45 – like a record

images (13)One leap second late and on the hottest day of the year: It’s my birthday today! I’m turning 45 – like a record – round round round round…

It’s time for my personal playlist of celebratory songs. I missed 45 years of Music Mondays on wordpress, so it’s time to catch up.

Thank you for listening to my ramblings of

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over three years.

Thank you for

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for all the likes and comments and for adding your own spice to the indie writing and blogging community.

You are all Stars on my 45! 

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I have a lot to be grateful for today and I am fully aware of it.

I’m going to spend the day with my wonderful family: my most amazing partner of almost 10 years and our three gorgeous dogs – and  ‘Mister Daisy’, so forgive me if I’m late in reciprocating likes and comments today.

That’s why I made you this mixed tape

And no birthday of mine is complete without Canada!images

download (1)Wish them a Happy Birthday, too, as I share my special day with that great nation!
(although they are much older than me…shhh)

Here’s a little tribute to them. Remember this Canadian triumph in Europe 1988?

Here’s my penultimate song for this blog post, a cracking feel good song

Over and out now with my favourite song of all time. Thank you and have a fantastic day!

Interview with Lisa Shambrook – contributor to charity anthology “You’re Not Alone”

Youre Not Alone 3d inamge (1)Today I’m welcoming Lisa Shambrook whom I’ve met through our work for “You’re Not Alone”, an anthology in aid of MacMillan Cancer Care. 

This interview is part of a series of blog posts to introduce my colleagues in this endeavour. The anthology is available for pre-order and will be released on July 11. 

Twenty-seven writers from around the world, including myself have entered an assortment of short stories for your pleasure, show your support by liking the new page on Facebook and expressing an interest in buying the book.

Amazon for per-order via these links:

http://smarturl.it/YoureNotAloneAnth
http://bookshow.me/B00Y5RCOOE

You’ll find the Facebook page here: 

https://www.facebook.com/yourenotalone2015

And here is the fund, in loving memory of Pamela Mary Winton

https://macmillan.tributefunds.com/pamela-mary-winto

Tell us a little about yourself as writer and as person. lisa-shambrook-beneath-the-old-oak-paperback

I weave intricate stories infused with emotion and beauty. That tells you a lot about me, I’m one of life’s observers; I notice the small things. I’m into aesthetics, and often stop to gaze at rainbows, spider webs strewn with dewdrops, and clouds…I’m a dreamer…

What is your life like outside of writing?

I have two daughters and a son, a hubby, two cats who can’t stand each other, and a neurotic German Shepherd…it’s all go! My offspring are all over fifteen, and I adore having older children. I love all creativity and run an Etsy shop, Amaranth Alchemy, with my oldest daughter. We rescue old, worn, torn and abandoned books and turn them into unusual gifts: bookmarks, art, prints and jewellery.  Life is creative and fun!

Tell us about your writing history.

As a child I carried a sketch pad around, and if I wasn’t drawing or reading, I was writing. I was that child who gave in English homework with actual chapter stories, and it helped to have an English teacher who believed in me! After reading Harry Potter when my third child was born I knew I needed to begin writing again. Now fifteen years later, I have four unpublished novels which need extensive rewrites, two indie published novels and a third on the way, short stories in eleven anthologies, and I’m putting together an anthology of Post-Apocalyptic stories for charity.

What are the best and the worst aspects of writing? 1. Beneath the Rainbow  L_Shambrook_Beneath_the_Rainbow_Cover(Amazon)

The best is losing yourself in your words, world and imagination! The worst is finding time…real life sometimes gets in the way!

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

The idea for the first book literally just came to me, and I thought, you’ve got to be kidding? The line reads: ‘Freya was seven-years-old when she got hit by the car. It was a 4×4 with a bull bar.’ But the story flowed and wrote itself…feedback from people who’ve suffered grief has truly humbled me and to be able to touch peoples’ hearts is a true privilege. The subsequent books follow on at seven year intervals. We see Freya’s best friend deal with mental illness in the second book, and Freya’s now teenage sister deals with her own identity in the third.

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

My second book ‘Beneath the Old Oak’ is about a teen dealing with her mother’s mental illness, and I do tend to ‘write what I know’, so aspects of myself are wrapped up inside both the main characters. I have suffered both sides of the coin, depression and severe anxiety, and these are recurring themes within this novel, so I drew on a lot of personal experience.

