We Love Romance!

I’m always pleased to see the back of January, it’s not my favourite month by a long chalk, but more so this year because February brings the exciting #WeLoveRomance blogging event!

I’m delighted to be part of this event which is running from today until Valentine’s Day.  There are a fantastic group of romance writers involved who are going to be talking about all things, yes you guessed it, romantic.  Below is a list of the writers and links to their blogs.  Do check out their sites as there are lots of exciting giveaways you can enter.  In the next couple of weeks there will also be exclusive excerpts from the books, character interviews and posts on our favourite romantic books and films.

Over on Michelle Scott’s blog there is also a giveaway to win an e-copy of all the books involved.  That’ll be your reading sorted for the next month at least!

And I’ve put together my own Valentine’s inspired giveaway which consists of a book of beautifully illustrated Classic Love Poems, a copy of the short story anthology ‘Sexy Shorts for Lovers’ which includes stories from writers such as Carole Matthews, Christina Jones and yours truly, amongst others.  And finally there’s a lovely clay scented heart that will  bring the lovely aromas of oranges and cinnamon to your home.  For your chance to win, please enter here:

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And if that isn’t enough romance for you, then why not read my sweet Valentine’s Day short story, Roses are Red, here

Blog Chain

I’ve been invited by the very lovely Karen Clarke to be the next link in a writing themed chain post where I get to answer some questions on what I like doing most, writing! If you have a chance, do go back and read some of the other posts in the chain. There are some great interviews there.

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What am I currently working on?

I am just in the planning stages for my third novel with Carina UK which has a working title of ‘My Perfect Boyfriend.’   As I don’t do a lot of planning that means I’m indulging in a lot of mulling over, cogitating and staring out of the window, all in the name of research, before I actually get down to putting some words on to paper.  With a deadline looming though, I know I won’t be able to put it off for very much longer!

Today I’m working on a short story.  Since signing my contract with Carina I haven’t had as much time to work on short stories as I would have liked so it’s nice to have a bit of space between novels  to work on something a bit different.  This particular idea has been running around my head for a while now so I can’t wait to get started on it.

How does my work differ from others in its genre?

Well my first novel, ‘Desperately Seeking Heaven’ is a romantic comedy with a twist.  It has a gorgeous ghost as the hero and while it doesn’t have a conventionally happy ending, it does have what I believe is an upbeat and hopeful ending.   My second novel, ‘Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off’ has no ghosts, but does have some colourful characters who aren’t all they seem to be on first appearance.

Why do I write what I do?

I like to write the sorts of stories that I like to read; escapist, light-hearted, feel-good fiction.

How does my writing process work?

To be honest, it’s a bit hit and miss.  Like Karen, I tend to work better when I have a deadline to meet, and then I try to write 1000 words a day, hopefully before everyone comes in from work and school.  That doesn’t always happen though, so often I’ll be working into the night.  This year I’m trying to be a bit more disciplined (that means not being distracted by Facebook, Twitter and Philip and Holly) and am trying to increase my daily word count to nearer the 2000 words a day mark.

The next link in the chain is fellow Carina author Katie Oliver who will post on 20th January 2014.  Her  novel, ‘Prada and Prejudice’ has recently been released.  If you’re a fan of Jane Austen, then you’ll love Katie’s book!

New Year, New Book!

Happy New Year!   And a belated Merry Christmas and Happy Halloween whilst I’m at it!  I know I’m a rubbish blogger and haven’t put up a personal post in months but I honestly don’t know where the time has gone.

Following the release of Desperately Seeking Heaven four months ago it’s been a heady whirl of champagne parties, lunches with publishing types and intense discussions with film companies.  No, it hasn’t really, (well, only in my head!) but I have been very busy, back in the writing cave, working on my second novel which was a very different experience to writing DSH.

Desperately Seeking Heaven went through the wonderful Romantic Novelists Association, New Writer’s Scheme.  Twice in fact.  The first time as a partial when I got some wonderful feedback which gave me the encouragement to continue with the story and secondly as a full manuscript when it was recommended for a second read.  (I don’t believe this is still an option with the NWS but it meant they felt it was good enough to receive a second appraisal of the novel.)  Again I gained some valuable feedback and made some changes based upon those comments.  When I started submitting to agents and publishers I received even more suggestions about the story so by the time it landed on the editors desks at Carina UK, it had already been read by lots of people and had gone through numerous drafts.

Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off, which is released today (did I mention that!!!) was the second book in my contract and was written to a tight deadline so I didn’t have a chance to show it to anyone else and get anyone else’s opinion on it.  The first person to read the story was my lovely editor and after a couple of rounds of edits (okay, the first round was pretty heavy) the book was ready to be released!  So whilst Desperately Seeking Heaven took a good couple of years, several title changes and many drafts to see the light of day, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off, has made it in a matter of months.  And for that reason I’m just a little bit nervous that people will now be reading it…  I really hope they like it…

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Reasons why you should never, ever, read your best friend’s diary (even if it has fallen to the floor, pages open oh-so temptingly…):

– It’s morally indefensible.

– She would never trust you again.

– You probably know it all anyway…

So what harm could the tiniest peek do…? Answer: Lots! The best reason for never reading your best friend’s diary:

– You might just find out something you really didn’t want to know!

Learning her fiancé, Ed – the guy she’s supposed to marry this weekend! – is having an affair with her best friend, is a devastating bombshell for bride-to-be Anna. Confused, hurt and absolutely livid, she hops on the first train to anywhere-but-here in need of some serious soul searching.

Can she ever forgive Ed? Who is Anna ‘sans Ed’? And more importantly, should she go through with the wedding or should she just call the whole thing off?

If you think you might, like it that is, you can download it here

Guest Post – Jennie Bohnet

My first guest post of the year and I’m delighted to welcome today my friend and very talented writer, Jennie Bohnet, to talk about her writing life.  Her latest book, ‘I’m Virtually Yours’, a novella about a virtual assistant has recently been released by Carina UK.


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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself, where you’re from, how long you’ve been writing and what you do when you’re  not writing?

I’m originally from the West country and now live in rural Brittany. I’ve always written but it took years, lots of rejections and a move to France before my fiction took off. Before then I wrote non fiction pieces and life-style features for newspapers and magazines in the UK.

Where did the idea for ‘I’m Virtually Yours’ come from?  How long did it take you to write?

I belong to an online journalism forum and somebody there posted about being snowed under with work. Another member offered to be their virtual assistant and the idea grew from there. It’s a novella so not long to write – about a month I guess but then there was the editing etc and when Carina UK accepted it they wanted it lengthened by about three thousand words.

Is the book stand-alone or part of a series?

It was written as a stand alone but somebody has already asked if there will be a follow up as they liked the characters so much, so maybe…

I know that you’ve written many short stories and serials.  When writing a short story, and when writing a novel, do you use different plotting and outlining techniques?

I’ve always been what is described as a ‘panster’. Sit down with an idea, start and see where the story goes but recently I’ve tried to be a bit more of a plotter with both short stories and novels. By that I mean I now have the beginning and some sort of ending in my mind before I start. I wish I could be like some writers who plot things out chapter by chapter before they start. I just can’t write like that.

What are you currently working on?

I have another book for CarinaUK to finish and the deadline is getting scarily close. I can’t give you any details other to say that this one is set in the South of France. I’m also still working on another longer novel for Robert Hale.

What’s your writing routine?  Do you write every day?  And what’s your usual daily word count?

I find mornings are my best time to write and yes, I do try and write every day but don’t always succeed! I’m starting 2014 determined to improve my output and reach my daily target of 2000 words on a more regular basis!

What are your writing ambitions?

I’d love to be a best selling author – wouldn’t we all?

What is your favourite genre to read and write?

I write the kind of book I enjoy reading and I find contemporary woman’s fiction that deals with relationships of all sorts the most interesting to read. I prefer emotional conflict in a story as opposed to crime or gung ho conflict.

Some fun questions.  If you had to choose just one…

Pop song? Not really into pop – does anything by Michael Bublé count?

Book? Impossible to choose!

Film? Midnight in Paris.

Food? I’m going for a dessert here – Tiramisu.

Drink? Champagne.

 

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Need a virtual PA? Then Polly Jones is your girl!

