Sunday, 20 January 2019

From Joey's Instagram

It's a day off so I have a vlog to record, edit, upload and caption. Other than that I plan to read! 🎥🎥📚📚 . What are you doing today? . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #authortube #lovemyjob #ilovewriting #igwriters #igauthors #writingtips #writinglife #joeypaul #smallyoutuber #readers #readersofinstagram #bookworm #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram

Saturday, 19 January 2019

From Joey's Instagram

As you all know I'm chronically ill and disabled. I have big problems with neck and back pain while I write so I was super happy to pick up this neck and shoulder heat and massage wrap. It's changing my way of doing things! 🤗🤗♿♿ . What's something you struggle with physically while writing? Or reading? . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #bookish #writinglife #joeypaul #readers #readersofinstagram #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #spoonie #chronicillness #brittleasthma #spoonielife #wheelchairuser #oxygenuser #chronicpain

Friday, 18 January 2019

Interview with Kristin Ward & Review of After The Withered Green

I am delighted to be joined by Kristin Ward today for both an interview and my review of one of her books. Here's a little about Kristin

Kristin Ward lives is a small town in Connecticut with her husband, three sons, and numerous furry and feathered friends. As a nature enthusiast, she infuses her stories with environmental themes and encourages her readers to learn about the world in which they live and strive to do their part to leave it a better place for future generations.

And onto the interview!
Do you read your own genre? Is it a favourite?

I have a rather eclectic taste in books but dystopian is a genre I love. My favorite dystopian series is The Hunger Games. Suzanne Collins touched on deep social issues and created a truly frightening world. I'm a classic rereader of books that I love. When the mood strikes, I pick up an old favorite and immerse myself in worlds and characters that I have a strong connection with. One of my favorites is The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet.

Was writing always your dream choice of career?

I have longed to be an author since seventh grade when my English teacher likened my writing to Saki, author of The Interlopers. While writing is not my career, yet, I strive to bring pieces of this passion into my workplace. I would love to be able to write full time!

Do you have a writing space? Pictures or descriptions!

My writing favorite space is my grandmother's reclining chair. When I tilt it back at just the right angle, I can prop my laptop on my lap and get into the zone. During the winter months, the woodstove pumps out heat as I type away!

Playlists? Yes or no? And why?

I have three sons. With that in mind, a certain level of noise and disruption is my way of life. I have written a few blogs about the cacophony of my boys. When it comes to writing, I can usually hit the mental mute button and block out the variety of sound effects that emanate from my crew. Adding music into the mix is something that gets through the cracks of my listening filters and can be utterly derailing (especially when I start bopping along to the music and end up accidentally typing the lyrics I'm belting out!).

Which social media do you see as a must for writers?

Twitter and Facebook are major venues for writers as they provide platforms for interaction. I have found these social media outlets to be great resources to connect with writers and explore various topics from the writing process to marketing.

Where do you hang out most online?

If I'm connecting with fellow writers, I spend my time on Twitter and Facebook. However, the bulk of my online usage is not necessarily related to writing. Yes, I do my share of research online but I easily find myself getting sucked into the internet rabbit hole. Is this an intentional derailment? Well, sometimes. Writers, by our very nature, are procrastinators. I have been known to while away hours online getting nothing done!

What's your favourite book you've read?

One of my favorite books is The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton. It was this book that began my writing journey all those years ago. I was pulled into the story from the first line and in awe of the fact that it was written by a teenager. Within that book is a poem that also proved to be a catalyst to my own love of poetry. I often write poems on Twitter as I enjoy the challenge of keeping them within the 140 character limit. One day, I hope to publish a collection of these works.

Morning or evening writer?

I am often an evening writer, though not by choice. With a full-time job, I find the bulk of my writing time, when I find the time, to be in the evening. On the weekends, I prefer to write during the day (I'm not a morning person and relish my Saturday and Sunday moments of quiet with a cup of coffee)

If you had a hashtag for your books, what would it be?

Creating a hashtag is not my forte! Sadly, I am rather new to the whole social media thing. I suppose I would use something that relates to the theme of the books - global drought - while also reflective of the title.  #withered seems appropriate!
They tell me the country looked different back then.

They talk of open borders and flowing rivers.

They say the world was green.

But drought swept across the globe and the United States of the past disappeared under a burning sky.

Enora Byrnes lives in the aftermath, a barren world where water has become the global currency. In a life dominated by duty to family and community, Enora is offered a role within an entity that controls everything from water credits to borders. But it becomes clear that not all is as it seems. From the wasted confines of her small town to the bowels of a hidden city, Enora will uncover buried secrets that hide an unthinkable reality.

As truth reveals the brutal face of what she has become, she must ask herself: how far will she go to retain her humanity?
My review: 5 stars
I picked this up because of the blurb and the cover. It starts as a historical telling of what's come before and then jumps right into the action. Enora has hopes and dreams like any teenager about to embark on adulthood, but whether or not she gets to realise them is another matter. The Company control all the resources and against her wishes, Enora is ordered to join. The story is engaging, well-written and flows beautifully. I loved getting to see the sides of the world building without it taking away from the story. I am going to read the next as soon as possible as the ending leaves you wanting more. Highly recommended!

