefully find my happy face again.

See you soon, and thanks, as always, for reading.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Interview with Author A.B.Wells aka Alison Wells plus giveaway

It gives me great pleasure today to interview Alison Wells, who wrote Housewife With A Half-Life using the pen name A.B.Wells. This interview is taking place as part of Alison's Blog Tour so please do check out the other blogs on the list as well.

Hello Alison, and welcome to my blog.

First of all please could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I was born in London, returned to Ireland (rural Kerry where my mother is from) when I was nine and have lived in the Dublin/Wicklow area since 1995. I have a first class honours degree in psychology and a degree in Commmunication Studies and worked as a HR Manager and Technical Writer. I have four children, 2 boys, 11 and 9, a girl 7 and a 4 year old boy about to start school and I resigned from paid employment when the eldest was born. I’ve always had trouble deciding what I wanted to ‘be’ but in writing I have found where I want to be and what I want to do and I hope I can do more, write, do readings, teach, reach out.