Update on Rando Wagner’s gofundme Campaign in aid of the #refugeecrisis #HumansAsOne


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Time flies and Rando will be heading back out to Greece again for his monthly stint helping refugees stuck in front of the gates to Fortress Europe.6595883_1461160050.5684

Nothing has changed for the better since last month and the humanitarian crisis is still as acute as it was then.

From Rando’s Facebook page:

“I will focus on helping individuals contacting the UNHCR and other authorities for family reunification and similar matters.
Over 50% of refugees in Greece are under 18 now.
Also planning on printing and distributing some brilliant ‘ dummy guides’ to European asylum and family reunification laws in English, Arabic and Farsi.

Another big problem is malnourishment and vitamin deficiency. Depending on how many funds I can raise, I will try to give out vitamin C and Multivitamin supplements to as many people as possible plus deliver fruit and vegetables to the 400 refugees now living in the recently occupied Plaza Hotel, which had been empty for years and local Greeks took advantage of squatting laws to open the building up for refugees.12814385_10153323290786035_5284797269598767203_n

I know I have been asking you for help again and again since last October and it hasn’t helped to change the overall situation, but the donations do make a difference to our fellow human beings, if our governments are breaking the most basic of democratic laws, the least we can do is provide those affected with the most basic human needs of shelter and food.

If you would like to help, please click the link below.

Thank you”


So far, Rando has raised almost £ 20,000 – all without fancy overhead costs, every penny goes directly to people in need. He has organised food, clothes and other amenities for those stranded and spends a large chunk of his time volunteering for other human beings. I am in tital awe of such humbleness and kindness. If I ever knew a better cause and way to do some good – right now I can’t remember it.

Please consider donating.6595883_1461160050.5684

For most of us the world seems full of important issues and over the death of iconic stars we start to forget the drama that still goes on in the refugee camps in Europe, the Balkan and the Mediterranean. I, too, have been busy with my life, my family and my book stuff and allowed my attention drift to other and admittedly less important issues.

Meanwhile lives are at stake and humanity suffers due to the lack of our and media attention. The lower numbers of refugees and border closures make some of us think that the problem is over, but many people are now stuck, separated from family and country and in legal limbos. 13048062_10208404675290166_5272267934972786208_o

Check out this note from Facebook which pulled me right back in:

Missing 14 year old Afghan boy in mainland Greece, his mother is in Sweden and is father stuck in Chios.
We are not sure how they got separated yet.


My friend Rando Wagner relentlessly marches on in his efforts for our fellow human beings. After spending time in Serbia and Macedonia to distribute food and clothes he just drove a van to Paris to hand out 1000 donated sleeping bag to people sleeping rough:


This is European 13094187_10153423946421035_3564084115077498792_nUnity,
A Croatian, a French, Norwegians, British and German working together to help those less fortunate regardless.
Text book distribution and team work.

“Just heading back after meeting wondrous volunteers to hand out sleeping bags to the refugees in Paris!! Shocking scenes…
…how grateful they were. 13012626_10153422553151035_6589288675296817579_nNo13051649_10153423946176035_2675939133458135437_ntrouble, (I) felt very safe … hoping for change! My volunteer work with the homeless has made me very receptive and comfortable in this confused environment. I felt very proud tonight to be part of this movement of love! Crazy times!”


And here is another shocking headline from the Guardian:

Refugee babies detained on Greek island ‘not getting adequate milk’

Asylum seekers being held in detention centre allege babies under six months old are being given just 100ml of milk a day

Rando’s immediate response:

“Guys and especially ladies with small children, you must be able to feel the horror these mother’s are living through more than the rest of us, if you want to support my friend Leslie, who will head out to Chios soon to get milk to those poor little ones, please donate to my GOFUNDME and reference the donation ‘CHIOS’.10552575_10153172633326035_6583060370321271734_n
I will then give the funds directly to Leslie to use specifically for this. THANK YOU

 please donate to OneHumanRace by clicking the link below.

