Friday, 15 December 2017

From Joey's Instagram

I am feeling bad from my Mepo dose today so #MrDash has come to purr me better and be cute. Hoping to be back to work tomorrow! #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #writersofinstagram #writerslife #amwriting #spoonie #chronicillness #brittleasthma #kitty #snuggles #catsofinstagram #spoonielife

Interview with Jamie Summer & Review of Dalysian Hope

I'm delighted to have Jamie Summer on the blog today for an interview and my review of her book - Dalysian Hope. Here's a little about Jamie.

Jamie Summer is a native of Germany, where she lives with her husband and son. "Dalysian Hope" is her debut novel and the first book in a YA fantasy trilogy. It’s a story that came to her in a very vivid and unforgettable dream. She's currently working on her next book and wishes there were 48 hours to the day so she could do everything she sets her sights on. Besides writing Jamie enjoys watching her son grow up, reading and watching way too many TV shows.

And onto the interview!

How long have you been writing?
I've been writing ever since high school. My best friend Sam Destiny was the one who got me started and eventually pushed me to do more and actually publish something I'd written.

Do you write in the genre you love to read?
Yes, absolutely. Which is probably also the reason why I don't only write one genre but a few. YA fantasy is among my favs, though, so it'll always have a special place in my heart.

Do you have any favourite authors to read?
Any Sam Destiny books are always on top of my reading list. Another one would be Colleen Hoover and Jennifer L. Armentrout. Truth be told, though, I haven't had much time to read lately as I focused on writing, but I hope to get back to it eventually.

Are you an organised writer or not?
Definitely not. I start writing with the most basic idea and then go from there. I'm a pantser all the way.

What's your idea of a perfect writing day?
Getting up, making coffee and just sitting down to write. Turn some music on, and I'm happy. I do my best work in the morning (most efficient, too).

Do you like editing or is it something you loathe?
I actually like it. I like being able to see--already within those few weeks of writing the book and leaving it on the table for a bit--how much I can already change and hopefully make better.

What's your favourite social media? And why?
Facebook. It's just the best place to communicate, have fun and meet people. I love Instagram as well for the mere aspect of all the pretty pictures.

Do you do character profiles? If so, why/why not?
No, I don't. Never really thought about it (pantser shines through here) but maybe it'll be something I'll do eventually.

How would you describe your writing process?
Fast and all over the place. Like I mentioned, I usually write with a basic idea and let the characters tell me what to do. It works out in most cases. ;)

Do you prefer ebooks or paperbacks? Why?
Both. I'm a fast reader so for a two week vacation I need an ereader. Plus, a paperback can get heavy depending on the size. But I also love the feel of an actual book in my hand and still get my favs in paperback. The majority of my books are ebooks, however.

How do you plan a book launch?
I try to get as much interaction on the book before it releases and just hope it goes well. That's about all the plan I usually have. Definitely something I need to get better at, but I found a few very helpful groups where I'm getting lots of advice.

Do you have a favourite writing food? Drink?
Coffee. Coffee all the way.

What's your favourite idea of a cozy afternoon?
Sitting in my bed with a good book and coffee at hand. Alternatively I'd watch TV.

How often do you write? Do you have a schedule?
I usually use my commute time for writing, so almost daily I get some words down. I need to find some kind of routine and my best friend has been helping me actually getting there. Haven't managed completely, but small process is still process in my mind.

One night can change everything.

For seventeen-year-old Sophie Evans life is completely average. And she likes it that way.

Until one night, her apartment is attacked. Out of nowhere, creatures climb through her windows with only one goal in mind: to kill her. Only with the help of two handsome strangers and her next-door-neighbor does she make it out alive.

While the immediate danger is gone, Sophie finds herself thrown into a world she didn’t even knew existed — dealing with powers she knows nothing about and a race counting on her to save them.

How can she be the only hope of a race she never even knew existed? When pressure threatens to suffocate her, can Sophie fight the odds stacked against her, or will she lose herself in the process?
My review: 5 stars
I picked up this book because the cover is amazing. I read the blurb and decided that it would be a good read, and I wasn't disappointed. Summer tells a story that unfolds before your eyes, keeping you on the edge of your seat and wishing there were more. Sophie almost dies, and then suddenly she's thrown into a world where everything she knows about herself, about the world around her proves to be wrong. She's got loads of questions, but no one seems to want to answer her. I loved the story and the writing, it was beautifully written! Highly recommended and I plan to pick up book two asap!

