Tuesday, August 23, 2011
All this year, I'm keeping a video diary of everything that goes into writing my third novel, It Started With a Kiss, due to be published on 10th November. This week, I take you to one of my favourite places - and the birthplace of many of my story ideas - Bridgnorth in Shropshire.
Last week I asked for your suggestions for what you wanted to see in this week's vlog. The very lovely Suzy Turner suggested that I head off out with my camera again - so here's what happened when I did just that!
Bridgnorth can boast quite a few important inspirations for my stories. Firstly, there are two florists' shops in the town that between them were the original inspiration for Rosie's Kowalski's flower store in Fairytale of New York. Also, when I worked at a coffee shop in the town, the customers I saw inspired those of my short story blog, September's, where each story reveals the life of one of the customers or staff of the fictional September's cafe.
I'll show you the places that inspired me, give you an exclusive sneak-peek at my character planning for Book 4 - and watch out for a glimpse of Ron Howard himself from Welcome To My World!
So come on, what are you waiting for? Let's go!
p.s. This week's YouTube-nominated freeze-frame is entitled, 'Last Train from Bridgnorth'
Monday, August 15, 2011
All this year, I'm keeping a video diary of everything that goes into writing my third novel, It Started With a Kiss, due to be published on 10th November. This week, I can finally reveal the cover!!
I am so excited about it! This is the moment when my book becomes 'real' - and I can see how it's going to look on the shelves in November. Sooooo cool!!
I also show you what my page proofs look like and give you an exclusive insight into my next book, which I've just started writing! And if you missed my dream cast for It Started With a Kiss), you can find it here.
So without further ado, here is the video with all the details...
p.s. This week's YouTube nominated freeze-frame is entitled 'DUCK!'
Friday, August 5, 2011
All this year, I'm keeping a video diary of everything that goes into writing my third novel, It Started With a Kiss, due to be published on 10th November. This week, the copy edit is done, typesetting is happening and I tell you about why I decided to find an agent...
After a week of copy editing, It Started With a Kiss is now being typeset at the printers - it's very exciting! I love this part of the process because the next time I see the novel it will look like it's going to look as a printed book. It feels like quite a milestone in the creation of the book because it starts to feel real and not just a rather large Word document on my laptop!
The big news this week is that I now have an agent! It's the very lovely Hannah Ferguson from The Marsh Agency and I'm so chuffed to be working with her. It's so official that I even made it onto the agency's website - look here! In this week's vlog I'll explain why I've decided to find an agent after two years as a published writer without one.
Also in the vlog, I'll tell you about my first view of the cover design! I'll be able to share it with you very soon and I know you're going to love it! I also answer questions from Cally Taylor and Donna Cally's book, Heaven Can Wait is wonderful - definitely one to check out! And, being the cheeky scoundrel that I am, if you'd like to make sure you see It Started With a Kiss before your friends, you can pre-order it here!
Also, I mention the fantastic Romantic Novelists' Association - check them out here.
So enough of the waffle - here's this week's vlog - enjoy!
p.s This week's YouTube-nominated freeze frame is entitled 'X-Factor Auditionee'