The Story So Far … Little Miss Pooshoe takes her first steps

MONDAY 18th MARCH 2013

Good morning readers, I hope you all had a great weekend! It has been a bit chaotic over in Missuswolf’s StoryLand, not only have I had the pleasure ofSeventy Thousand hosting two fabulous Author’s this weekend, I managed to get the first ten chapter’s of Little Miss Pooshoe edited again and submitted to my editor, Jenny, eeeek!

So how do I feel? Well, I still feel there is so much more work that could be done on those chapter’s, but my eyes are too used to the manuscript now.  I can’t see past my unconditional love for the story, so it feels the right time for it to be viewed by a professional.

Of course I am nervous at what feedback I will receive, however I am very excited at the same time. The wheels are well and truly in motion for a dream I have had ever since I was a little girl and I can’t wait to see what I get back from Jenny. It’s all a journey of discovery, learning and improving and I want to share every step of the way with you guys.

In the meantime, I will get cracking at editing the rest of the novel in a bid to distract myself.

Love Missuswolf xxx

Cuppa and a Catch Up – An Author Interview with…Michaelene McElroy

SATURDAY 16th MARCH 2013

Cuppa and a Catch up pic

I would like to wish a warm welcome to the lovely Michaelene McElroy, author to ‘The Last Supper Catering Company’.

~Author Bio~author pic

Michaelene McElroy makes her debut as an author with The Last Supper Catering Company.  She lives on four acres in the woods on an island in the Puget Sound of Washington State where magic is ever present.

~Synopsis~

Genre: Literary Fiction/Elastic Reality

The Last Supper Catering Company is the heartwarming story of  B. Thankful Childe-Lucknow. Turned out with red corkscrew hair, one eye brown, the other green, and gifted with the power to hear the voices of the departed, B. Thankful is cast aside by the town, and lives an isolated upbringing in the woods with Big G, Little G, and Tyler Lucknow.

Tragedy, followed by the discovery of a long-forgotten paint-by-number picture of the Last Supper, thrusts B. Thankful from the safety of everything she has ever known.

Beyond the boundary of her sheltered life, B. Thankful discovers the world’s hard edges as well as its beauty.  More importantly, with the help of a cast of quirky and tenderhearted souls (both earthly and heavenly), she discovers why God made her special.

Now get snuggled with that cuppa as we catch up with Michaelene….

Hi Michaelene and welcome! It’s great to have you here.

Gemma, thank you so very much for inviting me to be your guest at Cuppa and a Catch Up.  Your lovely cup and saucer logo have inspired me to enjoy a cup of tea while I answer your questions.

bookWhere did the inspiration behind The Last Supper Catering Company come from?

The inspiration for the Last Supper Catering Company came from a piece on NPR (National Public Radio) on death row inmates and their last supper requests.   While listening, I heard a young girl’s voice, steeped in the way of the South, ask me what I would choose for my last supper.  I sat down at the computer and B. Thankful began to tell me her story.

How would you compare writing this book with anything you have previously written?

The Last Supper Catering Company is written in first person, which made the experience much more intimate.  Although I couldn’t get “into the minds” of other characters, I came to know my main character in a way I had never perceived possible, especially since B. Thankful is the personification of how the world could be.

How did you start writing? Was there a particular book or moment in your life that spurred you on?

I began writing heavily burdened poetry in high school, during the turbulent 60s – Vietnam, civil rights – to survive what I perceived as the madness of the times.  I recently came across these old poems and noticed, even then, my writing was edged with hope. 

How do you organize your writing time?

I don’t organize my writing time, and I only write when I’m joyful at the thought of sitting down and spending time with the characters that come to visit and tell me their story.  From personal experience, I find if I try and force a schedule, my writing becomes convoluted, the story manipulated by a need to accomplish a goal, as opposed to finding the truth.  I prefer an organic approach, much like gardening.  I have to tend the soil, plant the seed and give it time to germinate.  If I pluck them too soon, they may be lacking that special bloom I’m looking for.

