.. how to write!
Happy Monday 💫
.. how to write!
Happy Monday 💫
He was a vague notion I think, then was gone. I must have imagined him. Bass continued to thump the floor which had become tacky under foot, clinking full glasses clutched by hands pushing through crowds, the early hours of the next day had arrived along with the detris of revellers who started hours before.
The smell of him was divine – I search towards the door one more time.
My arm is tugged and my old friend does that thing with her head which silently means ‘hey, this way!’. I follow her and leave his memory by the bar, the place I’d been sure he had brushed past and caught my eye and made everything else disappear.
It was louder still by the speakers and placing our drinks on the top where their surfaces wriggled in time within the confines of the glasses, I soon focused on the moves at which we were so practised.
Some time later, fresh air was in short supply so I took a walk through the garden where people could talk and be heard, groups huddled in the smoking area enjoying mixing with like-minds and sharing the air and ignoring gross pictures on their cigarette boxes. A united force.
I paused by a bench, slightly damp from the showers earlier that evening. I sat. The relief from my feet was immediate and I ran my hands down my shins and over my insteps, my hands cooling the heat radiating from my sore feet.
I stayed there a while, my head between my knees, my hands on my feet. I noticed ants emerging from the cracks in the concrete slabs. Busy and focused – they ignored all obstacles, choosing to go round or climb over but rarely pausing. I moved a heel into the path of one and sure enough it altered tack slightly and continued its journey.
When I looked up, there were legs in front of me, hairy calves and neat knees below smart blue shorts with turn ups and a brown leather belt. It was there for aesthetics as no big belly hung over the top of it, only a white linen shirt tucked in. A lean man… omg.. could it be? Had he been wearing a white shirt?
I stood up and came face to face with the open neck where the tendons straddled that soft bit I couldn’t stop looking at earlier, tickled with a few dark hairs. Those tendons strong and leading down to below where the linen started and his skin disappeared from view. He held out a hand after I stood and lost a heel to the crack briefly and his hand was warm.
‘You came back!’
He smiled and I moved a little closer. It was him – that woody lemony aftershave hit my senses and did not stop in my nostrils. His hand seeped round to my lower back and my whole body yearned to be closer…
Oh Lordy… some bloggers would save all their information regarding this weekend and create an organised, mature, edited and polished post from a post-event point of view.
But that’s just not me!
I need to share the fun bits, the nervous bits, the embarrassing bits with you as I speed towards my first RNA conference aboard one of Richard’s trains which I have to admit are way above those of East Anglia in the way of comfort.
A sneaky breakfast date with daughter for forty minutes at King’s Cross listening to her tired anxieties about having too much work for the hours available (Email the team and tell it like it is darling; they love and respect your work ethos so you can explain you need to think about time management to regain that feeling of treading water rather than drowning. Do it. By lunchtime. You’ll feel better).
This train will be full of writers and authors and plenty of aspiring authors all excitedly waiting to pick the brains of agents and publishers at their one to ones (my first is with Jo Bell at 2:50 today, from Bell, Lomax and Moreton agents). It is going to be such as honour to meet industry profressionals, to hear what they are looking for in the way of fiction this year, to hear what they thought of my synopsis and chapter 1 🙈 (*can I go home now please? Stop the train*).
Take copious amounts of wine, the message came across loud and clear. Fiddle. I don’t drink wine. Ha! Vodka nestles amongst my clothes for tipples later🥂
I am beyond excited to be spending time with my friend Julie from A Little Book Problem and for us both to be mingling with many like-minded New Writers Scheme members and making new friends 🖌
I finished the audio version of this title this morning. I had to silence Man of the Woods as he innocently entered the workshop speaking…. my hand flew up. There were only 58 seconds left for goodness sake!
Then a client knocked with a rug needing a new buckle… my sweet and empathetic smile gave her no idea she had just walked in on one of the best endings I’ve read in a book since ‘me before you’ .