Who would you cast to play the characters in a movie? 2. Beneath_the_Old_Oak_front_cover_final

In ‘Beneath the Rainbow’ my first novel, I had Patrick Stewart in mind for Old Thomas…everyone else would be unknown, but I do have my eye on Emily Blunt for Martha, the mother, in ‘Beneath the Old Oak’, she has great emotional depth.

What are you working on now? 

The third in my series ‘Beneath the Distant Star’, which will take you back to the family who dealt with losing their daughter in the first book, how have they fared fourteen years later? What happens when you feel like you’re the ghost of your dead sister? A sister you no longer remember? What happens when you remind your mother that you have what your sister never will – life?

How have you found the experience of self-publishing? What were your highs and lows?

I self-pubbed back in 2011 before knowing anything! After learning about social media, a must as an indie author, I rereleased ‘Beneath the Rainbow’ with a brand new cover, re-edit, and team behind me in 2013. It pays to learn about the trade first! I am a Blue Harvest Creative author. The highs: the support from online writing networks, you guys are great! The lows: you play the long game as an indie author, slow sales can be demoralising. Be sure you have a great product, and if you have, don’t give up, keep at it!

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

It really is a balance. I try to keep up a social media presence, spend a little time on marketing each day, keep up a regular blog, write flash fiction, and then write, edit, etc the rest of the time!

What is your advice to new writers?

Keep writing, always write. Before you publish, submit or pitch always make sure your writing is the best it can be. Don’t take shortcuts, edit, edit, edit. If an indie author publishes poor work, they not only hurt their own name but also the reputation of indie authors across the board. beneath-the-rainbow-beneath-the-old-oak-lisa-shambrook

Who are your favourite independent writers?

Daniel Swensen, Sophie Moss and Paul Ramey…look them up!

Who are your favourite authors?

I’m a bit of a Tolkien freak, but my most favourite author right now is Garth Nix, see next question…

What is your favourite book?

The Abhorsen Chronicles also called The Old Kingdom by Garth Nix, but most of all Lirael.

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

I have just bought a whole load of indie ebooks, but the hardcover I want to read most right now is ‘The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennesy by Rachel Joyce, because I adored ‘The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry’ recently!

Lisa Shambrook Author Photo 206kbLisa Shambrook Bio: Lisa began weaving intricate stories inside her imagination from a young age, but these days her words find themselves bursting forth in the forms of flash fiction, short stories and novels.  A love of the ocean and life in West Wales, rich in legend and lore, heavily influences her lyrical and emotional writing.

Links:

Website: www.lisashambrook.com

Blog: www.thelastkrystallos.wordpress.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LisaShambrookAuthor

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/LisaShambrook

Etsy: www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AmaranthAlchemy

Blue Harvest Creative: http://www.bhcauthors.com/Author_Lisa_Shambrook.html

Beneath the Rainbow/Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Beneath-Rainbow-Lisa-Shambrook-ebook/dp/B005947316

Beneath the Old Oak/Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Beneath-Old-Oak-Lisa-Shambrook-ebook/dp/B00ON4KDTC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1417871843&sr=8-1&keywords=beneath+the+old+oak

A New Novel by Christoph Fischer – “The Gamblers”

writerchristophfischer:

Thanks Billy for this great write up and post about THE GAMBLERS.

Originally posted on thefinalcurtain1:

A New Novel by Christiph Fischer

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The Gamblers

I just finished The Gamblers by Christoph Fischer and it is my pleasure to feature him and his book on my humble blog.

Christoph has a penchant for understanding the actions, desires, foibles, and motivations of people. That can be discerned by some of his previous books like The Healer and In Search of a Revolution and The Luck of the Weissensteiners and other titles listed below. This new launch of The Gamblers carries forth his strong desire to know the inner cravings of his fellow human beings.

Imagine yourself a handsome geeky accountant and introvert, your DNA dictating a mind absorbed with numbers, calculations, statistics, and probabilities. Now, imagine a sudden 64,000,000 lottery windfall of British currency coming into your life. Your psyche will not allow you the wild excitement of a grand spending spree, your calm and careful considerations lead…

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WORK IN PROGRESS – CONDITIONED – CALL FOR BETA READERS

Cover for GoodreadsI’m delighted to announce that I’m finished with the first draft for CONDITIONED – which is the sequel to CONDITIONS.

