Merry Christmas!

I’ve been meaning to post news about¬†Ordering Flynn Matthews but have run out of time as about to go off line for the festive period! I’m going to have to make some important decisions about it in 2016 ūüôā

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Flynn Matthews

After my last post about Ordering Flynn Matthews a kind friend sent me this:

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Looks like Flynn on a good day ūüėČ nah a bad day. So RPatz has at some point had blonde (ish) hair which makes him¬†perfect for Flynn. I wasn’t searching hard enough. Perhaps there’s hope he might bleach his hair for a book cover photo shoot!

She sent another one too:

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Sort of how I imagined Flynn on a good day however a couple of my lovely followers sent me some other blonde actors/singers smoking:

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Thanks everyone! Now I can’t decide!

Ordering Flynn Matthews

“Ordering Flynn Matthews is quality writing, original, fun, zany, has great dialogue and very credible characters however struggling with how to publish it in a commercial way as it sort of straddles genres in that it‚Äôs not traditional women‚Äôs fiction but tricky to categorise it anywhere else.”

Last week’s paraphrased rejection from the publisher who had shown interest in OFM. Disappointed as I love this publisher.

Original’s good, right?

Flynn’s a drug addict and foul mouthed. He uses the c-word and I don’t mean Christmas. He’s not the irresistible male hero that a romance novel has. None of the men in it are, they make big mistakes and so does Ellie who becomes unwittingly embroiled in a series of mishaps, and na√Įve judgements.

It’s a pacey contemporary novel that covers some tough subjects – obsession, addiction, loss, betrayal – in an original unconventional way.

Genre? Well it’s definitely contemporary with its social networking, fangirling and celebrity obsessed media. Probably more adult fiction with the¬†language, drug taking and sex however it’s got crossover appeal as it’s contemporary and let’s face it young adults today know as many swear words as Flynn if not more. More women’s than men’s fiction although amongst my readers the men have enjoyed it too although I doubt as a gender they’ll be the ones picking it off a bookshelf. A romance novel? Not really although it does have elements of it but relationships with family and friends are as important as romance to our heroine, Ellie. And with a thread of humour running through the novel perhaps it’s Chick Lit.

So I think that’s how I’d market it.

True Ellie style I photoshopped up an idea for a book cover using an image of Rob Pattinson who imo looks better than anyone else smoking a cigarette. I wish I could credit the photographer however I only found the image on fan pages and I don’t have Ellie’s fangirl dedication to track down the source. Maybe someone out there does… If so, let me know and I’ll add the credit.

Flynn has blonde hair. Wonder if RP would bleach his hair for a photoshoot?

Here it is:

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Fab Feb

February was good to me.

On Valentine’s Day Choc Lit announced its¬†Search for a Star competition shortlist. I was delighted and grateful if not a little stunned to discover my novel Ordering Flynn Matthews had made the cut along with five others.

Cue flights of fancy of it being published with a gorgeous book cover (Choc Lit has amazing cover designs!), being made into a movie – the story really lends itself to the big screen, honest – doesn’t hurt to dream and hey in the spirit of the book and its main character Ellie I’m putting it out there in the hope of triggering the universe’s law of attraction and turning my dreams into reality!

My fellow shortlisters are lovely, accomplished and talented which doesn’t bode well for me!

Being shortlisted means I have returned to editing Failing Flynn Matthews and Working Flynn Matthews. Although Ordering Flynn Matthews can be a standalone novel there are sequels.

Thanks to Carrie, John, Lydia and Sam for reading my stories and for their valued feedback! And thanks to my editor Debz Hobbs-Wyatt too!

The good news continued as a few days later¬†I successfully interviewed for a job with a charity! Ten hours a week which works perfectly with writing. I’m looking forward to starting early April.

It’s¬†years since I went on a march and with¬†my Behcet’s¬†under control I decided¬†to become more proactive and move on from just being an armchair supporter of Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and the Green Party. So February¬†saw¬†me join the Green Party and sign up for the Time to Act march for action on climate change in London on 7th March. My children are marching too, so my daughter and I will be meeting her uni student brother there. We went banner making in Bristol on Saturday and met some wonderful dedicated¬†activists. We’re looking forward to next weekend!