I worked. Darren narrated (he wrote this too – I bet that doesn’t happen very often) and his voice soon became my friend over the eight hours duration.
I enjoyed being able to see which chapter I was on and it was fascinating to see him inadvertently answer an ongoing question of my own – how long should chapters be ‘on average’?
As long as they need to be. Some short and choppy and some longer .. depending on the scene in question.
Darren O’Sullivan has written a brilliant thriller here. This is my opinion – you are entitled to make your own up once you’ve read it.
It was an incredible study of human emotions from three main points of view, possibly four at one point. I enjoyed seeing scenes unravel first from one character’s POV and then revisiting it from another, with the foresight the first had given me.
Lots of suspense. Very dark in places and graphic towards the end, which was skilfully dealt with.
A disappearance, a love story, friendships questioned.
I’ll definitely read his second novel soon, out only last month ‘CLOSE YOUR EYES’
Meanwhile here’s a lovely quote from a fabulous writer of old…
So yesterday I was fortunate enough to meet an author of three thrillers, all of which I have adored and one of which I mentioned briefly in a post on 4 Feb!
It was called ‘The Gift’ (by Louise Jensen) and yesterday Louise signed my copy! Star struck I was and am still smiling from my chat with her.
Totally approachable and encouraging, friendly and warm. What an inspiration when she left and said “I look forward to reading your book!” 😳💕
I haven’t had corn on the cob, as we call it here in the UK, for months so ate two today. Is that bad?!
Talking with an author makes your own goal seem a little more real, achievable perhaps. I don’t know why. Perhaps it’s the fact they are real people too, with lives they have to juggle. If they can do it, then why can’t I at least have a go … there’s no guarantee an agent or publisher will want to work with my manuscript but feeling positive about the first draft’s growing existence is amazing. This fact hit my like a mallet today… which I assure you is a good thing 🤣.
I’ve signed up for an online course over six weeks too, starting early May, so that hopefully will also fill me with inspiration. I’m excited about it.
Cast your mind back, if you will, and you may recall my enjoyment reading this novel. It is Book 1 in a series known as The Carrero Effect.
I invited the author, LT Marshall, to join me and answer some questions I devised after I finished the book, which left me a quivering wreck following months of chemistry build-up between the two main characters, an incredible sex scene when they finally allowed themselves to cross the threshold and much soul-searching on the part of Emma, following a traumatic past.
So engaged with the characters was I by the end, that the cliffhanger LT Marshall wrote for the end of Book 1 – with the two main characters heartbreakingly unable to even speak to each other – left me distraught (and you know how I love emotion in books, so this was a 5 star read for me).
L T Marshall has her own blog … have a look at this post she wrote last month about the Carrero Series.
Amazingly this busy busy author had time to squeeze in a visit to Ideas.Become.Words … how lucky are we??
1. How long ago did you discover the Carrero brothers dwelling inside your mind, needing their story to be told?
I have had the story of Jake and Emma swimming around in there since about 2016. It was an idea which grew after watching a fifty shades movie randomly on TV one afternoon, while sick on the couch. And as I had never even read the books I was completely in love with the idea of a billionaire lifestyle, office setting and damaged character. I love a bit of glam, but I wanted a hero that made you want to love him. Not some damaged man who was in need of rescuing and had severe BDSM tendencies. I wanted men with hearts and women who were survivors.
2. Did they immediately arrive as brothers or was it originally one, followed by the need for a sibling?
I had the idea for Jake and as he was my main lead, Arrick was just a side character to give Jake more depth from the beginning, but never to take centre stage. He was always part of the plan and is in all three of the first books. Sibling love, someone looking up to him and show how important family was to him, Arrick was my Jake softener lol.
3. As an author do you write full or part time and what book number are you working on at present?
I work full time as an author now. Ever since the release of Carrero book four, as it enabled me to quit my other full-time commitments. I recently put my pen down on the sixth book in the series and now have to go through the editing process for release.
