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Saturday, 19 January 2013

Snowed in, Day off & No Work Done

Due to the snow I got the day off college yesterday! Weirdly they let us know the day before and shut it due to severe forecasts - something that has never happened before. Not believing this would come true, I planned to write another chapter or two and get on with my work on a normal free day. However when I woke up and was greeted by everything covered in white the snow was just too good to pass up. 

Instead of writing I went for a walk around the woods near my house. Although this wasn't the best idea I've ever had as it's mostly up hill, everything did look so pretty and I felt like I was walking through Narnia or something. Due to the fact it wasn't the smartest thing, not many people had ventured out of their houses so a lot of the snow was undisturbed as well so it added to the overall beauty.

I only planned to go for a quick walk, telling myself I would get some work done when I got home, but when I decided to take what I thought was a short cut, through the middle of the woods, it turned into a very long 2 hours. I couldn't figure out where I was as everything looks a lot different in the snow and therefore more confusing. It had nothing to do with my bad sense of direction in general. It was nearly dark by the time I reached home and I felt half dead but snow days are the best. I will admit that I would prefer sun anytime but the rare snowy days are great for a change. As well as that, it's one of the nicest feelings coming home and curling up with a hot chocolate in front of the fire.

Friday, 18 January 2013

Liebster Blog Award

Thanks to Book Geek Speaks for nominating my blog in the Liebster blog award!

In order to accept and participate there are some steps to follow:

1. Tell 11 things about yourself.
2. Answer 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
3. Post 11 questions for those who will be nominated by you.
4. Nominate 11 bloggers who have less than 200 followers.
5. Get in contact with those 11 bloggers in order to inform them that you nominated them.
11 Things about me:
  1. I write mainly paranormal and romance novels and have 3 books published right now.
  2. I love the sun but being in the UK means I don't see it very often.
  3. I have a fear of heights and rollercoasters so avoid theme parks at all costs.
  4. I want to travel to as many places possible
  5. I enjoy art, photography and anything that is hands on and creative.
  6. I love reading.
  7. I review books I have read.
  8. I adore my cats.
  9. I have an over active imagination which can freak me out at times (especially when I've read or watched horror).
  10. I'm taking a year out before starting University to focus on my writing
  11. I want at least 6 books out before I start uni - only three more to go...

Questions from Book Geek Speaks
  1. What do you want to be when you grow up? - An Author
  2. What is your dream vacation? - I will go anywhere there is sun and a beach but would love to go back to the Bahamas again.
  3. What is your favorite childhood memory? - My family holiday to America (if you leave out the Disneyland part) and the Bahamas
  4. Quick! Your going to meet the Queen! (and Kate and William)- What do you wear? - A dress?
  5. What 3 people would you invite to dinner, if time, space, and all that nonsense were not a factor?
  6. Who is your hero? - Don't really have a hero but Julia Golding (author) inspired me to get into writing.
  7. Brick and mortar book store or online? Online, they may take longer to arrive but I don't like going into high town or paying the extra money...
  8. What movie are you looking forward to this year? Not sure if they are being released this year as I normally only find out a week before they are in the cinema but The Mortal Instruments and The Hungers Games 2
  9. If you could only pick one, which superhero do you want to come rescue you? - I don't really know many other than the main ones. I would probably be happy if any superhero rescued me, I mean they're superheroes.
  10. Is there a book that makes you cry when you read it? and if so, what.. - Before I die by Jenny Downham
  11. What is the nicest thing someone has done for you? - Too many to list :)

My Nominees
  1. Sonia Fogal - A Journey Through Words
  2. Jennifer Thompson - Jennifer Thompson
  3. Kacii -The Kooky Bookworm
  4. Monica Euen -Monica Euen
  5. Marni Jarman - Word to Dreams
  6. Nerdy Birdy Books
  7. Jennifer Silverwood - Silverwood Sketches
  8. Airicka Pheonix 
  9. Unorthodox Mama
  10. Carlie M. Cullen
  11. Candace Selph - Grey Wolves 
My Questions
  1. What's your favourite thing about writing/reviewing?
  2. If you could be any supernatural creature what would you be and why?
  3. Favourite leading male in a book?
  4. Do you like it when your favourite books are made into movies?
  5. Favourite genre?
  6. Paperback books or Kindle ebooks?
  7. Favourite food?
  8. Favourite author?
  9. What is the most books you've read in a week?
  10. What super power would you want and what would you do with it?
  11. Favourite season?
Feel free to leave a link to your post if you decide to participate!

Monday, 14 January 2013

Finally Back at My Blog

Hi Everyone!

Sorry about not posting anything for awhile I've been incredibly busy as my Christmas holiday finished and I'm now back to A-level revision... not something I enjoy as my writing has to take a back seat for a few months. 

Although I've been away from my blog I have done quite a few other small things for my writing  though.

  • Bookmarks and other swag have been orders or both The Elementals and The Wanderer Trilogy so keep an eye out for a giveaway soon!
  • Deadly to Love is being edited and will be back up as soon as possible (maybe 2 editions with another cover, I'm not sure yet).
  • I've started looking for agents and writing a query letter.
  • I'm up to chapter 4 in the sequel to Deadly to Love and hopefully can continue and finish it before all my major exams start.
  • The cover has been designed for The Elementals #2 #3 #4
  • And when I've needed to relax from all that I have been reading. I think this is what I've done more of the past few days as college has just tired me out as I have not been used to getting up at 6am after staying up until 1am writing.
Things to come:
  1. A giveaway
  2. The Elementals #2
  3. More articles/excerpts posted here
  4. More Updates
I will try and keep this blog as up to date as possible!
 ~ Mia ~

Saturday, 12 January 2013

The Story Behind The Flawless

The Flawless - The Second Book in 'The Wanderer Trilogy'

The Flawless – the second book in The Wanderer Trilogy.
A battle is going to arise soon; The Sheol and The Flawless will come together but only one can survive to continue their manipulation of humankind. The Wanderers have to decide whether to summon the courage to fight so they can save themselves from eternal unrest or whether they like being lost, immortal souls. Nachtmahr is upgrading his Sturmmen to create more ruthless and efficient killers due to interference from The Sheol, while Kala is becoming darker; her rage consuming her as she strives to fulfil her own personal mission...Kill Nachtmahr.

