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My Writing Process Blog Tour

Hey everyone. I don’t often do blog tour thingies, but I couldn’t say no to the awesome Lorna Suzuki when she asked if I’d participate. Lorna has written a truckload of books, and the first three books in her Imago fantasy series are being turned into movies. I can’t wait to go see them and brag to my kids that I know the author. If you want to find out more about Lorna and her work, click here for her website.

So, to play the blog tour game, I just have to answer four questions about, you guessed it, my writing process. Here goes.

What am I working on?

I’ve just finished writing the last book in my epic fantasy series The Circle of Talia. Realm of Blood and Fire is with the editor at the moment and will be released through iBooks on 21st July as an ebook. They’ve been really good to me, so I’ve given them a one-month exclusive on the ebook, but the paperback will be available from Amazon on the same date. So I have editing and reading through to come, and when I’m finished, I’m going to start on the next book in my Doris & Jemma Vadgeventure series (yes that’s women’s fiction, not YA fantasy).

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Well, I wouldn’t say that everything I feel is fairly original has never been done before, but I don’t think there are a lot of books out there at the moment being written with the same fantasy tropes as mine (cue a hundred people naming books in the comments thread). I have strong female protagonists, animal companions that can speak to their realmists mind to mind, an original magic system, and sentient dragons who have their own culture and city. I also have gormons, and I know no one else has those :).

Why do I write what I do?

I love fantasy because I love to escape, and I’ve always loved dragons, so I had to have them in my books. And no one can tell me I’m wrong. It’s my world and I made it up, so I’m right ;). I also write horror, women’s fiction and suspense. I write different genres because I enjoy it, and I love pushing my writing boundaries, which I really have with Close Call, my women’s fiction (if you think I’m exaggerating, go read the blurb on Amazon).

How does your writing process work?

I usually know where I want my characters to end up, and I know where they start from, but I’m what’s known as a ‘pantser’—I make it up as I go along. I can write at any time of day or evening, but my brain is usually fried by 10 pm, so if I’m awake, which I usually am at that time, it’s tv or reading that I do rather than writing. If I come across plot problems, my brain works them out quite nicely just as I’m falling asleep or waiting in line at the shops—my brain is fairly good to me and it hasn’t let me down yet (fingers crossed).

After I finish writing my book, I read through it and then send it to the editor. When it comes back from the editor, I go through the edits, and when I’ve done that, I give it one more read through before it goes out. I also used a proofreader for my last book, and I’ll probably do that for this one too (although time is always tight).

Thanks for stopping by and having a read. I’m not sure if I’ve enlightened anyone about anything worthwhile, but hey, you’ve just procrastinated for a couple of minutes—now get back to work! ;).

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Fantastical Reads Event

A writer I know is having an exciting Facebook event. If you’re looking for some new fantasy or paranormal books to read, check it out – you just might win!

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I’ll be Signing Books in Dallas Texas October 12th!

Hey peeps. Just a short note to let everyone know that on the 12th October, I’ll be appearing at Half Price Books in Dallas Texas at 1 pm-5 pm — yeehaw! The full details, including the address, are here http://www.indievengeanceday.eventbrite.com but in case you’re too lazy to click (and we’ve all been that lazy at one time or another), it’s at 5803 East Northwest Highway Dallas. There are twelve authors appearing, and we’re selling and signing our books which range in genres from erotica to romance, paranormal to fantasy and even poetry — there’s something for everyone, unless you’re into tentacle sex and then no, that’s not there.

Come and say hello as I’m not sure when I’ll be Stateside again. I’d love to see lots of readers there! Ciao!

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Amber & Dionne get Serious with Author Edward Lazellari

Our Awesome guest on Tweep Nation today is traditionally published author, Edward Lazellari. He’s a New York author who is about to release the second book in his urban fantasy series. The first book, Awakenings, was super awesome (look out for my review). He’s worked as an artist for Marvel Comics and apparently he’s the reason Amber failed geometry—listen to find out why. Edward also has some great advice for those of you who dream of being successful at writing. An inspirational and entertaining interview. Don’t miss it! Go now! (sorry, was that too bossy?)

Just a reminder, if you can’t listen on iTunes we’re also on Newbiewriters.com and Stitcher.

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Club Fantasci is Here!

Hey Everyone, hope you’re all well. I’m excited to tell you about a fantastic new book club—Club Fantasci. The club was born a few weeks ago. The proud father is David Lowry and his posse of intelligent, gorgeous co-hosts are Ciara Ballintyne, Shannon Million and myself, ahem.

Club fantasci covers all fantasy genres: from sword and sorcery to paranormal romance and sci fi. If you’re into any of these genres there’s sure to be something for you over the course of the year.Anyway, we read a book a month and then have a Google+ hangout to discuss our thoughts. These discussions are bound to get interesting because we’re all rather opinionated.

Club Fantasci members (and anyone else who’s curious) can send us tweets or messages on Goodreads or facebook to tell us what they think of the book, and watch our monthly discussion. There is also a ‘wine of the month’ featured (and no, you don’t have to be drunk to watch us, but it might help) and we try and pick a song we think goes with the book (but there won’t be any singing).

We plan to make it lots of fun. Our first meeting is on 31st August, 7 pm (Californian time), which happens to be 10 am Saturday morning Sydney time. The first book we’re reading is Erin Morgenstern’s—The Night Circus.

We can’t wait to see you, so join up now! (that might look like an order, but it’s more of an earnest request really).

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