Thank you


Check out this article about Rando’s last mission in Serbia.
where he was handing out  food, blankets and working alongside a local volunteer organisation. There is no big funding available and the aid groups are working with very little.

Nominations for Bloggers Bash Awards Are Now OPEN!

Blogger Awards – nominate your favourites now!

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Who Nominate?

We are finally on the count down to the bash, peeps.

I am so excited I really ought to be wearing a sports bra what with all the bouncing up and down.

So far we have announced the totally-off-the-chart-gorgeous venue here. Then we announced our blogger extraordinaire and guest speaker Luca here.

But now, now after months of waiting I can officially say, that nominations for the bloggers bash awards are



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Author Interview: Suzanne Jenkins

IMG_4496Today I have the pleasure to introduce a very talented and versatile author: Suzanne Jenkins. Some of you might remember her from our collaboration on the joint multi-author box set “At Odds With Destiny“. Welcome Suzanne.  Please tell us, how did you come to writing?

I’ve told this story before and I have to work hard to not embellish it every time it’s repeated. I wrote my first story at about age seven, whenever it is that a small child is able to write down thoughts on paper. My grandmother took me along to visit her aging father, a Greek poet of some renown in the small resort town on Lake Michigan where I now spend summers. My family was struggling. This was post Korean War, my father was home from the Marine Corp after serving overseas. Vivid memories of running out of fuel oil in the winter and crowding around the gas oven to stay warm, or hearing my parents talk about money in the middle of the night added to the atmosphere of my mother saying out loud that we didn’t have food in the house. Let me preface this by saying I was a chubby little kid.

I wrote a little story about my family being poor and the impact it had on me. I was a very insecure kid. My grandmother read it and showed it to her father, who gave it back to her and in Greek said, “She doesn’t look like they don’t have enough to eat.” Lol! I didn’t show anyone else my stories until about six years ago when I published Pam of Babylon. I had to reach age sixty to get to the place where I didn’t really care what anyone’s opinion of me was J ME, not my books. I’m like a vicious tiger mother about my books.

How did you come up with your stories?

They just come to me! I’m lucky in that way.12263164

You have created great characters. Which one is your favourite?

Wow, that’s tough. I love them all. Probably Pam, because she helps pay the bills which affords me the luxury of writing about everything else.

Who would you cast to play the characters in a movie?

In the Greektown books, I always said I wanted Robin Williams to play Gus, the Greek grocery store owner, father of the detective, Jill.  In the Pam books, Frances Dormand, although she’s not considered a striking beauty and Pam is. An older Kate Blanchett would be perfect.

Are you like any of the characters (and how so)?

I’m the complete opposite of Pam in Pam of Babylon. I wish I was Jill in The Greeks of Beaubien Street. There’s probably a little of me in some of my characters. I’m more like Ravenna, I think.

Were the plot and subplots completely planned from the start or did they change during the process, and if so, how?

I often must go back and revise plots because suddenly I don’t like the direction the action is taking. Readers say the books have a lot of twists and turns and they do for me, as well.

What is your main reason for writing?

There is nothing else I’d rather do. My husband says I should take a day off; that’s torture. In sixty-six years I’ve spent a good portion of my life dreading going to work everyday, especially the four years prior to writing everyday. Besides being Jim’s wife and the mother to my children, this is my passion.

I ‘ve only read one of the books so far. What is the idea behind your series?

The main idea is that it’s not over till it’s over. Pam is on a mission to figure out why she’s failed in the past and to try to overcome the mistakes she’s made, but unfortunately, she backslides frequently.

What are the best and the worst aspects of writing?

The best is writing stories I love, the worst is justifying it. For instance, going back to Pam again, she doesn’t stay in a relationship for long. I try to have drama and action in the other character’s lives because truly, how much can one woman suffer? Critics don’t understand that time marches on with these characters and I can’t spend an entire book having them wake up each morning, eat, go to work and then to sleep at night. Something has to happen.

How do you balance marketing one book and writing the next?

It’s a constant concern. I try to do marketing in the morning and at night when I’m cross-eyed, and write when I’m at my best. I also have chronic insomnia and love to write in the middle of the night when my guard is down. Less censoring, more from the heart.