You can follow Jamie on Facebook

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Thursday, 14 December 2017

From Joey's Instagram

Vlog is up and live! It's that time of the month where we talk about what I've been up to writing wise! #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #writersofinstagram #writerslife #amwriting #authortube #lovemyjob #ilovewriting #writingtips #authortuber

Life Of Joey - December 2017 [CC]


Wednesday, 13 December 2017

From Joey's Instagram

When it gets to the stage where you have to get the blanket to stay writing at your desk! It's cold! #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #writersofinstagram #writerslife #amwriting #booksinprogress #wheelchairuser #wheelchairlife

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

From Joey's Instagram

I got up for like a minute and now my chair is filled with a #MissPenne. Gotta get that chapter written! #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #kitty #snuggles #catsofinstagram #pastacats #wheelchairuser

From Joey's Instagram

#TEASERTUESDAY Tara has been getting notes that she's mostly ignored. Only now her stalker is getting serious. Buy here: #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #bookstagram #bookboost #bookworm #amreading #readersofinstagram #youngadultbooks #paranormalbooks #mysterybooks

Monday, 11 December 2017

From Joey's Instagram

I've finished my first chapter of my newest WIP and #MissViolet has come for #cuddles. Next chapter tomorrow and then another new book to start on Wednesday. #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #writersofinstagram #writerslife #amwriting #booksinprogress #kitty #snuggles #catsofinstagram

Writing Around The Holidays - The Creative Process


So if you're like me, you'll be planning to continue writing during your down time. That includes during a holiday period. I don't just mean the big ones like Christmas, but all those weeks the kids spend off school as well. Because if, like me, you have a teenager running around in the background, life gets stressful when you're home working and they're around too. But for now I'll focus on the other parts of writing around holidays. And I'll try and give you some tips on how I manage.

Christmas for me has always been the time to see my family. As you all know, I use sticky notes to denote what I'm doing when and all of that. I have a colour coded system that allows me to tell at a glance what days are for what. Right now I have three white sticky notes. One is for a medical reason, the other two are Christmas and Boxing Day, which is when I plan to go and see my dad and step-mum for our Christmas get-together. My issue is that I also plan to try and get vlogs recorded, blogs written and some actual book writing too, since that's my job after all. So here are my five tips for getting work done during one of the most stressful times of year.

No one can work every single day without a break ever and not have problems. You need to make sure that you take time to just have some moments to yourself when you're not being asked to do something, or feeling pressured to write. If you plan like I do, then you'll probably have some days off, right? If not, be aware that even if you really really really want to get that thing done by the end of the month, it is supposed to be fun, and you will want to spend some time with your family. So be kind to yourself and even if it's just slotting some time to watch a movie or take a nap, do it!

I know, I know, insomnia sucks, but even if you find yourself at a loss of how to spend any of your awake time writing, you still need to sleep. That goes for writers who work through the night and then try to attack the day without any. The world will not end if you take a nap. And it helps you stay on top of things and be more creative when you have time to do so. It goes with my first post about being kind to yourself. Self care can be any number of ways, and sleeping can be one of them. Writers deserve that too!

Whether that's my adopting a schedule or just setting aside a certain time every day that you will spend writing, do whatever works for you. Like I said, I use sticky notes and I've found enormous leaps in my productivity. I spend more time writing and less time wondering what I should be doing. It's changed my working life completely. And I was organised before, I just never really went this deep into the rabbit hole. Now I'm there, I can't even think about changing how I'd do it. I feel lost without my plan of attack.

Everyone gets stressed at times, no one is immune to it. At this time of year, even more so because there's presents to buy, things to wrap, gatherings to attend. All of that is stressful, when you add it trying to write, it's no surprise that some people lose it for a second or two. I know I've struggled in the past with the same thing. Everything is going on and none of it is an easy fix. So if you do get stressed, don't be too hard on yourself about it. Take a breath and take a moment and then get on with what you're doing.

This is a big one for me. I know that I set sometimes unreasonable goals for myself. Other times I set them too low, but for the purpose of this piece, I'll stick with the unreasonable ones. If you've told yourself that you're going to finish this book by the end of the year and you're only just starting, think carefully about it. There are some people who can write a whole book in a month or less and my hat goes off to them. For me it takes between four to five months. If it's something you've never done before, don't set yourself up to fail no matter how tempting it may be. Manage your expectations by knowing what you can achieve in that time rather than go nuts and then feel like a failure.

So those are my five tips on writing around the holidays. Do you have any tips to share? Leave them in the comments below!

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Sunday, 10 December 2017

From Joey's Instagram

And yesterday marked the last words of #CrampingChronicles2! That means I have two new projects to start in the coming days! #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #writersofinstagram #writerslife #amwriting #bookfinished