A Haunting of Words

publishingcontract-for-jill-turner I don’t normally like to blow my own trumpet, but I make absolutely no apology for how large this picture is – the story I wrote (that I told you about in my last post) has been accepted for publication! The book it is appearing in is titled ‘A Haunting of Words’ and, (if I say so myself), will be pretty fantastic!

I am so happy I could burst!

I will be posting more details about it all and how you can get a copy as soon as the details are available!

New Year/New Beginnings!

As the title may suggest, I have been somewhat busy lately which means that I have not posted on here as often as usual. (If you’re cheering, please don’t tell me!)

Apart from the day job, I have now been accepted as a proofreader for my local University, which ties in with the move I have made into proofreading and copy editing; https://littleredlines.wordpress.com is where you’ll find further information on this, if you’re interested.

I’ve also entered a short story into a competition which, if chosen, will win a place in a book alongside several other awesome authors. As there have been roughly a million other submissions I’m not holding my breath that it will make it in, particularly as the genre and guidelines are outside of what I normally write, but it was a fun thing to do. If you’re a writer, you’ll know that since submission I have thought of a hundred ways I could have improved it, and two versions (with different endings) are now resting in my files – and obviously I prefer the second, unsubmitted, version. Hey ho!

If it doesn’t make the grade, I’ll post it on here for you to take a gander at.

I’ve not had time to promote any of my books, but did see a lovely review of the last book in The Seelie Princess Trilogy, which was wonderful and reminded me that I need to put out my own reviews of books I have been reading (as I lay in bed trying to switch off from the day). Which reminds me that I must find the lead to charge the Kindle! I’m most of the way through a book on there that I really want to review, because it’s good!

Hope your year is starting out well for you, too. Why not let me know what you’re up to? I like to hear from you.

‘Til next time, take care all!


Writing in English

As a member of several writer groups on different forums, a question that often comes up is how do people who are not native English speakers write for the English-speaking community? This is a hard question to answer particularly as anyone who writes in a language that is foreign to them has my complete admiration.

The problem is that when a native English speaker has a face-to-face conversation with someone who has English as a second language, each makes themselves understood by far more than the spoken word. Facial expression, gesticulation and body language assist in our understanding of what is meant and enables each to understand the other.

I tend to stay out of these forum conversations purely because the only advice I can offer with any sincerity is that they take an English creative writing course. I have seen others comment to this effect – and have also seen them shot down in flames. The main reasons for this appear to be either cost issues or because nobody likes to admit that they may need a lot of help to understand the nuances of the English language.

Now I understand that courses cost money and I also understand that these people may have a fantastic story rolling around in their heads, but I also categorically know that not learning the ropes will result in an unread book/story.

So, harsh as it may seem, my advice would be that they write their book in their native language and promote it accordingly. They could very well have the next best-seller on their hands and, if that is the case, it will probably be translated for them!

Moving on to other things – as you know ‘The Seelie Princess Trilogy’ is now complete. As you also know, I was somewhat upset by Clary and Sam’s story reaching its natural conclusion – I felt like I had lost two dear friends. Thanks, however, to several fans who have asked me whether the Whisps ever called on Clary to pay back her father’s debt to them, I now have my next Seelie story to write. I don’t know exactly what it will be titled as yet, but ‘A Whisp of a Problem’ is bringing a smile to my face…

http://mybook.to/SeeliePrincess     http://mybook.to/RiseofDragons  http://mybook.to/SeelieQueen    http://mybook.to/NanNoseBest

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