Monday, 23 March 2015

Blogging from A-Z: Theme Reveal!

After much deliberation, and over a nice cup of tea, I decided my theme would centre around my second novel, When Skies Are Grey. It isn't due to be published yet, in fact I've only just querying agents with it, but it's been with me since 2013 and I thought I should talk about it before I burst.

So for the whole of April (and goodness knows what I'll write about when I get to Z) I will be talking all things WSAG in alphabetical order; from interviews with characters to discussions on research and setting and more.

I look forward to any input from other writers and am curious to see how and if the novel appeals to future readers.

Join me on my journey and if you'd like to join with the rest of us A-Z Bloggers then follow this link and I look forward to meeting as many of you as I can!

Monday, 16 March 2015

Guest Post by Tracey Scott-Townsend

Today I'd like to welcome, author Tracey Scott-Townsend to my blog.
Tracey's second novel, Another Rebecca, launches on 21st March 2015 so look out for it.
I'm sure you'll enjoy Tracey's post as much as I have. Over to you Tracey:

The journey here

Sheds aren’t just for men. Virginia Woolf wrote in one and so do I. It’s like a tiny home of my own.
I was a single parent for ten years and I got my first shed then. I worked as a visual artist prior to 2010 and so everything was covered in spatters of paint and glue.
I’m married to Phil now. We knew each other at school and it was easy to get together 30 years after we left. He remembers me from when I was ten and wanted to be a writer. When I took up writing seriously, starting with The Last Time We Saw Marion (Inspired Quill 2014), I reworked the original draft, which I’d written when I was in my twenties. Two decades after first writing it I was able to give my youthful story the colour and shade of my real-life experiences, like a sick baby and a sister who died.
I have four children. Somehow many years have passed and they’re all almost grown up. Motherhood and family are a powerful inspiration in my work. Travelling is also marvellously inspiring. Phil and I have a bus-with-a-woodstove which means we can take off at any time of year. We always go with our dog, Riley, and we’re constantly on the look-out for a decent layby to settle for the night in.
We love the Outer Hebrides and are going back this year. When we’re away I find I can write and edit just as easily as I do at home. It’s an immensely freeing feeling.
Another Rebecca, my second novel with Inspired Quill, is derived from another story I wrote in my twenties. It was inspired by a painting called There is no Night by Jack B. Yeats. I imagined that the figure in the foreground came to life and whistled for his horse. I was studying for my Art degree at the time and lived alone with no TV. I listened to the radio a lot and played records and worked on huge drawings pinned to the walls. I used to work into the early hours of the morning. In the story the young Rebecca is much as I remember – or imagine – myself being on the cusp of adulthood. She lives in a caravan as I did when my dad was building a new family home.
Seventeen-going-on-eighteen is an age I easily identify with. Maybe it’s because I was that age when I left home. I’m far from being that age now! But you are always entangled with your childhood in some way. It has a powerful influence on the future and my characters always struggle to shake off the shackles of theirs.
Thank you so much for you post today, Tracey. To find out more about Tracey please visit her website, here
Tracey's novels:
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You can also connect with Tracey on Facebook and Twitter
A little more from Tracey:
The Last Time We Saw Marion (April 2014 Inspired Quill)
Another Rebecca (March 2015 Inspired Quill)
[I have also written a sequel to The Last Time We Saw Marion, as yet unpublished]
Short Stories:
Jennifer’s Dream (Etherbooks 2014)
The Water is Wide (Etherbooks 2014)
The Man in the Sea (Etherbooks 2014)
Two Weeks in the Sun (Etherbooks 2014)
Surprised to Know (Full of Crow Fiction July 2013)
White Hope (Momaya Annual Review 2013)

Monday, 9 March 2015

The Waiting Game

I  made lots of declarations about my writing life and what I hoped would happen in 2015. I have listened to advice about my plans and been persuaded to rearrange some of them. I say rearrange because I still intend to carry them all out, I just needed to jiggle them round a bit.

I call this next round of my writing life, The Waiting Game.

It's the part where I start sending off submissions to literary agents and waiting to hear back. Waiting periods are anything from two weeks to six months, according to some of them. Some don't even say how long it will take for them to respond and I know that most will not respond at all.

But I do not intend to sit and twiddle my thumbs as these submissions go out. Apart from doing the obvious, that's writing of course, I will fill my days with other challenges, delights and pursuits like:

1. Brushing up on my dance skills
(I wish)

2. Learning a foreign language:
3. Staying healthy:
(yeah right)

4. Read lots:
5.Improve my culinary skills: 
5. Find my inner self:

And then come back to waiting until someone out there wants to represent me!

I'll keep you posted folks.