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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Author interview no.686 with author Marc D Brown (revisited)


Back in June 2013, I interviewed author Marc D Brown for my WordPress blog. I hope you enjoy it...

Welcome to my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, scriptwriters, biographers, agents, publishers and more. Today’s is with poet, short story author and novelist Marc D Brown. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further.
Morgen: Hello, Marc. Please tell us something about yourself, where you’re based, and how you came to be a writer.
3. AITMDBMarc: I’m Marc or Marc D Brown, I’m 27 and from York in the UK. I’ve been writing since I was about 17.
Morgen: Not far off me; 2005 to-date, although add those two ages together and you’ve got mine. :) What genre do you generally write and what have you had published to-date?
Marc: I mainly write poetry and I think that will always be my priority to be honest. I’ve been writing lyrics and poems for years, so the whole writing style flows a little more naturally for me. Currently I have published two collections of poetry ‘Words of Marc D Brown’ & ‘20Seven’ although I do have a few short stories in mind that I’d like to put out there this year and also a novel I’m jotting a lot of ideas down for… I have the beginning and the end, its just the middle I’m struggling with. That’s a work in progress. 
Morgen: The middles are always tough – they’re often called the saggy middle, and it’s hard keeping the momentum. Which authors did you read when you were younger and did they shape you as a writer?
Marc: When I was a teenager again I started to read a bit more, I started with Jay Anson’s – The Amityville Horror then moved on to Dave Pelzer’s – A Child Called ‘It’ and The Lost Boy. I wouldn’t say anything I read as a teenager has shaped me and my writing style. I put my style down to people lyrics from Jim Morrison from The Doors to Keith Buckley from Every Time I Die… oh and a lot of horror movies and the news about what goes on in the world.
Morgen: A bit of everything then. Do you manage to write every day, and do you plot your stories or just get an idea and run with it?
1. Words of MDBMarc: I think I used to write everyday but now if I try to do it, it just feels forced and what goes on to paper or the screen turns out to be naff. With me just getting into story writing it’s a whole jotting ideas down when ever inspiration hits me… sometimes it’s weeks before I get another solid idea which can be a tad frustrating. 
Morgen: I’ve been writing a story a day since May 2012 for Story A Day May and 5pm-fiction although I had a break for NaNoWriMo, and I’m taking a break for July and August as I’m concentrating on competitions and magazine / online submissions so I know where you’re coming from (as the saying goes). If you could invite three people from any era to dinner, who would you choose and what would you cook (or hide the takeaway containers)?
Marc: Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain & Frank Sinatra. I probably wouldn’t cook, I think we’d all be happy with a few bottles of whiskey and a carton of cigarettes.
Morgen: :) Are you involved in anything else writing-related other than actual writing or marketing of your writing?
Marc: No, I have quite a busy lifestyle that leaves me and my wife pretty tired when we stop, between full time work, two hyperactive Huskies, writing and blogging I would struggle to fit anything else in. 
Morgen: It does sound hectic. Are there any writing-related websites that you find useful?
Marc: Author Marketing Club and World Literary Café would be my faves! 
Morgen: Are you on any forums or networking sites? If so, how valuable do you find them?
Marc: Although I fought the inevitable for a fair while…Twitter! THE BEST networking site EVER!
Morgen: I like it and came across TweetDeck recently which is brilliant because I can set it up (around the automated blog posts) and leave them running for a day or two, then keep topping it up. What are you working on at the moment / next?
2. 20 SevenMarc: Currently I’m working on a 3rd collection of poetry, a book of short stories and a full-length novel. I am torn though whether to put the poetry collection and short stories together in one book.
Morgen: Personally I don’t read poetry so I’d spend my money on short stories only, but if I like the writer I’d try both. Where can we find out about you and your writing?
Marc: The best place would be my blog here: www.wordsofmdbrown.blogspot.co.uk.
Morgen: Is there anything else you’d like to mention?
Marc: In July (4th / 5th / 6th) both of my collections of poetry will be free to download… don’t forget!
Morgen: Thank you, Marc.
I then invited Marc to include a sample of his writing…
Black
I bleed myself into you
With no other colours
but a shade of grey and a hint of black.
I poured out every word for you,
Love & hate all the same.
