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London: Greenwich

As well as hanging around the South Bank when my Dad came to visit, we also spent some time in gorgeous Greenwich with its glorious views:

Spot the landmark! But, there's more than just a view to take in. In this area you'll find the Cutty Sark, , National Maritime Museum, The Queen's House and the Royal Observatory (all under the Royal Museums Greenwich banner). There's also the Old Royal Navy College there.



We had a quick look around them, but you would need a good couple of days to really take everything in and see what's there.

If you do trek up the hill of Greenwich Park to the Royal Observatory, it's worth taking in a show at the Planetarium. There are various shows on throughout the day so check and plan accordingly if you want to see a specific one. You'll also find the Meridian line up here.

Now, let's take a look at that view again. Isn't it something? x

PS: We also went to the theatre later that day to see A Chorus Line. It was the last ever show of it before it closed down and I can see why - I really didn't enjoy it and found the plot and characterisation to be really weak, with no memorable musical numbers or any substance to it really. Disappointing! 

Geli Voyante's Hot or Not signed paperback giveaway!

It's only three weeks until the publication of Geli Voyante's Hot or Not! To celebrate this, I've got four signed paperback copies to give away.

If you are in the UK, you can enter here:



Goodreads Book Giveaway

Geli Voyante's Hot or Not by Elle Field

Geli Voyante's Hot or Not

by Elle Field

Giveaway ends October 24, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

If you are in the US, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Australia or Europe, enter here:


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Geli Voyante's Hot or Not by Elle Field

Geli Voyante's Hot or Not

by Elle Field

Giveaway ends October 24, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win
Good luck! x

Writer Wednesday: Karli Perrin

Karli Perrin is a 25 year old English Language & Linguistics graduate from Manchester. She has always been a big lover of books and is the author of the 'April' series.

She is a big believer of fate and is a sucker for a happy ending. She honestly believes that there is a reason why you are reading this right now (apart from the fact that you are awesome!). Her ultimate goal in life is to live in a house made entirely out of books with her best friend, who also happens to be her fiancé...

... Hogwarts is plan B.

1. Why did you want to become a writer?
I've always loved writing and I have a vivid imagination!! I love to read and get 'lost' in another world. I want others to be able to get lost in April's world.

2. What's the toughest part of the writing process for you?
Probably finding time to actually write as I have a full time job too. Editing can also be pretty rough!

3. What's the most enjoyable part of writing?
Talking to readers about my book! Nothing can beat it.

4. Out of all the amazing books out there, which book do you wish you had written and why?
I don't wish that I wrote anybody else's books but I admire Colleen Hoover's work. All of her books are perfect!

5. If you could only save one of your characters from fictional calamity, who would you pick and why?
April is my girl ;)

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?
Will Cooper from Slammed. He would read poetry to me allllll day!!

7. What can we expect next from you?
April Book 2! It will be released 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 think everybody's writing process is different but the main thing is to keep going! Write for the love of writing.

9. Tell us what a typical writing day involves for you.
Writing. Getting distracted by twitter. Writing. Falling asleep because I've been working all day. Writing. Dreaming about my plot.

10. Finally, what are you reading at the moment?

Up in the Air by R.K.Lilley. I recently read The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher and it was amazing! Definitely in my top 5!

Thanks, Karli!

April Fools - out December 2013 [TBC]:

Love. Hate. Fear. Fate. All four letter words.
All consuming.
Naked to the eye, they have the power to control the heart and destroy the soul.
April Adams is about to experience them like never before.
When everything in April's life goes up in smoke, she is faced with some life changing decisions.
Join April as she continues her journey of love and loss.
 

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London: Around the South Bank

A few weekends ago, my Dad was in town which meant tourist time! We spent the Sunday exploring the South Bank and the area around the Houses of Parliament, starting off at the Real Food Market for a spot of lunch. There are lots of awesome stalls there and after sampling a few, we picked Doukan - that was gorgeous Moroccan deliciousness, let me tell you!