What do you do when you don’t write?

Spend time with my kids and grandkids. I last about two hours. I’m an unnatural grandmother.

Tell us one odd thing about you and one really mundane thing.

The oddest is probably that I’m a hermit, truly. Not agoraphobia, but almost. I don’t want to leave the house. The mundane is that in a former life I was a textile artist and still have most of my tools and supplies.

What else would you like us to know about yourself and your books?

I love writing. LOVE it. I can’t get the words out fast enough.

What is your advice to new writers?

Keep writing!

Who are your favourite independent writers?

You, Uvi Poznansky’s poetry, Patrick H. Moore, Hugh Howey, Joan Donaldson’s farm stories, lots of others

Who are your favourite authors?

Joyce Carol Oates, PD James, Maeve Binchy, Paul Theroux, Daphne Du Maurier, Pearl Buck lots of others

What is your favourite book?

Probably Rebecca and The Good Earth

What book are you currently reading and in what format (e-book/paperback/hardcover)?

Olive Kitteridge, ebook

What makes you laugh?

My son and daughter telling me inappropriate jokes, and the cute animal videos on Bored Panda.

What (not who) would you like to take to a lonely island?

Word processor Lol!

Who would you like to invite for dinner?

Sheryl Sandberg

How do you handle criticism of your work?

I try not to over dramatize, but it’s not pretty. I FINALLY don’t read reviews! I love the cartoonist, Roz Chast. She said when she reads negative reviews of her work, her response is, “YOU  try to write a book.”



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Llandeilo Book Fair – Finding Books

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Last Saturday I took part in my first book fair.
Llandeilo Book Fair was a lovely experience!
I found my next book, did you?

Llandeilo Book Fair april 2016, Lisa Shambrook and authors,

I arrived at Llandeilo Civic Hall and let my nerves settle as I found my table and set up. I was actually very happy to be at the rear of the hall, a position that suited my anxiety as I could see all about me from a favourite place of mine – the corner at the back!

Lisa Shambrook Llandeilo Book Fair 2016 table My book fair table

We were open from 10.30 to 4.30 and my daughter, Bekah, accompanied me. We learned much from the fair and the other authors, all of whom were so friendly, and most I recognised from social media. So much fun meeting people I’d only chatted online with before!

Lisa Shambrook Llandeilo Book Fair 2016 photo by Graham Watkins

Having never done a book fair before, I wondered if I was doing it…

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Welsh Wednesdays: Call for applicants to the Llandeilo Christmas Book Fair

The First Llandeilo Book Fair last weekend has been such a great success that I have succumbed to the pressure of organising another one, and to doing so sooner, rather than waiting for another year.13119740_1091090187580860_3565965637614321087_o

So the date booked at the Civic Hall is Saturday 10th of December. 

I have already more authors interested than I can accommodate – even if we ‘double up’ on some of the tables – and I might have to make some tough decisions in that respect.13131097_775001345934774_6365350776596955595_o (1)

If you are an author and want to participate, please email me with the following details:

Your author name,
your location, 
number of books published and their genre,
language of your books (we had enquiries for Welsh language books),_DSF0772
links to your books on Amazon and/ or your website,
and any contributions to the programme you could make, i.e. readings, talks, workshops etc.

Please send your email to ChristophFFischer@googlemail.com within the next six weeks by June 15th13082516_10209511853302193_86776176858357655_n

Even if you already expressed an interest before, please send me an email to make sure this is recorded now, that an actual event is planned.

Priority will be given to

* local and Welsh language authors
(especially those who missed out on the first Book Fair), 13116117_10154111069195890_3030147215879274381_o

* those instrumental in the organisation of the last event,

* authors with new books and large portfolios which complement the range of genres on offers for our readers

*authors who are prepared to share a table

I aim to match the high quality of books and wide range of genres and events on as we had 13076619_10153541932055823_1056563089052390969_n 13118923_10153541932100823_274786774233657391_n _DSF077713091966_10153541932145823_2840402784509190193_non offer on April 30th.

