Friday, April 18, 2014

You too can write a book.

I recall when I first started writing, I didn't really believe I could write a whole book.  It took me several years but eventually I was able to write "The End".  It was such and empowering moment.  I never again doubted I could complete a manuscript.  Everyone who does should give themselves a very big pat on the back.  It's such an achievement and you should be proud.

I grew up thinking I wasn't pretty or intelligent. I don't know why because I think differently now. That's just what I thought. It's taken years to build a sense of self worth and finishing that first book was one of those building blocks that helped improve how I thought about myself.

Being nominated for an award and placing in competitions is very rewarding. It gives you courage to finish writing what you started. It gives you confidence you might not have had before.  Be brave. Enter competitions. Don't be upset if someone doesn't like your work. Learn from their comments and improve your skills and make friends along the way. Most writers struggling to finish their first book.

One thing I have discovered on this "twisty turny" writing path is that no book is easy to write.  They are a challenge each and every time. Your characters may prove challenging and take you on a journey you least expected, but there is something wonderful in this too.  Looking back on a book I wrote over 15 years ago, a book that placed 3rd in The Clendon Award in NZ( no longer running), I can see how much my skills have changed since then.

I'm now taking this book and editing it with the intention of self-publishing it. Why not I say. In the meantime, I'm studying on how to go about entering this strange new world and I'm feeling intrepid and a little bit scared as well.

I needed incentive. Get the cover first I said so I can have a visual incentive and so I did. I've found myself a cover designer  - the wonderfully talented Steven Novak of and am over the moon with the results. Very soon I'll be doing a cover reveal of this book but right now I'm editing it, tightening things up with the skills I've picked up over the several years since I first wrote it. It's a contemporary paranormal comedy - it has to be with a title like Footloose & Faerie Free!

So I'm taking it slowly. Baby steps. One foot in front of the other.

I'm working out a plan over Easter so I can release F&FF as I affectionally call it in August. Wish me luck.. Bites nails and scared but very excited too…..

PS: Thank you to everyone who voted for THE JADE DRAGON in the 2014 RONE Awards. I was amazed at the number of people who told me they had and I'm incredibly delighted.  I don't know the results as yet as to whether I've finales or not, but I'm just "chuffed" to have been nominated in the first place.  

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Jade Dragon has been nominated for a 2014 Rone Award!!

Fab news! I'm stoked! The Jade Dragon has been nominated for a 2014 Rone Award in paranormal and they even gave me a wonderful badge for it. Sometimes a writer needs validation for their work, especially when you're not really selling that many copies.  Thanks InD'tale Magazine for reviewing The Jade Dragon and putting it forward for the award. I'm a happy little camper today!

The Rone Awards Spotlight the very best and reward excellence in the Indie and Small Publishing Industry. 

Voting will take place in Week 4 of the competition. 

I'd love it if you popped over to InD'tale
31 March and April 6 and voted for The Jade Dragon.  

PLEASE NOTE:  You must be a subscriber to vote online.  If you choose not to sign-up, you can still vote by sending your specific votes to: Emails will only be accepted during corresponding week of voting. Please include Genre, book and author in your email.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014


My cover for the Jade Dragon is a semi-finalist in the Creme de la Cover Contest for March Semi-Finals. If you can, please head on over and vote for me. You do need to log in but it doesn't take long and I'd really appreciate it.éme-de-la-cover-contest-march-semi-finals#comment-form