They’re painted black.
I dreamt I died of bitter guilt,
The walls were high and the ground was cold.
As I awoke I breathed out a sigh,
Opened my eyes and the room was black.
I carved into my own chest to give you a gift.
I think you knew what it was.
On a plate & all for you,
But you turned your back.
As I stood with nothing to say
I watched my heart turn black.
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A Tale of Two
The lovers lock and intertwine,
in open space and endless time.
Care free, at ease
the bodies bind.
Forever free, soul and mind.
A cross to bear.
A great divide.
Breaks the spirit and bruises life.
Young and inspired by the heart’s desire.
Roam wild, free and infinite
as this love will never tire.
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Marc D Brown, a 27-year-old Poet & Author from York, UK. Marc started writing poetry when he was around 15 years old after reading ‘The Sick Rose’ by William Blake in an Facebook class at school. Through his teenage years he listened to a lot of rock music and heavy metal, this definitely inspired his style of writing.
Through the teenage years a lot of his work was as expected, quite ‘angsty’ and rebellious. As Marc matured so did his writing style, developing a unique, straight to the point and honest approach that most people will appreciate. Avoiding the risk of sounding like just another ‘pretentious’ poet, Marc D Brown stays true to himself exploring dark and in some cases disturbing subjects such as the poems ‘The Recipient’ which is about an sadomasochistic relationship or ‘The Note’ which delves into the world of depression. That is not to say his books are lacking any positivity or happiness, with poems like ‘A Tale of Two’ & ‘Autumn Leaves’ from An Introduction to Marc D Brown.
With something for everyone’s tastes, Marc D Brown’s work will never disappoint.
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Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Author interview no.685 with writer Elizabeth Bailey (revisited)


Back in June 2013, I interviewed author Elizabeth Bailey for my WordPress blog. I hope you enjoy it...
Welcome to the six hundred and eighty-fifth of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, biographers, agents, publishers and more. Today’s is with historical romance and mystery Elizabeth (Liz) Bailey (no relation) :). A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further.
Morgen: Hello, Liz. Please tell us something about yourself, where you’re based, and how you came to be a writer.
Lady in NameLiz: Hello, Morgen, and thanks for inviting me here. I’m based in Sussex in the UK, and took up writing as a secondary career after I’d been in the theatre for years. I had always written, but never thought of doing so professionally until my sister put together a co-operative to send work out. Then I got down to business and began writing historical romance.
Morgen: I’d always enjoyed English and read prolifically in my teens but it never occurred to me until I went to evening classes in 2005 that it could be a career. It took another six years for me to realise it’s what I wanted to do… and have done full-time for the past year. Isn’t it the best feeling? What genre do you generally write and what have you had published to-date? What do you think of eBooks?
Liz: I write both historical romance and mystery, and have had both published. Harlequin Mills & Boon (the UK branch) produced 18 of my historical romances, and Berkley in the US did the first two of my Lady Fan mysteries. I’m a great fan of eBooks and have started my own independent publishing with Amazon and Smashwords.
Morgen: What lead to you going your own way?
Friday DreamingLiz: As so often happens in this business, for different reasons, I lost both my publishers. Fortunately just at the point where authors are taking control of their own careers with the growth of independent publishing. I had already self-published, or rather co-published a print novel POD called Fly the Wild Echoes, in a different genre, which hadn’t found a home. I’m now re-releasing the title on eBook.
Morgen: Do let me know how that goes. You could come back for an author spotlight. Do you have a favourite of your stories or characters? If any of your books were made into films, who would you have as the leading actor/s?
Liz: My current love is my heroine sleuth Ottilia Fanshawe (properly Lady Francis Fanshawe), and I would love Kristin Scott Thomas to play her.
Morgen: A great actress. Do you manage to write every day, and do you plot your stories or just get an idea and run with it?
Liz: In my early days, I plotted extensively, but found the story changed so much once I got into it that I was forever changing the plot. Now I put a brief amount of material together and let it run. I’m usually planned up to the next couple of chapters, but always prepared to make change. The characters tend to go their own way!
Morgen: I love it when they do that. What point of view do you find most to your liking: first person or third person? Have you ever tried second person?
