13th February 2020
Reading is one of those joys that everybody should indulge in every so often. If you’re anything like me, you read every day. Not just the books that you find in your favourite genre, but anything you can get your hands on. This year I’ve tried to read a book a week as well as carrying on with my writing, marketing, exercising and of course, work. I find if I make a list – yes, you heard it here first, I’m now a list maker. I like to tick things off everyday and I enjoy the structure. I guess people change with age and perhaps that’s what’s happening with me. Anyway, read as much as you can and you might just find that when you step outside of your favourite category, you enjoy yourself just as much.
4th February 2020
Just like that, we’ve slipped into February without me even noticing. My thoughts and focus at the moment are marketing and getting my name out there with my presence on as many sites as possible. Its an arduous task, but a necessary one if I want to be competitive in an ever-growing industry.
If you’re like me and trying to establish yourself, my advice is to just keep exploring and turning up so that you continuously have something appear on one of the overflowing sites. It’s not difficult to do, it’s more a matter of finding the time to keep updating. I’ve been working from a tick list and although I include marketing every single day, I forgot about this tiny little piece of me that gets somewhat neglected. But, i’m continuously learning – after all, that’s what life’s about.
21st January 2020
As the month moves on and the days get slightly longer, my thoughts turn to the big picture. One of those big picture things is competition writing. I believe that short stories are the building blocks for success when it comes to writing. Having a limit on the number of words and the amount of time you have to put together a worthy entry makes you think and compromise where you have to. To write a story worth reading is the drive that spurs me on, knowing that I’m going to be judged makes me brave. It’s not about winning or losing, but the achievement of the actual entry that is the most gratifying. So that’s what I’m up to at the moment.
15th January 2020
Here we are halfway through the month more or less. To me, January feels as though it goes for three months. Not that I’m complaining of course. I don’t want the year to pass by without achieving anything. At the moment I’m polishing up some of my published eBooks and working on stories for competitions. I’ve also been doing a lot of reading. It’s always a good idea to read as much as you write. It gives you an insight into different styles and what’s on the market too. I have a particular style myself and I find the easiest books to stay interested in are those that are written in the way I write. I don’t have a particular genre that interests me more though. I’ll read just about anything.
9th January 2020
I can’t believe that it’s over a week ago since I visited this page. January is such a busy month. It’s all about marketing and the different ways to go about it. There are so many sites that offer low-cost, effective marketing, that it almost makes my head spin. I’m also working on marketing within the ebooks that I write. I’ve read several books where there is a blurb to another book by the same author and it never occurred to me to do this. I’m a bit slow on the uptake sometimes, but it’s all a big learning curve. The most important thing is, I’m still enjoying it and that’s what matters the most!
1st January 2020
Happy New Year!
It’s the first day of a new month, a new year, and a new decade. This is the time of year when we make resolutions and then forget about them as January drags along slowly and the 31 days feel more like 76! I’m not one for making resolutions, but this year I have a few. One is to be more successful and make my writing work for me. I say this at the beginning of every year, but each day is a learning curve and with every day I gain more knowledge about the behind the scenes business. I’m looking forward to a lot of changes and one of them is a revamp of my website. So without any hesitation, let’s begin!
31st December 2019
It’s the last day of the year and the decade and as we creep into 2020 quietly I can’t help thinking how far I’ve come over the past few years. My work is out there on display and the old feelings that once haunted me have been buried under a pile of optimism.
I wish you all a Happy New Year and hope that you are all you can be in the coming year.
25th December 2019
Merry Christmas everyone. Thanks for taking the time out of your busy life to look at my website and read the books that I have so diligently worked on. If I could thank you all individually, I would. I wish you all the best for the coming days and I’ll be back in 2020 better than ever. Until then, enjoy the holiday season.
9th December 2019
It’s a busy time of year for everyone and finding time to get everything done is stressful. I find at this time of year, things that were very important until December become less important as the holiday season becomes more intense and there seems to be a lot more partying.
For me, I find that the more I try to focus, the more I get sidetracked, as my imagination whisks me away to somewhere only I go. It’s not a bad thing and a lot of my stories come from that secret area nobody else visits. In that spot, the characters I’ve created and those yet to come, merge into one multiverse. It’s great to imagine and I often wonder if it would be possible to write a mega-novel where they all meet. I guess only time will tell, but it’s definitely worth thinking about.