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“Punk Rocker” Anthology – Interview with Jorge P. Newbery


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As some of you already know, I’ve contributed to an anthology called PUNK ROCKER, the much anticipated sequel to “L.A. Punk Rocker”: top authorBrenda Perlin’s best-selling punk anthology.

In the next few weeks, leading up to the release on May 15th, I will introduce the other authors who are in on the project. Today I have Jorge P. Newbery. Welcome Jorge! How did you get involved in the PUNK ROCKER project?

A punk fan attended my book signing in Columbus Ohio last year. She later introduced me to Brenda on facebook. HP pic

Without giving too much away, tell us about your short story for the anthology.

I am lucky to have two: In one, I share my earliest punk days attending shows at the Whisky. I was 13, too young to drive and none of my friends into the scene. So, I convinced my Dad to drop me off…The other is a few years later at the Sunset Riot after the TSOL gig at SIR. I just realized that both of mine occur at different ends of Sunset Boulevard…

Do you have any more memories you would like to share with us?

Here are two stories, both excerpted from Burn Zones.

My punk friends felt like society’s outcasts. They were from all over Southern California, came from many different schools, and were mostly in their teens and early 20s. All my life, I had been a loner and felt like I did not fit in; however, now I sensed that I somehow belonged. Although my punk friends were mostly white, middle class, and “privileged,” they were often tormented. Some were ignored by their parents, gay, abused, or, like me, just didn’t fit into society’s mold. We had trouble doing what was expected of us and yearned to find a better way, to build a better world for us and everybody else. For some, alcohol and drugs filled a void and helped dull whatever pained them. For others, the substances helped them feel like they fit in.
Me and a few others saw what excessive alcohol and drugs were doing to our friends and opted not to partake. This became the straight edge movement, popularized by Washington D.C.’s Minor Threat, which featured a clear-headed lifestyle punctuated by no alcohol, no drugs, and no indiscriminate sex. Suddenly, nerds like me were cool. The punk scene afforded me the first group of solid friends I ever had: Kimberly, an African American girl who I had a crush on; Natalie Boot, a talented artist; and Jordan Schwartz and Dave Markey, who published We Got Power fanzine. No Jordache jeans or Members Only jackets were required. With punk, everyone was welcome – even me – and especially those whom society had kicked down.


I vividly recall one night at Whittier’s T-Bird Roller Rink, which had rented the stage for a show featuring The Vandals. After setting up the stage, the promoter asked me to go pick up the band as their van had broken down. Thus, I drove the stake truck to pick them and their equipment up from their rehearsal space in Long Beach. Luckily, they were headlining, so we made it back in time. The show went great and, sometime after midnight, I disassembled the stage. The Vandals and I then loaded the stage cubes and their equipment onto the truck to return them to Long Beach. Around 2:00AM, we were driving in the fast lane of a fog-engulfed 710 freeway when we heard a thud followed by a crash.
“What was that?” said one of The Vandals, suddenly alert after dozing off.
“I think it was one of the cubes,” I said nervously, as the rear view mirror dimly reflected a cube splintering in the fast lane. “Should we go back?”
“No way, we’re liable to get killed walking on the freeway with all this fog,” said the previously dozing Vandal. “Keep rolling.”
“But someone’s going to have an unpleasant wake-up call,” said another Vandal. “They’ll be driving in the fog and…”
“Wham-Bam,” said the previously dozing Vandal. “They collide with the punk rock stage.”
“How’d that happen?” I asked. I always tied the stage cubes down tight to avoid a situation like this. “Did you all tie everything down?”
“Yeah, yeah,” said the previously dozing Vandal. “We tied everything down tight.”
I had my doubts. This was the first time I ever had anyone help me load the stage. The only likely explanation was that one of them did not tie down the orphaned cube.
“Whoever hits it could get hurt,” I said, anxious but getting more annoyed realizing that one of The Vandals was the likely culprit. “And have major damage to their car.”
“Don’t worry,” said the Vandal. “If someone hits it, the damage will be more like Vandalism.”
They all laughed. I chuckled a bit, but still felt bad, hoping that no one would get hurt if the cube suddenly appeared out of the fog in the fast lane.
This was just one of maybe two dozen cubes, so future shows had a small section of the stage missing. The stage was still fully functional and safe—plus the missing piece was somewhat apropos considering the eccentric acts that graced the stage.

