Tuesday, 25 September 2018

From Joey's Instagram

#TEASERTUESDAY Hetti is pretty sure of this woman's guilt but yet she has no idea of what to do. 👮‍♀️👮‍♀️ Check it out here: www.books2read.com/WAM 📚 . . . #Authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #bookboost #books #igreaders #igauthors #igwriters #amreading #readersofinstagram #bookworm #yalit #reading #WalkAMile #writinglife #wriringcommunity #joeypaul #indiesofinstagram

Monday, 24 September 2018

From Joey's Instagram

And Autumn has started! You can tell from the hoodie! Got my writing jam on and glad to be getting my hair did on Thursday in time for #Darker2018! Nice and short and purple too! Back to writing! ✒✒✒💜💜💜 . . . . #Authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #indiesofinstagram #writinglife #joeypaul #booksigning #purpleisthebest #wriringcommunity

The Trials Of A Crime Writer: Info-Dumping


You've probably heard all about this right? I mean, most writers know about this, and it's a fairly common piece of advice that you hear. Exposition and info-dumping should never be done no matter who you are. You'll probably hear a lot of different people say it. You hear a lot of contradicting advice about it too because you'll read one author who does it and gets away with it, and then read another who's telling you that it is the sign of a lazy writer and therefore should never be done. It's kinda hard to work out which one to follow and which one is the industry's actual truth.

But never fear, for I am here to talk to you about it properly. I've put this under the crime writer heading because I generally find that's when information is most needed for both the characters and the reader. The majority of people don't know how crime scenes work, they don't know the ins and outs, and when you're writing a book that deals with a degree of closeness to the police or person solving the crime, you, the writer, will be doing a ton of research about it to make sure you know what you're doing. But there's the thing, while tempting to dump all that information about how DNA is found and how a fingerprint is lifted, you don't need to.

The majority of the time, the reader is reading because they like the crime genre for a wide variety of reasons, they won't be reading to get the most up to date details about fingerprints and DNA. So in that regard, as much as it sucks, you can't flood the pages with the intricate details of how it works...unless it's relevant to the story. Now I know what you're thinking, it sounds like I'm being a bit wishy-washy with it, right? How do you tell the difference between something you should share and something that's an info-dump? I have some tips for you, so hang on tight!


If the piece of information you're wanting to supply is something the story can't work without, then it's not an info-dump, it's something you need to include. You can find a way to do this without just lots and lots of exposition, but of course that's going to depend on your own writing style, the story and the piece of information itself. If you think it's something the reader could understand the story without, then you might need to cut it and let the scene stand without it. This is a good thing to check with your beta readers - if they read the scene with unanswered questions, it might be a case of needing to give them some of the background.

With the hype of CSI and other crime scene shows, a lot of things about fingerprinting, DNA, crime scenes are actually already widely known. So if you're getting to a scene where you wanna talk about something that you feel needs to be explained, ask yourself if it's something that the reader could know without your input. This kinda ties into the first question because if it's something the story works without and it's something the average reader would know, then that exposition is probably not needed. However on the flip side, if you're introducing something either not well-known or even something you've made up yourself (as I did in Walk A Mile) then you might need to explain things. But again, don't be heavy on the info, you wanna sprinkle, not dump into the scene.

This is a big thing, one of the reasons so many places tell you not to info-dump is because it messes with the pacing of the story. Think about it, if you're in a fast-paced scene, you don't wanna be stopping the action to explain things to your readers. That just ruins the scene for the reader and is a no-no. If you can provide the information needed, and you've checked with the other two points, then you need to either wait until the scene has passed, or you need to find a way to weave it in without effecting the pacing of the story. Put it this way, if this were a film and they had to pause the action for the voice over to give you details that either aren't needed, or you're already aware of, it's gonna have an effect on your enjoyment of it.

So those are my top three questions when it comes to info-dump. I find that if you can work your way through each of them, you'll have a pretty good idea about whether or not you need to include that information. Of course, your mileage may vary, but I find these work for me. Now go forth and write!

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Friday, 21 September 2018

From Joey's Instagram

And my first day off in a while and it's a #Mepo day. I've also got a port flush and a check in with my doc because of the issues over the weekend. But no writing and hopefully won't feel too bad! 😷😷😷 #Authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #writinglife #spoonie #chronicillness #brittleasthma #oxygenuser #wheelchairuser #spoonielife

Interview with Manda Mellett & Review of Rock Bottom

I am delighted to be joined on the blog today by Manda Mellett for both an interview and my review of her latst book - Rock Bottom. Here's a little about Manda:

Manda Mellett writes romance, but not your typical everyday boy meets girl stuff. Using her research and psychology background she takes flawed, real life characters and puts them into situations full of suspense where their characters gradually emerge. Expect to find nail-biting moments and be brought to tears and laughter as you turn the pages of her full-length books. 

