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Friday, 30 November 2012

Why I Write



I have been asked this question numerous times in the past few years and it has only got worse now I have decided to take a year out of education to focus on my work. Most of the people who question what I do are trying to pressure me into university (even though I haven't ruled it out as an option yet). I just need a break to focus on my own goals and not piles of essays about subjects that are of no interest to me.

I have fought many battles with people who can't understand what I get out of writing or why I would want to follow a career as unpredictable as this one when I could go to uni, get a degree and settle into a normal 9/5 job, before marriage and kids. Yes, I haven't even reached 20 yet and kids have been mentioned!

I have decided to write down all the reasons of why I like to write because of a few things. First of all I am curious about what makes authors write and it is never something I have considered past the point of “it makes me happy.” Secondly I want to let everyone know why I do what I do and hopefully explain to the people doubting my choice that I know what I'm doing (well sort of, I'm still learning). Thirdly I don't want to forget why I started writing and I hope this will give me the boost I need when I am having a bad day and questions are running through my head, which I'd rather not consider.


OK so with that little rant over, here are the reasons as to why I write.

  1. Escapism – For me writing allows me to escape the real world for a period of time. I will shut myself in a room in front of my PC and in that period of time anything goes. There are no rules or limits to what I have to write or do and I love the idea of creating new world. While I am writing it also allows me to channel emotions into my characters and gives me away to express myself. I can't help but be the character while writing (acting habit) and the prospect of being whoever I want to be, even for a split second, is exciting for me.

  2. Passion – From a young age I have loved writing. I started with poetry when I was four and when I got my first poem published in an anthology at the age of 12 my passion grew, especially when I continued to get another published a few years later. My writing just got bigger, more developed and longer as I grew. I love everything about writing - well nearly, I hate editing – but besides that everything from planning, writing, promoting and cover design I would do all day. I can easily spend 12hrs straight writing and I don't regret any time spent doing it. It is one of the things I love most.

  3. Creativity – I have always been more creatively inclined. Yes I am good at academics and I could apply for top universities with the grades I get, but frankly this doesn't interest me in the slightest as I have to spread my efforts across a bigger work load to achieve what I want. I would rather be making up my own stories, pieces of art, photographs etc than studying for an exam or sitting in an office all day. The traditional subjects or 'highly' regarded subjects hold no interest for me and even though people are pressuring me to follow a job which brings status and a high income I want a creative job that will make me happy.
  1. Driven – I am driven to succeed and meet the goals I have set myself. I don't like giving up or failing at stuff I enjoy and because I am so passionate about writing it is driving me even more to continue with it. I want to be my own boss and succeed at something I love, as to me writing doesn't feel like work; I will happily get up every morning without struggle to write.

  2. Happiness – Above all when I am writing I am at my happiest. I could spend hours doing it (which I have on many occasions). If I didn't get pleasure from writing I wouldn't be doing it. I feel lucky that I have found something I enjoy so much at an early age and as long as it continues to bring me the happiness it does, I will keep at it.

I'd love to hear why other authors write as like I said before, it is never something I have considered in much detail.

~~ P.S My Book Deadly to Love is Free on Amazon on 2nd Dec AMAZON ~~

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Deadly to Love (Elemental Killers) OUT NOW!


Deadly to Love is out now on Amazon!



I have formatted it into paperback for Lulu and I will upload it here towards the end of the week after I have received and checked my paperback copy.

Deadly to Love is also available in the Kindle Owners Lending Library and I will be running a free day soon so check back frequently so you won't miss out on a free copy!

In the mean time add Deadly to Love to your Goodreads

Deadly to Love (The Elementals)


or buy it from Amazon - 
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Description

There is a love that is so dangerous, so powerful, so intoxicating that it embraces your heart and smothers your mind until it leaves you defenceless.

Serena knew that but still, it didn't stop her. His name was Kai. He was the most beautiful, irresistible man she had ever encountered. Their attraction was too compelling to fight and she knew she would go to the end of the world beside him. That is love.

However behind the allure was hidden a deadly secret – a secret that threatened her fragile life... But secrets best left unsaid never remain hidden forever. When Kai reveals his true identity, she is exposed to a frightening world she had no idea existed. Controlled by powerful Elemental forces her life is placed in mortal danger.

Unbeknown to them, their lives have been entwined from the beginning and it leads her to discover an even greater secret about who she really is. As the pieces begin to unravel and death becomes a reality, Serena is forced to decide what is more important...her love or life.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Deadly to Love (Elemental Killers) Cover Reveal!

It's finally here!
 I'm so excited to show you all the cover for my new book Deadly to Love (Elemental Killers #1).
This is the first book in a four part series (maybe more) and I have the covers for the four the books completed already.

I hope you like it.



Description

There is a love that is so dangerous, so powerful, so intoxicating that it embraces your heart and smothers your mind until it leaves you defenceless.

Serena knew that but still, it didn't stop her. His name was Kai. He was the most beautiful, irresistible man she had ever encountered. Their attraction was too compelling to fight and she knew she would go to the end of the world beside him. That is love.

However behind the allure was hidden a deadly secret – a secret that threatened her fragile life... But secrets best left unsaid never remain hidden forever. When Kai reveals his true identity, she is exposed to a frightening world she had no idea existed. Controlled by powerful Elemental forces her life is placed in mortal danger.

Unbeknown to them, their lives have been entwined from the beginning and it leads her to discover an even greater secret about who she really is. As the pieces begin to unravel and death becomes a reality, Serena is forced to decide what is more important...her love or life.




