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Writer Wednesday: Christa Simpson

About Christa:

Christa Simpson is a Canadian Indie Author and mother of two. She lives in a small town near Windsor, Ontario, with her husband and two little girls. She loves reading, writing, music, movies and dancing. She likes her men muscled, her music loud and her kids happy. When she's not pushing paper at her day job, you'll find her reading, writing or dancing with her kids.

 

1. Why did you want to become a writer?
I became a writer because I had this uncontrollable urge to put my words to paper. When I was a teen I resorted to writing poetry. After meeting my husband and starting a family, I found the need to return to some form of expression to relieve myself of the plethora of ideas roaming through my mind. That's when I started writing my debut New Adult romance, The Twisted Trilogy

2. What's the toughest part of the writing process for you?
The writing is by far the easiest part. Being an indie author, it's all of the other aspects of self publishing that are on the tough side. Editing and formatting are by far the most tedious, especially with two little girls vying for your attention.

3. What's the most enjoyable part of writing?
I love when I'm rewriting a section and I find a gem, where I'm like: I can't believe I wrote that. I also absolutely love when people contact me to chat about my characters. It's great when readers seriously start to care about something you created. That feels pretty amazing. 

4. If you could only save one of your characters from fictional calamity, who would you pick and why? 
I would save my fictional boyfriend, Edwin Santora. Because he seriously needs saved. From Abby. ;) He's addicted to his ex-girlfriend and it's not healthy at all. I've been told on more than one occasion that he needs saved. I would have to agree.

5. If you could spend the day with your favourite character (not from your books), who would you spend it with and what would you do?
Eh hem, will my husband be reading this?  No?  Then I choose Morgan Hudson from Lori Foster's Buckhorn Series. I'm only kidding. Not that the hubs would have any clue what I was talking about anyway. ;)  

6. What can we expect next from you?
Once I'm done publishing The Twisted Trilogy, I will be finishing one of my WIPs. Depending on my mood, it might be the summer romance that is now ~ 40% complete, the romantic suspense that is at ~ 20%, or a spin off from the Twisted series that is still but a handful of ideas yet to be put to paper.  I like to keep my options open.
 
7. Is there any particular writing advice you wish you'd been given at the start of your writing career? If so, what is it? If not, what advice would you give to someone starting out?
If you are just starting out, I'd recommend you start blogging immediately.  Start up your Facebook page and join Twitter.  You might not have much of a following when you first start out, but trust me when I say you'll want it up and running for when you truly need it.
 
Also, I would recommend you read the Smashwords Style Guide before you type your first word. Formatting your book before you start writing it will save you a lot of heartache later, especially if you'd like to get into the premium catalogue for distribution to major retailers such as Kobo, Barnes & Noble, i-bookstore, Sony and more.
 
Lastly, I'd suggest you prepare yourself for a long, emotional journey.  The ups and downs of being an author are so trying, but I wouldn't trade it for the world.  Just be prepared.

8. Tell us what a typical writing day involves for you.
I write when I can. It's more of a hobby, something I do for entertainment, since I work full time and have two young children. 
 
I'm lucky to write for 30 minutes over my lunch hour each weekday and occasionally after the kiddos go to bed at night, if my author and blogger friends quit making it so easy for me to procrastinate on the social networking sites. My writing schedule is sporadic and I get a lot more writing done in the winter.  
 
9. Finally, what are you reading at the moment?
With my August 1 release date for Twist & Turn it doesn't leave me much time for reading, but I've just started After the Ashes by Cheryl Howe. It's my first read with this author and so far I'm really enjoying it. I hope you'll check out The Twisted Trilogy and I thank you so much for having me, Elle.

Thanks, Christa!

Twist & Turn:

Abigail feared that she had given up on the love of her life, until she met the man of her dreams.

