Sunday, December 7, 2014

A Day in The Life Of A Writer by Roberta Aarons

 December 7, 2014


OH MY BOOKNESS                                       Roberta Aarons

                                       

                                             


                                              A day in the life of A Writer



                     

                     


                                       

Writing, the actual writing, is the most exciting, exhilarating, rewarding part of the whole process of creating and presenting a book.  Challenging indeed, but the only period during the long journey when one enjoys complete control over creativity.  This is the time to allow your imagination to be free, to express what you wish in the way that you wish, to tell the story that is burning you up with its need to be told. 

It is like the filling of a sandwich – the tasty bit.  

Stage one, which is plotting, research, character development, location decisions, is like the outer layer. I work an almost office hours day, although with much overtime. This stage is marked by intense spread sheet planning as I formulate and develop ideas. I spend time on the spread sheet, which I change and change and change again and it never leaves my side.   Dates, significant events, relationships are fanatically worked out and hang above my desk. I am always aware how easy it is to marry someone off before they are born!  Both my books were challenging in that aspect.  ‘My Grandfather’s False Teeth’ covered one hundred years of social history. ‘Slippers in the Oven’ needed precise planning for both timing and geography as there were flashbacks and a sea voyage which needed to be planned in nautical miles.

Later, years later in fact, when the book is complete and you are as satisfied as you will ever be, (which is never satisfied at all) the final stage, the other outer layer, follows.  This is editing, proofing, packaging and marketing and I return again to the discipline of conventional working hours. This process is nerve wracking, can be tedious and is usually frustrating.    Much of it is out of my control but I return to a more ‘normal’ life, become socially available again with friends and family. I don’t have to remind myself to eat or exercise as it is more like a job, than the magical time of writing.

The filling is the joyous period of writingseeing blank pages gradually being covered by words, of seeing the story you have dreamt of coming to life, obeing inventive, manipulating characters and situations, painting with words. I cherish that phase, however long it takesIt is compulsive, absorbing, all-encompassing and rewarding. Above all, it is more exciting than any other part of the process. 

My days are lived differently then.

 I wake up thinking of the pages ahead of me and I go to sleep thinking of them.  My first action of the day is to check the notebook on my bedside table to see what I might have scrawled,semi-consciously, during the night. My last is to gather up the scraps of paper covered in scribbled notes which litter my home. 

When I am working on a book, I write-walk-eat, write-walk-eat, write-walk-eat from early in the morning until late at night,   While writing the first draft, I scribble notes all the time and everywhere, walking, on buses, in the supermarket, while gardening, waiting in queues and in the middle of the night.  Every room in my home, my pockets and handbag are littered with scraps of paper.  Later, if a chapter is troubling me, I take a copy with me wherever I am going and have been known to sit on a bench on a pavement, editing, changing, adding

When I am I the middle of the book, I have no planned regular routine, but routine just happens, lead by my need to move the story forward. Straight out of bed, my computer is turned on, even before the kettle. Even getting dressed is a delay, so lunchtime can still find me in my pyjamas.  I work until I can’t sit anymore.  I try to remember to take regular breaks to touch my toes or run up and down stairs but sometimes forget and hours pass as I struggle with a plot point or race to complete a particular section. 

I normally lead an active and engaged life.  I have many friends and interests. I am involved with different organisations, political, cultural, sporty.  I care about bye-elections, theatre reviews and who is winning at whatever sport is the excitement of the day. But somehow, when I am in mid-flow, all things disappear into soft focus, as if they are the unimportant background images of a movie. Worse, post remains unopened, tasks stay listed on my to-do list untouched. The freezer becomes my best friend as shopping, even for food, is an intrusion. Thank goodness for direct debit or bills would remain unpaid! 

I am very unsociable.  If I am having difficulty with a plot point or ‘lost for words,’ I cook.   Mainly large casseroles, as I find chopping vegetables relieves the tension and frustration and I can do it automatically while thinking. I have been known to solve a problem in my head, rush back to my computer, forgetting that the onions are frying in the pan!   

Sometimes unwind by taking long walks by myself along the Thames tow path, but never without my notebook. Occasionally, I dash back as a problem is solved or an idea embellished then the notebook is inadequate and I need to write it in context.

 But then one day, however many drafts later, you write ‘The End’ and you enter stage 3.  Other people become involved and it is no longer yours and yours alone. Editing, proofing andbringing the book to market come along with needs that are in direct conflict to how you have been living for the previous however many years.  It is necessary to engage with other people and include or debate their contribution. It is also the time to catch up with friends and family.

How very bizarre it all is and how noisy and demanding the world seems as you try to explain where on earth you have been.  But eventually, sometime later, you clutch a pristine copy of your new book, spread the publicity post card with details of its availability and reintroduce yourself into the normal world.  You can no longer avoid telephone calls, must answer emails and show up.    

It is even advisable to get dressed before midday as your labour of love needs you OUT THERE! 