Polly Jones is taken aback when a new client asks her to investigate the Robertson family business in Devon, after all, a ‘virtual assistant’ doesn’t usually leave their home office! But she needs the work – and less proximity to an endless supply of tea and biscuits can only be a good thing right? So she sets off, with energetic puppy Rosie close by her side.
Polly’s new job isn’t quite in her comfort zone… Arriving in the small fishing village where everyone knows everyone’s business, any upsides (all those yummy scones and clotted cream) of course have their downside – she’s completely forgotten to pack her sea legs, and the temptingly handsome Will Robertson is making her job difficult at every turn.
It’s so much easier to keep things strictly professional in the virtual world – but with no e-mail to hide behind Polly must admit that Will’s smile is incredibly, deliciously distracting…

To learn more about Jennie and her writing, you can find her here:

Website:    http://goo.gl/xviqQp

I’M VIRTUALLY YOURS   http://goo.gl/7dAHXy

AUTHOR FACEBOOK PAGE:  http://goo.gl/6hsfZw

Twitter:  @jenniewriter

 

 

Guest Post – Buffy Andrews

Today I’m delighted to welcome Buffy Andrews to the blog. She is an author, blogger, journalist and social media maven.

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By day, she’s a journalist, leading an award-winning staff at the York Daily Record/Sunday News (York, Pennsylvania, USA), where she is Assistant Managing Editor of Features and Niche Publications and social media coordinator.

By night, she’s an author, writing women’s fiction, young adult and middle grade.

In addition to her writing blog, Buffy’s Write Zone, she maintains a social media blog, Buffy’s World.  She is also a newspaper and magazine columnist and writes middle-grade, young adult and women’s fiction. Check out her author page.

She lives in southcentral Pennsylvania with her husband, Tom; two sons, Zach and Micah; and wheaten cairn terrier Kakita.

Buffy’s latest books: 

The Moment Keeper

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Our lives are often connected in ways we never would have imagined…

Two babies; two very different upbringings.

First there is Sarah: raised by her loving grandmother, but neglected by her own father who views her as the instrument of her mother’s death. She will lead a hard life, searching to belong and to be loved.

Then there is Olivia, surrounded by love, nurtured and adored by her parents, a golden child with a golden future.

When Sarah’s life is cut tragically short and she is assigned to record the moments of Olivia’s life as her Moment Keeper, their lives become intertwined.

Sarah is able to overcome the heartbreak of her own lost years and Olivia is able to deal with a future that isn’t nearly as golden as what she had planned – or is it?

The Christmas Violin

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Can there ever be an encore to true love?

It used to be that the only woman he could think about was Camilla. When he closed his eyes it was her that he saw. But now, he saw Willow. And it scared him and made him feel guilty. And yet he couldn’t help himself, couldn’t help feeling what he was feeling…

The last thing grief-stricken widower Peter St John expects to find at the cemetery is love. But one evening, as he lays flowers on Camilla’s grave, he is drawn to the haunting melody of a solitary violin player.
And so he encounters beautiful concert violinist Willow Channing, who has her own grief to contend with.

A second, chance meeting fuels the fire. And soon Peter knows that as one song ended, another might begin.

Other books:

The Yearbook Series: Gina and Mike

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Upcoming titles:

The Yearbook Series: Sue and Tom (coming soon)

The Lion Awakens YA (2014)

Ella’s Rain YA/crossover (2014)

Freaky Frank MG (2014)

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Five quick questions

Q. What do you do when you need to think or are stuck in your writing?

A. I run. For some reason it frees my mind and I often find that it provides the clarity and direction I need.

Q. Are you one of those people who stop writing while you know what’s coming next?

A. Absolutely. Just like Hemingway. Does it always work out? No. But it’s what I aim for.

Q. First person or third?

A. It depends. I write in both. And sometimes, as in The Yearbook Series, I write alternating POVs.

Q. Coffee or tea?

A. Coffee — a lot of it!

Q. What are you most proud of?
A. My sons and the fine young men they have become.

 

 

Guest Post – Rebecca Raisin

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas…  Today I’m thrilled to be chatting to Rebecca Raisin about her fabulous debut novella, Christmas at the Gingerbread Café, available now!

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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself, where you’re from, how long you’ve been writing and what you do when you’re  not writing?

I’m from Perth, Australia. I write most days, between wrangling my five year old twins, and attempting to keep the house in order, which constantly looks like some picked it up and shook it. I’ve been writing for five years, and more so the last year with said children at school. When I’m not writing I’m reading! Or eating. We enjoy spending time on weekends cooking food that takes hours to prepare and minutes to eat!

Where did the idea for ‘Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe’ come from?

There were a few submission calls floating around social media for Christmas stories, and an idea sprang to mind. Of course this idea fluttered through my brain at midnight, so I wrote a bunch of notes so I could sleep and started the story the next day. For the first time ever I could ‘hear’ one of the characters ‘talking’ to me, and it was quite odd! But she’s a feisty, funny southern woman, and even though she’s fictional, I love her!