28th November 2019
Here we are almost in December. The year has almost disappeared, but not without a trace. I’ve accomplished so much and there’s still a month to go. So much has happened in my personal life and without boring you with the details, this was my year of invincibility. Everything that happens does so for a reason and the reason is to make you stronger. So if you’re reading this and wondering whether to try something new or step out of your comfort zone for a while, I say do it. You might actually succeed.
As for my writing, I’m still progressing. I’m always looking for ways to improve to bring you a better story, so keep reading – please.
22nd November 2019
It’s finally finished and as the series comes to an end, I’ve decided that I can’t put the characters to bed, I need them. It’s so difficult after all of the time I’ve invested and I fully understand why so many authors chose to write series. Although I promised myself that I wouldn’t start anything new before Christmas, I think that this is a promise that I’m going to have to break.
19th November 2019
I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since I visited this blog. But time flies when you’re having fun. I’ve almost finished the final installment of The Hooper Mysteries as we know it, but that doesn’t mean I’m through with the characters yet. I think I’d miss them all too much if I put them to bed too early. I guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens in that department. It’s been fun though and my biggest project to date. Having said that, there’s always another avenue to explore and that’s exactly what I intend to do.
24th October 2019
As the year moves forward projects come to an end and I’m both sad and excited to announce that on the 5th of December, the final installment of The Hooper Mysteries will be available.
I’ve enjoyed the creation of this series. Mapping the characters and inventing storylines had provided me with hours of entertainment. It might sound funny, but if you’ve never completed a project like this one, you should try.
The Mystery of the Clock Tower is available for pre-order both on Smashwords and Amazon, and it’s just in time for Xmas.
22nd October 2019
When I first started writing, I thought I was good and everything that I wrote would just wow every reader who looked at it. Boy was I wrong. Recently, I looked back at some of the stuff that I have written and realised that I have come a long way since the beginning.
I remember a story that I submitted for a competition – this was about 10 years ago now. At the time I thought it was great. A few years ago, I found the story in amongst some other files on my laptop and read it. Even I could see that it was badly written and needed redoing. So I wrote it again.
Writing is like anything else that we try throughout our lives, practice improves it. At the moment I’m going through the manuscripts for the eBooks that I have online and improving them. The story doesn’t change, the writing gets better. And although I don’t strive for perfection (there is no such thing) I like to think that with each tiny improvement I evolve into a better writer.
I’ve just relaunched The Landowner’s Secret which is one of the first books I published and now it’s available on Amazon again. So enjoy!
13th October 2019
Here we are in October and I’m so happy to tell you that I have almost finished the final installment of The Hooper Mysteries. I’ve also changed a pic on my page and am in the process of working on The Landownver’s Secret too. Apart from that, not much has changed, but I’m really looking forward to getting my work out there and advertising a little more. Writing is such a learning curve. Once I thought it was just about having a story to tell, but there’s so much more to it than that. I love it though and I wouldn’t trade my love for anything.
28th September 2019
It’s all coming together now. I’ve revamped my Hooper Mysteries covers with a less is more concept to make the series more cohesive. I’m currently working on the final installment which is due out in early December. I feel sort of sad, but there are still individual character books that I’m thinking of writing to fill in the gaps and give my readers a more behind the scenes look at the story and its progression right from the beginning. The final book is written in a way which ties in a lot of what has happened throughout the series. It makes sense – trust me. A final scene might shock a few readers, but if I wanted to, I could begin again and write another set of books with a new lead character. It’s been so much fun I almost want to.
5th September 2019
Today I released the sixth book in The Hooper Mysteries and as the entire story nears the end, I’m feeling just a bit sad. The final chapter of the story is due for release in early December and I have decided to write spin-offs of different characters that Bess has met along the way. Like I’ve said before, it’s fun to create worlds and control the characters. I’m also in the process of revamping the covers of the books so that they look more like a series.
27th August 2019
Time passes too quickly and although I feel a bit neglectful, there is a very good reason. For all of you who are fans of Bess Hooper, you’ll be happy to know that the sixth book is almost complete and will be available on my Smashwords site from the 5th of September.
