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Thursday, 27 December 2012

Back to Work

With Christmas over and a few days to go until new year I am back to working on the sequel to Deadly to Love. I planned on getting back to writing today and completing another chapter but that didn't happen. Instead I thought I'd ease myself back in gently, I mean I have been watching Christmas movies, eating and being around my family for the past week so didn't want to tax my brain too much. To solve this problem I decided to create the map for the new book instead as the story is going to move from Mavera to the Stacana Islands as well.

It took me a lot longer than I thought it would to complete the map as I had to try and decipher my plan (I really should make notes in full sentences so I can understand it anytime and not just when I write it). Once I'd figured out what I'd written I had to come up with a few new place names and try and figure out what should go where on the map in relation to the journey Kai, Serena and a few others are taking. Talk about not straining my brain, it ended up being harder than writing a chapter as I had to consider the whole book rather than just a section of the plan. 

Map

I have also been featured on the amazing website The Magic of Words so go check it out, there are some great reads and images on there! http://www.whenwordsbecomemagic.com/mia-hoddell.html

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Christmas Wish List

Christmas is just a few days away now so why not add one of my books to your Christmas wish list, gift it to someone else or enter my giveaway below to win all of my books?


Deadly to Love


Paperback Lulu
Also Available to borrow on Kindle Lending Library




The Sheol The Wanderer Trilogy #1)
iBooks, Kobo, Sony

Paperback - Lulu


The Flawless (The Wanderer Trilogy #2)

iBooks, Kobo, Sony 

Paperback - Lulu


Happy Holidays Everyone!

Friday, 7 December 2012

Growing in Confidence - Writing, Acting, Socializing

          
I have always struggled with confidence, ever since I was little. You know the kid who would sit quietly at the front of the class, sat in the corner at parties or struggled to talk to new people etc? Well that was me. My friends and family would tell you that I have no problem with my confidence and that I am one of the most talkative people when around them, however others who don't know me so well would probably say differently.

Flower

The truth is that I am more confident around friends and family as I feel comfortable being myself with them, I mean who doesn't. Yet in large groups I tend to sit back and observe (comes in handy when writing), therefore leading people who don't know me very well to think I am weird. There are still issues around my family though, for example no one (besides my cats) have ever heard me sing properly. For me there is like a physical wall inside my head creating a barrier and stopping me from doing certain things. I have always found starting new thing (clubs, schools, groups) hard as the prospect of having to meet new people, talk and start at the bottom when others are more knowledgeable scared the hell out of me. This problem has stopped me taking up a few things and also made me incredibly nervous about taking up a career that is so unpredictable.

When I started writing people thought I was stranger than ever. They believed it to be an anti-social job and that I was becoming more of an introvert than I already am. Maybe they are right, I have never enjoyed huge gatherings or talking to people for a long time and being in a family that did was a nightmare but I am happy in my own skin I'm learning slowly to ignore the comments that used to affect me. If I am happy with what I am doing that is all that matters right? And anyway I've found out there is a lot more 'talking' involved with writing than what people think.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Christmas Giveaway!


Usually, I don't think about Christmas this early (I'm a last minute shopper kind of person). However earlier on this weekend we had the first snowfall around where I live in the UK and everything suddenly felt very Christmassy so I have decided to run a giveaway to win all 3 of my books: The Sheol, The Flawless (The Wanderer Trilogy) and Deadly to Love (The Elementals).

As a bonus I will make sure you receive them before Christmas and may giveaway something extra if I get to 350 followers!


For a chance to win enter the raffllecopter form below...

Rules:

  • Open internationally
  • No Cheating, I will check :)
  • The winner will have 48hrs to respond to my email before a new winner is chosen.
  • Books are in mobi/epub format
Good luck everyone and Merry Christmas!

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