Hidden FlameLiz: I prefer third person, as it offers the chance to see the story from several aspects. I have used first person present tense, but only partially in a book with 3 viewpoints. I’ve never tried second person. I find it difficult to read and the rhythm is really off for me. I don’t think I could do it.
Morgen: I would recommend having a go for short pieces. It’s my favourite point of view but I rarely write more than a thousand words in it as it gets quite tiring (strange as that may sound). If you could invite three people from any era to dinner, who would you choose and what would you cook (or hide the takeaway containers)?
Liz: I’ve always loved Eleanor of Aquitaine. I played her in my actress days, so she’d be a definite. I would also invite Lady Jane Grey, as I think she was so badly treated, used as a pawn for the ambitions of others – tragic. Finally, to provide a little leaven, I’d ask Beau Brummell or perhaps Oscar Wilde. Yes, let’s go for Oscar, wittier and more entertaining than Brummell. I’d serve a broth, quails and pheasant, and blancmange and pretend I knew what I was doing.
Morgen: Out of the two, I would go with Oscar too, and maybe Stephen Fry who played him. :) Are you involved in anything else writing-related other than actual writing or marketing of your writing?
Liz: I assess and critique manuscripts for other writers, and help them in any way they need. And in the last couple of years, I’ve taken to ghostwriting. It’s less satisfying than doing one’s own stuff as you are not only taking someone else’s ideas and cultivating them, but you are subject to their approval. I don’t think I’d want to do it full-time.
Morgen: It’s a very popular career, especially given the amount of celebrities publishing these days. Are you on any forums or networking sites? If so, how valuable do you find them?
Liz: I use Facebook a lot, and Twitter. Plus LinkedIn and Goodreads. They all have their place, but it is difficult to keep up with them all. I’d love to interact more on Goodreads with readers, FB is more for friends, LinkedIn for the business side of things, and Twitter does get a bit neglected. I find them all valuable, principally because they help to keep an online presence which is essential for any author.
Morgen: I used to not do much on Twitter (these posts are automated) but now I set up a post (for the older pieces going forward) each hour (at least a day in advance) on Tweetdeck and it definitely brings new interest. What are you working on at the moment / next?
Sweet SacrficeLiz: My wip is the third in the Lady Fan series, but the poor thing has lain dormant for months while the ghostwriting took over. Ottilia is most anxious to complete the investigation – as am I! – but needs must when the devil drives, and there is so much editing and promotion to do for the ebooks that my mysteries have taken a back seat. But I’ll be getting back to it as soon as I can.
Morgen: I know that feeling, although I’ve still been writing at least a story a day (one for 5pm fiction). Where can we find out about you and your writing?
Liz: My website is at www.elizabethbailey.co.uk and we are busy adding my historicals. I run a blog www.lizbaileywritingtips.blogspot.co.uk which also has data about me.
Morgen: Thank you, Liz. It’s been great chatting with you today.
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Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Author interview no.684 with writer Suzie Tullett (revisited)


Back in June 2013, I interviewed author Suzie Tullett for my WordPress blog. I hope you enjoy it...
Welcome to the six hundred and eighty-fourth of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, biographers, agents, publishers and more. Today’s is with contemporary, humorous fiction and chicklit author Suzie Tullett. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further.
Morgen: Hello, Suzie. Please tell us something about yourself, where you’re based, and how you came to be a writer.
Suzie: I’m author Suzie Tullett, from Lancashire in the North of England.  I’ve been married for almost 25 years and have two very gorgeous sons; one of whom now lives in Holland and one who lives just outside London.  Prior to writing novels I was a scriptwriter by profession, although in the early days of my writing career I was also lucky enough to have some poetry and short stories published, too. Up until recently I’d been spending a lot of time out in Greece. The landscape there is absolutely stunning, and the culture and history of the place fascinating. It provided a great setting for ‘Little White Lies and Butterflies’.
Morgen: I’ve never been, Cyprus is as close as I have got, but it looks beautiful. You mentioned ‘Little White Lies and Butterflies’, genre do you generally write and what have you had published to-date?
Suzie: I write contemporary, humorous fiction and chicklit. I’ve already mentioned the short stories and poetry I’ve had published, but I’m also due to have my second novel sent out into the world. It’s due for release on the 1st August and I’m so excited to hear what readers think, you wouldn’t believe.