Abigail Jenkins was lucky enough to find one man that met all of her expectations. Edwin Santora was that man, recklessly handsome and fun-loving, with a body carved from stone. But it wasn't enough. Abigail wanted a baby, and that matter was not up for debate. Edwin, having just scored his first job out of law school, was nowhere near ready to settle down. Abigail was. Relationship over. Or was it?

Right when Abigail starts to realise that maybe Edwin was her best bet, Cameron Clarke, the man of her dreams, slips into her life, stealing her attention and her heart. With swoon-worthy sunset-shaped eyes and a smile that lit up the darkest corners of her tragic youth, Abigail knew in an instant that he was the one. Suddenly, Abigail finds that having a baby isn't at the top of her list of things to do. Cameron Clarke is.

Sparks begin to fly when Abigail gets what she wants and Edwin admits what he thinks about that; but is it too little too late?
 
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Historic Royal Palace: Hampton Court Maze and Gardens

When you go to Hampton Court Palace, you have more than just the Palace to explore. There's also the famous Maze, as well as Hampton Court Gardens.

The Maze has been around since 1700 - you can buy a ticket to just the Maze but you'd be silly not to see everything. Entry to the Maze, the Gardens, and the Palace is £16.50 if bought online; it's £17.60 if you buy your ticket there.

The Gardens cover 60 acres, which run down to the Thames. If we had more time we would have got the boat back into Central London, which I'm sure must have some gorgeous views, but it's really easy (and quicker) to get there by train. You can catch the train from Waterloo, Vauxhall, Clapham Junction or Wimbledon, depending whereabouts you are in London.








Have a gorgeous time if you decide to visit Hampton Court Palace. You should definitely spend all day there exploring the Palace and Gardens - try not to get lost in the Maze! x

Historic Royal Palace: Hampton Court Palace

A few weeks back we went to Hampton Court Palace for a flying visit, the last Historic Royal Palace we had to visit (Banqueting House aside - we never made it there) before our annual membership ran out.

As we'd had a hectic and late Friday night with friends, followed by a late Saturday night because of The Killers at Wembley, we ended up spending less than two hours there. You definitely should spend longer there - probably all day, in fact.


Hampton Court Palace was originally owned by Cardinal Wolsey (before that it was home to an Order, so didn't have an owner, per se). Cardinal Wolsey should be a familiar name to anyone who knows their Tudor history (or watched The Tudors, or read Philippa Gregory), and he handed it over to Henry VIII. More recently it was the venue for the Road Cycling Time Trial during the London 2012 Olympics.







Impressive, isn't it? I'll post about the Maze and Gardens that are there another time! Have you been to Hampton Court Palace? x

Geli Voyante's Hot or Not

'I think I will always be known as the Hot or Not girl, defined by it for the rest of my career. Even my tombstone will read: Angelica “Geli” Voyante, beloved trendsetter. Death? Not Hot.

Yet, it doesn’t sound right. Why won’t anyone realise that there is more to me than this fickle persona I have inadvertently become?'


Geli Voyante is bored of being the Hot or Not girl, even if it has the perk of sitting next to Theo, the newspaper's very Hot political columnist. She's also getting a little lonely being single.

When her arch-nemesis Tiggy Boodles gets engaged, and other loved ones start to settle down, it's time for Geli to convince Theo that she’s not as shallow as her column suggests and, more importantly, she’s the one for him. Geli should remember though that there are always two sides to every story, and that applies to people too..
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My next book Geli Voyante's Hot or Not will be out on October 17th - how exciting! The cover is being worked on as I type this and I'm working on the final edits before it goes off to my Editor in six weeks time.

This time round I'm super-duper efficient and have organised a book tour with Fiction Addiction Books On Tour. If you're a book blogger who loves chick lit, then do sign up here!

I'm excited about releasing my second book as I really adore the main character - I hope you will love her just as much as I do. {^_^} x

Kept on Kobo

UPDATE: Kept is no longer available on Kobo.

If you don't have a Kindle and you're so over paperbacks, Kept is now available on Kobo.

Please do let me know if there are any other e-readers you would like Kept to be available on, and I'll see what I can do!