You can follow Kristin on her website, Twitter and Instagram.

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From Joey's Instagram

I've been busy this week reading through and tabbing up my new theasaurses. They are a goldmine of info and I adore them! Have used all six already! 🤓📚🤓 . How do you orangise reference books? I use multi-coloured tabs as you can see! . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #bookish #writinglife #joeypaul #readers #readersofinstagram #bookworm #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #amreading #writingresource #booknerd

Thursday, 17 January 2019

From Joey's Instagram

Today I'm answering all your questions! Giving advice and fessing up on my favourite Doctor! Check it out here: or the link in my bio! 🤓🤓🤓 . Who's your favourite sci-fi character? . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #authortube #authortuber #writingvlog #vlogger #writingtips #authortube #lovemyjob #ilovewriting #writinglife #joeypaul #smallyoutuber #readers #readersofinstagram #bookworm #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #booknerd #bookish

Questions From Readers - January 2019 [CC]

And answering all the questions from you guys! #Authortube


Wednesday, 16 January 2019

From Joey's Instagram

I have am army of pop vinyls to watch me work! Got some new ones over Christmas and birthday so thought I'd update the picture! . What's on your desk? . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #read #readers #readersofinstagram #bookworm #wriringcommunity #indiesofinstagram #writinglife #joeypaul #harrypotter #sherlock #doctorwho #marveluniverse

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

From Joey's Instagram

#TEASERTUESDAY Tara hasn't always had the ability to make friends easily. 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️👭👭 Buy here: . Who was your first friend? . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #bookish #writinglife #joeypaul #readers #readersofinstagram #bookworm #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #booknerd #bookboost #DyingThoughts1

Monday, 14 January 2019

From Joey's Instagram

So how have I aged? The left is from 2008 and the right was yesterday. I prefer my hair as it is now tho! 😂😂💇‍♀️💇‍♀️ . How's your 2019 going? . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #writingcommunity #writinglife #joeypaul #indiesofinstagram #readers #readersofinstagram #purplehair

5 Facts About My Current WIP: Cramping Chronicles: The Fifth Agony


I recently started two new books, last week I gave you five facts about Visible (found here) and this week I'm going to give you five facts about Fifth Agony. For those who are new to the blog, or just haven't seen this mentioned before, I thought it would be best to give you a bit of a synopsis about the series as a whole, even though I can't tell you serious plot things because of spoilers.

So, the basics, Cramping Chronicles is an Urban Fantasy YA series. The main character is Jessie, who's only just fifteen and disabled. She has M.E and Fibromyalgia and is in a wheelchair. Along with her chronic pain, she seems to have developed the ability to feel other people's emotional and physical pain. It's not everyone, just a few people here and there. The series tells the story of her working to solve mysteries, ease pain and maybe, somewhere along the way, get control over her ability. She's got a good group of friends in Gray, Craig, Roe and Meera. But none of them really know what empath life is about, and they're not all that sure who to trust with the truth. Because someone has to know something, right?

So the fifth book is where it's all at right now, and onwards with the facts!


Now I say this, and even as I'm writing the first third of the book, I'm beginning to wonder if five really is the end, but in plans that's the idea. So I'll stick with this fact and if I need to change it later, I'll do so. But throughout the whole series, the story has been building to something huge, and boom, we're right in the thick of it now. That huge things has come to pass and now everyone has to deal with the aftermath.

Now up until book five, they had always been told in 1st Person from Jessie's point of view. But after the events of the end of Fourth Torment, Jessie isn't the only one who has things to say. I won't say who, simply because it means spoilers, but it's been very exciting to get to write from this characters point of view and their life and everything they're dealing with.

While a lot of the details of Fifth Agony are under wraps, there are some bits and pieces hinted at earlier in the series that come to light now. Not just with Jessie, but with the whole cast. You start to wonder who hasn't been hiding things from each other and more and more you start to see the cracks in the friend group. That doesn't mean that there's going to be break ups, just that everyone has been carrying each other for a long time and there's bound to be some backlash.


Along with the build up through the series, it's become apparent that a lot of what's gone on will have a knock-on effect to the characters. Jessie has been to hell and back, as have Gray, Craig, Roe and Meera. They all started as one thing, but as the story has unfolded, they've changed. Some of it's good, some of it's not, but all of it is expected.

I've been a crime/mystery writer since I started and even though this started as a paranormal/mystery series, it evolved very quickly and became something bigger than that. I'd never thought that I would write fantasy, but as I've been writing, I've realised that's exactly what this series is. It's less paranormal and more fantastical. The stories told in each book build up higher and higher to the final ending which I have yet to write. And since I pants a lot, I'm not 100% sure on what that ending is, but I know it's gonna be amazing!

So there you have it, five facts about the final Cramping Chronicles book. As always you can check my progress under the "Current Works In Progress" tab above and I'll continue with this 5 facts series as I keep writing!

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