Genre: YA, Romance, Paranormal

Keep checking my blog or follow me via Facebook or Twitter for updates as I will be  revealing some extra info before the 28th.



The amazing blogs and people who are taking part!


Huge thank you to you all!

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

The Elementals

With the cover reveal of Deadly to Love (Elemental Killers) drawing ever closer and the release coming soon I thought I would give you all a sneak preview from my book that hints about what my Elementals are like!

You will have to wait though to find out what form they take, what they do, what they look like and how they act though...

The Elementals -  Beautiful, Majestic and Deadly...







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Saturday, 17 November 2012

How Many Lives Does an Author Live?

Deadly to Love Update
I have beaten my computer and finally formatted Deadly to Love! I have been putting off the task for days as  I couldn't face the coding involved but the book is now ready for release on the 29th November after one last check. There is also a cover reveal taking place on the 25th (still time if you want to take part, just contact me via my contact page).


How Many Lives Does an Author Live?

For a few years now I have felt like I have been living at least a triple life. I'm not sure what it is like for other authors but I am constantly trying to balance tasks from my separate lives. Even though I love what I do and wouldn't change it for the world when it comes to switching between identities, I feel like I have even more than James Bond!

There are three main identities that I live under:

1. Normal Me – Family Life, College, Friends etc.

2. Author – Writing, Characters, Promoting, Formatting, Blogging etc.

3. Reviewer – Reading, Reviewing, Blogging etc.

Even though these lives interlink and blend into one I feel that what I do in each is technically a separate part of me.

While I'm just me I'm talking about normal issues, getting dragged to places I don't want to be and spending time with my friends and family. This is probably my social side (well as social as I get anyway). I also have to go to college, which leaves me with a load of work and distracts me from my novels… I won't get into that right now though. This side of myself is easy to lose amongst the chaos in my head, especially when the writer in me takes over.

When I am living in my author's world, anything goes. I find it incredibly hard to switch off once I am in this place as my mind is constantly thinking about possible novels or what is going to happen next in a series. Also I prefer to blend into the background instead of being the centre of attention so I’m always observing my surroundings for things that could be good in a novel.

While I’m writing, I guess you could say I'm living my characters’ lives too as I am technically creating what happens, what they think or do. However there are other sides to this version of myself. Due to the fact I am self-published I have to do everything, so under the identity of author there is also; publicist, blogger, graphic designer, formatter (probably not the official title) and editor (although I do outsource for this too). This is probably the identity I live under most as I love all aspects of writing. However, because it's not a normal job where you'd leave for the day at 5pm, my work follows me wherever I go, which make it increasingly difficult to stop due to the ideas in my head.

Finally there is also the reviewer side of myself. When I am not writing I love relaxing with a good book and a hot chocolate. This side of me is probably the most distant though as I like to keep everything to do with reviewing separate from my work. As well as this, because I read so many books I guess you could say I am living or experiencing that character's life too as I follow them throughout the novel and get immersed in the story.

Overall I would say that authors lead hundreds of lives and it only grows with the amount of books they read and write. Sometimes it gets confusing and I find myself asking "OK who am I now?" but I wouldn't change it for anything. I enjoy every aspect of being an author and I'm only growing to become more certain that this is what I want to do. If all fails though, at least I'd have a career as a spy...



Tuesday, 13 November 2012

New Description and Title Reveal!






As mentioned before in my last post I had a last minute change of the title. I am still keeping The Elementals as the series title but the first book in the series is now going to be called...

Deadly to Love
(Elemental Killers)



I have finally finished the description as well! (although it may change slightly before release) 


Description

There is a love that is so dangerous, so powerful, so intoxicating that it embraces your heart and smothers your mind until it leaves you defenceless.

Serena knew that but still, it didn't stop her. His name was Kai. He was the most beautiful, irresistible man she had ever encountered. Their attraction was too compelling to fight and she knew she would go to the end of the world beside him. That is love.

However behind the allure was hidden a deadly secret – a secret that threatened her fragile life... But secrets best left unsaid never remain hidden forever. When Kai reveals his true identity, she is exposed to a frightening world she had no idea existed. Controlled by powerful Elemental forces her life is placed in mortal danger.

Unbeknown to them, their lives have been entwined from the beginning and it leads her to discover an even greater secret about who she really is. As the pieces begin to unravel and death becomes a reality, Serena is forced to decide what is more important...her love or life.


A cover reveal will be held on 25th November here and on some other blogs which I will link to. If you want to take part in the reveal contact me by the form on my 'contact page' and I will send you the details. The book will be released shortly after that (I will release the date at a later stage).




Thursday, 8 November 2012

New Series Update

I'm so excited for the release of the first book in my new series! The editing process is nearly complete, the covers for all four books are complete (even though I have only written 1 at the moment,  I have planned the rest) and the description is nearly finished. 

Yesterday I spent seven hours writing and re-drafting the description. I knew it was hard but I didn't think it would take so long. I mean I could have written 2 to 3 chapters in that time but it is important so even though I felt like giving up (or throwing my laptop across the room in frustration) I continued and picked it up again today. I will be posting it here as soon as it is finished so keep checking for back to find out what my new romance novel with paranormal aspects is about. 


I have also changed the title which caused me to have to change the covers but I like what I have now better.Originally I was going to call the books The Elementals, however I am now using this as the series title and not the main one. You will have to wait until the description comes out though to find out the new title is though as I'm not going to reveal it just yet =) All I am going to post about the book is:

The Elementals  - Beautiful, Majestic and Deadly

Due to be released by the end of November
 
 
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