If you have read Kept already and you loved it, why not leave me a review on Amazon and Goodreads? (Thanks so much if you already have!) You could also spread the word and recommend Kept to your friends - I'd really appreciate it! x

Writer Wednesday: Dorota Skrzypek

Dorota Skrzypek was born in Poland, grew-up in Canada, and moved to Southern California in 1997. After many years of flying airplanes, designing airports, and exploring the world, she decided to focus on writing fiction.


1. Why did you want to become a writer? 
 The more caught up I got in my aviation career, the more I realized I wasn't satisfying the creative side of myself. In 2004 I decided to work with an artistic from Montreal on a graphic novel. It was a tough, but exhilarating experience that inspired me to write more.

2. What's the toughest part of the writing process for you? 
 The first draft is always the most challenging for me because it is that first explosion of raw ideas that sometimes come easily and sometimes not. Even with a good outline, filling in the blanks can be a frustrating experience.

3. What's the most enjoyable part of writing? 
Seeing the final product, after all the crafting and all the rounds of editing, gives me the greatest satisfaction.

 4. Out of all the amazing books out there, which book do you wish you had written and why? 
Fifty Shades of Grey hit this sweet spot that made it salacious enough for people to talk about and mainstream enough to be a commercial success. Regardless of what you personally think of the book, you have to admire what that author created. I think that is what most authors wish for; I know I do.

5. If you could only save one of your characters from fictional calamity, who would you pick and why? 
In the fourth, and last book of the Sex, Life, & Hannah series I hope to save Hannah from her dating misadventures. She's so like me and a lot of the women I know that I feel like I have to end the series with a ray of hope for all of us searching for love.

6. If you could spend the day with your favourite character (not from your books), who would you spend it with and what would you do? 
I'd love to spend the day with Henry Chinaski; drinking, smoking, and seeing if he really has the brutish charm to get me into bed with him.

7. What can we expect next from you? 
I'm currently working on an erotic thriller called The Need. Look for that on Amazon later this year.

8. Is there any particular writing advice you wish you'd been given at the start of your writing career? If so, what is it? If not, what advice would you give to someone starting out? 
I started writing during the awkward transition from traditional publishing and printing books to self-publishing and ebooks. As a result I learned a lot of hard lessons and suffered unnecessary financial losses. The advice I give to all aspiring authors now is: Invest in your writing, an editor, and a designer. If you're tired of getting rejection letters, put your professionally edited and designed book up on Kindle and see what happens.

 9. Tell us what a typical writing day involves for you. 
Ideally I like to block out a three-hour window every day to devote to writing. This doesn't always work out, but I keep it as a goal because the only way to finish any writing project is to do it every day. Once you stop the rhythm, it's hard to get it back.

10. Finally, what are you reading at the moment? 
I just finished Bared to You by Sylvia Day. It's very much like Fifty Shades of Grey, and I've given myself the homework of reading more commercially successful books so that I can better understand what resonates with today's audiences.

Thanks, Dorota!

About Sex, Life, & Hannah (Volume 3)

Forget about lazy days this summer, as Hannah gets caught between two lovers, Ireland gets caught in a threesome, and Hannah’s sister’s antics finally catch up to Jack. Difficult decisions lie ahead for this L.A. motley crew and while some will turn to the familiar, and others will run to the dark side, no one will quite approve of Hannah getting engaged.

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Memory Lane: Ke$ha and LMFAO, Hammersmith Apollo

Ke$ha played in my new 'hood last week but sadly I was in Scotland at the time. Two years ago I saw her at the Hammersmith Apollo - LMFAO supported - but I never got round to sharing the photos as the next morning I flew off to Rome... It's time to take a trip down Memory Lane! x




Life of late


Drinks at Paramount, a trip to Yorkshire to visit the family, plus lunch at Shake Shack (awesome shakes, food so-so).


A trip to Glasgow, meeting Astronaut Tim Peake, plus Google Local London's summer party.