Of all my books none has triggered as many requests for a sequel as CONDITIONS did.
I am naturally very flattered and pleased about that interest. I am also surprised. Instead of giving a fairytale or Hollywood ending to every subplot and character in CONDITIONS I had deliberately taken only a snapshot approach in the book.

Part of me felt that going back might compromise the underlying message that life is an ongoing process. Pretending that there is a single solution or (right) answer to problems can be simplifying and wrong.

However, I have taken the challenge on, thanks to several encouraging comments, especially  from Jo Robinson, John Barker and Fabio Genuiardi.

We’re diving back into the world of gardener Charles, his mental health problems and his friends: loner Simon and his battle with the outside world, co-dependent Martha and her abusive husband, neurotic poet Catherine on the verge of getting married, psychic Elaine looking for a new direction in life and quirky widow Sarah Roseberg who has a go at sorting out all of their problems.

This is the first time that I’m writing a direct sequel and I have quickly learned how difficult such an undertaking is: The continuity, the danger of becoming predictable and the need to let the characters have their own say without falling over existing boundaries.

It has proven a lot of fun though and another catharctic experience for me.

If you have read Conditions or are new to the series and would like to become a beta reader please contact me. I hope to have the story polished enough in due course.

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Prologue from “Stranger Abduction” (A new novel from Billy Ray Chitwood)

writerchristophfischer:

The prologue to a new novel by Billy Ray Chitwood: a great premise for a novel and the story of the draft for it

Originally posted on thefinalcurtain1:

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Stranger Abduction is in the oven – over half-cooked – but I wanted to write a bit about the book and present the prologue…you can let me know if you like or don’t like what I’m sharing with you. Just be gentle and remember, I’m your elder. :-)

This is the second time I’ve written this book…let me explain. In the 1980’s, on an 80-acre non-working ‘Lazy Rabbit Ranch’ in southeast Arizona near the ‘town too tough to die’, Tombstone, I began writing on a Starwriter 60 word processor my ‘Bailey Crane Mystery Series’. There were to be seven books in the series, with five inspired by trues events. At the ranch I completed three of the ‘BC Series’ (except for final editing), neatly put the manuscripts pages in boxes, and moved to Mexico’s Sea of Cortez. Stranger Abduction was Book 2 in the series. In my lovely Sea of…

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“Angelic Business: 1. Pink Matters” by Olga Núñez Miret #AngelicBusiness, @OlgaNM7

Author Olga Núñez Miret

Author Olga Núñez Miret

My name is Olga Núñez Miret and I’m a writer, translator, reader, psychiatrist, I love movies, plays, fitness, owls and recently have taken up meditation (mindfulness). (I thought I might as well summarise and not take too much of your time). I’ll leave you some links at the end just in case you want to find out even more about me (I’m not sure I’d recommend it, but hey…do your worst!).

I’ve been writing since I was quite young and I write in whatever style the story I have in my head wants to be written in. So far literary fiction, romance, YA, thriller…and a few unfinished works.

Around five years ago I discovered and read quite a few interesting Young Adult books and had an idea for what I thought could be a series. At the time I wrote the first of the novels and after trying to find an agent or a traditional publisher without much success, I started self-publishing, but decided to publish some of my other books first. Since then I’ve published 12 books (6 original books and their translations, as I write in English and Spanish).

I kept thinking about Angelic Business and a few months later wrote the second novel in the series: Shades of Greg. (No, nothing to do with…)

And last year, as part of NaNoWriMo I wrote the third novel in the series, Pink, Angel or Demon?

As I had written the three, I thought I’d publish them pretty close to each other so people wouldn’t have to wait to know what happened next (at least not too much).

The three books in the Angelic Business collection are now available for pre-order at the special price of $0.99 each. It’s a bargain price and they’ll go up shortly after publication.

Here, a video:

Link:

https://youtu.be/ZKWP_Q89CiQ

Don’t worry. My writing is better than my video-creating skills, but as I’d been taking all those pictures of angels, I thought I might as well.