What are your favorite Punk Acts, Albums and Songs?jn3

Black and Grey by Stalag 13 – love that song! All the bands I put records out for were my favorites, so add Circle One, Red Scare, Killroy, Shattered Faith, Hated Principles to that mix

Why type of fiction do you normally write? Tell us about the concept behind your books?

I write nonfiction, because reality is often more entertaining than fiction. However, my nonfiction often reads like fiction.

What are you working on now?

DebtCleanse.com, a free website sharing tools to help the majority of Americans who cannot afford their debts. We show people how to stop paying, gain leverage, and settle at big discounts. Best of all – the site is free for those in debt.JN headshot

Jorge P. Newbery founded Upstart Records, which released seven collections from bands such as Stalag 13, Circle One and Red Scare. He crafted Youth Manifesto, a cassette magazine featuring Black Flag, Bad Religion among others, and also promoted gigs throughout Southern California.
Today, Jorge is founder and CEO of American Homeowner Preservation, a socially-responsible investment fund which purchases nonperforming mortgages from banks at big discounts, then provides sustainable solutions to keep struggling families in their homes.
He is also author of Burn Zones: Playing Life’s Bad Hands and Debt Cleanse: How To Settle Your Unaffordable Debts For Pennies On The Dollar (And Not Pay Some At All). He is a frequent speaker and regularly contributes to Huffington Post and other publications.

American Homeowner Preservation https://ahpinvest.com/
Debt Cleanse https://www.debtcleanse.com/
Burn Zones: Playing Life’s Bad Hands
Debt Cleanse: How To Settle Your Unaffordable Debts For Pennies On The Dollar (And Not Pay Some At All)
Huffington Post
Twitter @JorgePNewbery

Mystery Mondays with Stefania Mattana


Pinner + GiubbaToday I have another favourite author of mine on Mystery Mondays: Stefania Mattana. Stefania is no stranger. Here is a link to my previous interview with her. Welcome back! Please tell my readers what type of crime fiction do you write and why?

I started conceiving my mystery stories as cozy mysteries. The first long length book I published, Into the Killer Sphere, respects the rules of the cozy mystery so I thought also the next one would fall in the cozy mystery genre. However, after I wrapped up Pull the Trigger (the book No2 of the Chase Williams murder mysteries series) I realised it hadn’t much of the cozy mystery. My character and the plot have twisted in a way they can’t be labelled as ‘cozy’. They went down to a thriller road by now, although I can’t still label the novel as a pure thriller.Into the Killer Sphere cover murder case Chase Williams crime series

It’s safe to say that my novels and short stories are detective stories with mystery and suspense.  

Did anyone influence you / encourage you to become a writer?

One of the very first books I read in my life was Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. I was intrigued by Jo’s personality, and since I liked writing I decided I wanted to be a journalist and a novelist. My parents regretted the moment they bought me a tapewriter for my 8th birthday, as it was loudy as hell and I never stopped typing! Nevertheless, they never told me to stop–and instead bought me a computer the year after!
They have always encouraged me to pursue my goals, and later in my life my husband did (and does) the same. Ultimately, I have to thank my parents if I became a writer, and my husband if I took the courage to publish my stories.

Tell us about the concept behind your books. How did you get the idea?

I got the idea of this detective stories series when I moved in the UK, in 2012. When I sketched the concept, the stories were set in London between 1928 and 1932 and my character was  a young british Scotland yard detective. It’s not easy, though, to set stories in a place you never lived in, especially when you have to fish out details of nearly eighty years ago. So I thought of leveraging what I could master: Italy. I placed my (former) British detective in a place he’s learning to know, but that I know very well. This way, I can also create some cultural-related situations around the characters and the plots, as well as unveil to non-Italian readers many unknown aspects of my culture.  

