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! πŸŽ₯πŸŽ₯πŸ“šπŸ“š . 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
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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! πŸ€—πŸ€—♿♿ . 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
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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! πŸ€“πŸ“šπŸ€“ . 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
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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: http://www.youtube.com/JoeyPaulOnline or the link in my bio! πŸ€“πŸ€“πŸ€“ . 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
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Questions From Readers - January 2019 [CC]


And answering all the questions from you guys! #Authortube

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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
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Tuesday, 15 January 2019

From Joey's Instagram


#TEASERTUESDAY Tara hasn't always had the ability to make friends easily. 🀦‍♀️🀦‍♀️πŸ‘­πŸ‘­ Buy here: www.books2read.com/DTFT . Who was your first friend? . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #bookish #writinglife #joeypaul #readers #readersofinstagram #bookworm #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #booknerd #bookboost #DyingThoughts1
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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! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ’‡‍♀️πŸ’‡‍♀️ . How's your 2019 going? . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #writingcommunity #writinglife #joeypaul #indiesofinstagram #readers #readersofinstagram #purplehair
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5 Facts About My Current WIP: Cramping Chronicles: The Fifth Agony


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!

#1 - FIVE IS THE END

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.

#2 - JESSIE ISN'T THE ONLY ONE TALKING
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.

#3 - THERE'S MORE SECRETS TO UNFOLD
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.

#4 - NO ONE ENDS COMPLETELY AS THEY STARTED

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.

#5 - THERE'S ALWAYS A LITTLE MYSTERY
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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Sunday, 13 January 2019

From Joey's Instagram


And it's Sunday! A day of rest and a day to save spoons and energy! I have to write today but I am going to take it easy and exercise some self-care. πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ’œπŸ’œ . What's you go-to self-care task? . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #writinglife #joeypaul #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #readers #readersofinstagram #selfcare #spoonie #chronicillness #brittleasthma #spoonielife #wheelchairuser #oxygenuser #chronicpain
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Saturday, 12 January 2019

From Joey's Instagram


I feel like this is an amazing piece of advice! Read lots it'll help you become a better writer! πŸ“šπŸ“š . What are you reading right now? I'm re-reading an old favourite series that recently had two new books released! . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #bookish #writinglife #joeypaul #readers #readersofinstagram #bookworm #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #booknerd #amreading #writingadvice
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Friday, 11 January 2019

Interview with Tony Millington & Review of Unsilent Grief


I am delighted to be welcoming Tony Millington to the blog today for both an interview and review of his book - Unsilent Grief. Here's a little about Tony:

Tony was born in Warrington Cheshire in 1967, but moved to Rutland in 1981 with his family. Attending Uppingham Community College, Rutland sixth form and later attending Stamford College. 

He has done various jobs, including a lifeguard, white van man, and temp work but working at RAF Wyton as a civil servant for the MOD for many years was his most loved career sadly ending in redundancy due to all the cuts to the civil service. He married his wife in 1996 and his son was born a year later. They live in Cambridgeshire UK. with two mad cats. His son attending University at present. 

Tony has always wanted to write a book and this is his first, deciding he really needed to do it as he had time on his hands. His second book is with his publisher now. And he is working on book 3.

And onto the interview!

 How long have you been writing?
I have been writing, book wise, for about 2 -3 years. The first ideas which would become the basis for Unsilent Grief were in my mind for a couple of months before I put anything down on paper. Unsilent Grief took about a year from start to finish. My second book, Friends Close Enemies Closer (at publisher at time of writing) took about 9 months.  Previously I had written a little in the early 1990’s providing the local newspaper with sports reports, from the cricket team I has playing for Barrowden and Wakerly, and the Uppingham and District Pool League  which I was secretary of.

Do you write in the genre you love to read?
Yes. Always have loved TV crime programmes from C.S.I , Criminal Minds, Morse and many more. I followed that into my reading and writing

Do you have any favourite authors to read?
I started reading about 25 years ago with a book from Alan Folsom, The Day After Tomorrow. From there I read a lot of James Patterson especially the Alex Cross series. I have all the James Childs Reacher books.  Others I have really enjoyed are Tony Forder, Ross Greenwood, Tara Lyons, Malcolm Hollingdrake, KA Richardson and David McCaffrey.