4. How long do you spend producing one from first word typed to publication day, on average?
I can write a full Carrero novel in a month and have it released too. I did that with the first four and have now pulled back to enjoy the process more that I have built up enough of a series. My latest book took a couple of months spread out, as I didn’t want to keep working at the speed I was in the beginning. I also now have an editor and formatter on my team so after this book , all my books will take a lot longer to come out.
5. Name two negatives and two positives about self-publishing.
Negatives – not having the marketing skills and back up of a publisher who can put your books out in front of new readers. I have to work extra hard to get my books out there. Learning as you go when it comes to the process of publishing.
Positives – being in control of everything and having no one set me deadlines, word count limits or argue over my cover choices. I love the full control aspect as it frees up my creativity. I excel when I am left to do things my way.
6. Why New York?
I have always had a weakness for New York and really want to go there one day. I just think it looks like a fabulous city, fast paced and so diverse. I love the accents and finding some Italian/ American mixed business men was not a far push in the city full of them.
7. You have a fan base (which I’m lucky enough to have been invited to join) and can I ask whether this side-line has added to the book sales success, or merely been a fun way for your readers to connect with you as author?
My fans love all the extras that go with my books – bonus books, merchandise and all the competitions and giveaways. It isn’t enough to make a business and I do it purely for the love of what I do and the love of my readers. I think my fans are awesome and they keep me writing with their sheer passion and energy. We had a team war a couple of weeks back between the brothers’ admirers and it reminded me how much my readers have been affected by my characters. I love all of it and don’t care if the merchandise and such never makes back its costings – it just feeds the love of Carrero all round.
8 . What genres do you read when you are not writing?
I am boring as heck. I stick with romance, contemp romance, chick lit and a bit of romantic comedy. I have touched on erotica a few times, but I prefer a lot of story and romance for my buck. I don’t really stray from those kinds of books often, although I did have to read some fantasy and supernatural books when researching my Cruden Tale project. (which will eventually appear!)
9. If you could take three people to a desert island for a month and survival effort would need to be mastered, who would they be and why?
I literally just answered something similar in another interview lol, so I don’t wasn’t to bore you with the same answers.
Okay – Bear Grylls for obvious reasons. That man could keep me alive with bugs and urine.
Jason Momoa, he’s a bit of an outdoor rough and ready guy – and it doesn’t hurt to have eye candy.
And yes, I know I am so sad, but my fiancée. He is another outdoorsy camping and survival type of dude. He is also a joiner who would build me a cabin and luxurious living out on an island for a month.
Between those three all I would need to do is look pretty lol.
Wow. I am honoured you took time out of your busy schedule to come and see me here and explain some of the background to the Carrero series. I’ve enjoyed getting to know you and can’t wait to read Book 2. Just the small matter of Stephen, Matsu and Sachi to seethrough first ⛩
Follow LTMarshall on her FB author page here 🖤
And then there are those who just get on and DO IT!!
Veronica, here with her new blog, having decided to gain a social media presence AFTER publishing her first book tells us about her journey over the previous 49 days.
Congratulations to you my dear Indie Author. Big respect to you for finishing your planned manuscript, choosing a way to self publish and now can reap the rewards.
I hope from my little corner of wordpress, with my near 500 followers, I can help publicise your book. Even if one or two follow you, or better still buy your book, then the sharing and caring space that is blogging will have done its job.
I look forward to reading your book! xx
49 days—It’s hard to believe how much my life has changed since my book, The Crown for Castlewood Manor, was first made available on Amazon. I still remember the night it went live (February 12th), when I first started getting messages from my family and friends that they had found my book on Amazon. I wasn’t quite prepared—I had just approved the uploading of the book earlier that afternoon, and had received a message that it may take up to 72 hours for the book to be available. I was over at my neighbor’s house when the first texts starting coming in, and all I can say is that there were lots of laughs and hugs that night 🙂
What I’ve Done Well (or so I think…but that’s OK)
I made the decision for now, to go the indie, self publish route. When I started my first book in 2016…
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