What have you been up to recently? x

Writer Wednesday: Mary Roulston

Mary Roulston (nee Byass) was born in Yorkshire in 1976. After an unremarkable but deliriously happy rural childhood riding ponies, she went to Aberdeen University and perfected the art of sliding down banister rails under the influence of alcohol.

After miraculously graduating and emerging unscathed the bright lights of London and all its banisters beckoned. There she met up-and-coming celebrity Lou Young. Mary's experiences with Lou are documented in her book Twinkle, Twinkle...

She then packed her suitcase and set off for a gap year in Madrid returning to the UK ten years later with a husband, a dog and a baby daughter. Having taught English in Spain and enjoyed a brief foray into publishing, courtesy of an English language newspaper she and her husband and other friends set up, editorial work for Macmillan Education was a natural progression.

All the notes, news clipping and recordings she had garnered whilst shadowing Lou Young were written up between teaching classes in the early noughties and typed up a few years later. Thanks to the serendipitous combination of more time on her hands (thanks to maternity leave) and Lou Young becoming too skint to sue this hilarious warts and all memoir, Twinkle, Twinkle... is finally available.

Mary lives in Oxford with her husband, daughters and dog.


1. Why did you want to become a writer?
It’s really hard to pinpoint as it wasn’t a childhood ambition (I wanted to be an Olympic gold medal winning horse rider!). There are probably two things that contributed to me wanting to become a writer; the first was meeting my future husband. He was a journalist and so I started thinking of a career in writing. The second thing was a beautiful ruined house I walked past on my way to work when I lived in Malaga. It was the height of the Bridget Jones phenomenon and I thought that if I could write a book I’d be able to afford the house and do it up... *rueful chuckle*

2. What's the toughest part of the writing process for you?
Getting started. There’s a quote by Gertrude Stein (I think) likening writing to plunging into icy water: so hard to get into, but once you’re in and swimming around, it’s a great feeling of happiness and achievement. 

3. What's the most enjoyable part of writing?
Editing. I love it when everything you want to say is down and there to embellish and cut as you wish. It probably helps that I’m an editor in my day job as well. It’s also very gratifying as a writer of humour to still laugh at a sentence or passage even when I’ve read it a gazillion times before.

4. Out of all the amazing books out there, which book do you wish you had written and why?
That’s hard as I love so many books for so many different reasons. I wish I had written any travelogue by Michael Palin as it would have meant that I would have done that incredible journey. 

In terms of fiction, I wish I had written Bridget Jones’s Diary as it’s so funny and took the “chick lit” genre into a whole new level. (And it’s made huge amounts of money…)

5. If you could only save one of your characters from fictional calamity, who would you pick and why?
I’d let them all drown. Every last one of them. No, I think I would have to save Jim as a lot of him is based on my husband.

6. If you could spend the day with your favourite character (not from your books), who would you spend it with and what would you do?
I would spend it with Jane Austin’s eponymous Emma. We would pass an enjoyable day verbally sparring (flirting) with Mr Knightly and an evening at a dance verbally sparring (flirting) with Mr Knightly and drinking potent fruit punch. In fact, sod Emma; just Mr Knightly and me!

7. What can we expect next from you?
There are exciting times ahead as I’m about to leave my job in publishing to work freelance. Even though I’ll be mainly taking on editorial work, it will give me more time to write. I’m thinking about writing something from the point of view of one of the other Twinkle, Twinkle… characters, so Lou Young would still feature but not be as central.

8. Is there any particular writing advice you wish you'd been given at the start of your writing career? If so, what is it? If not, what advice would you give to someone starting out?
Be patient and, if you’re even slightly unsure of grammar and punctuation, get someone else to edit it. And then swallow your pride and plug away at the promo.

9. Tell us what a typical writing day involves for you.
Email, Twitter, Facebook, Twitter, write, email, make cup of tea, Twitter, write, Facebook, Twitter, email, write… ad infinitum.

