Coffee – The Magic Bean

Photo: LePatisserie Coffee by Runge Creative (Used with permission)
Photo: LePatisserie Coffee by Runge Creative (Used with permission)

 

My superpower is that I turn coffee into stories.

It has to be my superpower. I don’t know how I do it otherwise. I have no secret ‘how-to’ list. I have no checklist I use. I don’t even have a handy genie in a bottle stashed away somewhere. (Though that would be cool.) Yet, soon I will have 4 books published.

I’m absolutely stunned. I sat down to take stock the other day. 4 books in 16 months. That’s an average of a book every 4 months. That’s impressive, even if it’s not quite true. When I published ‘Shattered’, I already had ‘Nova’ written, so I guess that’s a little bit like cheating. Although, writing 2 books in 16 months is still an amazing effort. It took me 9 years to get the first book published. So to have 4 books – I’m nearly overwhelmed.

The only thing in my background is high-school English and a love of reading.

Shattered was born from listening to a song. Jon English’s ‘Camilla’.  There’s a lyric that says ‘The man in the mirror says you’re my friend’, and I wondered what would happen if a woman looked into a mirror and saw a man’s reflection.

Nova came about because I wondered if the Greek ‘gods’ of legend were actually Nephilim, the offspring between Angels and Humans. That one thought gave rise to a series of 3 books and, as I have since found out, it’s not an original thought.

But then, there’s nothing new under the sun. Is there? There’s only the difference in the angle with which you choose to view it. Whatever it may be.

I love writing. Perhaps I have a hidden streak of megalomania. I love creating worlds and characters. Although, sometimes those characters misbehave. I can spend hours lost inside my own head, and periodically it becomes a compulsion to get the story out of my head. To get it down on paper.

I don’t know how I know how to do it. Perhaps, I am simply regurgitating what I’ve read in books. This is the sound of the sentence. This is the flow of the words. My grammar is atrocious and my comma use is all over the place. I can’t spell, but I can tell you when a word looks wrong. I have no letters behind my name. Or a degree in Literature or  Creative Writing.

I’m just a girl who loves to read.
Who loves her coffee.
Who has 42 unfinished stories on her computer…and 4 books with her name on the cover.

My superpower is that I turn coffee into stories.
What’s yours?

 

Book Magic

Photo: light and books by Katie Hiscock. CC BY 2.0
Photo: light and books by Katie Hiscock. CC BY 2.0

I like books. I like stories. I like escaping from ‘reality’ for a few hours. I know you can get that from a movie too, and don’t me wrong I like movies, I just like books in a more intimate way. Movies, kind of wash over you, and you can admire from afar, like a painting of a beach. Books are so much more immersive.

There’s a place I go to when I read a book. It doesn’t happen for all stories, and I’ve never had it happen in an e-book…yet. When it happens, I know it’s a great story. I’m not even sure I can explain it well. Certainly, it’s going to sound loco. There’s a magical moment where, although I know I’m reading, I can no longer see the words. I’m there. I hear the characters, see the place, hear the sounds, taste the air, feel the cold…I can almost touch the world.Read More »

RWDU and back again.

RWDU 2015 Logo
RWDU 2015 Logo

The RWDU conference is over and I did promise to tell you all about it.

It was marvellously exciting for me and I hope I don’t bore you with the blow by blow. I didn’t think I’d remember everything that happened so I wrote on a notepad every chance I got. Some of the tense is present and some is past, depending if I wrote during or after the event.

Here goes.Read More »

Bookie Monster

Photo: Bookworm by Arbyreed.  CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Photo: Bookworm by Arbyreed. CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

It has been said that I devour books. I’d like to, right here and now, debunk that notion. I get my fibre from other sources thank you very much.

I do, however, read. Voraciously. And apparently quite quickly. I can read a 40,000ish word story in about an hour and a half, maybe two hours. On a day off, with nothing else planned, I can read my way through 5 – 7 books. This seems to surprise people. I don’t speed read or skim read or whatever the heck it’s called. I just read.

As a kid, it used to surprise me that people would take days to read a book. I couldn’t understand it. Once you’d open a book, you read it. It was as simple as that.Read More »