Reading and Writing: Back To The Study

 THURSDAY 22nd JANUARY 2015

Well, there you have it.

New Year's Eve 2015 - a cosy night in with the hubby, Queen and a glass of fizz. The quietest New Year in over a decade!

New Year’s Eve 2015 – a cosy night in with the hubby, Queen and a glass of fizz. The quietest New Year in over a decade!

Another year over, another year older (I reached the anti-climax age of thirty one on the eighteenth of this month. Turning thirty is fab, but thirty one’s rather drab).

Am I wiser?? That’s always one to debate.

I suppose what I’m saying is a belated Happy New Year to you all. I hope you all enjoyed the festive season – I know we did. A chaotic Christmas day hosted at our house (nine adults, four dogs, two children and a partridge in a pear tree) followed by a nonchalant New Year. It certainly was a quiet affair for us Wilford’s; after years of hard-core partying (then last year we were both hard-core working) this year saw a rare night in – eating Chinese while watching Die Hard 2 and Queen.

With New Year come’s resolutions. The usual ‘eat more salad’ ‘hit the gym’ and ‘drink less alcohol’ (guilty of making and breaking all three just twenty two days in).

Seriously though, one resolution I always stay true to is to make sure that I never lose sight of what I love; reading and writing.

Over the past couple of years, I suppose I’ve struggled to be as regimented as I first was when I started this blog. Everyday life got in the way – we moved house, said house needed to be furnished and decorated and by the time we finished (well, got two-thirds of the way through) I got a new job and then my dad moved in for four months.

Why am I using these as excuses?

Moving house is an obvious time-thief so no explanation required.

The new job catapulted me from the lonely world of shift work to the chaotic Mon-Fri regime. Suddenly days off were no longer quiet weekdays tucked away with my laptop and books; they became noisy, chaotic weekends. The two fastest days in the week where you catch up on sleep, cleaning, shopping and most importantly PEOPLE. You get invited out to the pub/cinema/bowling alley and you go – because you can and because you now have what is called a LIFE.

However, the lonely world of shift work’s advantage to a reader, writer and blogger meant that I could do just that – focus on what I loved. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not ungrateful for the job that I now have; it’s Project Managing and I’m finally doing something I love for a day job (spread sheet heaven!). I still get to read a couple of chapters before bed – I just struggle to create precious time to write.

Why is my dad moving in an excuse? Well, the room I use for my study became his store-room. And yes, I know I could snuggle on the settee with my laptop like the good old days in the flat, but there was too much going in the house to distract me. Then Christmas came and we hosted. ’nuff said.study2

The point I’m getting at is that as I type this, I’m wistfully sat back at my desk, in my study, tucked away from the world listening to my ‘writing’ playlist all chilled out. Sure there’s piles of books surrounding me (thanks Mr & Mrs Harvey for some of those) waiting for a bookcase to love them. Oh and have you checked out Mrs Harvey’s fab blog ‘Marrvellous Things’? It’s an insightful look into a mommy’s world. Check her out here –

So what do I have planned for this year? Well, I would like to finish the historic novel that I’m ghost-writing and I think I’m going to revampDying to Sin Ruby (again!)

But for now, as ‘Once Upon a Time In The West’ glides out of my speakers, I’m going to sit back in my writing sanctuary and read a few more chapter’s of Stephen Booth’s ‘Dying to Sin’ .

Love Missuswolf xxx

 

 

Writing Process Blog Tour

WEDNESDAY 10th SEPTEMBER 2014

A fellow #GoTeamPIF member Martha Emms has tagged me to take part in the Writing Process Blog Tour. This is a blog hop where authors are asked to share their insights into the writing life.

I have to answer four questions and tag fellow authors and bloggers to take part …

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What are you working on?

I have a few writing projects on the go at the moment.

The first one is a recession based chick-lit novel, which I’m currently in the heavy editing stages of.

The second one is a Sci-Fi novel I started as part of NaNoWriMo last November. Unfortunately, I didn’t finish it as part of the challenge but it’s definitely a story that needs to be told!

The third one I’m ghost-writing a historic novel that is set during World War Two.

In between these projects I also blog on here about the books that I read and the stories that I write as well as regular author interviews on my ‘Cuppa and a Catch-up’ feature.

002-pola03How does your work differ from others of its genre?

I want to focus on the historic novel that I’m ghost writing. It’s based on a true story that is captivating. I don’t want to give too much away due to a privacy contract at this stage but this book has everything. The storyline is incredible and uplifting – it restores faith in human nature at a time when the world has been ripped apart by war. It’s factual, it follows an emotional journey of a strong, single woman raising her adoptive daughter using the world to educate her. Intrigued?? Watch this space!

Why do you write what you do?

To date, I’ve spread myself across a lot of genres so I would describe myself as a scatty writer. As above, I have numerous writing projects on-going at one time and they are all of different genres. I suppose it matches my personality. I write what I want to write. The Ruby of Egypt stemmed from a picture book I read when I was younger of a black cat in Egypt. I couldn’t get it out of my mind and Ruby’s story just had to be told.