Morgen: Oh, I would. :) It would be great to learn how the launch went, perhaps you’d like to come back for an author spotlight later in the year. What do you think of eBooks?
Suzie: When it comes to eBooks, as long as people are reading that’s the main thing. And yes, I do have an e-reader myself, I have a Kindle. I find that living between two countries it’s ideal for keeping the weight of my luggage down. And as I often say, it’s like having a library in my handbag.
Morgen: They do say that e-Readers, mobiles etc have got more people reading so that can only be a good thing. I have 400+ novels on my iPad, plus I get to Facebook and play Word Drop on it. I do love technology. ‘Little White Lies and Butterflies’ is published with Safkhet, have you self-published? If so, what lead to you going your own way?
Suzie: Although professionals in the traditional arm of publishing felt my first novel, Going Underground, was well-written and had some great identifiable characters, they also felt it would be a difficult book to market. It didn’t slot into one particular genre quite a smoothly as they’d have liked. So rather than have it languishing in a drawer, when Mirador offered to partnership publish the book instead, I thought why not? Thankfully, the traditionalists’ concerns proved unfounded as readers are still enjoying it to this day. However, that’s not to say I didn’t take their feedback on board; as a first time novelist I felt it important to gain as much knowledge as I could. Which is probably why this time round I am, indeed, being traditionally published.
Morgen: Ah yes, the old cross-genre pickle. I think most books have blurred boundaries; thrillers often have romance for example. Do you have a favourite of your stories or characters? If any of your books were made into films, who would you have as the leading actor/s?
Little White LiesSuzie: I have to say I love all my characters. In ‘Little White Lies and Butterflies’ though, Lydia was fantastic to write. Because of her personality, every time she finds herself in yet another dilemma, instead of getting herself out of it she just keeps making things worse. And I love how Sam is able to use these predicaments to his own advantage – the relationship between the two of them is hilarious. Then there’s Lydia’s family, plus the Fatolitis… Of course, when you read the book, you’ll understand why I’m finding it hard to choose.
As for actors should it be made into a film, I honestly couldn’t say. I’m still enjoying it in book form!
Morgen: Maybe your readers will tell you. Which authors did you read when you were younger and did they shape you as a writer?
Suzie: I read anything and everything growing up – from Enid Blyton’s ‘The Magic Faraway Tree’ collection when I was little, to Virginia Andrew’s ‘Flowers in The Attic’ Saga as a teenager. And although I can’t say any of these authors necessarily shaped me as a writer, they did instil in me the desire to write.
Morgen: That’s great. I read a lot of Stephen King (under the covers with a torch and I blame him for me wearing glasses) but I don’t write horror and only came to writing (half by accident) in my late 30s. Do you manage to write every day, and do you plot your stories or just get an idea and run with it?
Suzie: I certainly try and write every day, yes. As for plotting, writing by the seat of my pants would be way too scary, so I always outline. That’s not to say I rigidly stick to any plan though; characters very often have a way of surprising their authors by wanting to go off in a different direction. So outlines do tend to change.
Morgen: I love it when they do that. Do you do a lot of editing or research?
Suzie: Definitely, both these are important when it comes to good novel writing.
Morgen: What point of view do you find most to your liking: first person or third person? Have you ever tried second person?
Suzie: I really enjoy writing in first person point of view; it enables both me and my readers to get right into the protagonist’s head, ensuring we stay there. Third person is great when I’m telling a story involving more than one lead character. But as for second person! I had to follow your link to ascertain exactly what it is. Personally, I agree with the commentator who points out it would be great for building suspense. However, I think it might begin to grate on me as a reader after a while. Not so much in a short story, but definitely in something like a full-length novel.
Morgen: Second is my favourite but even I don’t write much more than flash fiction in it. I might try a novella one day but it’s tiring to write, and read, so it would be a risk, although not many people have done it so that’s a challenge. What’s your favourite / least favourite aspect of your writing life? Has anything surprised you?
Suzie: To be honest, I feel so lucky being able to write full-time that I love all aspects of my writing life.  What has come as a very pleasant surprise though, is the high level of support given within the writing world.
