Thursday, 20 November 2014

The Graduate!

English: Dustin Hoffman during filming of the ...
Warning! This post has nothing to do with Dustin Hoffman.

In fact it's a bit of a 'me, me, me' post today.

It's my birthday today and I received a fabulous present... my University marks came out and I discovered that I was awarded a Creative Writing MA with Distinction.

Dustin was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award for The Graduate and won a BAFTA but, as awards go, it really feels like my distinction tops all of those.

And so I didn't get to wear beautiful, long dress or walk along a red carpet - I had to make do with leggings and walking on air- and I truly am.

So here endeth the 'me, me, me,' moment - well on this blog anyway! I have a feeling I'll be walking on air for quite some time to come.

Now to work on that speech...

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Goodreads Giveaway!

A Goodreads Giveaway of Holding Paradise is on offer for the next few weeks folks!

It's good to give and why not something that is dear to my heart?

While I'm busy trying to get the follow up to Holding Paradise ready for publication next year, here's a chance to read Holding Paradise for free before that happens.

All you have to do is click to enter!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Holding Paradise by Fran Clark

Holding Paradise

by Fran Clark

Giveaway ends December 15, 2014.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Editing Your Novel

With the first draft of my second novel, When Skies Are Grey, finally completed, I've been patting myself on the back but have decided to set it aside for a short while.

Next will come the long job of further drafts to get it into shape before submitting to literary agents - another long job in itself.

But, for anyone at this stage of the writing process, be it 1st or 2nd draft, here are a couple of books I've read that I think would be useful to you.

The first is a book by John Mullan called How Novels Work this link is to an updated version of the one I read so there might be more handy hints in it than the 2006 version. Well worth a look for any novelist.

The second is by Renni Browne and David King, called Self-Editing For Fiction Writers
Again, lots of really useful advice
Happy Writing Folks

Monday, 3 November 2014

Book Signing

Each time I sign my book I get a mixture of feelings all at the same time, ranging from pride, embarrassment, fear, amazement, self-belief, self-doubt, a need to lie down, joy, alcohol cravings and realisation - yes, I really am a writer.

I joined the line up for this amazing event today called House Of Arts at Boston Manor House

There was also African music by Steven Kasamba and a photography exhibition and talk by James Barnor.

A few book signing pics, just so I can re-live all of the above feelings and maybe give in to the alcohol cravings!
 Also did an acoustic performance of my music so had a few CDs on sale too!
 James Barnor from Ghana insisted I wear something from his country (didn't get to keep the scarf though!)

 Some tricky name spellings so had to concentrate.
 She's checking I'm the author!
Had a fantastic afternoon. Now back to the writing, rehearsing, and everything else!