Monday, March 23, 2015

Highlights of March!

It's Spring, although with snow still covering most of the ground and the frigid wind chills it feels anything but,  I'm so ready for the sunshine, longer days and warmer temps, aren't you?

March has been a really busy month with book two in the editor's hands it doesn't mean I get to take a break. I have been reading, studying and coming up with a draft for book three tentatively called Children of Annwn : The Power of the Gilgamesh???

WHAT do you think?

After sitting for the T.V interview in February, we had to shoot more film from one of the book group sessions to add to the background. The magazine segment will be aired in April, and I will share the link if it is not a complete disaster. The lovely Tiffany was so patient, and I hope we gave her enough to play around with. I'm not sure, I will ever feel comfortable in front of a camera but maybe with more practice?

I am actively pursuing getting my books into local libraries and will be following up with personal visits to chat about the story and why it should be accessible to everyone. I did receive wonderful news from my old local library who are happy to receive my book, which will be available very soon in Rhydypennau Library in Cardiff, Wales. I am also working on arranging at least on book signing for my visit in May, if I can get it booked in time.

Some feedback from the two local book groups. It was a brilliant experience, even if I was rather nervous as to how my FIRST EVER BOOK would be received by my peers. I was nervous and I think the groups were too, BUT I need honest feedback to get better . I hope that even if there is something a reader doesn't like about my work, there is something they like. I am more than happy for anyone to review my book, but hopefully in a constructive way  because my heart and soul has been poured into this, and you have to understand it is a learning process.

Give me something to work with!

I loved listening to the reader's viewpoint. I laughed at some comments and took on board queries or concerns that I hope to address as I gain more experience of developing my characters and plot for the further books.

It was clear to me that everyone LOVED Ryder, and I do have a soft spot for him myself. He's a hottie for sure and an alpha male as he likes to take charge and rescue his heroine BUT hopefully as you read the books, you'll see a stepping back from that as he let's Mia come into her own. Both characters go through changes. Mia transforms from the awkward whiny teenager into a strong and independent leader, but it is the strength they give to each other that makes them a force to be reckoned with.

I hope that reader's will not only be able to identify with Mia but learn to LOVE her too! 

One of the most exciting parts of having your book published for me is collaborating with a great team  who are equally excited about your book as you are. One of my favorite parts of the process is  seeing the book come to life in the beautiful art work because it gives me a visual, and I simply love it. It is also very important from a sales point of view because the front cover is the first thing readers will see, and just as it can entice a reader it can turn one away! 

It can put the cover artist under a lot of pressure, BUT thankfully I have a brilliant one namely Dawne Dominique, and I love her work.

Thank you X