Morgen: Isn’t it great. I don’t think it’s like any other industry. I have compares us to learner drivers; everyone knows how hard it is to ‘pass’. If you could invite three people from any era to dinner, who would you choose and what would you cook (or hide the takeaway containers)?
Suzie: I’m going to sound really boring here, but I’d invite my two sons and daughter-in-law. Not only are we all so busy these days, we’re very often not even in the same country. Of course, this means we don’t have anywhere near as much time together as I’d like, so for us all around the same dinner table would be fantastic.
Morgen: Not boring at all. My father would be one of my three (Roald Dahl and Kate Atkinson would be my other three). Are you involved in anything else writing-related other than actual writing or marketing of your writing?
Suzie: When I’m in Greece, I facilitate a week-long ‘Introduction to Creative Writing’ course that runs periodically. It’s such fun and I’ve met some lovely people along the way and passing on the skills I’ve developed as a writer is my way of paying it forward.
Morgen: That’s exactly how I feel. I’m teaching (eight courses!) locally from January and I can’t wait. :) Are there any writing-related websites and / or books that you find useful?
Suzie: As a scriptwriter, when I decided to have a go at novel writing I found them to be very different animals and as such, I realised if I was going to write a book worth reading I probably needed a bit of guidance.  So although I don’t necessarily have any writing-related websites or books I could recommend, I can certainly suggest the novel writing course run by the London School of Journalism. Despite my professional writing experience, I found it invaluable. http://www.lsj.org/web/novel.php
Saying that, they also run courses for those interested in other forms of creative writing like short stories and poetry.
Morgen: I have heard good things about the LSJ. Are you on any forums or networking sites? If so, how valuable do you find them?
Suzie: I think forums and networking sites are great for picking up tips and ‘meeting’ other authors and readers. And with quite a few of them out there, there’s something for everyone whatever genre or medium we work in.
Morgen: What are you working on at the moment / next?
Suzie: At the moment I’m busy with the marketing and promotion of ‘Little White Lies and Butterflies’. Did I tell you how excited I am about its release? I’m also developing my next novel – no title for it as yet, but it’s another romantic comedy that I hope to have finished come the end of the year.
Morgen: You may have mentioned it, and I don’t blame you. Where can we find out about you and your writing?
Suzie: I have a website http://suzietullett.com and you can find my author page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Suzie-Tullett-Author/221204154583599 You can also follow me on Twitter @SuzieTullett. So please drop by any of these and say hello, as I’d love to hear from you.
Morgen: I have. :) Is there anything else you’d like to mention?
Suzie: Just that if any of your readers would like to check out my books, you can find them worldwide on Amazon and in any good bookshop.
Morgen: Is there anything you’d like to ask me?
Suzie: I’d just like to say thanks for having me here today, Morgen. It’s been an absolute pleasure.
Morgen: You’re very welcome, Suzie. I’m delighted you could join me and look forward to chatting again.
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I then invited Suzie to include an excerpt of Little White Lies and Butterflies:    
Following the incident at the beach, I had been hoping to avoid any future contact with Sam the Climber, yet here he was, larger than life. Not that I was sure which had bothered me the most—the football in the face, or the slightly unnerving eye contact. Neither of which I wanted to experience ever again and I wondered if I should just get up and leave while the going was good. But my drink still hadn’t arrived and the last thing I wanted to do was look rude in of front Efthimeos. I had to think of something else and quick.
Grabbing my book from my bag, I opened it up and used it to shield my face. This should do it! However, just to make sure I began sinking lower and lower into my seat, until I was horizontal to the point I was almost on the floor. Now he’ll never notice me.
I wondered if I should take a peek just to check on his whereabouts. But before I got the chance, a drink landing on the table in front of me caught my eye instead. It wasn’t the simple glass of coke I’d originally ordered, I further noticed, but some fancy, fandangle cocktail.
I stared at the umbrellas, the tinsel and the cherries on sticks, not even daring to look up.
Please let it be Efthimeos … Please let it be Efthimeos … I thought, finally plucking up the courage. Lifting my gaze I realised that unless my host had undergone some sort of superfast extreme makeover in the last few minutes, the game was up.
‘There you go,’ said Sam, indicating to the heavily adorned concoction. ‘Not just my apology, but as requested, the most expensive drink on the menu.’