And here, the series:

Angelic Business 1. Pink Matters

Angelic Business 1. Pink Matters

Angelic Business 1. Pink Matters

My review:

“Angelic Business: Pink Matters” by Olga Núñez’ is a very entertaining and light-hearted teenage story about ‘Pink’, an ‘average’ girl who finds herself suddenly the focus of angelic, demonic and human attention.
Her friend Seth, a good looking and arrogant boy, needs to be put into his place after making some insulting remarks. As if by magic, help arrives in the shape of ‘G’, an interesting newcomer to the school who just might be the person to help her make Seth jealous (or at least see that he is not the only man in Pink’s universe).  Only, there is something spooky about G. Now enter Azrael, another mysterious figure and you have a great set of players in this teenage drama.
Yet, there is depth to this humorous story as theological themes, such as God, angels and demons are discussed and pondered about. Although this is kept on a superficial level, the way that the angels, demons and theological ideas are presented gives you something to think about. The tone is playful and tongue-in-cheek and added to my enjoyment.
The characters and the narrative are well crafted and while this might be aimed at young adults, I had a great time reading it and am looking forward to the next parts to see where this is going. Very well done.
I was given an ARC of the book in exchange for a review.

The official blurb:

You are Pink, not the prettiest girl, but smart and with plenty of resources. What do you do when your best male friend offers to have sex with you, because he thinks you’re a lost cause? You plot your revenge with your two best female friends, of course!

It seems you’re in luck when a new and mysterious student appears. And, to top it all, he seems interested in you too. He could take part in the plan. But then, he seems to have a plan of his own… He insists he’s not just an ordinary boy. And what seemed so easy to begin with, gets more and more complicated when Heaven and Hell come knocking at Pink’s door.

Pink Matters is the story of Pink, a 17 year old girl, good student, articulate and smart. What she has never been the centre of attention or made the top ten of the most popular and attractive girls at school. When two guys, both claiming to be angels, insist that she is, indeed, ‘special’, fight for her attention and help and tell her she is the key to the future of the universe, she can’t help but ask: Why me?

And a snippet:

“Who are you?” Lorna asked. Before she could say anything else, she froze as if paralysed. And the same happened to Sylvia.

“Oh no, not again” I said.

“Hi Pink. I’m Azrael. I’m…”

“Let me guess…You’re an angel.”

I could say he smiled but it was more like a white light radiating from between his lips. His voice also seemed slightly “otherworldly”. He was nothing like G. Flesh and blood didn’t seem to be his priority.

“Yes. I am.”

“O…K….And…to what do I owe the pleasure of your visit? If you are going to make an announcement of some sort…I could have done with some notice.”

The light now seemed to radiate from his whole “body” if that was what it was. Somehow his show was much more believable than G’s. And scarier.

“It’s not an announcement as such. But you should know…G…”

“Yes?”

“I know he told you he’s an angel.”

I looked at him. Maybe he was different to G but he could be as annoying as him. And interfering.

“Yes. I also “know” things…In my case it is because “I” am an angel. He has not been truthful about his identity.”

Pink Matters is currently available for pre-order and will be published on the 26th of June 2015 (Amazon time). So, if you’re reading this post after the 26th of June, you’re in luck and can get the book straight away! (I’m also publishing it in other platforms although as their processing speed is different the dates might vary. Do check there or in my website, that I regularly update).

Link:

http://rxe.me/YIHTW96

In case you’re intrigued, I leave you the cover (reveal!) and links to the other two books:

Angelic Business 2. Shapes of Greg

Angelic Business 2. Shapes of Greg

Angelic Business 2. Shapes of Greg

What more could happen after the death and resurrection of your mother? What could Heaven and Hell toss at Pink to top that? Well, to start with, she gets a new hellish babysitter, who is seriously hot. And although everybody likes him, he only has eyes for her. When she learns what the price was for the ‘miracle’ of saving her mother, she realises that she must be careful, as Hell doesn’t lose gracefully.

One of her friends wants to find the perfect man, the other one gets into a relationship she refuses to talk about, there’s a demon who doesn’t know when to give up and an angel who seems to have his own agenda. What on Earth, Hell or Heaven is going on?

Shapes of Greg is available for pre-order and will be published on the 15th of July.

Link:

http://rxe.me/YHZ21O2

And last, but not least:

Angelic Business 3: Pink, Angel or Demon?

Angelic Business 3: Pink, Angel or Demon?

Angelic Business 3. Pink, Angel or Demon?

OK, OK, OK. Pink gets it. She’s the Elected, whether she likes it or no. Heaven and Hell are closing in, and their envois are closer home than ever. So close she can’t ignore them. And she’ll do everything but.

However long she has, she’s determined to make it count. She’ll sort her friends out, she’ll help her family and, she’ll live a bit. And then, she’ll take charge. Because no one will say that Pink went down without a fight. However big and bad the enemy.