There's always plenty to see and do down on the South Bank and after we had a walk around, we headed to The London Dungeons. This was the first time I had been to The Dungeons since they moved from their Tooley Street home to the South Bank and whilst it is definitely aimed at a younger audience, it was an enjoyable few hours, albeit a bit pricey. I can't recommend enough that you book a time slot online if you do go - you can end up queueing for two or three hours outside if you just show up!

Are you a fan of the South Bank? x




 



StickyGram review

I'm a big fan of Instagram - I'm clairemfield on there if you want to follow me - so when StickyGram asked me if I'd like to try their offering, I thought I'd give them a go. (Yes, just to be clear, I got these for free to try out and review.)

StickyGram basically lets you pick your favourite Instagram photos and then they turn those into fridge magnets and send them to you. You can pick 9 per sheet and a sheet costs $14.99 (a bit less than a tenner), which is really good value.

My magnets arrived within a couple of days and, I have to say, the print quality and turnaround is excellent. My only gripe with them is that they are quite a thin magnet when you handle them but, to be honest, that's a bit of a pointless gripe because you don't notice their depth once you stick them on your fridge!

I picked some of my favourite landscape Instagrams to get turned into magnets - they are now stuck on our fridge along with Scrabble tiles, a mini Venetian mask and a Bodean's pig magnet. {^_^}

What do you think? And should I order another set and get them to print my Instagram of my StickyGram or would that be too much? ;) x

PS: If you decide to order some, use FRIENDNDS9 and get $2 knocked off the price!

Cover Reveal: 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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I'm excited today to reveal the cover for Geli Voyante's Hot or Not, which will be published four weeks today on Thursday 17th October! The book will be available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback formats, and you can check out the back of the paperback to the right. (Don't panic - that white box is where the barcode goes.)

To explain the cover a bit more, the book is set in wintry December - hence the snowflakes - and Geli works in the Gherkin, so that's why that's there. Of course in real life there are no newspapers that are based in the Gherkin but that's the lovely thing about fiction - you can make whatever you want real. {^_^} As for the engagement ring on the back... let's just say there might be a few proposals in this book!

What do you think? Leave me a comment below or tweet using #Gelireveal to share your thoughts. I hope you love it!

Sadly you can't pre-order Geli Voyante's Hot or Not now, but do add it your Goodreads shelf and make sure you buy it on October 17th. I can't wait for you all to read it - I really love Geli and I hope you do too!

Thank you to Hannah, Catriona, Elle, Laura L, Laura D, Sam, Jody, Zoe, Victoria, Suzy, Dot and Kirsty for revealing my Kindle cover on their blogs today. {^_^}

Plus, thank you to all my friends and family who gave their view on the cover whilst it was been developed, and a big thank you to Will, my illustrator (for both this book and for Kept). Four weeks to go until you can read it! x

PS: Kept is on sale in Kindle format for 99p until October 16th! You can also buy it if you have a Kobo for £1.99 or if you prefer actual books, it's also available in paperback.

Celebrity spot: Bill Nighy


Spotted and snapped today on London's Wardour Street by yours truly: Mr Bill Nighy. (OK, I didn't spot him - my friend did - but I did use my awesome new Nexus 4 phone to snap a sneaky picture of him.)

What. A. Legend.

He looks exactly like he looks in his films... mostly. (Perhaps not when he was Davy Jones in Pirates with *that* beard, but I can cope with that.)

What celebs have you spotted out and about? x

PS: Make sure you visit the blog tomorrow - at 3pm I'll be revealing the cover for Geli Voyante's Hot or Not!

Writer Wednesday: Kitty Charles

Kitty Charles was born in 1970 to parents who worked in the Foreign Office. She attended thirteen different schools, speaks five languages and became a Brownie Guides egg and spoon champion aged 8. She has worked as a nightclub cocktail maker, a wardrobe assistant at BBC Pebble Mill and a Postwoman. She can touch her nose with her tongue.

Kitty is also the pseudonym of six bestselling writers who have sworn never to reveal their identities... The Arcade is a monthly ebook serial written in the spirit of Charles Dickens, with a dash of shopping, glamour and drama in every 10,000 word episode.