How long did it take you to write?

It’s a novella, so the first draft took around a month to write, and a number of weeks to rewrite, then a few more weeks once the official edits came back.

Is the book stand-alone or part of a series?

Aha! This is the question… I have some exciting news on this front, but alas, I cannot share it as yet! I promise I’ll call back and tell you as soon as I can.

Can you describe your journey to signing a contract with Carina?

Super-fast! I submitted my Christmas story, as they had a special call for it, and a few days later I was talking on the phone to my editor, who rang and offered me a two book deal. Since then a few other exciting developments have transpired, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to work with such an amazing team, including the other Carina authors who are so supportive of one another.

What are you currently working on?

I’m working on ‘Book Two’ which is a romantic comedy set in New York. I’m half way through, and am hoping to get it finished in time for the deadline, and then move on to other projects.

What’s your writing routine?  Do you write every day?  And what’s your usual daily word count?

During the week, I get the boys organised and off to school. Then I come home and gaze at the havoc wreaked, and decide whether to A: Clean or B: Write. While I’m deciding I make coffee and then fire up the computer to write. FYI cleaning NEVER wins! But it’s nice to pretend I’m considering it. I write anywhere from 1000 to 3000 words a day.

What are your writing ambitions?

I want to be able to write full-time. To have international travel included as ‘research’ and a few other lofty ideas! But really, if I could write full-time and have people read and enjoy my work, that would be amazing. And of course, if it were paperback, all the better.

What is your favourite genre to read and write?

I love contemporary fiction, and contemporary romance, but I do read anything. And writing-wise I’ll give any genre a go for the pure sake of a challenge, but I prefer to write romantic comedy, or contemporary fiction. I do have another secret alias coming soon, and that person, writes outlandish spoof-style pulp type fiction. But it’s still secret!

Some fun questions.

If you had to choose just one…

Pop song? Is Jolene a pop song? I just love Dolly Parton!

Book? A fine Balance

Film? Dirty Dancing

Food? Dark chocolate

Drink? White wine

Thanks for having me, Jill!

My pleasure, Rebecca.  I loved reading your answers and can’t wait to read your book.

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The icing on her Christmas cake!

Christmas is the season the Gingerbread Café was made for…but owner Lily couldn’t be feeling less merry if she tried. She’s spent another year dreaming of being whisked away on a sleigh-ride for two, but she’s facing festive season alone – again. And, just to give her another reason to feel anything other than candy-cane perky, a new shop across the road has opened… Not only is it selling baked goods, but the
owner, with his seriously charming smile, has every girl in town swooning.

But Lily isn’t about to let her business crumble — the Gingerbread Café is the heart of the community, and she’s going to fight for it! This could be the Christmas that maybe, just maybe, all her dreams – even the
someone-to-decorate-the-Christmas-tree-with ones – really do come true!

Buy Christmas at the Gingerbread Café here

Find out more about Rebecca here

 

Guest Post – Kerry Barrett

Today I’m delighted to welcome fellow Carina author, Kerry Barrett, to the blog.  Kerry’s debut novel, ‘Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered’ is released tomorrow for Halloween and I can’t wait to read it! The cover is fab and the story sounds right up my street!kerry

Kerry, it’s lovely to have you here today.  Can you tell us a little bit about yourself, where you’re from, how long you’ve been writing and what you do when you’re not writing?

I’m a mum of two small boys and I live in south London, though I was born in Edinburgh.  I write for All About Soap magazine, so I spend a lot of time watching EastEnders and Emmerdale. I’ve been a journalist for about 15 years and writing for ‘myself’ almost as long, with varying degrees of success! When I’m not writing, I’m normally reading!

Where did the idea for ‘Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered’ come from?

I’ve always wished I had a bit of magic in my fingertips to help with everyday irritations – a bit like Samantha in Bewitched. But then I started to wonder about what it would be like in reality to have to live your life normally, but have a bit of witchiness to control. It wouldn’t be easy!

How long did it take you to write?

It took a loooong time! I started it back in 2005. Then I got married, made redundant, had two babies, and basically life got in the way. Eventually I finished it in 2011.

Is the book stand-alone or part of a series?

I’m writing a sequel at the moment.

Can you describe your journey to signing a contract with Carina?