Ruby of Egypt Cover 2013

The Sci-Fi novel came to me in a dream so vivid that I almost believe it was real. When I awoke, I knew that I had to write this story. Dreams are fickle and there’s not many that we remember, but when there’s one we simply can’t forget it just has to be shared.

My chick-lit novel was written during a bit of a low point in my life. I’d lost a job that I enjoyed doing and needed somewhere to channel my frustration. Two months into 2012 and the first draft was complete. There’s still a long journey ahead with this until I’m entirely happy with it, but it served it’s purpose as a form of therapy at the time.

The historic novel is one that I’m writing in collaboration with a relative. I’m fascinated by stories from the World Wars, in particular the roles of women and the impact that they had on society at the time. It’s very empowering. This story encompasses that and I’m proud to be a part of it.

How does your writing process work?

I blast a page as fast as I can type with the words that tumble out of my brain, with little regard for spelling or punctuation inEditing2 my first draft. I have to get the story out there – get it told. I then go back and colour in between the lines in the editing stages, making it pretty by tidying up the spelling, punctuation and grammar and also adding depth to the story and characters.

Being a bit of a daydreamer with my head in the clouds, I used to make stories up in my head as I got ready for school. The story would follow on each day  and sometimes I would write them down.

Oh yeay – and read. Read, read, read, read and read. It’s so simple, yet so effective. It’s wise to read your own work but more important to read someone elses. There’s so much to be learnt from other writers.

Now over to you Sylvia Stein and Chrissie Parker!

Sylvia Stein

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Author Sylvia Stein began her path to writing when she joined the Writer’s Group on Linked in 750 in 2012.

She continued her journey by creating short stories, which were published, in the Giant tales Anthology series.

While obtaining her Masters degree at Southern New Hampshire University online author Stein built a solid foundation with her colleagues who encouraged her to continue on her writing. That’s when Closure was born.

With the help of her editor Closure grew from a short story to a full novella that Author Stein is excited to share.

Closure is her debut book as a solo writer.   To quote author Stein,  “ This is the first of many to come.”

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Garrison James had it all. A terrific home life and a loving family. Together, he and his wife built a successful ranch and construction company. His world changed the day he lost his wife to cancer. He turned to the bottle and became a monster. Sara, his daughter, tried everything to please him.
After years of abuse, Sara’s aunt visits. She recognizes the abuse and removes Sara. The frail girl begins the delicate journey of find herself, while struggling to leave her father and the monster behind.
Despite the emotional and mental scars she carried, Sara manages to start a new life. She is finally happy.
A phone call changes everything.
Will Sara continue her new life? Can she face the monster, or will she find closure?

Chrissie Parker

Chrissie Parker Author PicChrissie lives in London with her husband and is a freelance Production Coordinator working in the TV, documentary and film industry. She is also an Author. “Integrate” a suspense Novella, is her first release. She is currently working on two suspense books due for release in 2014. One is set in Egypt and the other on the Greek Island of Zakynthos.
Chrissie is passionate about History, Archaeology and travel, and has completed two 6 months Archaeology and Egyptology course with Exeter University. She also likes to read, collect books and listen to music.
To find out more about Chrissie visit her website www.chrissieparker.com

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Elena Petrakis adores living on the Greek island of Zakynthos. When World War Two looms her way of life is threatened. Left with no choice she joins the island’s resistance to fight for what she believes in; her family, her home, and her freedom.

Decades later, thousands of miles away in the Cornish town of Newquay, Kate Fisher prepares to celebrate her twenty-first birthday, but her joy is fleeting when she learns she is adopted. Abandoning life in England, Kate flees to Zakynthos, where she is forced to acknowledge a life she has struggled to come to terms with, one that will change her future.

From the beautiful crystal turquoise seas of the Ionian Islands to the rugged shores of the Cornish coast, ‘Among the Olive Groves’ is a story of love, bravery and sacrifice.

Love Missuswolf xxx

 

Happy Third Birthday Blog!

SATURDAY 23rd AUGUST 2014

It’s three years ago today since I made myself comfortable on my corner sofa in our little flat, fired up the laptop and created Missuswolf’s StoryLand.

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We’d not long been back from a fabulous holiday in Mexico, where I’d been a bridesmaid to one of my best friends. Despite the high of that holiday, I’d come home to discover there was trouble in my parents’ paradise. That August, I was also in my third month of being redeployed into a job working shifts in a role that I didn’t want to be in.

Seventy ThousandBut it gave me the time to focus on my reading and writing, and so this blog really did become my world – my distraction. I’d always read books, usually a couple of chapter’s a night before bed. I found that I started to read a lot more and used books as a form of Ruby Competitionescapism.

It gave me the drive to self publish the paperback version of ‘The Ruby of Egypt’ in December 2011. The kindle version shortly followed in January 2012.

