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.

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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

 

Cuppa and a Catch-Up – An Author Interview with … Tanya Bullock

WEDNESDAY 28th MAY 2014

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I would like to wish a warm welcome to the lovely Tanya Bullock.

~Author Bio~

 Tanya Bullock is a college lecturer, writer and award-winning filmmaker. She lives in the West Midlands with her husband and two young children. She has a Tanya Picpassion for foreign culture and languages (inherited from her French mother) and, in her youth, travelled extensively throughout Australia, America, Asia and Europe. As a filmmaker, she has gained local recognition, including funding and regional television broadcast, through ITV’s First Cut scheme; two nominations for a Royal Television Society Midlands Award, and, in 2010, a Royal Television Society Award in the category of best promotional film. In 2008, she directed a short drama, Second Honeymoon, which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival. On maternity leave in 2011 and in need of a creative outlet, Tanya began to write That Special Someone, the story of a mother’s quest to help her learning-disabled daughter find love. It is her first novel.
 
~Synopsis~
 
A poignant, witty story of a mother’s quest to help her learning-disabled daughter find love. 

Jaya, 18, is growing up. To single mum Izzie’s alarm, all her learning-disabled daughter wants from life is to get married and have babies. Which creates aThat Special SomeoneWEB moral dilemma for Izzie. How she can continue to protect Jaya whilst at the same time letting her go? 

Life as the single mum of a learning-disabled daughter in a small town in the West Midlands is tough. But the boundless love between Izzie and her beautiful, sparky daughter is reward enough in itself, fuelling the energy she pours into fighting her child’s corner who ‘isn’t disabled enough’ for much professional help beyond education in a college’s Special Educational Needs department. 

With little prospect of meaningful employment or continuing education, Izzie wonders if perhaps finding Jaya a ‘suitable husband’ via an arranged marriage wouldn’t be so crazy. It’s the common tradition of Jaya’s unknown, Indian biological father, after all, and an Indian girl in her class is already betrothed. But Jaya believes her obsessive love for John, a naive young teaching assistant, is reciprocated and it’s only a matter of time before they will be married. A d
isastrous sequence of events unfold until Jaya’s teenage fixation on love and marriage turns things around in a way that nobody could have ever foreseen. 
 

Let’s grab our cuppa’s as we settle down to find out a bit more about Tanya Bullock …

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Hi Tanya and welcome!!

Where did the inspiration behind your story for ‘That Special Someone’ come from?

 It’s a book I’ve wanted to write for a while. I’ve worked in education for over fifteen years and specialise in the field of Special Educational Needs. The young people I’ve worked with over the years have the same hopes and aspirations as everyone else, but often have less opportunity to fulfil their dreams. I didn’t want to make a strong political statement about this, but thought it was an important issue to address. Also, the notion that people with learning difficulties are somehow ‘childlike’ is a misconception that I was keen to tackle. I therefore set out to write what I hoped would be quite a gritty and realistic novel, from the perspective of a young woman with learning difficulties.

How would you compare writing this story with anything you’ve previously written?

That Special SomeoneWEBI’ve never written a novel before, but writing is in my blood and I always keep a notebook and pen by my bedside! In my current job role, I write a lot of theatre and film scripts for my students. We put on at least two theatrical productions a year and I do a lot of the writing for these. I’m also a filmmaker and have written short film scripts which my film company, Pat the Bull Films, has then gone on to make. Writing a novel is very different from writing a film or theatre script. I usually write for specific performers or am asked to write about a set theme, but with That Special Someone I could write whatever came into my mind – it was a great feeling!

How do you manage your writing time?

Finding the time to write is unfortunately almost impossible for me. I work full-time and have two young children. My husband works long hours, so most of the childcare also falls to me. My husband is very supportive and, at the weekends, always makes sure I have a few hours free to write. However, over the years, my determination to write has turned me into a bit of an insomniac and I do most of my scribbling in the wee hours of the morning.

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

Being on maternity leave from work after the birth of my second child was definitely what spurred me on! Being at home with my baby and toddler was wonderful, but I really missed the creative outlet that my job provides me with. Whenever my two young children slept, I found myself picking up my laptop, or a pen and notebook and ‘escaping’ for a couple of hours. That’s really when That Special Someone began to take shape. When I went back to work, the book wasn’t quite finished, but the interest shown by my fabulous publisher, Stephanie Zia, was the encouragement I needed to get it finished. Also, I have to mention my dad, Keith Bullock, here. He’s a wonderful writer and a published author of short stories. He’s definitely inspired me to follow in his footsteps.