Gender benders, romances, old loves that come to fruition, new challenges, divine interventions, tears, laughter and magic. All of that and more. Because, if you’re gonna go, you might as well go with a bang.

Pink, Angel or Demon? is available for pre-order and will be published on the 30th July.

Link:

http://rxe.me/YHZHUYS

As I threatened you before, here are some link:

My website is:

www.OlgaNM.com

I have a Twitter account:

@OlgaNM7

My blog is:

http://OlgaNM.wordpress.com

I also have a Facebook author page

www.facebook.com/OlgaNunezMiret

In Amazon:

http://amzn.to/XLnZTo

My Goodreads author page is:

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6562510.Olga_N_ez_Miret

G+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/118443714277719085351

Pinterest : (Don’t miss my board about angels)

http://pinterest.com/olganm7/

Wattpad:

http://wattpad.com/OlgaNM

Thanks so much for allowing me to visit and post, thanks so much for reading, and as I always tell them in my blog, if you’ve found it interesting, like, share, comment and CLICK! Oh, and I love reblogs! Ah, and thanks to Lourdes Vidal for her covers.

Contemporary Authors to Look out for

writerchristophfischer:

I am humbled to find myself on this list – amongst a few big names and some seriously talented writers. Thanks Martin Davies for your praise.

Originally posted on Gay Literature:

I have said a few times that there are great authors of gay fiction out there; I think it is fair to draw my ‘short list’ of writers who make gay literature and literature with homoerotic themes great.

This is not a comprehensive list.

How have I selected these living (and writing) authors? I have not done it on the basis of how ‘gay’ they are, in fact, you will see that some of them only touch on sexuality as a theme. I have not done it on the grounds of their popularity, in fact, some are just appearing on the literary scene. I have done it based on their writing qualities, on their ability to create convincing yet innovative stories, on their style, on how courageous they are in ‘pushing literature forward’ and on how I believe, in their different ways, these authors are contributing to the good name…

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Interview with Christine Southworth, the cover artist for “You’re Not Alone”, an anthology in aid of MacMillan Cancer Care.

Today I’m welcoming Christine Southworth, the cover artist for “You’re Not Alone”, an anthology in aid of MacMillan Cancer Care. 

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This interview is part of a series of blog posts to introduce my colleagues in this endeavour. The anthology is available for pre-order and will be released on July 11. 

Twenty-seven writers from around the world, including myself have entered an assortment of short stories for your pleasure, show your support by liking the new page on Facebook and expressing an interest in buying the book.

You’ll find the book on your Amazon for per-order via these links:
http://smarturl.it/YoureNotAloneAnth
http://bookshow.me/B00Y5RCOOE

You’ll find the Facebook page here: 

https://www.facebook.com/yourenotalone2015

And here is the fund, in loving memory of Pamela Mary Winton

https://macmillan.tributefunds.com/pamela-mary-winto

Hello Christine, please tell us a little about yourself. 

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Art has always been a big part of my life, I studied at art college then went on to have a career teaching art in a secondary boys’ school. Since retiring, I work as a full time artist and printer, with studios in both England and Canada.

I am a mum of two; my daughter is a teacher and enjoys writing and my son is a painter having inherited my artistic talents. I am also Nana to three little granddaughters who keep me busy when I’m not drawing. I live in Lancashire, England but like to travel as much as possible.

When did you first take an interest in art?

I was probably around three years old when I first started drawing. It was in the pre TV days with only a wireless for entertainment; we were allowed to listen to it for half an hour as a treat. In the evenings we would all sit around the big table and do something creative. My father was a carpenter, so he would sit making wooden toys and carving and I would keep occupied reading or drawing. I could always be found either with my head in a book or sketching.

How did you end up designing a book cover?

My daughter is part of the group of writers who were putting together the anthology. She asked if I would design the cover and I was happy to be a part of it. It was a good opportunity to give thanks to all those nurses who cared for my husband. I have always enjoyed using my talents to support charities; during my career as a teacher I was in charge of organising charity events. Most recently I have been working with MHIST a mental health charity that uses art therapy to help people rehabilitate after long hospital stays.

What kind of books do you read yourself?

I am an avid reader. I like books about spiritual journeys and how physical changes can lead to an emotional change. I also like crime thrillers based on forensic pathology.

What is your work routine like – your daily routine and the process? What is your favourite part of the process and which is the least favourite? Do you prefer working day time or at night?