Where is your best ‘writing space’; the place where you feel comfortably locked away from the world and able to let your creative juices flow?

I live in the woods on an island in the Puget Sound (Washington State), so I’m comfortably locked away from the hectic world of Mainland USA.  My writing space looks out over my property, which is a blessing and a curse at the same time.  I maintain the four park-like acres that I own by myself so I see what needs tending to on a daily basis.  When I’m not writing, you’ll usually find me power washing decks, building birdhouses, running behind the mower, trimming the field.  My creativity is tied to physical movement, so my characters run along by my side and we hash out their problems (and mine) as I work.  My creative juices also flow in the area of chocolate. I’m currently developing a line of chocolate and lavender confections for a local shop in town.

And finally, tell us an interesting fact about yourself that not many people know.

I’ve always wanted to be a chanteuse.

 Thank you for being here today, Michaelene.

~Where to find Michaelene~

Facebook – Michaelene McElroy-Author

Twitter 

Website  

Amazon – Kindle  

Amazon – Paperback

Barnes and Noble  – Paperback 

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Love Missuswolf xxx

The Story So Far…

MONDAY 11th MARCH 2013

Cuppa and a Catch up picHello readers – it has been a while since I did a catch up post on what has actually been happening in the writing world of Missuswolf’s StoryLand. Since launching the Cuppa and a Catch Up Author Interview feature, I have had the pleasure of hosting a variety of wonderful writers who I have connected with this past year. I now have slots free from April so if any author/aspiring author would like to be featured, please leave a comment or get in touch via my Facebook Author Page or DM me on Twitter @Missuswolf.

So what’s happening with Miss Pooshoe?

Well, Miss Pooshoe may be having a change of title to ‘Little Miss Pooshoe’ (will refer to her as LMP) and I am at the half way stages of roundSeventy Thousand one of editing. I work with a lovely lady, Kerry Richardson (read her blog here) who is a crime writer and is in the process of getting her first book edited. She has kindly put me in touch with her editor, Jenny, who contacted me back straight away and has given me loads of advice and we have arranged for her to edit my book woohoo!

Following the advice she has sent, I want to do a second round of edits on LMP before I let  my baby loose to be interrogated to see if she copes with the pressure of having words/sentences/chapters(?) tortured out of her eeek! However, I know it is for the best and will do LMP good, it will be character building for her and make her stronger and more credible.

From next week, I hope to do some serious editing as Jenny has space in April to start looking at LMP (gulp!)

In the meantime, I have been learning a lot in the Social Media world. I am a proud of member of Melissa Foster’s Amazing Support Team #GoTeamPIF, a group I joined in September and it has been the best six months of my life. I have met some fantastic people who have helped me develop as a writer as well as through my social media marketing side. I have even managed to do a Book Trailer for The Ruby of Egypt (Plug Alert – here it is again for anyone who hasn’t had it pushed down their neck http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7hRxiyq2LQ) Something I never thought I would do. I now have a clear idea of how to do a book launch and have some exciting ideas in the pipeline for when LMP is eventually released (still hoping it is before I hit the big three zero which is fast approaching – I have ten months left).

It’s all go at the moment, so I am off now to schedule a few more blog posts, catch up on my social media and squeeze a bit of editing in – all before a nine hour nightshift. Now where is that coffee pot…..

Love Missuswolf xxx

Blog Hop – The Next Big Thing

 WEDNESDAY 19th DECEMBER 2012

Well happy hump day everyone! Also a very happy birthday to my little sister today.

In the fabulous world of blogging and social media, I have been very fortunate to come across some amazing people whilst being a proud member of Melissa Foster’s Awesome Support Team #GoTeamPIF. One of the lovely members, S.I Hayes, has tagged me in a Blog Hop and I would like to thank her for requesting that I participate.

