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Friday, 28 June 2013

What a week! A radio interview, feature on Indie Press It, reading to school children, reviews, and editing...

WOW... sometimes everything seems to happen at once, and I have to hold my breath and think "seriously, did that all happen to ME?"

Anyway, here it is... MY WEEK!

LIVE INTERVIEW via Lydia's Literary Lowdown with Lydia Aswolf

Okay, so first of all I got interviewed LIVE by the lovely Lydia (follow her on Twitter www.twitter.com/lydiaaswolf)

You can hear the interview by clicking here... BLOGTALK RADIO...

The feedback so far has been great from those who have listened to my rambling... (I did say a lot of uh huh, and yes, and blah blah... it was great FUN!)

Honestly, I am still in shock about the fact Lydia loves my writing so much... Maybe, just maybe, people aren't just being nice after all?!?!

Favourite quote... "You are hiding your light under a bushel"

FEATURED ON INDIE IT PRESS

My Writing Journey

After Lydia asked me to be interviewed, I was asked to write an article for INDIE IT PRESS... and it was accepted.

This is what I wrote (pictures added by Indie It Press)

http://indieitpress.com/indie-author-vanessa-westers-journey-tiny-dancer-to-titanic/

I am really happy with the feature, and am very grateful to Leisa Greene for featuring me (follow her on Twitter www.twitter.com/indieitgal)

ARDINGLY ARTS FESTIVAL

Over the past month or I have been featured in an Indie Pop Up Bookshop run by Daisy White (follow her on Twitter www.twitter.com/daisywhite1922)

I finally managed to go to one of the "Pop Ups" this Monday at Ardingly Arts Festival.  I had to drive over an hour each way, and get a ferry to get there... (yep, a VERY long day) but I finally met the lovely Daisy and left her some stock of my books to sell - and they are signed! A rare item indeed...

It was a great day, where I got to read to pupils at the school extract of both HYBRID and READING IS MAGIC. They seemed to enjoy both, but unfortunately had not brought money to buy books - this was unfortunate! When I went to an event with my son a few months ago, we were told to bring money to buy the books...

I then had to leave at 6pm so missed the main event (when Judi Dench would be there) courtesy of Wightlink, who only had a ferry running back to the Island at 9pm or Midnight...

Anyway, it was good to see what it was all about... Best of luck to Daisy in trying to sell my books!

REVIEWS

Last night I got a brilliant phone call from an acquaintance who bought HYBRID months ago. She finally read it whilst on holiday and loved it so much she is now recommending it to all her friends... YAY! It made my night... and I have now sold a few "paperbacks" on amazon - I know, amazing...

Her comment was that she would never have expected to like that type of book. It does make me think my description is all wrong. As Lydia said on the interview, the Trilogy is a human story NOT a vampire tale. This is absolutely true!

Another reader has called it a thriller... so this is my take... a paranormal suspense thriller with real bite! Maybe, maybe not? Either way, just read it... then you'll know why everyone seems to like it!

EDITING

Well, I can finally say that I have finished the Trilogy!!!! (Did you hear the fireworks go off there?)

Last week I finished writing the story. I now have to spend a few months editing, and I started by reading HYBRID again. I found a few minor things to change, and the new updated version is now online.

I am now going to read COMPLICATIONS before I start work on editing the finale.

This editing lark takes time to get right. The book will then go to my trusted readers for feedback, and I will then wait and keep my fingers crossed before starting the edit all over again!

Anyway, I have a swimming teachers meeting to prepare for now... my work never ends!

Speak soon
Vanessa :) xx

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2 comments:

  1. What excellent news all round Vanessa. I am not one for fantasy or paranormal or even thrillers, but I'll give it a try one day :-) Good luck with the editing! I am busy with that too right now.

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  2. Thanks for your comments, Val... if you ever read it, you must let me know your thoughts! :)

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