The series, which I’ve enjoyed writing is coming to an end and although I don’t want to give away too much, there’s a huge revelation at the end of this book. The Mystery of the Cracked Wall sees several characters who have appeared in previous books come together to help Bess with her own personal quest and when the truth is revealed, it’s a bit of a shock.
13th August 2019
When I write, I get this strange sort of God complex. I create worlds, characters and I control everything within. It might sound like I’m writing for the wrong reason, but of course, that’s not the only reason I write. I love to read. That’s it really and I’m hoping that even though the world has changed since I was a girl, kids today might once again pick up the habit of becoming so involved in a book that they forget the real world, just for a while.
At the moment, I’ve just finished the sixth book in The Hooper Mysteries and there’s a huge secret about to be revealed to the world. I can’t tell you what it is but the book is due for release on the 5th of September. So if you’re a Bess Hooper fan, you’re in for a treat.
1 August 2019
I met my deadline and after having Ravenous on Smashwords for just one day, it’s doing a lot better than I thought it would. I don’t have to tell you that with any type of art form there’s always a little apprehension as it most times it doesn’t stack up to your own expectations. But there will be opportunities to improve it in the future. Although, the outcome will always be the same and as writers evolve, they know that they can improve the standard keeping the storyline the same. I will get a link on here over the next few days.
17 July 2019
Life gets busy, we all know that. Between finding a new place to live, moving, and overseas visitors, I’ve let my writing slide for a moment. Now, with a deadline looming, I’m back and slightly panicked, but keen to continue where I left off. Ravenous should be out at the end of the month as promised and also the sixth book in the Hooper Mysteries is on the way and should be ready by the end of September, so if you’re a fan of Bess and her gift, watch this space.
2 May 2019
Been working hard on the sequel to Scavenger and it’s coming along well. The thing about writing is if you take a little time away from the project, it’s difficult to get back into the rhythm, but I’ve managed nicely.
Ravenous should be online by the promised date, after which I will continue with The Hooper Mysteries. When we last left Bess, she had just had a visit from her future self. It’s coming to a head and the revelation in The Mystery of the Cracked Wall might just shock a few people. But more than anything, I hope you enjoy it.
25 April 2019
In this life, I’ve learned a lot. The most important lesson is to never give up. My mother always said with each no you get closer to a yes. Whether she meant it was a numbers game or was talking about the little improvements you make each time, I’ll never know. With every no or every rejection or even the competitions that go by without so much as any notice of how I’ve done, I get more determined to succeed. I’ve been writing since I was a kid and I’m not giving up.
10 April 2019
I did it again. I’ve neglected my website. My key focus at the moment is balancing my writing with everything else. There is so much more to life than writing, but I do enjoy it. When I create characters and a world of fiction, it gives me a sense of satisfaction to think that somebody might be engrossed in a world of make-believe that came from somewhere in my imagination.
People often ask me where I get my ideas from. I don’t have an answer, they just sort of happen. I’ll think of something that will take on an entire life of its own and quite by accident, there’s a fresh new world with interesting characters. At least, I hope they’re interesting.
It’s back to it now. I’ve just arrived home from my part-time job and put a load of washing on. Time for me to do some real work!
11 March 2019
Well to say that time has passed me by would be an understatement. But I really have been busy. I published a new book, the fifth in The Hooper Mysteries series and have been working on the sequel to Scavenger. Not to mention the short story competitions that I am working on entries for. So although this blog is slightly neglected, my writing is still going strong.
By the way, writing short stories for competitions is the perfect way to practice. There are several on the internet and some even give you a title. They cost very little to enter and there are competitions that will provide a critique of your writing for a small fee. It’s worth it if you’re serious about your craft.
29 January 2019
It’s been a few months since I did anything to this website and I feel guilty. Taking a few weeks off to enjoy Christmas and the new year, I’m finally back on track. I’ve just finished the fifth installment of The Hooper Mysteries and it’s due for release at the end of March.
As for YouTube, it’s a work in progress, but definitely coming together. So hopefully it won’t be too much longer before I start to share some content. To be honest, it’s a little more difficult than I first anticipated, but something I’m looking forward to accomplishing.
08 November 2018
The countdown’s on, in a few weeks I’ll be starting the YouTube channel and reading my stories to the world – or whoever tunes in. I’ve been thinking about this for a while and although there are a few questioning thoughts, I’ve decided it’s now or never.