You can catch up with the S.I Hayes and the fantastic work she has done on her blog here: A Writer’s Mind, More or Less
http://shannonihayes.wix.com/sihayes#!blog/c14xx.

To find out more about S.I Hayes and her books 

Twitter @shannonihayes
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/S.I.Hayes.Author

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/author/s.i.hayes

In this particular hop I and my fellow Authors each in their perspective Blogs have answered 10 questions where you get to learn about our current WIP (Works in Progress) as well as some goodies as to our process, from characters and inspirations to photographic/ Cinematic eye candy! I hope you enjoy it!!

If this or any other items pique your interest, please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions.

QUESTION TIME

1: What is the working title of your book?

At this present in moment in time, it is called Miss Pooshoe. It is the second title I have used whilst in the draft stages; the first one was too seasonal as I had created that as I started the writing process back in January 2012. However, once I completed the first draft, the story no longer headed in the direction I first thought and therefore needed a complete overhaul of the title.

What on earth does Miss Pooshoe mean?? I hear you cry. Well, that’s the beauty of the title – it’s designed to capture and intrigue.  

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?

It actually stems from my experience of loosing a job I absolutely loved last year and being redeployed into a shift work role I had previously done. I carried a lot of anger, resentment and frustration with me at first regarding the whole situation. Rather than sinking in my misery, I tried to turn a negative into a positive and be grateful for having a permanent job in these hard times; and that the best therapy would be to channel those feelings of turmoil into a book

3: What genre does your book fall under?

It falls under the ‘Chick-Lit’ Genre; the main theme of the story is serious and topical, injected with some humour and romance that is written (hopefully) in an upbeat style.

Miss Pooshoe has taken some surprising turns on her writing  journey;  in particular a route that one of the characters (Harriet)  takes. It was a direction that even I wasn’t expecting! And how it comes about is even more bizarre, as I sat furiously typing away, my fingers flowing across the keyboard, possessed completely by the characters and their story that they want to share. hat’s when you take a step back and actually go ‘Wow! Where did that come from!’

 That’s the beauty of getting immersed with your characters and story; they  take on a life of their own and do things you don’t expect to happen! Pleasant little surprises I call them.

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

God this is a really tough question!

Character of Maggie – Kirsten Wiig
Image from Style Bistro

The main character is Maggie Bell, a 27 year old who looses her job as a successful Project Co-ordinator.  She’s blonde, bubbly,  kind of ditsy.  I tried to stick with English Actors in the main however I loved the film Bridesmaids (it even manages to crop up in the book!) and I think Kristie Wiig would be the perfect Maggie Bell and Chris O’Dowd would be a great Paul (they are not lovers in this book, just best friends.Paul is actually gay. Seth is the love interest. In my last blog post I had the yummy Chris Hemsworth to play him but this time I have opted for the lovely Tom Ellis. Although they are both gorgeous, I found that the changes i have made to Seth’s character in the editing process now suit the profile more of Mr Ellis.) 

Character of Paul – Chris O’DowdImage from Digital Spy 

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Character of Seth – Tom Ellis

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Character of Claire – Emily Blunt
Image from Filmario

Character of Harriett – Sienna Miller
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5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Riding the Rollercoaster of Recession.

There will be more but synopsis are hard to write but that’s the caption I am going for at this moment.

6: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Back in March, my intention was to edit over the summer and then send a couple of chapters to Literary Agents, dip my toe in the waters and see if I got any nibbles – then failing that, Self Publish.

However, over this last year I have downloaded a lot of Indie Author books and I have become a part of Melissa Foster’s Awesome Support Team #GoTeamPIF and this has really opened my eyes to the world of Self Publishing. Melissa’s advice is to write what you want to write, not what you think will sell. Which is in contrast to a Literary Agents perspective; they are looking for the next big seller.

Self publishing works; this experience has taught me that.  I have met hugely successful Indie Authors such as Melissa Foster , who is proof of this. I am gradually building up the confidence and the strength of my manuscript and I am going to take Miss Pooshoe down the self publishing route.