I work from 10am to 4pm at the Neo Artists studio etching. On a Wednesday I run a life drawing class. It is open for anyone who wants to learn and it is non profit, any money made pays for models and the room. Day or night? Time is irrelevant when you’re retired, I work whenever the inspiration takes hold. I like working to a theme, exploring and seeing where it takes me. This last year my theme has been loss of innocence – children in poverty and war zones. The underlying feelings of compassion and hope fitted perfectly with the brief I was given for the book cover.

How long did it take you to get the cover design ready? 

From the time I was given the brief, my part took around a week. I spent a few days thinking about the scheme then drew up some sketches. I then liaised with digital artist Nico Laeser while he turned my sketch into the book cover.

What other ambitions and creative outlets do you have?

Over the years I have worked with many different media, pen and ink, watercolour, charcoal and pastel, oils and recently I’ve returned to etchings. I am a member of the Neo Artists and have recently become a full member of Manchester Academy of Fine Arts and the Society of Women Artists.

What are you working on at the moment?

I have just finished judging an art contest for Bury Hospice which helped raise nearly £10, 000 for a dedicated nurse for the hospice. 20150604_112347

I had four works of art in the SWA annual open exhibition running from the 5th to the 14th of June, at the Mall Gallery, London. My picture from last year’s exhibition has been used on this year’s publicity material.
I won the fine art award which was presented by HRH Princess Michael of Kent, and my etching was used as the cover of the exhibition brochure.”
I have just been made a member of the council for MAFA and hope to use this position to promote art in the Northwest of England.

What is your life like? What do you do for pleasure?

When I’m not drawing or chasing after my granddaughters, I love travelling and I’m learning Italian. My next holiday will be studying art at the university of Roma Centrali.

I also love spending time out in Canada with my sister. She has a cabin in a forest; it’s just nice to get away from the modern world and be surrounded by nature. This is where I have my second studio.

What would your friends tell us if we asked for your best and your oddest qualities?

My friends say they admire my tenacity, I never give up and like to see a job through to the end. This can be a strength and a weakness. I used to drive my children mad, once I got focused on my work I would disappear into my own artistic world for hours on end.

Cat or dog?

Definitely dog. I have always had border collies, slightly mad but affectionate and loyal.

What (not who!) would you take to a remote island?

I would have to have something to draw on or I’d go crazy. If I couldn’t have pencils and paper I’d have to draw in the sand with a stick.

Who would you like to invite for dinner and why?

I would like to dine with Grayson Perry the cross-dressing potter. He’s wild, wacky and a little controversial, but I think he talks a lot of sense about art. I often listen to him on the radio while I’m working. I’d have to set an extra place for his alter ego Claire though.

Thank you Christine!

Christine received the Barbara Tate Award and tends to sell from exhibitions rather through a website.

Her Twitter link is

https://twitter.com/bearprintstudio

Here a couple of guest posts on the artist

http://sylvafae.co.uk/blog/guests/guest-post-by-artist-christine-southworth/

http://sylvafae.co.uk/blog/guests/1000-voices-for-compassion-by-artist-christine-southworth/

SWA link http://www.society-women-artists.org.uk/

This year’s SWA leaflet has Christine’s picture on it – the yellow one at the bottom. http://www.society-women-artists.org.uk/images/2015exhibition/flyers/SWA2015_final1.pdf

MAFA link http://www.mafa.org.uk/

NEO Artists link http://www.neoartists.co.uk/

Interview with Sallyann Philips – contributor to charity anthology “You’re Not Alone”

Youre Not Alone 3d inamge (1)Today I’m welcoming Sally Ann Philips whom I’ve met through our work for “You’re Not Alone”, an anthology in aid of MacMillan Cancer Care. 

This interview is part of a series of blog posts to introduce my colleagues in this endeavour. The anthology is available for pre-order and will be released on July 11. 

Twenty-seven writers from around the world, including myself have entered an assortment of short stories for your pleasure, show your support by liking the new page on Facebook and expressing an interest in buying the book.

You’ll find the book on your Amazon for per-order via these links:
http://smarturl.it/YoureNotAloneAnth
http://bookshow.me/B00Y5RCOOE

You’ll find the Facebook page here: 

https://www.facebook.com/yourenotalone2015

And here is the fund, in loving memory of Pamela Mary Winton

https://macmillan.tributefunds.com/pamela-mary-winto

Tell us a little about yourself as writer and as person.sally2

I’m a wife, mother, and homemaker. I’ve been married 25 years, and have 2 grown up children and 1 granddaughter. I run the family home, and can be a little bit of a drill sergeant about how it’s looked after. When I’m not housekeeping I spend a lot of time walking my dog Cain, who’s a German shepard cross Husky, or on my laptop writing.