1. Why did you want to become a writer? 
As a child I quickly realised that my chances of becoming a prima ballerina were slim, and as I constantly got into trouble for making things up, be a writer seemed like a good idea.

2. What's the toughest part of the writing process for you? 
Well, I have a bit of split personality, split six ways in fact and sometimes it can be a chore to get us all to settle down, stop gossiping and write. On the plus side, having so many facets to my personality means I never run out of ideas!

3. What's the most enjoyable part of writing?
The writing itself, coming up with the storylines for The Arcade and seeing them come to life is about the best fun that any writer can have, I think! It's a joy every time.

4. Out of all the amazing books out there, which book do you wish you had written and why? 
Something wildly beyond me, like Wolf Hall or The Wasp Factory, because I will never be that good. Or Harry Potter, for many million reasons.

5. If you could only save one of your characters from fictional calamity, who would you pick and why? 
Oh dear, oh dear, this is hard because they are all so wonderful, I mean Faith is a true heroine, and Philip is so lovely. Danny is one of the hottest men in fiction, although all the men have something of a swoon factor. And also in The Arcade the rule is that anything can happen to anyone at anytime. So I think I'll have to stick to my guns and say all of them are at peril of calamity at any moment!

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 think I'd have breakfast at Tiffany with Holly Golightly, and then perhaps we could do a little light shopping, and dancing and cocktails (in a tiara) later. I know, I know she has questionable morals, but I think she'd be a lot of fun.

7. What can we expect next from you? 
Oh so much! But I can't tell you too much, because of spoilers. Lets just say that all of the storylines in The Arcade are heading towards a tumultuous and cataclysmic crescendo! Also I have exciting plans for the end of the year and 2014, so watch this space.

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? 
It's probably best not to drink a whole bottle of champagne before breakfast - that would have saved a lot of headaches. Also you don't have to write everything your character is doing, like going down the stairs, putting on shoes, crossing the road. Skip those bits.

9. Tell us what a typical writing day involves for you. 
Well, I get up about midday, take a look at my walk in wardrobe, select a designer outfit, have the butler bring me a Bucks Fizz, recline on my chaise and dictate the next episode of The Arcade to my secretary, Mario. Or I get up, make instant coffee and go back to bed and write in my PJs, you decide.

10. Finally, what are you reading at the moment? 
I'm reading Jilly Cooper's Riders, because you can't beat a good bonkbuster, can you?

Thanks, Kitty!

The Arcade: Episode 9, September, The Brasserie

September... and in Brasserie Ag, Chef Silver is preparing to seduce the critics - and his neighbours in the Arcade - with his most adventurous menu yet.

But his long-suffering wife Laura isn’t interested in his latest signature dishes. All she wants is a baby - a desire that overwhelms her, but terrifies Silver. What if he can’t give her the only thing that will make her happy...?

Add in the guiltiest of guilty secrets, a food poisoning scare, and the usual Arcade cocktail of sexual tension and heated rivalries - and Chef’s big night seems set to be less a meal to remember, and more a recipe for total disaster.

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Latest loves: TV edition Autumn 2013

Since Autumn is here, it's time for TV as the weather turns colder. I'm currently loving the second season of Smash - no surprise there since I'm a big musicals fan.

I can't believe that there are only two more episodes left of Breaking Bad ever - I can't wait to see what happens to Walt and see whether Jessie remains unscathed. If you've not seen it, ignore that last sentence and make sure you go and watch it - it's utterly brilliant.

The Great British Bake Off is back on the box and Kimberley is my favourite to win. Now, if only I had the time to try my hand at all those lovely pies, breads, biscuits and cakes!

Finally, after reading the first few A Game of Thrones books on holiday and loving them (I'm currently reading the third book), we ordered the first two seasons of Game of Thrones on DVD... and then it typically started on Sky Atlantic last weekend. We've only seen a few episodes of Season 1 so far, but I get the feeling we're swiftly going to be caught up with the show. (Winter is coming!)