I submitted to Carina on a whim and they initially said no, but then through a bit of serendipity, I ended up winning the competition for a novel to be released on Halloween. They contacted me on the day I was going on holiday to tell me I’d won, so lots of the initial excitement took place in the departure lounge at Gatwick airport!

Do you think your background as journalist helps you in writing your fiction?

Hmm, it does and it doesn’t. Obviously I’m quite confident in my basic abilities as a writer – I can string a sentence together, though creative writing is a very different kettle of fish! I’m also very good at working to deadlines. But I’m also very concise and find it hard to write to any sort of length – years spent summing up a week’s worth of Hollyoaks storylines in 400 words will do that to a girl!

What are you currently working on?

I’m writing the sequel to Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered. Esme is in it, of course, but it’s more her cousin Harry’s story and is a bit of a murder mystery.

What’s your writing routine?  Do you write every day?  And what’s your usual daily word count?

Because I work full time and I’ve got two small children, writing is a bit of a luxury for me. I have to squeeze it into whatever free time I have – which is not much! I don’t write every day but I try to write as much as I can. I carry a notebook with me and I tend to scribble in it whenever the mood takes me – mostly on the train when I commute to work.

What are your writing ambitions?

I would love to be able to write full time. Aside from that, I am an unashamedly commercial writer and because of that I don’t dream of awards or accolades, instead I’d like to see my book being advertised on the platform at Charing Cross station! I walk past those posters every day and dream that one day my novel will be up on that wall.

What is your favourite genre to read and write?

As a reader I have very eclectic tastes – I love crime novels, literary fiction, chick lit, historical fiction, horror – anything really! As a writer, Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered and the sequel are romantic comedies with a paranormal twist. I’ve also written a ghost story that’s a bit different but still has that nod to the paranormal.

Some fun questions

If you had to choose just one…

Pop song?

Feeling Good – I love both the Nina Simone version and the Muse cover.

Book?

Riders by Jilly Cooper

Film?

Dirty Dancing

Food?

I love curry.

Drink?

Diet Coke.

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Part-time witch, full-time glamorous high-flyer Esme Mcleod rubs shoulders with celebrities for a living, has a sort-of-boyfriend …and just enough magic in her fingertips to solve life’s little irritations; why shouldn’t she cast a little spell to catch the busy barman’s attention, or to summon a latte to aid her all-nighters?
Called back to her small Scottish home town and meddling family, stiletto-clad Esme is way out of her comfort zone… But Esme must embrace her abilities as a witch, or watch her family lose their beloved café.
Except Esme has never claimed to be a whizz at witchcraft, and her charms are starting to go awry – she certainly never meant to cast a love spell on her ex-boyfriend Jamie! It’s time for urgent lessons in magic as well as love – it seems there’s only so much that muttering a few words over cupcake batter will fix…

You can find out more about Kerry and her writing here:

My website is kerrybarrettwriter.wordpress.com

Twitter kerrybean73

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kerry-Barrett/173612029490710?ref=hl

Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/kerrybean1973/boards/

 

National Poetry Day

It’s National Poetry Day and this one, Atlas by U A Fanthorpe, would have to be one of my favourites.

 

Atlas by U A Fanthorpe

There is a kind of love called maintenance,
Which stores the WD40 and knows when to use it;

Which checks the insurance, and doesn’t forget
The milkman; which remembers to plant bulbs;

Which answers letters; which knows the way
The money goes, which deals with dentists

And Road Fund Tax and meeting trains,
And postcards to the lonely; which upholds

The permanently rickety elaborate
Structures of living; which is Atlas.

And maintenance is the sensible side of love,
Which knows what time and weather are doing
To my brickwork; insulates my faulty wiring;
Laughs at my dryrotten jokes; remembers
My need for gloss and grouting; which keeps
My suspect edifice upright in the air,
As Atlas did the sky.

 

Publication Day!

It’s been a long time coming, but today sees the publication of my first novel ‘Desperately Seeking Heaven!’  Woohoo!  Cue cyber champagne, chocolates and cake, whatever you’d like, really!  I’ve got it all on stand-by.  I’m very excited because I had such a fun time writing this story and it’s such a thrill to be able to share it with everybody at long last.

I’ve had my first review too from the lovely Leah at Chick Lit Reviews and News and it’s a fab one.  If you’re interested to see what she has to say then you can read about here.

So, if you like your romance with a lot of fun, a touch of magic and a sprinkling of cheesiness, then you could do worse than download your very own copy now!  (Sorry, this will be my one and only sales pitch.  Well maybe not the only one, but I promise not to go on about it too much.)  It’s downloadable from all Ebook retailers including of course Amazon.

