100 posts! This time last year I was a Blogging Virgin. Now I’m a bit of a slag. It’s become the highlight of my week, both reading yours and writing mine. Which means either:
a) I don’t get out much b) I don’t get out much, or c) I don’t get out much
(I think it's C)
This was my first ever post. Not a single comment did it receive. I dry-heaved into my hanky for an hour and considered leaving the country. Then I cottoned on to leaving comments in order to entice readers over.
Anticipating disappointment, outrage or (worse) apathy, I was pleasantly surprised to trap some lovely Readers in my cage of blathery nonsense. I nearly threw a Comments Party, but daren't push my luck.
It’s been a real journey, as they say on bad reality TV (is there any other sort?) On the way, I’ve been given some fantastic advice from you lot, as well as from a Real Published Author and more importantly I've learned that…
Mugs CAN live without kettles The price of gravy changes with the wind You can live i…
I'm thrilled to welcome Amanda Brittany to my blog today, to talk about her debut thriller Her Last Lie.
It's been described as 'gripping with a shocking twist' and I can confirm that it is!
(It also has an amazing cover)
Which character in Her Last Lie would you like to meet? Hi Karen, thank you for inviting me to your blog. I suppose feisty Roxanne is the character I’d most like to
meet. She’s so determined to get to the bottom of things, and appears to be a
good friend to Isla. There are definitely a couple of characters in the book I
would hope never to meet.
I know the book has
several settings, which did you enjoy writing the most? I loved writing the second part of the book set in Abisko in
Sweden. I visited Abisko a couple of years back, and it was great fun bringing
the cold, bleak landscape to life, and describing the way The Northern Lights
swoop across the night skies. Are any of your
characters based on people you know? No, not at all, they all sprang from my imagi…
I know it's only September, but my new book THE BEACHSIDE CHRISTMAS is out today. It's the final in the Beachside series and writing three books in a year means I've been pretty immersed in this world. 10 things that stand out about writing this series are... 1. The Beachside Sweet Shop gave me the perfect opportunity to make some coconut ice. I used to help make it with my grandmother growing up, and it tasted exactly as I remembered 2. Also, in the course of research, I tried eating pear-drops to see whether I’d grown to enjoy them – I haven’t. I always preferred chocolate and still do. 3. Shipley, the setting for the series, is based on Swanage in Dorset, one of my favourite places to visit, but I changed the name so I could use some fictional license when it came to naming and placing pubs and shops. 4. I don’t have green fingers so there was plenty of research involved in writing The Beachside Flower Stall. I loved learning the meanings and symbolism of various flowers …