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

January and February are the hardest, most depressing months of the year.

In order to get motivated I thought; New Year, New Start – Get Writing!

I proceeded to set myself the challenge of writing the first draft of this novel over those two months. I followed my progress on my blog, naming  it Novel Project 2012. I completed just under 80,000 words in those two months, writing nearly every day aiming to write on average 2,000 words a day. It has been through one round of editing and I intend to do another round this Autumn after it has spent it’s Summer in the hands of proof readers.

I have learnt that I am a very seasonal writer and I concentrate more in the cold, dark months when I am all snug inside. I love Autumn; it always reminds me of going back to school so it has been the kick up the backside I need to start round two of editing.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I would love to compare it to Marian Keyes as I simply adore her books; they are so funny and witty with a touching or tragic backdrop that is dealt with so sensitively without loosing the humour to the story.

I am nowhere near as funny as Marian Keyes but I love her writing style; her light heartedness and chatty nature is something I aspire to with this novel and I would love it to come across even half as well as what her novels do.

9: Who or What inspired you to write this book?

The loss of a job I loved; having to experience and deal with strong, unwanted emotions spurned me on to do something about the situation. I have always loved reading and writing; often sitting in my younger years reading books such as The Famous Five or Nancy Drew,  then instantly writing my own version straight after. The urge to write was so overwhelming and that seems to be my coping mechanism in everyday life; a bit of OCD has lead me to be a List Queen. So writing what I am experiencing seemed not only a great way to clear my head, but to start this novel writing adventure I have longed to do!

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

This book is by no means a memoir, however people who know me will recognise a fair amount of  myself in the book. To give you a bit of a clue, the title is actually my nickame.

A lot of what happens to Maggie – the funny scenarios and ridiculous phrase –  have either happened to me or the words have fallen out my mouth without thinking . So it may be a little insight into my crazy little life. 

Thanks for reading!

I have tagged the below Authors, who will be joining me by blog,  for updates on WIPs and New Releases!

Sylvia Stein

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Twitter:@michellebetham

Michelle Betham

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Twitter:@sylvia_stein07

Love Missuswolf xxx

Melissa Foster’s Awesome Support Team

FRIDAY 07th SEPTEMBER 2012

Good Afternoon Ladies and Gents!

This week I joined a brand new group that was created by the lovely Author Melissa Foster,  entitled  Melissa Foster’s Awesome Support Team.

How did I come about this? Well I was merrily sat on my first rest day on Tuesday evening having a good old nose through Facebook at the goings on in people’s lives, when I stumbled across a post by Melissa Foster (Check out her website and books here). I have previously blogged about her when I read her wonderful book Megan’s Way and I follow her both on Facebook and Twitter. Melissa had posted on her Facebook page that she had an event coming up and that she was looking for bloggers to help support the effort. As I scrolled through the comments of expressions of interest, I noted that she had created this group as a result.

After a quiet summer on the blog front, I had been contemplating my next moves to get back into the swing of things. I still have my Novel Project 2012, Miss Pooshoe, simmering away beneath the surface, alongside my book reviews, but I needed other areas to blog about. Without hesitation, I swooped on in and clicked that request button, eager to be accepted as part of a new community that would no doubt expose me to an exciting new network of bloggers and writers.

Hurrah, I was accepted, welcomed with open arms and instantly became a part of the IN crowd yey!

No sooner had I joined, did I find myself volunteering to do an Author Interview on my blog as part of the event for the Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Book Awards. I was delighted and honoured when I was accepted and I now get to interview the lovely Kathleen Shoop (which will be featured on here Friday 14th September 2012). Woohoo!

I have researched her website, downloaded her book to read and have since fired my Five Questions off to her in preparation for next weeks feature, which I am so excited to blog about!

