Wednesday, 13 April 2011

So, tell me a little about yourself...

Er?  Umm?  What do you say when someone—an agent!?  A publisher!?—asks you the mind-stultifying question, “Tell me a little bit about yourself?”  In my shoes, you gabble.  You flush down to your décolleté and search manically for your Unique Selling Point.  Any selling point would do.  Your page, however, is suddenly blank, where only yesterday, whilst creating your latest masterpiece—complete with absolute Unique Selling Point—words were tripping over themselves in an effort to get out. 

As a writer, you have to wear so many hats, juggle so many balls.  Even without on-line promo and social networking, which for the less computer savvy (moi) is brain-addling in itself, you can bet your life when a writer says they divide their time between writing and full-time harassed mum, or dad, they are probably wearing a few more hats than that.  Maybe they are zombie-like writers by night and a full time/part time working parent by day, often to be seen dashing back to the car to collect the baby they forgot they’d got because baby did the incomprehensible and fell asleep.     

But here’s the thing, those same people are also very likely to have other demands on their time.  A special child perhaps, who might need a little bit more of that precious commodity, time?  An angst-stressed teenager or two...or three!?  An ageing parent…or two?  Which brings me back to my previous blog:
Everbody Hurts...Sometimes, the overriding theme there being “be kind to people”, particularly on Internet forums, because you only ever get a snapshot of that person and can’t possibly know what might be going on in their lives.  It could all be roses, of course, but let’s face it, life often isn’t—for most people…sometimes.   

So who am I?  OK, I’m a mother who has someone special in her life, requiring that bit more time.  I'm a partner in a financial services business, ergo responsible for everything from data protection, consumer crediting, client fact-finding, computer inputting to who does the dusting.  I have an art degree, which allowed me the privilege of teaching art to down’s children previously.  I’m currently a critique partner on a school’s learning project.  I nursed a parent through early Alzheimers, where NHS care was non-existent; a gentle, intelligent woman who carried herself with quiet dignity, until that awful disease stripped it away.  Ah, yes, and I foster disadvantaged dogs, ancient, blind and decrepit…but completely loveable…from the local rescue centre.  Phew.  As life skills go, not completely talentless then.

Oh, I’m also a writer, the frustrations of which have been known to turn me from a reasonably nice person ;) into a demented Mrs Hyde. 

That’s me then.  An all-rounder, proud Brit Writers' Awards Publishing Programme participant, currently—calmly—awaiting her edits. J

Whilst waiting, I thought I’d bring you news re one or two other people involved with the Brit Writers’ Awards.

CLAIRE KINTONBritwriters’ Awards Publishing Programme Participant

In Claire’s own words:  “I will be signing copies of DEAD GAME at WH SMITHS in Lincoln on 16th April 2011 - 12 noon until 3pm. SSAFA Forces Help will be there with me. If you are free please do come & support us & buy a signed copy of DEAD GAME. Please spread the word. With all my best wishes Claire”.

CATHERINE COOPER Winner of the Brit Writers’ Awards in July 2010. 


Infinite Ideas, publisher of The Golden Acorn, Catherine Cooper’s prize-winning novel for 8 to 12 year olds, has optioned motion picture rights to Los Angeles based Delve Films Inc.


Goodreads Review - DEAD GAME written by Claire Kinton

Dead GameDead Game by Claire Kinton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I started to read the Author’s Note to DEAD GAME by Claire Kinton and it had me intrigued. But what about the book, I thought. I flicked to the first chapter and I was hooked, immediately. Read it. Take a peek on Amazon look inside the book. Get a copy. READ IT. If you don’t think fantasy is for you, think again. This is fairytale fantasy for adults, for younger adults, for men and women, girls and boys, alike. OK, so what do we have? We have young Lance Corporal Archie Fletcher’s stricken plane plummeting into the sea. And it’s terrible, awful, because we love Archie’s lust for life, his humour, his individuality, before we’ve even reached a pause in the first chapter. We want, NEED, to know what happens to him. Claire Kinton takes us on his journey, a fantasy of what comes next that is utterly absorbing and, all-importantly, believable. Throughout the story, Claire—with literary magic—weaves Archie’s current transitional state of being with his real-life past, showing us who he is, where he came from, his reality, his family. Giving us a glimpse of the boy that grew into a man, whose sense of adventure bound him for the services; who then tragically became a casualty of war. Claire shows us Archie’s future. You live it. DEAD GAME is beautifully written, mystical…pure magic. A MUST read. As an adult, when you’ve turned the last page and know it to be true, pass it on to your son or daughter (better still buy it for them! Claire supports SSAFA Forces Help and Help For Heroes and a donation from every book sold goes to both Charities). I have. I guarantee they won’t be disappointed.

For more information on Claire and her own journey with the Brit Writers’ Awards, check out:

Dead Game

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Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Goodreads Review - PILLPOPDOM written by Robert Coles

PillpopdomPillpopdom by Robert Coles

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've just finished reading the first three chapters of Robert Coles Pillpopdom It's hilarious--and really cleverly written. The scene in the student digs with the tripped out gerbil and that sentence--“No answer. Not a peep out of him. That was to be expected however, he’d nodded off”--had me giggling out loud. Good one!

Selected by the Brit Writers Awards, Pillpopdom has been called, 'a pill-popping Bridget Jones in a Spanish Lost in Translation' and it lives up to expectation. Take a look at Robert’s website where you can download the first chaps for free.

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