Are you an organised writer or not?
Not really.

Do you like editing or is it something you loathe?
I don’t mind editing. My spelling lets me down so editing as I am writing is ok. Plus ideas come into my head as I am editing and I can add bits to the story as I am going along without a complete re-write of a section.

What's your favourite social media? And why?
Facebook.  Since starting writing I have been in contact and spoken to some great authors, bloggers and readers.  Each with the own story to tell, and extremely helpful in providing useful information for new and up and coming authors.  

Do you do character profiles? If so, why/why not?
I have just started doing this. I am writing my third book in the Watson and Monteith series so keeping a note of things which the characters have done in the first two books is becoming a necessity. Also It allows me to bring back some characters who have previously appeared in those books and may have unfinished business.

How would you describe your writing process?
I am defiantly a pantser. Most of the time, I never know what I am going to write when I sit down at my laptop. As other authors have said they let the characters tell the story. I have woken up with two characters having a conversation in my head. I put it straight onto my laptop and fitted it into the book when I felt it was needed.


Nobody owns life

A man is murdered in a pub carpark.
DS Watson and Monteith are finding it difficult to catch a killer.
Three more bodies are found.
The two detectives are on a roller-coaster ride to find out if they are all connected and why.
The Unsilent Grief of one man spirals into murder and mayhem.
  
My Review: 4 stars
I picked this up as an interesting twist on crime novels. The author was a new one to me, and I was pretty much pulled into the story from the first page. The idea itself, that one man in his grief could cause so much death and destruction appealed to me. However, the lack of research - UK officers having weapons for a start - pulled me out of the story. I very much enjoyed the book and the story told, and read it in one sitting. I look forward to seeing more from this author. A solid four star read.

You can follow Tony on Facebook.

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From Joey's Instagram


So I thought I would show you another part of my desk since I managed to get it all organised! I have one spot of my room left to do and that's happening today! πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€— . What's your writing space like? . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #writing #writinglife #joeypaul #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #readers #readersofinstagram #bookworm
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Thursday, 10 January 2019

From Joey's Instagram


And it's that time of the month where I talk about what's been going on in my life and all I've managed in the past month. And reviewing my goals! ✒✒✒ Watch here: http://www.youtube.com/JoeyPaulOnline or the link in my bio! . What's your goal for today? . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #igreaders #authortube #lovemyjob #ilovewriting #igwriters #igauthors #writingtips #authortuber #writinglife #joeypaul #smallyoutuber #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #booknerd #bookworm
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Life Of Joey & Bi-Monthly Goals - January 2019 [CC]


All about my life in the past month and what I've been up to! #Authortube

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Wednesday, 9 January 2019

From Joey's Instagram


So I've been clearing out and tidying up my desk and office. And it's almost done! It seems #MissViolet approves as she now has space to curl up while I work! 😸😸😸 . Do you have any pets? . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #catsofinstagram #kitty #snuggles #bookish #writinglife #joeypaul #readers #readersofinstagram #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #booknerd #bookworm #amreading
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Tuesday, 8 January 2019

From Joey's Instagram


#TEASERTUESDAY Lynne wants to believe it's a mistake because the only other option is so much worse! πŸ˜±πŸ˜±πŸ‘©‍πŸ”¬πŸ‘©‍πŸ”¬ Buy here: www.books2read.com/LANH . What's your favourite genre? . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #readers #readersofinstagram #bookworm #amreading #bookish #bookboost #booknerd #yalit #joeypaul #writinglife
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Monday, 7 January 2019

From Joey's Instagram


Two of my birthday presents! I am looking forward to digging into this thesaurus and using all the valuable information inside! I also now have the golden trio in funko pops! πŸ€—πŸ€—✒✒ . What's your newest resource? πŸ“šπŸ“š . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #bookish #writinglife #joeypaul #readers #readersofinstagram #bookworm #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #booknerd #bookworm #amreading
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5 Facts About My Current WIP: Visible


5 FACTS ABOUT MY CURRENT WIP: VISIBLE

Unless you've been on Mars, you'll be aware that I recently finished the second book in the Invisible series and because of that I decided to do another piece about 5 facts about my current WIP which is the third in the series: Visible.