What are your favourite TV shows at the moment? x

PS: I'm over on Victoria's blog today talking about which five fictional characters I'd be stranded on a a deserted island with. Make sure you have a read! {^_^}


Writer Wednesday: Anna Bell

Anna is a full-time writer and loves nothing more than going for walks with her husband and Labrador. She writes a weekly column 'the Secret Dreamworld of an Aspiring Author' on Novelicious and reviews books for the Chicklit Club. She also writes the 'Millie and the American' Series under the pen name Annabel Scott. 

1. Why did you want to become a writer? 
Since I was little, I’ve always spent vast amounts of my life drifting into daydreams. I knew I wanted to write a novel but I had never got round to it. When I told my now husband about my ambition he encouraged me to start writing. At the time I was a full-time museum curator and I never thought I’d change careers. Yet here I am, four years later, a full-time author.

2. What's the toughest part of the writing process for you? 
I don’t mind editing the first, second or third time through a novel. But when you get to the stage where you’ve read your manuscript so much that you could almost recite it word for word I hate it. Trying to keep my concentration up for that “final” read through before it gets sent to the editor is hard. Especially as I seem to find the more times I read it the worse I think it gets.  

3. What's the most enjoyable part of writing?
When you’ve planned a new novel and you start writing it. Before any writers block, self-doubt or plot holes creep in. Those first few chapters are always fun. It’s like the first day back at school - all those possibilities and new characters that you’re not properly introduced to yet.

4. Out of all the amazing books out there, which book do you wish you had written and why? 
I’d love to have written Harry Potter, and not for the obvious wealth that it bought with it. It’s just one of those series that is brilliant on so many levels. It not only creates an amazing world, but it’s full over clever twists and turns, has great pace and dramatic tension, and has a perfect cast of characters.

5. If you could only save one of your characters from fictional calamity, who would you pick and why? 
I’d pick Millie from the ‘Millie and the American’ series. She seems to get herself in enough strife on her own and she could definitely do with being rescued from fictional calamity. She’s definitely one of those characters that you cringe on behalf of when you read about her and she’s one of those people that you think it could only happen to her.

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 think I’d spend it with Becky Bloomwood from Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic series. We’d go to New York for a shopping trip. She used to be a personal shopper at Barney’s so not only would she make a great shopping companion to help you pick the perfect outfits but her New York knowledge will come in handy to navigate the shops of the tourist map.  

7. What can we expect next from you?
I’ve literally just sent the sequel to Don’t Tell the Groom to my publishers and it will be out next year. It’s called Don’t Tell the Boss and Penny the main character is moonlighting as a wedding planner. I’m excited as I’m about to start the third in the Millie series too which I self-publish under the pen name Annabel Scott. Millie and the American Proposal sees Millie return to New York on a work secondment and she’s reunited with her old university friends.   

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?
When I started writing I didn’t listen to any advice or even seek any out. It wasn’t until after I wrote the novel that I realised there was a whole internet full of useful writing tips! I think the main piece of advice would be to polish your work before submitting it anywhere. Don’t think that someone will be able to spot a diamond in the rough. Make it the best you can and then get it test read by people you trust to be honest with you. Then when you’re happy it’s the best it can be (and only then) submit it to publishers/agents.  

9. Tell us what a typical writing day involves for you.
It usually starts with a quick check of my books on Amazon, my different email accounts, the news, and generally anything else vaguely interesting to procrastinate. Once I’ve exhausted that I’ll start my writing. I usually write all morning until I’m pawed by the dog who wants to go for a walk or my stomach rumbles. I then take a two hour lunch break for the walk and to eat and then I write in the afternoons. I don’t really have an end time to my work, I often work in the evenings too and usually most weekends.  

10. Finally, what are you reading at the moment?
I’m currently seven months pregnant and in a desperate hurry to finish a draft of the next Millie book before the baby makes an appearance. Which means I’m not reading anything. I did recently buy Lindsey Kelk’s About a Girl and I’m dying to read it. I don’t know if I’m being a bit ambitious packing it in my hospital bag - but in France (where I’m giving birth) you’re kept in hospital for five days, so I figure I’ll have time to read then... I mean how much time can a little baby take up ;)

Thanks, Anna!