Actually when I was writing Twinkle, Twinkle…, it was so long ago that there were none of those distractions (well, maybe email and cups of tea – I’m not that old!). I wrote the first draft long-hand between teaching classes of English. 

10. Finally, what are you reading at the moment?
I’m reading Oh Dear Sylvia by Dawn French as I heard her talking about it on the radio and it sounded an interesting premise. I’ve also started a book on my Kindle called Sealed With A Kiss by Rachel Lucas, which I downloaded out of curiosity for other “indie” books out there. I love it so far as I really like the fish-out-of-water concept surrounding a small island community.

Thanks, Mary!

About Twinkle, Twinkle... 

Cast your mind back to a time before reality TV; when celebrity reality and scripted reality were barely a twinkle in a lazy commissioner's eye. A time where the gossip magazines had to fill their pages with real celebrities like page three girls, the "sexy girl" from TFI Friday, Rod Stewert's girlfriend and, of course, TV presenters.

Welcome to the early Noughties where we meet Lou Young honing her "craft" presenting a Saturday morning kids' show. During a brief spell, Lou dominated the pages of magazines and gossip columns thanks to her romances, nocturnal antics and controversy, also bouyed along by the fact she tipped the press off whenever she so much as blew her nose.


During this time Lou employed me to write her autobiography (oxymoron? You've not read anything yet!). I had an access all area pass to her showbiz life and she did not disappoint. Now finally able to publish all the juicy details (she's bankrupt so can't afford to sue), I give to you this warts and all account of my year observing the implosion of a little star. 


Writer Wednesday: Jaimie Admans

Bio:
Jaimie is a 28-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, drinking tea and watching horror movies. She hates spiders and cheese & onion crisps.

She has been writing for years, but has never before plucked up the courage to tell people. She is the author of chick-lit romantic comedy Kismetology and YA Paranormal romantic comedy Afterlife Academy

1. Why did you want to become a writer?
I’ve always loved writing. Ever since I was a little girl, if I wasn’t making up stories of my own then I was reading books. It was inevitable that I would become a writer. Looking back now, I don’t see how I could ever have done anything else. I wasn’t very good at any subject in school, and careers advisors washed their hands of me because I never knew what I wanted to do, other than write!

2. What's the toughest part of the writing process for you?
Editing, definitely. I find it very hard to cut scenes and words and even harder to know if it should be cut or if it should stay. It gets to the point where I’ve read the book so many times that I hate every word in it and want to trash the whole thing and never write a single word ever again! That’s usually the time for an editor to step in and provide an outside opinion!

3. What's the most enjoyable part of writing?
The messy first draft! I write awful first drafts, I just let myself write anything and everything that comes to mind and don’t worry about it being right or wrong. Everything can be fixed in the editing stage, but you only get to sit down and freely write that first draft once. I also like the part where you put away a manuscript for a few months to get some space from it, and when you go back and read through it, you realise it’s not quite as bad as you thought it was!

4. Out of all the amazing books out there, which book do you wish you had written and why?
So many! It would be easy to say something like Harry Potter, obviously for the success and the sheer amount of people who love it, but personally I would rather have written books that have touched me in some way. Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume and See Jane Date by Melissa Senate – neither are particularly well-known, but both had a big impact on me when I first read them. I would love to have written a book that really changes a readers life.

5. If you could only save one of your characters from fictional calamity, who would you pick and why?
I have to say Chessie, who is the main character in Not Pretty Enough. It’s not released yet, but I have to choose her because she goes through so many fictional disasters in the book, she doesn’t deserve any more calamity!

6. If you could spend the day with your favourite character (not from your books), who would you spend it with and what would you do?
Ooh, that’s a really hard question! There are so many amazing characters who I love! I think it would have to be Becky Bloomwood from the Shopaholic series, and obviously we’d have to go shopping!

7. What can we expect next from you?
I have a young adult romantic comedy called Not Pretty Enough coming out on August 1st, and after that I’ll be working on this year’s Christmas book, which is another YA rom com set in the North Pole.