While she writes series, each book can be picked up and read as a standalone, or the books read out of order. Manda lives in the beautiful countryside of North Essex in the UK with her husband of thirty years and two lively Irish Setters. Needless to say she enjoys walking, but time at home is normally spent reading or writing. 

Manda previously enjoy riding and had her own horse, and enjoyed time in a different saddle when she owned her own motorbike. Manda’s son lives away from home now, but her remains her best supporter. 

And onto the interview!

How long have you been writing?
The short answer is all my life. The longer answer is that although I previously attempted to write full length novels, I didn’t have the discipline required to turn them into something marketable. It wasn’t until four years ago I was lucky enough to get a contract from a publisher for a non-fiction book. Working with an editor taught me that discipline I lacked before, and how to produce a polished product.

When I’d finished the non-fiction book, I decided to turn my hand to fiction. It took me eighteen months to make my first book as good as it could be, but then I began to speed up. I now have thirteen published fiction novels and produce one every two months or so. I can only do this with an excellent team behind me; my wonderful beta readers, cover designer, formatter, editor and proofreader.

Do you write in the genre you love to read?
Yes, I do. But I do have a varied reading taste.

Do you have any favourite authors to read?
Too many to mention. Lexi Blake and Cherise Sinclair are two of my one clickers.

Are you an organised writer or not?
I’m organised in that I sit at my desk writing from about 7am to 3pm (with a break to walk my dogs at lunchtime). Even if the words don’t flow, I make myself write, and often the scenes I need to squeeze out like blood from a stone turn out to be the best.
If you’re talking about my desk I’ve got paperwork piled up and in no particular order. As long as I can find my mouse and keyboard that’s all I need. So, as a person, I’m not very organised.

One thing I do insist on though, is having a schedule. I try to turn out at least 5,000 words a day, and always have a timetable for my next release. That way I can ensure the people I rely on can deliver to the timescales I need.

Do you like editing or is it something you loathe?
I love it. I never write a plan, so the first draft of my book is just the story as it comes out of my head. Sometimes the characters take me in directions I haven’t thought of. I usually get down around 100,000 words the first time. Editing enables me to fill in the blanks and flesh out the text. After a few rounds of editing the book goes to the editor and beta readers, then I work on their suggestions. In the end I can have 130,000 words for my finished book.

Do you do character profiles? If so, why/why not?
Yes and no. I don’t sit and flesh out their characters before I start writing. By the time the idea for the book has germinated in my head, I usually have a pretty good idea of who they are and what they look like. Brief details, I’ll keep in my character spreadsheet. I know who they are when I start the book, and often they’ll develop through the story.

Who each character is, is important to me, as my plots take them on a journey. They become as real to me as any flesh and blood friend. I feel if I wrote a description of them before I started the book, they wouldn’t develop so naturally. I do try and make all my characters different, with little foibles and mannerisms unique to them, but that’s not hard as they are all individuals.

How would you describe your writing process?
Seat of the pants. I write as though I’m reading. I never know what’s going to happen next. In one book the characters decide to get piercings. Yes, they decided. Not me. Had to do a whole lot of research I wasn’t expecting. But that’s how I write, I let the characters talk to me and listen to what they’re saying.
I figure if I don’t know what’s going to come next, my readers will be surprised as well. I start with a general idea and a blank sheet of paper, then just start typing.

Do you prefer ebooks or paperbacks? Why?
I love the feel of a paperback in my hand, but find ebooks much more convenient. I like being able to alter the font size so it’s comfortable for my eyes, and being able to carry lots of books with me.

What's your favourite idea of a cozy afternoon?
Curling up with my dogs and reading a good book.

How often do you write? Do you have a schedule?
I’m lucky enough to be able to write full time. I write Monday to Friday for about seven hours. After that time I’m worn out, so I then switch to reading, research, and using social media to interact with readers and friends. In the evening I’m often doing takeovers. I work harder than I ever did in a full time job.

I don’t write at weekends and holidays as my husband is at home then. It’s hard when you’re in the middle of an intense scene and he interrupts me, even if it’s to ask whether I want a cup of tea. I’ve had times where someone’s just about to strike a killing blow, or have to evade it, when I’m forced to come to an abrupt halt. So I find it easier to take both days off to catch up on my chores.