Guest Post – Natasha Hardy

Today I’m delighted to welcome fellow Carina UK author, Natasha Hardy, to my blog. Natasha’s novel, Water, a thrilling paranormal YA adventure, is due for release on 16th August.

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Natasha Hardy began writing when the adventure of her life had turned dark and gloomy, as all adventures must at some point, if they are to be classified as a true adventure. It was in the depths of the winter of her adventure that she found a way, through writing, to escape into the sun.

Like most escapes it turned into an adventure all of its own, where characters have their own problems to solve, albeit far more complex problems involving mythical creatures that aren’t meant to exist, and expect far more than they reasonably should.

Her escapes, for there are many still to come, are sparked by the adventures she has had in the wildly beautiful South African bush, seasoned with the true stories of the explorers who make up her ancestry, and woven through with the intrigue, and sometimes sheer madness, of living in Africa.

She now spends most of her time-happily- in a world of words, and the rest trying to keep up with her part time rock star, full time doctor husband and their two gorgeously mischievous little boys.

Natasha, many thanks for dropping by!

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself, where you’re from and what you do when you’re  not writing?

I was born in Zimbabwe but moved to South Africa when I was two years old with my parents.  My twitter profile gives a glimpse – apart from being an author- is “runner, drummer, reader, dreamer, wife and mum for fun and passionate South African”

When I’m not writing I’m normally running after my two little boys and trying to keep up with my very energetic husband.  To relax I read, play the drums and spend time with friends and family.

Where did the idea for ‘Water’ come from?

When I was ten years old I went on a camping trip with my two best friends into the Injisuthi mountains.  We spent the night in a cave there and discovered these amazing pools of turquoise blue water- as clean and pure and sweet as can be.  The concept for Water was sparked from memories of this trip.

How long did it take you to write?

It has taken me three years to write Water.

Is the book stand-alone or part of a series?

It is part of a series.

Can you describe your journey to signing a contract for this your 1st novel?

I initially wrote Water as entertainment for myself, and it took my husband and my sister to push me to send it to literary agents and publishers.

Writing the query letter was really tough,  my story seemed insubstantial and odd all squashed up like that.

Then one day – I was waiting for my car tyres to be changed- I happened to come across Carina UK website.  I sent my three chapters and query letter through that afternoon and then completely forgot about them.  When they asked for the full manuscript I sent it through, and again didn’t think much else would happen and then…

An e-mail popped up in my erratically working inbox – I have a love hate relationship with my pc- from a lovely lady at Carina who wanted to chat to me over the phone.

A little squirm of excitement began only to be quenched as I struggled to get through to her. When I did finally manage to speak to her, she told me she really liked my writing and Carina wanted to sign me as an author.

I tried so hard to sound like an adult but on the inside was simply squealing with amazed delight.

The journey with Carina UK has been really awesome and every phase of the publishing process has been incredible.

What are you currently working on?

On paper -the sequel to Water.  In my head, another two or three stories, each of them fighting for attention.

What’s your writing routine?  Do you write every day?  And what’s your usual daily word count?

I try to write every day- weekends are a bit of a struggle as are school holidays.  Word count really depends on whether I have other things to do as well…groceries can be a very irritating distraction, but I suspect my family would revolt if I didn’t buy them.

What is your favourite genre to read and write?

I love beautifully written stories where the characters and their location come richly to life.

Some fun questions.

If you had to choose just one…

Pop song?

It would be a rock song “Fear” by Odium (it’s the sound track for Water too)

Book?

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Film?

Lord of the Rings

Food?

Curry

Drink?

Jack Daniels and lime.

Great answers, Natasha.  Your description of the mountains and the cave is amazing.   Here’s a brief taster of ‘Water.’

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Surrender to the power of the water…

Alex knows she is different. She’s plagued by nightmares that feel shockingly real and an intense restlessness she cannot explain. As the long hot summer holidays stretch before her, Alex seeks out adventure in the rugged mountains of Injisuthi. But during a camping trip to the mystic jade pools, Alex meets Merrick, a boy who tells her the shocking truth about herself, and Alex’s nightmare is about to become reality. Because Alex is no ordinary teenager…she is a half-mermaid and her adventures are only just beginning. –

You can find out more about Natasha and her book here:

Website:  http://www.natashahardybooks.com

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