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?

In bed! Always!! I wrap myself in my duvet, prop myself up on pillows and I’m away!

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

Ooo…good question! Well, about fifteen years ago, me and a group of girlfriends were mistaken for The Spice Girls in the South of France. We were mobbed by a group of French schoolboys and didn’t have the heart to disappoint them, so gave them all an autograph. I think I was ‘Sporty Spice’. Is that the kind of interesting fact you were after…?

Thank you for being here today Tanya.

Thank you. It’s been lovely.

~Where to find Tanya Bullock~

  
 
 
 
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Published by Blackbird Digital Books: Press Release Page 
 
Available to buy on Amazon in paperback or Kindle format.
 
Cover designed by Darren Lewis: http://howiezogdust.wordpress.com/ 
 
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Quotes/reviews by readers:
 

1.) An enjoyable and thought-provoking read that offers insight into parenting a child with learning disability into adulthood. These very real problems, sensitively tackled by this author are given both a humourous and at times heart wrenching story. (Customer review on Amazon.com)

2.) The moving story of a young girl with learning difficulties, her journey into womanhood, and of her mother Izzie whose resilience and courage are unbending. That Special Someone touched me with its human spirit, its heart and its portrayal of a mother’s boundless love for her child. It made me laugh and it made me cry; a stunning debut novel. (Emma Rose Millar, Author Strains from an Aeolian Harp.)

Love Missuswolf xxx

 
 

Missuswolf’s StoryLand – dreams really do come true

MONDAY 7th OCTOBER 2013

After being absent for nearly four months, I now write my first ever blog post from my perfect little study. It’s a room that I have always dreamed of (well, apart from a dressie up walk in wardrobe) and finally Missuswolf’s StoryLand is a reality.

There has been good reason for my absence, although I am regretful that I have kept away so long. My Study2last blog post was dated 24th June and four days later we finally moved house! After eight years snuggled in our one bedroom flat, the other half and I managed to snag ourselves a quirky townhouse.

There was the upheaval of the move, a lovely friend’s wedding and then a fabulous holiday that we had planned prior to securing our new house. Since then, It has been project house and despite it being the smallest (and probably what may be classed by some as the ‘least important room in the house’) the study was the first room I decorated.

I finally have my desk perched in front of a window, very Carrie Bradshaw-esque, and if I lean far enough to the left, I can glimpse the sea. Perfection. Although it is painted, one wall is still to be wallpapered with a bookcase theme. A wicker chair is also required to replace the wooden one and my draping net curtain is yet to be hung. Most importantly, I am lacking the essential – a real life bookcase to house those that are currently imprisoned in my work locker, that try to make good their escape every time I open it.

A glimpse into Missuswolf's StoryLand ...

A glimpse into Missuswolf’s StoryLand …

In my mind of perfection, I wanted everything completed before making myself comfortable and writing again. Time and money, as precious as they both are, there never seems to be enough. The pictures went up this weekend and gave me the well deserved kick up the backside to sit down and write.

First steps first; catch up with my blog – hence the post.

Study3Secondly, get editing the first ten chapter’s that have returned back from my editor, Jenny. Yes – that exciting event also happened over the summer – my chick-lit novel, currently titled Little Miss Pooshoe, has returned home after her first solo trip away into the big wide world. And I am yet to get stuck into her.

The clocks go back soon and I am very much a winter home bird, therefore a bit of a seasonal writer. I feel guilty at being inside in the summer when it’s nice and sadly my writing is the first thing to be neglected.

I now have my very own Missuswolf’s StoryLand that will provide the perfect writing sanctuary to retreat to and hibernate in this winter.

Love Missuswolf xxx

Novel Project 2012 – Another milestone reached!!

SUNDAY 12th FEBRUARY 2012

Well ladies and gents, I am proud to announce that I have hit 60,000 words – yes I am now three quarters of the way through writing my first ever novel whoppeeee!

Although I must admit I was naughty and I did not contribute anything towards it yesterday, after having six days off work and then going back on a ten-hour early shift I somehow managed to just eat my tea before snoozing on the settee.

Not very productive at all tut tut.

However, it is only the third day since January 01st that I have not written anything. I have made up for it tonight despite being at work for ten hours again I have pushed through the pain barrier and achieved one of my goals!