Rock I’ve committed the ultimate crime. To repay my gambling debts, I’ve stolen from my MC. Now, I’m out in bad standing.
Cast adrift from all men I called Brother, I approach a rival MC. They let me join on the basis I share all the information about my previous club. In other words, they want me to help them take out the Satan’s Devils. What option have I got? I can’t ride alone, and no other club would take me.

Having to start from the bottom as a prospect is a shit job, but I’m just grateful they’ve given me a new home. It’s not as if I don’t know what I have to do to get my patch.

The Chaos Riders are a completely different type of club to what I’m used to. As I betray the Devils, I slowly learn their secrets. Including what they keep in the cellar.


I’m held captive. Kept chained in this filthy place which reeks of blood. I can’t remember the last time I showered or had a change of clothes, and I’m fed only enough to keep me alive. My sentence to remain here for thirty-six months until my husband is released from prison.

I’m not going to last.

They feed me twice a day and empty my disgusting bucket only once. The same unsympathetic man each time. Until, one morning, a new man appears. Do I read sympathy in his eyes? Will he help me? Or is getting his patch and becoming a member of this hateful motorcycle club more important than helping me?

My Review: 5 stars
I picked this one up and wasn't sure if I'd enjoy it. I was hooked by the end of the first page and sat down to lose myself in a excellent tale of romance, action, mystery and intrigue. I loved this book, and even though I've not read the previous ones, I felt like this one could be a standalone. The author has a way of selling you the characters and their stories that you feel pulled in and along with them. Very much enjoyed!

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Thursday, 20 September 2018

From Joey's Instagram

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018

From Joey's Instagram

And on with my words of the day! I have today and two more days after that to work and then one day off for #Mepo which is gonna be awesome! ✒✒✒ #Authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #writinglife #CrampingChronicles4

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Monday, 17 September 2018

Days Off Count & Matter - The Creative Process


I wanted to talk about this here because although I've covered mental health (found here) and talked about schedules and being organised (found here, here, and here) I've never really talked about the fact that days off matter and are an important part of the writing process. I know that as someone who is super productive it's easy for me to say that you should take days off, I know that when deadlines are looming, and it feels like you're not going to get there, there's a part of you that thinks you need to push forward and manage the crash that comes after later. And while there's a place for pushing through, you should still have planned days off. You should still be taking time to unwind and catch up on sleep, or reading, or watching that TV show you love. All of this should be part of your day off.

I also know that I'm pretty bad at taking the whole day off. Like right now, I'm writing this on a white day in my schedule, which is the colour I use for complete days off. That was poor planning on my end, but the point still stands. You're not a robot, you need down time and you need to make time for yourself. Whether you use that time to crash out and sleep in, or just to do things that aren't writing, that's completely cool and healthy. Because that's the thing I'm realising, a lot of people's worth is placed in how much they do, how much they write and how many words and chapters they get finished in any given time. And that isn't healthy.

Hell, I do it to a point when I track pages and all the like in my videos and in my writing schedule. It started as a way for me to get back into writing full time and became something where I kinda competed with myself to try and beat my last score. I do that less now, the competing I mean. I realise that I can only do what I can do, and doubling up on chapters and the like is just going to make me tired, sick and possibly mean more time off where I physically can't do anything more. And I don't want that. I don't want that for me, or for any of you reading this.

It's not a healthy outlook on life, at least not in the long-term. While there is something to be said for pushing yourself when you're up against a deadline or a wall, there's also a part where you need to realise, accept and acknowledge that maybe you need to take a break. And that's okay. That's actually what I'm gonna do with this day off when I'm done writing this blog post. I'm gonna take a break, go spend the day with family and just disconnect. It's been coming for a while and it's something I realise I need to do. Not just for my own mental health, but for my ability to write as well.

I say it like that because I've heard people talk about the creative well, and I find it to be true. You get to a point where you need to replenish what you're used, and a part of doing that is taking the time off and letting yourself relax a little bit more than usual. It doesn't have to be a long period, for me it'll be today and I'll, hopefully, be coming back to work tomorrow, but it does need to be time that you take for yourself. Now I'm not going to say you need to disconnect from social media, you get to decide how you spend your day off. I personally won't be checking in with Twitter and the like, but I will be talking with friends online and I will be doing my insta-stories because they're something that I truly do enjoy.

But I won't be worrying about scenes and chapters, word counts and numbers. I will be focused on just having the time to relax and catch up with family and all of that. Days off are important, no matter who you are. You are human and you need time to chill. That's just the way it is. Now I think I hear a book calling me, so I'll leave it here. If you have any advice about how you spend your down time, let us know in the comments!

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