Tell us about your Detective / main character.chase_avatar

Chase Williams was born and raised in London. He comes from a well-known family within the Force: his brother is a RAF pilot and his father is a Scotland Yard Sergeant. Chase was a MET police detective too until he was dismissed for something he doesn’t like to talk about.
Overwhelmed by this situation, and after his girlfriend dumped him for his working partner, Chase moved to Tursenia, Italy, where he now works as an import/export officer for an international cashmere firm. He picked the sunny and small city of Tursenia, in the heart of Italy, because his childhood (and Italian) friend Angelo Alunni lives there. Problem is Angelo is an Inspector himself, and drags Chase into his murder cases every time he can.

Chase is not very lucky with ladies, even if his neighbour and close friend Giulia says it’s only a matter of meeting the right one. Chase likes running, photography and blogging, food, listening to Italians arguing (he says it’s like they’re singing whilst being angry), the Arsenal football team, cats and dogs.

Do you plot the entire novel and know who did it before you start, or can that change?

I normally draft a concept, then develop every scene, so to create a storyboard. I use Ginko App for that. Once all is ready, I start writing around that. I can write something on the go, but I find the process of writing easier when the pillars of the plot are storyboarded.

How violent are your novels?

Chase’s mystery and suspense stories doesn’t have violence, as the original content was meant to fall into the cozy mystery genre.
Moreover, I’d like to think that everyone can enjoy my stories, and since some people find excessive violence disturbing, I just avoid it.

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As much as I can, yes. It’s not easy to merge the Italian and the British humour–they’re so different! Readers quite enjoyed the experiment so far. Inspector Alunni in particular can be very amusing!

What song would you pick to go with your book?

I don’t have much time for writing, so every time I crush in my sofa to write, I have to maximise my efforts. To do that, I use white noise or nature sounds, which I find very useful and help me focus.  

What are you working on now?  

The first draft of the book No3 of the Chase Williams murder mystery stories is almost ready. I haven’t chosen a title yet, but get ready for ‘Murder of a suicidal’–or something like that.
With my friend and translator Chiara Urbani we’re also working on the translation of the first two books of the Chase Williams murder mystery stories. We have translated the 3 volumes of the Chase Williams detective short stories in Italian, and they’re going very well. So we’re pushing for the next translations:)

What would your friends say are your best and your oddest quality?

I asked the same question to my friends a while ago to filling up my About page. Turns out one of my strongest quality is the determination, whilst the oddest is… my size. In fact, I’m quite a tiny person and although I complain about that, I have to admit that sometimes it comes very useful!

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Stefania Mattana is a crime fiction author whose stories and essays have appeared in numerous publications, websites and anthologies. Her first self-published short stories collection Cutting Right To The Chase, featuring the former MET Police Detective Chase Williams, was released in June 2013 to great acclaim. Stef is also very active on open source projects such as WordPress.org. She blogs a lot for Chase, in her own DailyPinner and in other webzines.

Relevant links:




(these are landing pages on my site, where all the stores are listed. If you’d like to link only the Amazon books, the links are inside the pages)



Mailing list

Author website




Chase Williams blog

Twitter Chase

Instagram Chase

Llandeilo Book Fair 2016 in pictures and review

The first Llandeilo Book Fair happened on Sat 30th April and I have to say it was everything I hoped it would be, and more. 13116117_10154111069195890_3030147215879274381_o 13119740_1091090187580860_3565965637614321087_o
From the first day of organising it people have been supportive: friends, local residents, businesses, schools, the libraries, the press, authors and readers. It’s been a dream to organise. 13118978_10153346314352132_7476212192213809584_n
I need to thank Helen, Robin and Luke from Caffi  lechyd Da for doing such a great job with the catering, Tracey and her team from Heavenly Chocolate for donating the cake and all their advise and support, Naomi Edwards from the local school and Janet Lewis from the library.