8. Is there any particular writing advice you wish you'd been given at the start of your writing career? If so, what is it? If not, what advice would you give to someone starting out?
The advice I was given was to do quick and messy first drafts. Don’t worry about technicalities, just sit down and write and keep writing until you hit the end. Don’t stop to make sure every sentence is perfect, all that can be fixed later, just keep at it until you have a first draft.

The advice I would give to anyone would be to unplug the internet! Seriously, I’m so bad for procrastinating, sometimes the only thing to do is switch the router off until I’ve hit my word count! Also, try NaNoWriMo. It might not be for everyone but it really helped me in the beginning and it’s always a lot of fun too!

9. Tell us what a typical writing day involves for you.
I try to be on the computer by 9am so I have time to do a bit of fiddling about on the internet and catching up on Twitter and email before I start my writing for the day. I write until a mid-morning tea and biscuit break, then again until lunchtime when I once again catch up on Twitter and emails! The afternoon usually starts around 2pm, and I write from then until I’m finished; it can be 5pm or it can be 2am, depending on how much I have to do and how close I am to a deadline!

10. Finally, what are you reading at the moment?
I’m reading the brilliant Sky Song by Sharon Sant. I’ve just finished one of her other books (The Jackie Chan Fan Club which was hilarious!) so I couldn’t wait to get into her trilogy too! I’m such a slow reader though, my TBR list never seems to diminish!

Thanks, Jaimie!

Kismetology:

Finding the perfect man isn't easy. Especially when it's for your mother...  

Mothers. Can't live with them, can't live without them, can't live three doors down the road without them interfering in every aspect of your life. Mackenzie Atkinson's mother has meddled in her love life once too often and something has to be done. 

Mackenzie decides to turn the tables and find love for her lonely mother. Her lonely and very fussy mother. Surely finding an older gentleman looking for love won't be that hard, right? Wrong. If you've ever thought that boys grow up, here's the problem: They don't. Ever. And Mackenzie is about to learn that the hard way.  

Faced with a useless boyfriend, dressed up dogs, men who wear welly boots on dates, men who shouldn't be allowed out in public, and men who make reptiles seem like attractive company - will she ever find the perfect man for her neurotic mother?

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Kept by Elle Field is FREE July 7th - July 9th

Kept is free to download on Kindle between the 7th and 9th July so if you've not downloaded this summer's must read yet, make sure you do!

Download here if you're in the UK.

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If you're in Brazil, India, Spain, France, Italy, Germany or Japan, Kept is also free to download until July 9th - just search for "Elle Field Kept" on your local Amazon website.     

Spread the word and tell your friends! Kept has a 4.5/5 average rating on Amazon.co.uk: 

"I'm not generally one for chick-lit, but once I started reading Kept, I couldn't put it down. The writing just flows, the story is great, and the character development outstanding - in fact, I don't think I've ever changed my mind about a character so drastically through the course of one novel! Absolutely cannot wait for the next instalment (there is going to be one, right!?)"

If you don't have a Kindle, Kept will be coming to Kobo on July 24th. Or, if you prefer an actual paperback, you can buy Kept in paperback NOW.

Writer Wednesday: Amanda Egan

Name: Amanda Egan

Bio: Born and bred in London, I trained professionally as an actress and then, after years of procrastination, turned my hand to writing Chick/Mummy-lit. A voracious reader of the genre myself, I began focusing even more on my writing soon after my son developed school phobia at age 11 and I had to physically remain in the background at his school for nearly three years until he regained his confidence. Five books and a novella later, I now write full time. 


1. Why did you want to become a writer? 
I trained as an actress so I guess I've always had a creative side that had to come out somehow. Reading has always been a huge part of my life and I've been writing stories and dabbling with books for as long as I can remember. My first novel Diary of a Mummy Misfit just felt like a book waiting to be written and it almost seemed to write itself. After that, I got the bug and never looked back.

