MEET THE AUTHOR
READ ABOUT MY WRITING, WHAT I DO ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND WHAT I DO IN REAL LIFE.
CHAPTER ONE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I have been writing furiously for eleven years and now have four novels and four collections of short fiction published on Amazon Kindle; my collections and two of my novels are also available as paperbacks. I am hoping to finish my novel ‘At The Seaside Nobody Hears You Scream’ this year. I also enjoy writing blogs and book reviews. Some of my short stories have appeared in anthologies and you can read about them in Chapter Six.
Indie Authors are a Twenty First Century phenomenon. Writers have always self published, sometimes setting up their own printing press, but in recent times the digital age has enabled anybody to have a go at getting their novel on line and in paperback, though of course they still have to write it first.
For the unknown writer finding an agent, who then may or may not find you a publisher, is an almost impossible task. In the decade since I started my first novel, self publishing has moved from being a possibility, probably frowned upon, to being the sensible option. No one can guarantee you will actually sell many books, but you are guaranteed to sell none if you don’t publish!
Publicising their books propels most authors into the ether; websites, blogging, Tweeting, Instagram, Facebook there is no end to what you might try.
Visit my Amazon Author Page here
The Preparellequel to Brief Encounters of the Third Kind and the second in the trilogy.
A man wakes up on a London park bench wearing another man's
clothes and another man's watch. As he finds his bearings he realises the impossible has happened.
This is the preparallequel to 'Brief Encounters of the Third Kind' and second of the trilogy.
In the early years of the Twenty First Century a stranger arrives in Ashley. Only he knows the truth about what will happen to beautiful musician Emma Dexter in seven months time, but will he be able to save her and the others caught up in events that defy explanation?
Julie Welsh is a busy mother with plenty of problems and her life is about to get far more complicated when she stops to help a stranger.
The universe is unknowable, what happens in these two novels could happen to any of us!
Do you like a good family saga, do you enjoy fast moving thrillers, do you wonder at the meaning of life and the whole universe? If the answer is yes to any or all of those questions, you will enjoy this novel.
I joined Facebook reluctantly nine years ago, urged on by family, then started my author page with little idea of what to do with it. Now, with family on three continents I wouldn’t be without it, I don’t put family pictures on my Facebook pages, but messenger and messenger groups are ideal for exchanging photos and news. As a tool for authors I’m not sure... A time waster for much of the time, but people do share petitions that change things. What is most fun is sharing funny cartoons. Cartoonists can say a lot with a few pen strokes, a couple of lines make a facial expression that can be read in any language, something writers can’t do. If I see something that literally makes me laugh out loud I share it, we all need a laugh and thanks to the cartoonists for giving us endless cheering entertainment.
Here is the link to my Facebook Author Page
I joined Wordpress just over two years ago as the best place to blog and link in with other bloggers and writers. My first aim was to write a blog at least once a month, this soon became once a week and now several times a week with a regular blog on Wednesdays that could be about anything, Flash Fiction Friday and Silly Saturday. Please drop in to read Tidalscribe over your coffee break or add your comments.
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LIVES OF ANNA ALSOP IS THE THIRD AND FINAL NOVEL IN THE BRIEF ENCOUNTERS TRILOGY
All Anna DaSilva ever wanted was to be a doctor, but newly qualified, she met a group of people who were to change her life.
As Anna Alsop emerges from the misery of morning sickness she looks back on the past year and tries to come to terms with the year ahead.
Married swiftly to a man she hardly knew, step mother to a hyperactive toddler who must be protected from himself and the outside world, can love and sharing the impossible be enough to build a family and her career?
The residents of Holly Tree Farm keep their inexplicable experiences secret from the rest of the world and try to create a normal life, but for how long?
The third novel opens the evening after the close of the first.
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I have been interviewed as a guest of other bloggers, but not yet on radio or television. Here are some questions I might be asked.
Do you write in long hand first?
Yes, I like to scribble when I’m in the garden, beach hut, or with my feet up indoors. I always have a notebook with me so I can sit in a coffee shop people watching and eavesdropping...
Do you have a special place to write?
I was very excited to get my own ‘office’ when we changed the house around. ‘Control Command Centre’ where I do all my typing while maintaining contact with the rest of the world. Sometimes I am trying to finish a blog or a chapter while messaging my sister in Australia who has just got up and wonders why I’m still up...
What are your longest and shortest stories?
Six words and 240,000. I was runner up in a six word competition – 'I am starting again' said God. My first novel Brief Encounters of the Third Kind was 315,000 words when I finished the first draft, I managed to edit it down...
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Everywhere and everyone. I have lived in a variety of places and done all sorts of jobs. I also get ideas listening to the radio.
At our writing group we have a new topic each week and that is how my novel and many of my short stories have started. I like to write about ordinary people, often they have to deal with very strange things.
Do you have time for any other interests?
Yes, but it’s hard to fit in chores and cooking! Reading, gardening, walking, beach hut life, concerts, theatre, family stuff, meeting up with friends, National Trust, camera club and photography. You can catch up with some of my pictures throughout the website, especially in Chapter Three.
There was definitely something in Quarter Acre Block by Janet Gogerty that resonated with me. Although not from an immigrant family and growing up in New Zealand suburbia rather than Perth suburbia, perhaps it was just the time period that instantly clicked with me. As the author talked about school and teenagers growing up in the sixties, I felt an instant empathy with Simon and his siblings.
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