When I’m writing I’m a different person. I can be snappy when I’m on a role, and live a little inside my imagination and miss what’s going on around me. My children tell me often it’s like having two mums.

Tell us about your writing history. When was the first time you decided to write and when was the first time you did?

I’ve written, and published, 2 books now. They’re both part of the Angel’s Blood series. The first is named Angel’s Blood, and the second is Hybrid Justice.

I wanted to write for years, and always hoped that one day I would, but I never really found the time with 2 growing children. Then, almost 3 years ago, my family got together and bought me my first laptop. They’d been listening to me saying I wanted to write for years, so they bought me the very means to do so. I started the very same night they gave it to me.

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

No one really influenced me, or encouraged me to write, but my dad was the one that introduced me to books. Once I realised there was a whole new world within the pages I was hooked. So you could probably say he influenced me, and the encouragement came from reading all the books I’ve read to date.

When did you decide to write in your chosen genre(s) ?

I knew what genre I wanted to write the same time I knew I wanted to put pen to paper so to speak. From a very young age I’ve read as much of the genre as I can get my hands on, and I’m still doing so.

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

The concept behind my books was to get the story out of my head and onto paper, and hopefully read by like-minded people and enjoyed. The idea itself came from recurring dreams I’ve had throughout my life. They gave me a good solid basis for my books, and it almost feels like I’m writing about a friend.

What makes you laugh?tiny AB

Silly things make me laugh. Like my cat herding my dog who is at least 20 times the size of him. Or my granddaughter copying dances she sees on the Disney films she’s so fond of.

Who would you like to invite for dinner?

I’d have to say Jason Statham, just so I could sit there and look at him, and make a prize fool out of myself.

What song would you pick to go with your book?

The song I’d pick has more to do with the title than the actual song itself. It’s The Thunder Rolls by Garth Brooks. It always reminds me of my main character Tavi’s temper. I imagine it builds like rolling thunder, before she strikes like lightening.

What are you working on now? 

At the moment, besides the charity anthology, I’ve been working on book 3 in the series, along with something that started off as notes and an idea and has become more.

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

I have 2 favourites. Of course Tavi is one, she’s gentle and honest, and a little lost, but when you get her temper up she blows sky high, and the girl seriously knows how to handle herself. The fact that she needs nobody to fight her battles for her is a great draw. The second is Mack, who’s a little lost himself, and feels a bit of an outsider even in his own Pack. Yet he’s a whole lot more, and has a hidden strength and moral code that would make any mother proud.

What do you like best about writing? What’s your least favourite thing? 

What I like about writing is getting it down in words and seeing it come alive, and of course having someone else read it and want to know how long it’ll be before they find out what happens next.sally2

What I least like is editing, I even call it the dreaded edit. By the time you get to the 4th or 5th time around, your eyes are seeing what should be there and not what is.

What is your advice to new writers? 

If you really want to write then never give up. Don’t write for the money, there isn’t any in it, but write for fun, even if you write for free. Do it because it makes you feel good, nothing else.

My Website is – www.angelsblood.co.uk

My Goodreads page is – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8420365.Sallyann_Phillips

My Amazon author page is – https://www.amazon.com/author/sallyannphillips

Vision to Fruition – With A Little Help From My Friends

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More about our forth-coming charity Anthology YOU’RE NOT ALONE – the idea and the people

Originally posted on Ian D. Moore's Blog Page:

You’re Not Alone – An Indie Author Anthology

This Anthology began with a single thought…You're Not Alone 43D

 “What can I do to help?”

Faced with the realisation that I was witnesssing the beginning of the end of a fight with cancer that had raged for eight years in someone very dear to me, I felt powerless to do anything to thwart the inevitable. It was in the final days of Pamela’s life that I realised the potential that myself, and my writer friends possessed, that would enable us to make a difference.

They say that ‘Actions speak louder than words’… I beg to differ.

The words that form the stories within this compilation will draw you through a range of emotions and scenarios – all different, all unique, but all centred around one theme. Relationships.

The initial idea began when I posted a question for thought in our online Facebook based author…

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