It’s sad when you procrastinate and every single day that passes by is another day lost. But the day is coming closer. I had planned a Halloween special, but it came and went and I wasn’t ready. But I’m definitely not waiting until next year.
23 October 2018
A big thank you to all of those who had actually read my books and left a comment. Every time an eBook gets a rating, it moves up the ranks and gets a little more attention.
The YouTube project is well underway and I plan to kick it off on the 31st of the month with a bit of a Halloween special. I’m a bit nervous. It’s one thing to put your work out there, but it’s a completely different story when you decide to go online and read it to people. But I’m hoping for success. Luckily for me, buying sweets for the scariest night of the year means I’m in for a treat. Not many people come knocking on your door when you live on the top floor of a secure building!
13 October 2018
Thanks to everybody who has supported me in any way. It’s time for me to step it up a notch. There are so many people in the world these days who are time poor and all they want to do is get in at the end of a hard day’s work and relax. So instead of you having to read my books, I’m starting my on YouTube channel and I’ll be reading you a story each week. That means that you can just kick back with a cup of tea and enjoy. So dear reader, watch this space!
04 October 2018
It’s great when you stumble across something that you’ve based an entire novel on. On a recent trip to Wales, I visited a pop up market and found this triskelle in a stall which sported Celtic jewelry. I had to buy it of course.
Well, after plugging my book – The Mystery of Kissing Gate Woods, to the woman at the stall, I took her card. The pendant is made by Celtic Treasure and they have some really nice pieces.
Anyway, while I was in Conwy, I did the whole sightseeing thing and visited the tourist attractions within the popular hamlet. If you’re a writer or you’re even thinking of dabbling in a story or two, travel is the best source of information and inspiration. In the space of just a few days, I learnt so much that I can include in The Hooper Mysteries that I’m almost rushing to finish my current book so that I can start five more!
26 September 2018
When I first decided to start writing seriously, I thought that if I wrote a book and sent it out to loads of publishers surely someone would want to see it in print, boy was I wrong. Just trying to get someone to take you seriously is a hurdle. So after years of rejection, I decided it was time for me to embrace the world of online self publishing.
There are millions of eBooks online. This is a fact, and all of the authors who write these books start off like me. They have a dream, a vision of what they want their future to look like. My dream is now a permanent fixture. It won’t move aside or let me stray too from it. It constantly whispers to me reminding me that if I continue to nurture it, it might just come true.
Writing, creating, imagining, this is just a small part of what it is to become a success. The majority of my focus at the moment is marketing my books. After reading several online articles by writers who have achieved success, and listening to countless podcasts, it’s begun. An onslaught of messages and emails to friends, family, and even people I don’t know. Because dear reader, it’s all about algorithms. Until recently, these pesky little buggers didn’t even enter my thoughts, but to rise to the top, I need my readers to rate and comment. That’s how it works. I’d rather have fifty 3 star ratings than one 5 star. So if you’ve read any of my work, please be a little generous and rate the eBook. While you’re doing that, I’ll practice patience.
17 September 2018
I’ve had this website for a couple of weeks now and realised that I hadn’t really written anything more about myself. All I’ve really done is post my books. So let me tell you more about me.
On my Smashwords profile page it says that I was born in a library. This isn’t true. I was born in a hospital in Somerset, UK. I wasn’t really fed classic literature either. I ate food, just like everybody else. So now I’ve admitted that I make up stories about myself, you probably won’t believe anything I write. But it makes life just a little more interesting, doesn’t it?
Isn’t life just one big story about you? Its amazing you know, everyday life. The amount of inspiration that’s on the other side of the door, well it makes my head spin. For instance, I was walking to work one morning – I start at five. It was dark out and I tend to cut down the alleyways. Anyway, at the end on one of the lanes was a guy wearing a weird sort of balaclava. Most people would turn and walk the other way, but not me. I wanted to know what he was up to, so I continued on my path. I still don’t know what he was doing because I didn’t want to get too close – maybe rolling a cigarette???? Anyway, I started thinking about it and turned the incident into a short story which I’m putting into another collection.
It’s the simple things in life that inspire me and hopefully I’ve inspired you to look around and take notice of everything. Perhaps I’ll be reading your books one day.