Don't Tell the Groom

Bride-to-be Penny discovers that she’s lost £10,000 of wedding savings playing online bingo. So that she doesn’t have to reveal her gambling secret, she convinces her fiancĂ© Mark that they should have a Don’t Tell the Groom themed wedding. Penny then has to plan a wedding fit for a princess on a shoestring budget. But, by the time she discovers that the true meaning of marriage isn’t a Vera Wang wedding dress or Jimmy Choos, will she still have a groom to marry? 


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Help Rowan Coleman raise £10,000 for Refuge

Today I'm taking part in the Woman Walks into a Bar blitz, which has the aim of raising £10,000 for Refuge. Organised by the lovely Shaz of Fiction Addiction Book Tours, who has also organised my tour for Geli Voyante's Hot or Not, make sure you get involved by spreading the word and, of course, do buy the book! x


Help Rowan Coleman raise £10,000 for Refuge:

On September 10th Rowan is publishing her novella Woman Walks into a Bar as an ebook for the first time. And 100% of her proceeds will be donated to Refuge.

Her goal is to raise £10,000 and you can help. All you have to do is buy a book, or two, and get your friends to buy one too. You’ll get a funny, romantic and touching summer read and you’ll be helping women you’ve never even met at the same time and all for the price of £1.59!

The story behind the story:

Every book Rowan have ever written has meant a lot to her, but with her latest book Dearest Rose, something really special happened when the real world and the fiction she loves to write collided. It changed her as a person and a writer, forever.

She was getting ready to research her tenth novel, which with the help of her Facebook readers she decided should pivot around the theme of domestic abuse. It was a subject she’d touched on briefly once before, when she wrote a short novella as one of the first Quick Reads called Woman Walks into a Bar, which to this day remains one of the pieces of work of which she is most proud. So she posted on her Facebook page asking if anyone had any personal experiences of domestic abuse, and any stories they might share with her in confidence.

She was shocked and amazed by the response; there were more than 200 emails waiting in her inbox the next day. Each story she read was horrific and frightening in its own way, giving her an insight into the secret lives of many women; lives that all too often remain hidden. Domestic abuse can happen to anyone - well educated wealthy women are just as likely to suffer as women from a working class background - but the one thing all those women had in common was that they were survivors. After years of being mentally and physically beaten down, they had managed to find the emotional strength, somehow, to break free and start again.

Now Rowan wants to do something that will help other women find that inner courage, and change their lives.

 Woman Walks into a Bar:

Woman Walks into a Bar is the story of 28-year-old single mother Sam spends her days working in the local supermarket and her Friday nights out with her friends letting her hair down at the White Horse. Life hasn’t been easy for Sam and her daughter, Beth (who always looks on the bright side) but she’s always hoped that one day she’ll break free from her past and meet The One.

But after a series of terrible dates with men she’s met through an internet dating site, that have all been as awful as her daughter’s terrible jokes, she’s starting to lose heart - until her friends tell her they’ve set her up on a blind date. Sam’s horrified but finally she agrees to go. After all you never know when you might meet the man of your dreams; maybe Sam’s happy ending is just about to begin...


So, come on and join Rowan, and help to #supportafriend on September 10th. Every time you buy or pre-order Woman Walks into a Bar you’ll be entered into a prize draw for fabulous prizes every week, while the #supportafriend #womanwalks campaign is running. On 10th September, tweet Rowan photos of you and your friends, tell her your ideas to support a friend, and why your friends mean so much to you.

You can be a best friend to someone you have never even met. You can help someone out there find the support they need to change their lives. If you are a blogger or tweeter, spread the word using #supportafriend #womanwalks.

If you are a company who could offer a prize to drive book sales and thereby money for Refuge, please get in touch. If you are a woman in an abusive relationship, or if you have a friend about whom you are worried, please get in touch with Refuge and ask for help today.

About Rowan:

Rowan Coleman grew up in Hertfordshire secretly longing to be a writer despite battling with dyslexia. After graduating from university she worked in bookselling and publishing for seven years before winning Company Magazine Young Writer of the Year in 2001. 