Also thanks to the best event day team ever: Hugh Roberts, Ryan and Meryl – Thanks for running everything so smoothly and professional.13119896_10154111069815890_7673435550460422218_o

We had a busy hall all day long and huge interest in the workshops, readings, talks and the discussion panel. The footfall was more than I had expected, thanks to the publicity material designed by Thorne Moore and the press team, Sally Spedding and13124519_10153346314407132_8013638219986472241_n Graham Watkins.

We collected £ 92 through a raffle of books for the Air Ambulance Wales.

We had a lot of excellent entries for the Youth Short Story Competition:

Winner of the age group 6 – 12 was Shivani Cook for  “The Colourful Ostrich”
Winner of the age group 13 – 17 was Reuben Netherwood for “The Reunion”.
Second prize overall went to Frances Nolan for “Routine Exterminator”.
First prize went to  Polly Manning for “The Steeple”

There were many other strong contenders in the competition, showing that there is also a future generation to carry on the tradition of great story telling in Wales.

The authors on display were well received. Llandeilo has shown itself a supportive community when it comes to local talent and a place where art and culture can thrive.

13112842_1091089894247556_4258916291128302947_o 13131374_1091089790914233_8987182526097320169_oThere were many calls for more book fairs like these, and not just one a year. I have along list of authors who would like to participate at the next event as well as huge interest from those who participated this time.

For now, I can refer you to the Rhondda Book Fair on September 3rd
and the Tenby Book Fair on September 24th.

Plans for further events in LLandeilo are in the offing once I had sufficient time to recover from organising this one.

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“Collaborateur” post Gillian Joy – Charity project in aid of the Santa Paula ‘No Kill’ Animal Rescue Center

logo-mainI’m currently collaborating with several great authors on a project in aid of the Santa Paula ‘No Kill’ Animal Rescue Center. Each of us has contributed a work to this up-coming anthology and all proceeds will go directly to the shelter.
I’m proud to be involved not only as a dog owner and animal lover, but because I will be published along some extremely fine talent. Today I’m interviewing Gillian Joy.

Tell us about the concept behind your books. How did you get the idea?

AUTHOR 4Actually the idea behind this one was a bit cliche. It was a dream that I woke up from in the middle of the night, it was just one scene that I dreamt, but it just begged to be written, twelve months later – Starting Over was finally finished.

How did you get involved in the charity project?

I have been a member of WaAr for a long time, pretty much since it’s conception I think. I had already started writing Starting Over, which was supposed to be a novella (it grew just a little bit) that I was planning  to offer for free when I saw the post calling for anyone who had an “Art” orientated story who was interested in contributing to the charity box set. I messaged Wanda to see if Starting Over fit the bill (it’s only link to Art was a musician in the Male protagonist) and she was keen so here I am.

Are you a dog / animal person?

Yeah I love animals, especially dogs. I have a very spoilt English staffie named Cleo, she’s just like a little person and definitely thinks she’s just one of the kids, although the other kids don’t get to sleep on our bed, and yet she still does….. every night.

How violent are your novels? banner

I really don’t think they’re violent at all, at least not graphically so.  There are certainly characters who have met violent ends in all my novels so far, but I don’t dwell on the violence itself. So maybe I would have to say “just a little bit” if I was going to be totally truthful.

Do you include humour? Guardian

I don’t really try to include humour per-se, as in I don’t write comedy,  (well I haven’t to date anyway, we’ll see what the future holds) but some of the scenes I have written have made me chuckle a bit at the time of writing, these are usually the scenes that are more or less taken from my life and generally include the actions of children. Children are always saying funny things or doing funny things.

What do you do when you don’t write? 

I design houses for a living and run my own drafting business, but I also spend an awful lot of time running my kids around like a mad woman… dancing classes, netball practice, netball games, kickboxing classes, football practice, football games (Aussie Rules). In truth though, I use that time, while the kids are doing their extracurricular activities to write, which is why I have done most of my writing on my phone – although these days I prefer to use my tablet.

What makes you laugh?Forever

More often than not, my kids. They also quite regularly make me cry and yell, and want to rip my hair out by the roots. But I love them unconditionally with all of my heart.