2. What's the toughest part of the writing process for you? 
The absolute WORST part (the part where I have endless hissy fits and temper tantrums) is the joint edit with my husband. It takes weeks and I'm really quite nasty - probably because I know I can get away with it with him - I just feel that he's messing with my baby and I get stroppy. Of course I'd never do that with a real live, paid editor but it's a bit like teaching your child to drive - you're too close and tempers will flair!

3. What's the most enjoyable part of writing? 
The best bit is when the characters have taken the stage and they tell me exactly where they need to go and what will happen to them. I love the days when I sit down at the laptop and my fingers can't work quickly enough to keep up with the thoughts that are going through my head. I also love it if I make myself laugh or cry - then I know I've got it right.

4. Out of all the amazing books out there, which book do you wish you had written and why?
Her books are a totally different style to mine but I really admire Maeve Binchy's work. It took me a long time to discover her books and I'd tried several times in my youth but never really got into them. Once a friend re-introduced them to me a few years ago, I devoured them. My favourites are Quentins, Scarlet Feather and Evening Class. I also love Lisa Jewel's earlier novels as I feel she has such a talent for creating believable characters and their histories.

5. If you could only save one of your characters from fictional calamity, who would you pick and why? 
I have a real soft spot for Libby in the Mummy Misfit books - partly because she was my first viable creation and partly because there's so much of me in her. Her words come very easily to me and when I was working on the Misfit books I felt as if I were living and breathing them. I love the banter between Libby and Fenella too - Fenella has a lot of fans!

6. If you could spend the day with your favourite character (not from your books), who would you spend it with and what would you do? 
I'd love to have a day out with Delysia Lafosse from Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day. We'd sleep until noon, then shop till we dropped, have a champagne lunch, prepare for our evening out, sip cocktails and dance with handsome men to a live jazz band until dawn.

7. What can we expect next from you? 
Well, I will be releasing a Christmas novella in October and a new full length novel in December - but I can't reveal too much about that just yet as I'd have to eat you. It's been fermenting for a while and is now flying at a rate of knots. 'Watch this space' is all I can say at this stage.

8. Is there any particular writing advice you wish you'd been given at the start of your writing career? If so, what is it? If not, what advice would you give to someone starting out? 
I wish someone had told me that, as an Indie, the promotion is the hardest part. It never stops and if you want to sell books it's vital that you keep looking at new ways to get your books talked about. The writing is a joy, the promoting is a killer! My advice to new writers would be to keep at it. Write every day if you can as it really does keep the flow going and makes your job easier. If you're trying to write with small kids and holding down a job, don't beat yourself up - you can't always keep all the balls in the air and your time will come.

9. Tell us what a typical writing day involves for you. 
A typical day starts at about 8.30 with me checking my sales, tweets, email and Facebook. Several cups of coffee later, I will crack on with either interviews or blog posts before I turn to my Work In Progress. If I'm mid novel, I try to write three thousand words a day - this can vary, depending on the characters' moods! I work until 4.30 but, if things are going really well, I'll often carry on in the evening. The rest of the time is taken up with Twitter - a great place for new writers, and the vehicle which has sold most of my books.

10. Finally, what are you reading at the moment? 
I am currently reading a fellow Indie's debut novel - Moody not Broody by Kathryn Player. It's an easy read with a nice sprinkling of humour and it's going down very nicely!

About Lottie's Luck:

I’m Lottie Truman and this is my story. My life was simply tickety-boo until a neighbour’s prediction seemed to coincide with my luck running out. Join me on the path I needed to take to get me to where I am now. But don’t judge me. Because sometimes you have to make a few diversions to allow fate to push you in the right direction.

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Indie Book Bargains Featured Author

Today I'm thrilled to share that I am a Featured Author on Indie Book Bargains! This is because Kept is £1.75 on Kindle - this week only - so download it whilst you can!


If you don't have a Kindle, Kept is also out in paperback, plus you will be able to buy it from the end of the month in other popular e-reader formats. x

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