Best news of all. ūüėČ It’s official. Dark chocolate is a super food! Fact. (Dietitians may disagree)

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My weekly supply…you think I’m joking

Three Manuscripts Later…

This year has flown by. My last post was in February. I had¬†intended to post every month¬†which is¬†a reasonable aim I think¬†however¬†ten months later here’s my second post of the year!

So where was I? Ah yes, Ordering Flynn Matthews¬†¬†– no agents interested¬†yet so after being ‘nagged’ by a couple of my readers, you know who you are ;), I’ve entered it into the Choc Lit Search for a Star Competition¬†hoping they find my flawed heroes irresistible! You never know…

My¬†Blood Rain¬†manuscript is currently with an agent. In anticipation of her liking it, channelling positivity, finally this month I edited the second novel in the trilogy, Blood Moon. I need to write the finale, Blood Stone – story outline written so I’ll get to that after I’ve finished my latest¬†project.

So what have I done in the ten months since I last posted? Written three novels (80,000+ words each) that’s what! Whether they¬†get¬†published is immaterial (although it would be vindication for the time spent away from my family and all the burnt, late dinners!) I won’t give up writing. I get agitated if I don’t get time to write!¬†It’s an addiction. It truly is.

Ordering Flynn Matthews¬†is a stand alone novel however I have written¬†a sequel Failing Flynn Matthews.¬†I took a break from Flynn and wrote a romantic suspense novel No Blame¬†– it’s dark and unlike my other novels has two points of view. Two weeks ago I completed Working Flynn Matthews.¬†I’m resting all three¬†for the moment. I will do another edit before sending them to my kindle for a read. I find it helps me with spotting typos and seeing if it flows like an actual book! After¬†saving up the pennies¬†I’ll send them to my editor Debz Hobbs-Wyatt who provides a wonderful service. In celebration of the first birthday of her debut novel she’s offering a limited number of reduced price in-depth novel critiques this December. So for anyone looking for a professional edit¬†I can’t recommend her highly enough and her normal rates are very competitive too.

I have plenty of ideas for new stories and have started¬†on my next project The Horse’s Head inspired by¬†a gorgeous notebook (my weakness) I bought on a¬†trip to Camden Market in the summer. It’s become our favourite market to frequent, slightly inconvenient considering we live in Somerset!

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The inspirational notebook!

 

Busy Writing

In my last post I was busy editing Blood Moon the sequel to Blood Rain – I haven’t quite finished yet as an idea for a new novel wouldn’t stop nagging at me. So four months later and after an edit from Debz Hobbs-Wyatt¬†(more later on Debz) and a busy weekend getting it ready my contemporary adult novel Ordering Flynn Matthews¬†is seeking representation. I emailed a synopsis and the first three chapters to a few carefully chosen agents today.

I haven’t sent Blood Rain out since my last update, not that I’ve given up on it, I still believe in the story, it’s very current considering the extreme weather we’re getting, although I’m not sure it’s happening for the same reasons as in my novel! however Ordering Flynn Matthews has taken over for the time being. Or maybe it’s Flynn Matthews who’s taken over. I’m already writing the sequel Failing Flynn Matthews.

Before I get back to Flynn I must tell you that of all the books I read last year the one that stands out most and I would recommend as a definite read is While No One Was Watching by Debz Hobbs Wyatt. 32 5* reviews on Amazon already! Wonderfully heartfelt with engaging characters, fabulous relationships and a fifty year old mystery to solve.

Oh and one more thing, a few days before Christmas we were lucky enough to go to the Warner Bros Studio Harry Potter Tour¬†If you ever get the chance it’s well worth it! Truly magical ūüôā No idea where the owl photo comes from so can’t credit the person who made it but thank you whoever you are. It’s cuter and preferable to the one of me on a broomstick.

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