Writing the Book
OK, so this book took me a lot less time to write and there are probably a few reasons as to why this was the case.

1.     I already knew all of the characters and had plans of them in place so I only had to come up with a few minor character names (which I found easy).
2.     I knew that  wanted to write a sequel and had an idea of where the story was leading me.
3.     I planned everything from the beginning unlike with The Sheol.
4.     I knew that writing is what I want to do so I prioritized writing The Flawless over everything else.
5.     I had been through the process once so there was a lot less figuring stuff out and googling.
The process I went through to write the book was pretty much the same however it was a lot more intense and rigorous. I made sure that I wrote at least 3000 words a day and would set myself food based targets (i.e I would not eat lunch until I had written 700words). On the final day of writing the first draft I wrote for 12hours straight and did about 20,000 words as I was so keen to finish it. I must say if anyone thinks sitting at a desk for that amount of time is easy then your wrong... I felt so tired by the end of it and my brain was hurting from thinking so much but the excitement of finishing the first draft overwhelmed these feelings. 

The formatting was pretty painless as I already had the HTML codes and knew what I was doing however the cover for the paperback copies did cause me a few problems as the title wouldn't fit. I did learn a lesson (the hard way) though, which was to save all original files as when I went back to try and edit the cover I could only find a Jpeg and not the original. This led me to have to recreate the cover from scratch, even though I had no idea what I did in the first place.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

The Story Behind The Sheol

The Sheol - The First Book in 'The Wanderer Trilogy'

The Sheol is a dark supernatural/paranormal novel with an element of romance.
Being a trained killer, Kala can handle most things the world throws at her. However, when she murders her fiance, Kala's life is thrown into chaos. Forced to leave everything behind, she runs from city to city, in fear of her psychotic boss who is seeking her death for desertion. If that wasn't enough, she also has to cope with the re-appearance of her dead fiance who is struggling to keep a hold on his sanity as he strives for revenge. 

The story behind Writing The Sheol (Warning: there may be a  few spoilers contained in the following.)

It all started in 2009 during my summer holiday. I was about half way through the holiday and like most people I was slowly getting more and more bored especially as the weather wasn't that great. Because of this most of my friends and myself ended up IMing of MSN and as you can probably imagine, after a week or so, we were quickly running out of things to talk about. This is where The Sheol  started, even though it initially was never meant to become a novel.

During the lulls in conversation I opened a word document and with inspiration from a song I started writing about the clear image I had in my head of a woman wearing black and standing on the edge of a cliff while the sun set. I was writing for the fun of it and just killing time. The story slowly developed but all I knew was I wanted a strong female lead. I also had the idea of 'lost souls' from a previous short story I had written about the Battle of the Somme and this idea eventually developed into The Wanderers. I would stay up until 4am writing and talking, not realising how fast the time went by. Most of the characters I had no trouble finding a suitable name for. I looked at names with the meaning "darkness" and after throwing a few names around Kala seemed like the perfect one, after that most of the other names seemed to fall in place. All but Nachtmahr anyway. I spent three days trying to find a suitable name before finally settled on Nachtmahr meaning nightmare in German.

I had written the first six chapter before I decided I wanted to develop the story line further, so at this point I decided to create a chapter by chapter plan. Unfortunately I had run out of holiday and was now stuck with my GCSE exam prep, forcing me to swap my late nights of writing for revision. Two year later I finally was able to get back to my novel but was once again limited to how much time I could spend writing by starting college and gaining heavy work load. By this point I was fed up of not being able to finish the story so made my writing my priority. I spent 4hours minimum writing everyday after I got home and within two week had finished the novel.

I was now stuck with the task of inventing a title and editing. I tried splitting words up, rearranging certain words and using the main supernatural theme of being stuck between two worlds. I originally settled on 'Earthbound' but something told me this wasn't right so I decided to keep it simple and use the main dark supernatural force 'The Sheol' (meaning a place where the dead congregate) as the title. After this two painful months were spent editing before I shot photos for the cover. 

Eventually after three years The Sheol  was finished and ready to be put onto Amazon! 

Friday, 4 January 2013

New Design

Okay, I needed a break from writing the Deadly to Love sequel so I decided to mess around with the templates and redo the design of my blog. I was getting a bit bored of the old design and really wanted the side bars a different colour to the main posts, so even though it meant changing my whole template and then picking all the colours out again it was a nice change to writing and gave me the break I needed.

Anyway I think I've had enough distractions for one day so I'd better get back to the chapter I'm writing.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Everyone!

2012 had its ups and downs for me but overall it was a good year. By the end of it I had published three books and two separate series. Also I set up this blog, learnt about the world of blogging and writing while meeting a lot of great people along the way who have helped me in numerous ways (I can't thank you enough). Most importantly though, I have experienced what it takes to write and how much work is involved and I'm still loving every minute so I will definitely be continuing into 2013. By the end of this year I'm aiming to have another two books out in both paperback and ebook formats. 

I wish everyone happiness and the best of luck in 2013! 
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