For those who know me, there is a scene I am about to write involving the main female character getting rather drunk at a social club party and an unsuspecting males shirt.

Love Missuswolf xxx

Novel Project 2012 – The story so far ….

TUESDAY 07th FEBRUARY 2012

This afternoon, I have spent a couple of hours catching up on my Novel Project 2012.

Since I began this project on the 1st January 2012, the only days that I haven’t been able to write anything due to commitments have been the 5th and 6th of February. You would think it would be a welcome break after writing every day for over a month.

Not at all, in fact if anything, I had withdrawal symptoms!

So this afternoon, I caught up and I am now at the 55,000 word mark. I am surprising myself all the time with the directions that the story is taking.

In true geek style, I also have a spreadsheet that details what events I want to write about (all comical mishaps that have happened to me) the scenes I want to set, the characters that are involved, what main themes I want to run and character profiles.

I also have a brief summary of each chapter; describing what characters are involved and where the scene is set. This has been a useful tool so that at a glance, I can see roughly what I have covered so far on the novel. It’s also fascimating to see the journey that its taking.

Some very inspirational wise words that are keeping me going – When you write, you’re telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story (Stephen King)

This is so true; I am just as excited as my fingers type across the keyboard and I surprise myself with what I write, enjoying telling myself the story and seeing where my typing takes me.

The plan is to tell myself the full story, then put it away for a few weeks before I do as Mr King says and go back over it to take out all the things that are not  the story.

Love Missuswolf xxx

Timeless Classic Reads

THURSDAY 19th JANUARY 2012

Afternoon All!

Another of my New Years Resolutions was to expand my literature knowledge  and try to broaden the content in what types of writing styles that I read.

This has been made more accessible by My Beloved Kindle.

Thanks to the fabulous Kindle Store on Amazon, they have two Top 100 Lists; Top 100 Paid and Top 100 Free.

Not one for missing out on a freebie, I have set straight to work downloading some Classics that are now available as part of the Top 100 Free.

Amongst the Classics available is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

Having never seen any of the TV Series or the film, I wanted to experience this book and get a feel of the writing style. It is all part of my journey to  become a writer.

Although it is not what I class as an ‘easy read’ where I can easily slip away into a world of escapism.

It takes me a bit longer to get into this story, especially when I try to read on a night-shift. I find it hard as I have to somewhat concentrate more to read this than other books due to the different narrative and conversant language that is applied. But that’s the beauty of it being a classic; experiencing the writing of someone from the 1800s and how writing styles have progressed since.

Other Classics that I have downloaded for free that I intend to read this year are:

*Little Women

*Black Beauty

*Treasure Island

*The Importance of Being Ernest

*Wuthering Heights

*Adventures of Tom Sawyer

I am hoping it will aid my intellect and make me super brainy (well – one can dream!)

Love Missuswolf xxx

 

 

A. Vogel Bedtime Story Competition

SUNDAY 23rd OCTOBER 2011

A.Vogel have a competition to write a short bedtime story between 1500 and 3000 words.

I have been working on this the last couple of months. This was the one where I wrote a thousand words in a very creative half hour on a very ‘wild’ Friday night.

I have been tweaking it the last couple of weeks and I am very surprised at the direction those first thousand words have led me in; to a conclusion of a short story consisting of 2995 words that I am bit wary whether it meets the criteria of being ‘suitable’ for a bedtime story.

Unfortunately, I can’t share Good Deed Gone Bad with my Littlewolves until the competition has finished. The closing date is 28th October with winners to be announced early 2012. A nice little incentive for writing follows below:

 

 

The Prizes are:

1st = £500

2nd = £300

3rd = £100 (2 prizes)

It would be lovely to win however I certainly enjoyed writing the story and again, needed a deadline to write for.

This has been emailed off today….

Love Missuswolf xx

 

Best! – Short Story Competition

 

FRIDAY 30th SEPTEMBER 2011

The time has come! I managed to tweak the final version during a quiet spell on night shift last night. I juggled with the 1000 word limit, going over at first, then under, then at one point I hit spot on 1000. I think the final version was 998 and it is this copy that I have wrapped into an envelope; along with my four tokens that I have had to collect aswell as the entry form, and is now whizzing along to the Best! Magazine Offices.

The closing date is the 4th October and then the winner will be announced in November. Unfortunately, as much as I would love to share the story with my Littlewolves, I am unable to until the competition has finished so you will just have to wait a few weeks to read ‘Breaking The Rules’.

Love Missuswolf xx