Editors’ decisions are like buses, you wait and wait for a number 57, and then, just when you’ve given up hope, a whole string of them turn up.
This is my way of sharing my wonderful news that…
I’VE SOLD ANOTHER POCKET NOVEL TO PEOPLE’S FRIEND!!
I know. I can hardly believe it either.
The latest one ‘Trust in Me’ will be published on December 13.
Two ‘pockets’ accepted in the course of a week. Now, I’m not boasting! (Well I am, maybe just a tad) But, wow…wheeeeee! You can tell I’m pleased, can’t you?
I’m also very happy at having the Be Inspired award passed on to me. I am especially pleased that it comes from the lovely Teresa Ashby, who is bringing out a third collection of short stories on Kindle in July, “A Portrait of Louisa & Other Stories” This writer takes ordinary people, puts them into ordinary situations – and creates extraordinary stories. So thank you, Teresa.
All this leaves me with the dilemma of choosing which of the two PNs to talk about in the following questions. I’ll go with my favourite, which is the one I’ve ranted on about, above.
Here are Teresa’s questions:
What is the name of your book?
“Trust in Me”
Where did the idea for your book come from?
A solicitor’s office in Inverness. I imagined a family feud if one member was singled out above the others for a huge bequest
In what genre would you classify your book?
Family drama / Romance
If you had to pick actors to play your characters in a movie, who would you choose?
Kerra – Kelly Macdonald
Duncan – Dan Stevens
Murray – David Tennant
Give us a one-sentence synopsis of your book.
Difficult. I hate writing a synopsis, but here goes – A legacy, a business that a jealous competitor is doing his best to destroy, and a village rallying to save the day.
Do you prefer writing novels or short stories?
Novels every time. I love to immerse myself in the story and hate saying goodbye to the characters when it’s finished.
How long did it take you to write your book?
Probably just over four weeks. I don’t write quickly, but I do stick with it. I just adore writing these 50K Pocket Novels
Did you ever wonder if you’d have the work published?
No. You just know when something works, and I would have gone on banging doors until somebody got fed up enough with me to publish it.
Which authors inspire you?
The wonderful Daphne du Maurier, who gave me my love of Cornwall, the late Janie Bolitho (just read any of her books and you’ll know why) Ian Rankin, for his Rebus novels, Rosamunde Pilcher for her wonderful, descriptive writing, and the great, classic Scottish writer, Lewis Grassic Gibbon for just about everything he’s ever written. I could go on…
Tell us anything that might pique our interest in your book.
Hmm…well…och no, I’m not going to go there.
These are the 5 inspirational people I have tagged with 10 questions about their books/anthologies/stories. Their mission, should they choose to accept it, is to answer the questions below, then tag 5 more writers with 10 more questions.
1. What is your title and how did you choose?
2. What came first – location, character or plot?
3. Did you enjoy writing this book or was it hard going?
4. Do you write in sequence”
5. Are you a planner or a plotter? (Explain)
6. Did you know the end before you started?
7. Which do you prefer – writing that first draft, or editing it?
8. Could you write a sequel?
9. When you type ‘The End’ are you elated that you’ve got there, or sad, knowing how you will miss your characters?
1 Which genres do you love and hate?