How NOT to turn a short story into a novel

Rena George Editing your work, Writing 6 Comments

Time is something we never have enough of, but for writers those precious hours seem squeezed even more. We have families to look after, cooking, cleaning, chauffeuring children to their various out of school activities. Those of us who are grandparents often have child minding duties…and then there is the odd holiday to squeeze in, catching up with friends. Did I mention a full time job? Oh yes, and then there’s the writing…and the blogging…and the Facebook…and the Twitter…AND THE …

Fancy hanging around with a sexy, rugged detective?

Rena George Crime Fiction, Reviews 4 Comments

This post is a complete indulgence for me. I mean, how hard could it be for an author to write about a fictional character she loves – even if it isn’t one she created herself? This is how I feel about Pauline Rowson’s brilliant DI Andy Horton. Life has damaged him, and he’s been dealt more than a few rough and unfair blows, not least from the snooty ex-wife, Catherine. Andy is a tough cop with a deeply ingrained sense …

Make Writing Easy

Rena George Writing 4 Comments

I’m passionate about writing and like most authors, when given a day with nothing to do but write, it feels like a little slice of heaven. Sadly, when the real world insists on making so many demands on our time the business of writing can often feel like a luxury. So when something comes along that makes a writing day more productive and efficient, I’ll grab it with both hands. The writing tool that helps me most is my iPad. …

What’s So Great About Being An Indie Author?

Rena George eBooks, My Kindles, Publishers Payments 8 Comments

Until this week I’d been happy to self publish all my books exclusively on Amazon. And why not? It takes them into enough global markets to make me dizzy. I knew there were other stores out there where authors could market their eBooks, but I avoided them because the process just seemed too complicated and confusing. No more! For this week I made a special effort and got to grips with Kobo. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to …

Turning A Short Story Into A Novel

Rena George Serials, Writing 6 Comments

It’s a while since I penned a writing post so I thought you might like to hear about my current project. It’s a bit different from what I’m used to,  not the content of the WIP, just the fact that I have never done anything like this before. You see I’m re-writing one of my Cornish crime long short stories, and turning it into a novel. And it’s been much easier than I had imagined. The first draft is finished …

Look! It’s Me – Up On Alfie Dog

Rena George Short Story Markets, Stories 4 Comments

Happy Thursday Everyone Just dropping by quickly to say how delighted I am to have been chosen by Alfie Dog as the current featured author. Here’s the link if you’re interested in having a look. If you are not familiar with Alfie Dog, please do check it out. It’s a lovely site where short story writers can put their work up for sale – and lovers of short stories can purchase them. Now if I was really organised I would …

Poldark Review – And a FREE Cornish Novel

Rena George Cornwall, Pocket Novels, Poldark 4 Comments

It’s Cornwall 1783, and Captain Ross Poldark returns from war in America to find the world he knew is in turmoil. Mines are closing, poverty is rife, and the people are starving. To make matters worse, his father has died, his lands and mines lie derelict – and the love of his life, Elizabeth Chynoweth, is to marry his cousin, Francis. Ross’s Uncle Charles, (the late Warren Clarke) urges him to cut his loses, sell his mines, and move away. But …

#poldarkmagic – 10 Days and Counting …

Rena George Cornwall, Pocket Novels, Poldark 8 Comments

The premier of the first episode of the BBC’s new adaptation of Poldark had its press preview in Truro last night, and by all accounts… IT’S A BODICE RIPPER!! Now, as possibly one of the biggest Poldark fans of all time, I have been more than a little concerned that the newcomers might not do the great Winston Graham novels justice. But after watching the interviews with the main cast members, I’m beginning to breath more easily. The endearing thing …

When the Writing Hits a Brick Wall

Rena George Writing 10 Comments

I have discovered something about myself over recent weeks. I’ve discovered I’m not a jump in and just get on with it kind of author. I don’t know why this came as such a surprise. Everything else I have ever written has been properly planned out – except for those news stories in the old days when I was a newspaper reporter and had to dictate back fast-moving events on the spot. In a previous post I may just have …

A New Detective

Rena George Crime Fiction, Writing 4 Comments

It’s day five of 2015 – the date, in my mind at least, when the New Year really starts. …It’s the day many of us return to work. …The day we all get back into a routine. …The day my bin (at last!) gets emptied. It’s also the day I start my new crime novel, and I’m feeling pretty excited about it. For many different reasons, it’s been months since I did any serious writing and I’ve been starting to …