In the meantime, for all you lovely Authors out there, there is a FREE Event on Wednesday 12th September in regards to Two Approaches to Book Marketing, Hosted by Alliance For Independent Author’s Founder Orna Ross with Melissa Foster as a Special Guest. It is being held 4-5pm EST (which I think makes it about 10pm here in the UK). Well worth a look in 🙂

 

Have a lovely weekend

Love Missuswolf xxx

 

The Memory Songbook – Douglas Glenn Clark

FRIDAY 17th AUGUST 2012

Morning All, apologies for the blogging neglect I have had a busy few weeks with work/a certain other half’s 30th birthday celebrations – plus the delightful distraction of the wonderful Olympics (Gooooo Team GB!) which I am SERIOUSLY having withdrawal symptoms from! Role on the Paralympics.

It hasn’t left me much time for much reading or writing.

However, my most recent conquest is a lovely little tale from a gentleman I follow on Twitter by the name of Douglas Glenn Clark The Memory Songbook.

It is a very touching story that’s narrative flits between that of a teenager and a middle-aged man, one battling the emotions of hopes and dreams of the future, another grasping so grimly to those memories of the past – a theme which is highlighted even more so by that of the character ‘Gramps’ . It really opens your mind to how precious life really is and how fast it really does pass you by, with memories being the treasurable things we cling onto; and how devastating it is when we begin to lose those memories.

It is well written, with dialogue that easily flows and is beautifully descriptive in places. My particular favourite is ‘the mist in her eyes turned to rain’; such a simple sentence that conjures up such a vivid image.

You can purchase this little treat here for your Kindle at £2.44.

Follow the Author on Twitter, who is based in the more sunnier climes of LA @Memory_Songbook

He also has his own blog http://douglasglennclark.com/blog/

Love Missuswolf xxx

Fifty Shades Trilogy – E L James

TUESDAY 17th JULY 2012

 

Yes, I too succumbed to the hype and joined the Fifty Shades Bandwagon; partly after a couple of friends were banging (excuse the pun) on about it on our girly trip to Ibiza and partly out of a need to satisfy my curiosity from a writer’s point of view – what has driven so many women wild about this book, causing a mass media frenzy and a sell out in supermarkets?

As an aspiring Indie Author, I like to know what makes readers tick; where the market is and if anything I write remotely slots into that area. After all, I love writing and there’s no greater pleasure than others enjoying your work.

Exactly three weeks since that trip to Ibiza, I finished reading the third book, Fifty Shades Freed, early this morning.

I have mixed thoughts on the books.

Credit has to be given for the storyline – it did have me intrigued and the author very cleverly leaves it on a cliffhanger at the end of Book Two, Fifty Shades Darker, which, with my insatiable inquisitive appetite, had me parting with a couple more English pounds to download the third.

However, I did find the dialogue very repetitive, to a point of annoyance where I was wishing the author had used a thesaurus more on these words; impassive and unreadable. Also, the phrases ‘lips parted to take a breath’ ‘turned on their heels’ (which I think appeared three times in one chapter in book three) were over used and I found myself getting irritated when I read them.

Saying that, I did enjoy the way the author created a comparison between Anastasia’s inner goddess and subconscious throughout the book, I thought that was a clever little insight into Anastasia’s personality and represented the constant battle of emotions she experienced.

The Author builds up the sexual tension in the first book, Fifty Shades of Grey, to an explosive Chapter Eight, which i think was really well done, keeping the reader in almost as much suspense as Anastasia.

Plus, I really enjoyed the snippet at the end of Book Three from Christian’s point of view when he first met Anastasia, reliving the experience through his eyes. This was a wonderful idea by the Author, particularly as it opens the gate of opportunity to release a book written entirely from Christian Grey’s point of view. This I would find interesting as he is such an angry, arrogant character it would be fabulous to see how his mind works.

I think back to when I tried to read the Twilight books, I had varied feelings about them (which I am still only halfway through reading) Again, this was to establish what all the fuss was about and I do think that those books could have been written a little bit better.