That year, I wrote the first draft of my novel ‘Little Miss Pooshoe’ in January and February, attended creative writing classes at the local high school (which became my Creative Writing Café feature), joined Melissa Foster’s Awesome Support Team #GoTeamPIF in the September and my nephew was born in the October. During all of this, the author interview feature ‘Cuppa and a Catch-Up’ was born. It was a hard year as my parents separation became final.

Go Team PIF2013 was a busy year – after eight years of waiting we finally managed to sell our flat and buy our house. This left little time for writing. It wasn’t for the want of trying – I did try to complete NaNoWriMo in the November however there was too much to do around the house and general day-to-day life got in the way. On a positive note, it gave me the makings of a Science Fiction novel ‘The Arm of Northumberland’ which is a longstanding WIP. It’s a story I need to tell as it all stemmed from an Cuppa and a Catch up picextremely vivid dream …

Oh – and Ruby’s book trailer was created in February 2013.

Ruby of Egypt Cover 2013The Ruby of Egypt was also revised and revamped with a new cover, courtesy of Carl Harvey.

The start of 2014 was a struggle as my working lifestyle really did get me down. Fast forward to August and I’ve got a new job, two new nieces, set up my own freelance writing business and I’m now ghost-writing a historic novel for a family member. My parents sold the family home yesterday and officially went their separate ways – which all seems so fitting now.

 

Life has a funny way of just falling into place.

Today, I had the wonderful surprise of meeting up with my grandparents (from Nottingham) whose mystery tour bus holiday they were on brought them to Gateshead.Freelance Bus Cards

The last three years have been a chapter of my life that have moulded me. There’s been difficult times but there has also been really good times. I’ve surrounded myself with other people’s stories by constantly immersing myself in books. Looking back I’m proud of the work that I’ve accomplished. Here’s to the next three years and what opportunities they may bring.

So thank you for reading and thank you Charity Rattiner for pointing me in the direction of wordpress.

This really has been Missuswolf’s StoryLand.

Love Missuswolf xxx

 

 

Missuswolf’s Makeover – Brand New Book Cover Reveal – The Ruby of Egypt

FRIDAY 18th JANUARY 2013

The moment is here!

I am so happy and proud to reveal my new book cover, created by the fabulous Carl Harvey, for my children’s book The Ruby of Egypt.

Ruby of Egypt Cover 2013

Not only has the cover had a makeover, the story has as well and is freshly back from it’s round of proof reading and edits by the lovely Dale Cassidy.

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Second Edition due out late January 2013

Love Missuswolf xxx

The Ruby of Egypt – Kindle Promotion

TUESDAY 17th APRIL 2012

Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you all had a fab weekend and the start of the week is being kind to you.

My weekend was great, despite the fact that I was working this couldn’t dampen my spirits as I spent some quality time with lovely friends and their family, as well as being delighted to discover that, on Sunday, I reached 1,000 followers on Twitter woohoo!

As a little thank you I am pleased to announce that any of you Kindle Lovers out there will be available to download my book The Ruby of Egypt for FREE from Amazon from Wednesday 18th April for one day only! (this will be from Pacific Standard Time which i thinks is 8 hours behind us so it should be avail from 8am on the 18th until 8am on the 19th – however I may be wrong – this Pacific Standard and GMT Time malarkey is not my strong point!)

So hop on over to Amazon on Wednesday 18th April to get your free copy and Happy Reading 🙂 xxx

Thanks again

Love Missuswolf xxx

A Ruby Easter – 5* Review on Amazon

MONDAY 09th APRIL 2012

Happy Easter everyone!

I know I’m a day late but I was celebrating my lovely friends wedding yesterday.

I wanted to share with you lovelies a fab 5* Review that was given to my book The Ruby of Egypt by a fellow author Jeremy P Bowen.

The Ruby of Egypt by Gemma Wilford
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, fun story!, 7 April 2012
Awww… what a great story. Not read a teen / kid book since, well, since I was one! This was recommended so gave it a go. It is so not what I would usually read, but I really enjoyed it. The story flows well from the start, the main character is immediately likeable, and it has a pace that will keep anyone, not just kids, hooked. Loved the way it brings alive Egypt, past and present – gave me an almost Poirot-style impression of the place. It had all the classic elements of a great action plot, knitted together perfectly.

Go read it. Better still, get your tweens and teens to read it too, they will love it.

So I want to say a huge thanks to Jeremy P Bowen for his wonderful review. I have recently read his book In the Shadow of Death which I also reviewed on here and I highly recommend it.For all you Kindle Lovers, it is available on Amazon for £1.94, click here. Follow him on Twitter @Ginner_B.

It’s lovely to write stories and even more wonderful when you find others enjoy them.

The Ruby of Egypt is available to buy on Amazon click here £4.99 in paperback, £2.58 for Kindle.

Love Missuswolf xxx