Her first novel Growing Up Twice was published in 2002. Rowan has gone on to write eight novels for women including the bestseller The Accidental Mother, The Baby Group,‘The Accidental Wife and eight novels for children and teens including the paranormal adventure novels Nearly Departed and Immortal Remains under the name Rook Hasting. Her books are published around the world. She now lives in Hertfordshire with her family.

Writer Wednesday: Jamie Baywood

Jamie Baywood grew up in Petaluma, California. In 2010, she made the most impulsive decision of her life by moving to New Zealand. Getting Rooted in New Zealand is her first book about her experiences living there. Jamie is now married and living happily ever after in the United Kingdom. She is working on her second book.

1.Why did you want to become a writer? 
I consider myself an accidental author. I didn’t go to New Zealand with the intentions of writing a book about my experiences there. I had funny experiences that I had trouble believing were true. I wrote the stories down to stay sane. I wrote situations down that were happening around me and shared them with friends. My education is in fine arts. I had a lot of art shows in California and New Zealand and even managed an art collective in Auckland. I was bored with the fine art scene. Everything has already been done before in painting, but I am the only person that can tell my own story. Writing feels like a more honest form of art than any other method I’ve tried.

While I was in New Zealand I meet a director named Thomas Sainsbury, he asked me what I was doing in New Zealand. My everyday stories made him laugh and he asked me to write a monologue for him. I had never done anything like that before. I was shocked by the adrenaline rush that came with storytelling and making people laugh. I decided to organise the stories into a book and publish in the hopes of make others laugh too.

2. What's the toughest part of the writing process for you? 
The hardest part has been trying to promote the book while simultaneously attempting to stay anonymous. My life is literally an open book, but Jamie Baywood is a pen name. I haven’t told my family that I’ve written or published a book. They think I’m just living in the UK working on a MA in Design studying book covers. I am rather enjoying leading a double life. I am living in a different country from my family and my husband’s family so that aids the author secret. I have a few relatives on both sides of the family having babies this year, so both sets of families are mostly talking about the imminent arrivals and not questioning what I am doing.

 3. What's the most enjoyable part of writing? 
I’ve been told by readers that Getting Rooted in New Zealand is making people laugh out loud. I love getting emails from people that enjoyed the book and encourage me to write more.

4. Out of all the amazing books out there, which book do you wish you had written and why? 
Eat, Pray, Love definitely inspired me to take my own leap of faith by moving abroad, but I am happy to have my own story that continues to unfold.

5. If you could only save one of your characters from fictional calamity, who would you pick and why? 
Bambi’s mom.

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 the day with the character Geoff from the book The Buddha, Geoff and Me. Geoff seemed like a really cool guy.

7. What can we expect next from you? 
For the past three years, I’ve been disassembling and reassembling my life by moving to different countries. I’ve lived in five countries now. I plan to publish another book next year about attempting to settle in Scotland.

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? 
Books published through traditional publishing companies are edited at least five times. Have your book edited again and again for typos.

9. Tell us what a typical writing day involves for you. 
Most of the book was written as the events happened; it just took me a few years to work up the nerve to publish. To write my book Getting Rooted In New Zealand, I relied upon my personal journals, e-mails, and memories. In February 2013, I organised my stories into a cohesive narrative. It went through several rounds of editing and then I published in April. I constantly make myself notes. This summer in Wales, I was scribble stories on the backs of maps and Google directions as a passenger in the car. I also send myself text messages or emails riding in trains or buses. It might not look like I’m writing a book if one was to observe me, but I am constantly watching, listening and thinking about writing.

10. Finally, what are you reading at the moment? 
Wild by Cheryl Strayed.


Getting Rooted in New Zealand 

Craving change and lacking logic, at 26, Jamie, a cute and quirky Californian, impulsively moves to New Zealand to avoid dating after reading that the country's population has 100,000 fewer men. In her journal, she captures a hysterically honest look at herself, her past and her new wonderfully weird world filled with curious characters and slapstick situations in unbelievably bizarre jobs. It takes a zany jaunt to the end of the Earth and a serendipitous meeting with a fellow traveller before Jamie learns what it really means to get rooted.

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