Tuesday, 29 October 2013

HELLO Hook, Line and Sinker?

I was pleasantly surprised to see this link from Allison and Busby Independent Publishers featuring my short story, Green Door, as an example.

I might have the hook, but have I landed the fish? Time will tell.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

HELLO Book Signing

No, not mine. I went to my first book signing event. It was the brilliant YA author, Patrick Ness. He was one of many authors on my list of books to read. I'd gone into Waterstones to buy The Knife of Never Letting Go and found out from the website, later, that he was doing a talk about his new book: More Than This, and a signing. Wonderful.


There were lost of teens/students there as well as adults. It was great to hear an author reading from his book, though he said he didn't like to do this, or be read to. It reminded him of how is father, a preacher, would read The Hungry Caterpillar like he was reading a sermon. He read, anyhow, the first three pages of his new book.

Patrick answered questions about this and his other books including: Chaos Walking trilogy and A Monster Calls; as well talking about screen plays, and discussions about The Knife of Never Letting Go film (? watch this space!).

An hour later, we were all queuing up for our books to be signed. I think some parents saw this as great Christmas present opportunity with arms cradling all this books.

I would recommend going to such an event.

Have you been to any? I'd love to know.

Friday, 25 October 2013


Oh, yeah! It's 7 days till N0VEMBER. Yeah, in 7 days it's NaNoWriMo.

It's that time again. How it comes round so quickly. Before you know it, it'll be...I won't say it. Bah humbug!

I bailed out last year due to other commitments, but I'm hoping to be a winner again. I will be working on last years project. If you remember, I was inspired (a popular word these days) by a childhood annual.

Thick Skinned is a YA novel: Gravity Falls meets Stepford Wives. This is the short synopsis I put of the NaNo site.

Help! Nana's an alien.

Told from alternating POV, teens, Al and his friend J follow a paranoid trail of suspicious characters to the alien hub, the local department store, where they try to infiltrate the imposters.

Sci-fi. Humour.Mayhem.

PS 1/11/13

Since I wrote this post I've abandoned this story for 'When the gods come,' a YA sci-fi novel.

Look for the omen. Rain is the precursor to their return.

The rain stops and Redman watches as the huge monsterous machines emerge from the clouds. Aliens? or our future selves manipulating Transhumanism.

Now the battle will begin.

Monday, 14 October 2013

HELLO Yakety yak

I came across a newly launched website this month via Leeds library

I requested an invite and showed evidence of my writing from bookwormbitesback. It was accepted and I have uploaded Green Door on to YakTale. I will be uploading others over time.

I think it's a great idea, sharing short fiction. And with everyone these days with little time to spare, what better way to grab a bit of 'me time' than a bite to read on the mobile. Let's face it, we kind of live and breath our lives through this device.

What do you think? Why not give it a go?  Let me know if you use YakTale, either to read or write.