Who are your favourite independent writers?

Too hard to answer that one as the list is far too long, Most of my favourite Indie authors I now consider good friends, even if it only via the internet, but there really are too many for me to list.

Who are your favourite authors?

Stephen King and Anne Rice (not necessarily in that order) would have to be favourite main stream authors, but with that said both have written books that I absolutely could not stand as well.

What is your favourite book? Revenge

I don’t think I can pick a favourite, I love reading and read so many good books that this an impossible question to answer.

What book are you currently reading and in what format (e-book/paperback/hardcover)?

I am currently reading Game of Thrones (by George R R Martin) in Paperback, and a romantic comedy series called shopping for the Billionaire (by Julia Kent) in e-book on my kindle app. I swap between my phone and my tablet.

What are you working on now? 

I have a few current WIP’s. Starting Again is the sequel to Starting Over, and it’s my main focus at the moment.  But I am also working on Conjuring Love, which is a prequel to my Guardian trilogy. As well as  Guardian Legacy, which is a sequel to the Guardian trilogy. I am also working on No Chance to Say Goodbye, which is supposed to be the story of my teenage brothers suicide – however this one is proving rather elusive. I will get there, I’m determined to get there, but it might take a while.



AUTHOR 4Gillian Joy is a 46 year old mother of two who designs houses for a living and lives to write. She grew up in the Western Suburbs of Sydney Australia the eldest of five children, had two younger brothers and two much younger sisters. She says had because one of her brothers died when she was only nineteen. You can read about his story in No Chance to say Goodbye when it is released.

These days Gillian lives on the Mornington Peninsula, south east of Melbourne Australia where she spends as much spare time as she can either with her nose in a book or writing away on her phone or tablet. She lives with her husband, two beautiful but willful kids a few fish and a very spoilt English Staffie named Cleo.
She is a proud Australian, who loves bbq’s, thongs and vegimite sandwiches and has even been know to call her friends “mate”.

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/Guardiannovel/
Twitter : https://twitter.com/Gillianjoy2801
Website : http://www.gillianjoy.com/index.html
Blog : http://gillianjoy-livingtowrite.blogspot.com.au/
Amazon : http://www.amazon.com/Gillian-Joy/e/B009F8XXY8/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1460711698&sr=8-1

Guardian on Amazon.com  : http://www.amazon.com/Guardian-Gillian-Joy-ebook/dp/B019FKXSUE/ref=la_B009F8XXY8_1_1_twi_kin_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1460718796&sr=1-1

Guardian on iBooks : <a href=”https://geo.itunes.apple.com/au/book/guardian/id1060129736?mt=11“>Guardian – Gillian Joy</a>

Guardian on Smashwords : https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/593518

All the info you need for the Llandeilo Book Fair 2016 – TODAY!


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All the info you need for the Llandeilo Book Fair 2016

Event time table and Programme

Book Fair held today on Saturday April 30th 2016
at Llandeilo Fawr Civic Hall Trust, Llandeilo
10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Crescent Road, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire SA19 6HN
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10:30 Judith Arnopp: talk on Tudor History

11:00 Blogger Hugh Roberts reading from “Last Train To Aldwych, a ghost/time-travel story. 11:00

11:30: Sharon Tregenza: a fun, interactive workshop with games for parents and younger children which would include prizes. 

12:20 Will Macmillan Jones  reading for children

12:50 Announcement of Short Story Competition Winner (main hall) 

13:00 Judith Barrow (workshop for adults) about building characters in short stories and novels

As well as talking about how to form characters, Judith will have handouts, and there’ll be short writing exercises. Around half and hour to three quarters in duration.

14:00 Wendy Steele talk about ‘Fantasy and Magical Realism’

14:30 Carol Lovekin reading from her novel “Ghostbird”

15:00 Olga Núñez Miret  talk about translations

15:30 Julie McGowan reading from one of her novels set in Wales

16:00 Q&A with panel of authors for aspiring writers

16:30 Raffle draw (main hall)




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