I compare them in a way to The Hunger Games, having read the first book in just over a day – something I had never done before. That addiction to the story and the writing lurks in my mind. Another fabulous writer is Rosamund Lupton, with her poetic dialogue making her books a beautiful read.

I think that the Fifty Shades trilogy, although it is not badly written, also proves that if you have the right target audience, you can be hugely successful, and that the best publicity is the oldest form; word of mouth.

Talking about it at work, in the hairdressers, nodding knowingly at the lady on the Metro who is reading the same book as you as another passenger looks on intrigued, harping on at your friends whilst on holiday with them, pouring your enthusiasm into your Facebook and Twitter statuses – women are excellent promoters of products without consciously realising it.

This is something to wake up and take note of.

I have dug myself a grave here, opening myself up to future criticism – I am going to have to practice what I preach now and ensure anything I write does not become repetitive.

Despite my criticism, I did actually enjoy the books and they pleasantly surprised me – as I envisaged with all the hysteria that it wouldn’t be all it was cracked up to be (as I am finding with the Twilight Saga although I am hoping I will be proved wrong when I eventually get into Book Three).

There is a love story in there that is carried along by a mystery that does keep you reeled in. I couldn’t put the books down so that is a good sign; grammar and dialogue can be corrected but if the story ain’t there – you are a bit screwed.

And I do think every woman (and possibly man!) should read it, to experience the Fifty Shades Revolution. (Purchase here)

Take a peek at the Author’s website here.

You can also follow her on Twitter @E_L_James

I think I am with millions of you ladies here when I say that every woman would love a bit of Christian in her life.

Love Missuswolf xxx

Think Fast Die Last – H.C.Elliston

SUNDAY 15th JULY 2012

Afternoon everyone!. I am sorry I haven’t been nattering away on my blog for sometime a wee thing called work and general lifey things seemed to have stolen my precious blogging time.

That’s not to say I haven’t been reading, oh no.

I have once again been inhaling literature and I wanted to share with you a book I finished reading back on the 2nd July; Think Fast Die Last by  H.C.Elliston.

I follow this fab author on Twitter and this is how I became aware of her books. I have just recently downloaded Tick Tock Run, which I am looking forward to reading.

Back to Think Fast Die Last, this is a fast paced book that gripped me from the first page. It begins with Jenna and Dylan who have gone away for a relaxing weekend in a cabin in the woods. Just as they are settling, another couple arrive and it becomes apparent that it has been double booked.

Things start to go downhill from here.

The first few chapters had my heart racing as the action progresses, picking up pace quickly as you are sucked into the adventure. Armed men are after someone inside the cabin, but who? As the couples have to wittingly come up with plans, and fast, the course of events rapidly changes with each of them finding themselves in a battle to survive.

think-fast-die-lastI enjoyed this book, full of suspense and immersing the reader within the story, riding along with the characters.

You can download this book from Amazon here.

The author also has her own website, which you can view here. I recommend you take a peak, especially to view a video trailer for the book.

Also follow her on Twitter @HCElliston.

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

Too Much Trouble In Paradise – Michelle Betham

TUESDAY 10th APRIL 2012

All snug in bed this morning listening to that awful howling wind outside, I escaped to sunnier climates as I finished the last couple of chapters of Michelle Betham’s Too Much Trouble in Paradise.

This story follows Molly and her turbulent journey battling with her head and her heart; mixing scenes from not only Tenerife but also the North East of England which, as a fellow Geordie, I found endearing.

It is a wonderful light read, begging to be read from a sunlounger; however it is a lovely little night-time read before bed – although the cliff hanger chapters have you rebelling way past your bedtime.

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You can view her blog here – Michelle Betham Romance Author – following her journey on the character’s and scenarios she creates for her future novels.

Follow her on Twitter @michellebetham

A delight to stock up your Kindle with, especially for your summer read, available here on Amazon for £1.33.

Love Missuswolf xxx