 

Roberta Aarons December 2014

‘SLIPPERS IN THE OVEN’

‘MY GRANDFATHER’S FALSE TEETH’


 

   
    
                                 
                                      














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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Location, Location, Location! By Valerie Davisson

Location, Location, Location! by Valerie Davisson
         December 6, 2014




Hello, Fellow Book Lovers-
Brittany recently asked me how I select the locations for my novels, and after some reflection, I realized that for me, selecting the setting is half the fun - its almost another character. My physical surroundings have always had a huge effect on me, and I try to bring some of that feeling to readers. I also am drawn to locations that provide plenty of opportunities for my characters to move through the story.
For my first novel, SHATTERED: Logan Book 1, I was inspired by one of my favorite summer art fairs, the Sawdust Festival in Laguna, California. Laguna is a unique, coastal artists’ community that has retained its character. When I was divorced, broke, and a single mother, I dreamed of buying a fixer-upper in Laguna, walking on the beach in the morning, sipping hot coffee while playing chess with the old-timers on the boardwalk. In books, we get to live our dreams.
I always knew I wanted Logan to travel to a new location for each book. For her second adventure, I selected Portland, OR and the fresh, wilder area off the highway, up in the hills, between Portland and Lincoln City, Oregon. A former northwest resident, I have always loved Portland’s green, artsy, eclectic feel.  It’s a walking city, and my Go To place to let my mind and body wander aimlessly, soaking up inspiration. I try to get up there at least once a year.
 I’m already thinking of where I want Logan to go next… 
This is an old building in Forest Park, one of the settings in the new Logan 2 book being released next year.
Look for Logan 2 coming 2015


SHATTERED: Logan Book 1
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Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Reason I Write by Morwenna Holman

The Reason I Write by Morwenna Holman

          December 5,2014

 

Background:

 

Leeds based spirit-writer Morwenna Holman writes her books as a medium whilst talking to spirits, more info here.Morwenna has now published 4 books, her latest being The Calling

 

All the proceeds of her books go to Morley Cat rescue and Torre Argentine rescue.  

 

The Cat Rescue

 

Being lifelong vegan, compassion is number one on my list of admirable attributes. Animals are creatures I treat with equal respect to my fellow humans. I consider myself as no more important than anything living on this earth and out of all animals’cats have been my passion since I was 5 years of age. 

 

They are beautiful spiritual creatures with individual characters capable of deep feeling and hilarious antics. Thus my favourite cause is the non-kill charity I run called Morley Holistic Cat rescue (check us out on Facebook and give us a like please!).

 

I like to think we are a rescue with a difference as we only use holistic foods and when the animals are sick we treat the WHOLE cat and not just the problem. My background includes studying a holistic veterinary degree course and regularly updating myself with homeopathy and vitamin and supplement therapy. 

 

In the rescue we believe all cats should be given a raw whole food diet as that is the nearest to that they would choose in the wild. So we use frozen minced whole carcasses of rabbit and game (how would a cat eat a lamb or cow in the wild?) plus the wonderful supplement Pet Plus that includes all the live enzymes they would get from wild caught prey. 

 

For problems like fleas and worms we try to use natural products like brewer's yeast but actually if cats are fed healthy raw food they rarely get parasites - certainly ours do not! We also incorporate other natural remedies for problems like aloe vera for healthy gums, digestion and skin and chlorella for appetite and general condition when we find starving strays.


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My Books

 

To fund this rescue of 50 odd cats and to provide a much needed cattery to take in most of these cats who live on the streets I have been selling my books and am currently working on proofing the fifth one - Bleak Spirit about the Brontes, and especially Emily. 

 

I am a spirit writer and have been since the age of 18 so I have 10 novels which I can shake together for publishing and all the royalties will go to providing shelter for our vulnerable cats - a lot of whom have to live rough due to lack of foster homes. 

 

Some of our cats are in foster and most of them will be there long term as they are old or have specific health problems. Sadly very few of our cats are suitable for rehoming but we do have the occasional young cat. 

 

At present we have the lovely Cilla who is spayed and only 11 months old - a little playful black and white cat, nervous but very affectionate. She needs a quiet home with no young children and is friendly with dogs and male cats. But until homes come along we have to provide for these cats and it can be a very expensive outlay feeding 50 odd cats with no wage coming in. I am severely disabled and have a carer to help me with the cat work but the one thing my disability does not stop me doing is writing! I may not be able to leave the house alone but I can sit at my E book and compose stories of past lives with the help of the world of spirit. I am presently writing novel number eleven and hopefully, with Spirit's co-operation, that will continue so we can fund the charity for many years.

 

So far four of my books have been published - WesterdaleHeatonRainharrow and the latest one The Calling

 

All the books are available on Amazon and also through Waterstones and several other websites. The local Waterstones in Leeds are also stocking the books so they can be bought there over the counter but other bookshops are happy to order them. So far all the books have received very good reviews and been much enjoyed by the readers, which is very rewarding for myself.

 

I hope Morley Holistic cat rescue has a bright future as I believe the holistic way of life, which I fully embrace myself, is the way forward for health and happiness for us all - both cat and human and the fact that most of our cats do not see a vet for years proves the holistic way works!

 

Our dream is not one of a vast cattery but maybe a mobile home where the cats can live in rooms with home comforts and become used to human company so that they can go on to find forever homes and lasting happiness. With the sale of the 10books I intend to publish I feel this is more than possible and with publicity for the rescue I hope volunteers will come forward to join us and that Morley can be kept totally free of strays and abandoned cats.



 















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