For those unaware, the Invisible series is a sci-fi/dystopian series set in the UK. There are nine segments and one central hub. In each segment, kids go to school until they're eighteen or so and then they sit the Exit Exam, where it's decided if they're able to go to a job or need to be put in Further Training. The results usually are skewed so that any child with a disability ends up in FT, and are rarely heard from again.

Zya is seventeen, in South-West, and disabled. She's getting ready to sit the EE when there's a terrorist attack. Bombs fall from the sky and within them are a virus that spreads through the air. Anyone over the age of 35 is killed, and anyone not already disabled in some way develops a condition they'd previously tested negative for. Zya is one of the main points of view in the book while Jonah is the other.

Jonah is also seventeen, from North-West. He's completely abled, but his segment is also hit with that same attack resulting in him and his friends developing a wide array of conditions. The only hope for both segments is to appeal to the hub, but it's completely silent on the matter. Other segments don't respond to distress calls, and instead the two have to find their way out of this hell.

So there we have the synopsis, the third book obviously has a lot of facts that I can't share because of spoilers. You can find the five facts about Translucent here.

#1 - JONAH'S SECRET IS OUT
While I can't tell you what secret it is, I can tell you that he's got no choice but to be open about it. His reasoning for keeping quiet were bold and brave, but sometimes you have to lay it all out and hope your friends will understand. Even if you wish you didn't have to.

#2 - ROMANCE IS HAPPENING

When writing this series I already planned for some romance, I just didn't know for sure between which characters. At the end of Translucent, I was pretty sure about where it was going and as I write Visible, I can tell you that it's definitely happening!

#3 - ZYA'S STRENGTH IS SHOWING

During Translucent, Zya was forced into a leadership role. On top of that she had her own secret to hide, but she couldn't and wouldn't share it with her friends. Now that she's still in that leadership role and questions are being asked, she's coming out stronger as she demands what's best for her and her people.

#4 - THE TRUTH ABOUT THE SEGMENTS BECOMES CLEARER
There was a big spoiler that dropped in the second book. I can't talk about it, obviously, but I can tell you that the more I write and the more I plot it out in my head, the clearer the truth is becoming. People may have thought they knew everything, but until the end, you won't know for sure.

#5 - SOME LOSSES ARE EASIER

I won't say who, or when, or how, but there are times when some people are easier to lose than others. The truth about everyone is coming out in Visible and those who were allies may soon be enemies as they all fight for their right to survive.

And there we have it, my five facts about one of my current works in progress. I'll think about doing some new ones along the way, but for now that's all you'll get from me! Happy writing and reading!


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Sunday, 6 January 2019

From Joey's Instagram


And it's my birthday! I got lots of amazing presents but love the new noticeboard all pretty and updated! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽπŸŽ . What's your favourite kind of present? . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #bookish #writinglife #joeypaul #readers #readersofinstagram #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #booknerd #birthday
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Saturday, 5 January 2019

From Joey's Instagram


And it's my first day off of the year! I'm reading a good book and chatting with a good friend! Self care is important! πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ“šπŸ“š . What's your idea of a good day off? . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #amreading #readersofinstagram #bookworm #bookish #writinglife #joeypaul #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #booknerd #bookgeek
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Friday, 4 January 2019

From Joey's Instagram


And today I've had a long day writing my chapter before a day off tomorrow! I'm planning to do a vlog for #authortube but I was glad to reach the end of this chapter! ✒ . What's been the thing you're looking forward to after work today? πŸ“šπŸ“š . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #bookworm #booknerd #bookaddict #bookish #writinglife #joeypaul #readers #readersofinstagram #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #reading
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Interview with Helen Vivenne Fletcher


I am delighted to be welcoming Helen Vivienne Fletcher to the blog for an interview. First, here's a little bit about Helen:

Helen discovered her passion for writing for young people while working as a youth support worker, and now helps children find their own passion for storytelling by teaching creative writing classes. 

She is the author of four e-picture books for children, and one young adult novel, and has also had success with writing spoken word poetry, short stories and plays. Overall Helen just loves telling stories, and is always excited when people want to hear or read them. You can find more about Helen at www.helenvfletcher.com

And onto the interview!

How long have you been writing?
I've always made up stories, but I struggled to learn to write as a child. I think I first said "I want to be a writer" when I was about seven and had a teacher who helped me break through the problems I was having with the mechanics of writing. When I realised the stories I told myself could exist outside my head, and that other people might want to read them, it was a really exciting thing. I cycled through other jobs and career options in the time since, but writing was something I always came back to.

Do you write in the genre you love to read?
I write in a number or different genres, and I read widely too. I'm moving into writing fantasy now, and I'm very excited, as that was what I loved to read as a kid and teen.

What's your idea of a perfect writing day?
I love writing at the local library. My favourite thing is to meet up with some friends for a "writing date". We sit in different areas of the library, write for an hour or two, then meet up afterwards for a coffee or brunch. Writing can be lonely at times, and I find this a nice way to make it social while still getting the work done.

Do you like editing or is it something you loathe?
I like editing, but only when the time is right. I find I need to leave a while between drafts. If I start editing too early, I can see the problems in my manuscript but can't figure out how to fix them, and it makes me doubt whether there's anything worth saving. When I give it some time after the first draft, it's like my subconscious has done the work in the background and figured out all the hard bits for me. Then, editing becomes an enjoyable process of carving back the bad writing and exposing the real story.

Do you do character profiles? If so, why/why not?
Yes. I'm much more of a plot writer than a character writer, so if I'm not careful I have lots of action but not much substance to the people in my stories. I know this is my flaw, so at the start of a new piece, I need to spend time thinking and writing about the characters to make sure they behave like real human beings.

How would you describe your writing process?
My process involves a lot of writing sprints, to get the first draft out, then a slow process of editing. I'm a big fan of letting the problems in a manuscript unravel while I'm doing the dishes, out walking my dog, or in the bath. It's also possible some of that is procrastination, but either way it seems to work!

Do you prefer ebooks or paperbacks? Why?
I always used to prefer paperbacks, but lately I've discovered the joys of ebooks. I love being able to read off my phone on the bus, and I've found when I'm tired, reading at night with the lights off and the screen dimmed right down is the perfect way to drop off to sleep.

How do you plan a book launch?
I've done different things for each of my launches - ranging from a twelve hour online party to a more traditional launch in a bookshop. It just depends on what I think is going to work best for that particular book. My latest one (tomorrow as I write this) is for a children's book, and it's a shared launch with one of my students. Because we're both launching children's books, we've turned it into a mini festival for children with lots of competitions, games and activities. I think it's going to be a lot of fun.

What's your favourite idea of a cozy afternoon?
Curled up on the couch with a good series to watch, some good snacks, and my dog asleep on my lap. She's a labrador, so way too big to be a lap dog, but she doesn't know that and she likes to be a my personal blanket.

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Thursday, 3 January 2019

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And it's Thursday so a new video! Today I'm talking about killing characters and all that goes with it! 😱😱☠☠ Find it here: http://www.youtube.com/JoeyPaulOnline or the link in my bio! . What's you favourite way to kill a character? . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #readers #readersofinstagram #bookworm #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #writinglife #joeypaul #smallyoutuber #authortube #lovemyjob #ilovewriting #igwriters #igauthors #writingtips #authortuber
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Wednesday, 2 January 2019

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My second chapter of the year and the kitties are keeping me comfy. A #MissPenne in my lap and a #MissViolet on the desk. A happy life! 😸😸😸 . What's your year starting like? ✒ . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #igreaders #igauthors #igwriters #booksinprogress #writinglife #joeypaul #indiesofinstagram #writingcommunity #wheelchairuser #cats #catsofinstagram #kitty #snuggles #pastacats
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Tuesday, 1 January 2019

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#TEASERTUESDAY Tara has been through a lot and it still has lingering effects on her. 😨😨😨 Buy here: www.books2read.com/DTSC . Happy 2019 everyone!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ . . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #igreaders #igauthors #igwriters #DyingThoughts6 #dyingthoughts #bookboost #bookworm #amreading #readersofinstagram #yalit #reading #writinglife #joeypaul #bookcommunity #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram
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