I put my book down and began the difficult task of hauling myself up into a more vertical alignment. ‘I didn’t request it,’ I replied ungratefully. ‘In fact, if I remember rightly, I said such a purchase wasn’t necessary.’
My unwanted guest just carried on standing there, for some reason refusing to see this as his cue to leave—choosing instead to raise an eyebrow. He nodded to the drink. ‘Well,’ he asked. ‘Aren’t you going to at least try it?’
I considered his request for a moment, deciding it was a small price to pay if it meant getting rid of the man. And, duly picking up the glass and locating the straw from among all the flora and fauna, I took a long hard draw. ‘Jesus, Mary and Joseph!’ I spluttered, all at once choking and coughing. ‘What the hell’s in it? Meths?’
Sam laughed. ‘A bit of everything,’ he said. He plonked his beer down on the table and took a seat, uninvited.
‘Well excuse me if I don’t share your amusement,’ I replied, realising that was the second time that day he’d tried to kill me. ‘And I don’t remember asking you to join me either.’
There was something of a twinkle in his eye and thanks to his air of confidence I could see that he was one of those men used to getting his own way when it came to members of the opposite sex. However, I’d met his type before and knew there was no way he’d ever come across the likes of me. Such a sparkle might’ve been enough to make any other girl go weak at the knees, but unlike theirs, my kneecaps were made of sterner stuff.
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and a synopsis of Little White Lies and Butterflies:   
A child of the nineties, Lydia Livingston is different. The last thing she's ever wanted is to be superwoman; she knows first-hand that 'having it all' isn't everything it's cracked up to be. As far as she's concerned, when it comes to job versus family, it's a definite case of one or the other. And whilst most women her age have spent years climbing the corporate ladder, she's made a career out of bagging her perfect man. At almost thirty and still single, Lydia wonders if she'd made the right choice all those years ago. And realising the time has come to take stock, she goes against her family's wishes and banishes herself off to a distant land - all in the hope of finding a new direction. At least that's the plan. But Lydia Livingston isn't just different, she's misunderstood. A fact she knows all too well. So when the totally unsuitable Sam comes along, she decides to tell a little white lie, re-inventing herself as a professional chef - not exactly the best new identity to come up with for a woman who can't even cook. Of course, the last thing she expects is for him to find out the truth and start blackmailing her. Let alone find herself roped into catering for a local wedding. But with things going from bad to worse, her madder than mad family also turn up in something of a surprise visit, intent on celebrating a birthday she's no intentions of celebrating!
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Suzie Tullett is a full time writer, lucky enough to live between the UK and Greece. And when she’s not tapping away on the computer creating her own literary masterpiece, she usually has her head in someone else's. She can also be found via:
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If you are reading this and you write, in whatever genre, and are thinking “ooh, I’d like to do this” then you can… just email me and I’ll send you the information. They do now (January 2013) carry a fee (£10 / €12.50 / $15) for the new interviews on this blog (they also subsequently get posted onmorgensauthorinterviews.wordpress.com and morgensauthorinterviews.blogspot.co.uk) but everything else (see Opportunities on this blog) is free.
If you go for the interview, it’s very simple; I send you a questionnaire (I have them for novelists, short story authors, children’s authors, non-fiction authors, and poets). You complete the questions, and I let you know when it’s going to go live. Before it does so, I add in comments as if we’re chatting, and then they get posted. When that’s done, I email you with the link so you can share it with your corner of the literary world. And if you have a writing-related blog / podcast and would like to interview me… let me know.
If you would like to send me a book review, see Book Reviews for the guidelines. Other options listed here.
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You can sign up to receive these blog posts daily or weekly so you don’t miss anything. You can contact me and find me on the internetview my Books (including my debut novel The Serial Dater’s Shopping List) and I also have a blog creation / maintenance service especially for, but not limited to, writers. If you like this blog, you can help me keep it running by donating and choose an optional free eBook.
For writers / readers willing to give feedback and / or writers wanting feedback, take a look at this blog’s Feedback page.
As I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t unfortunately review books but I have a list of those who do. If there’s anything you’d like to take part in, take a look at Opportunities on this blog.
I welcome items for critique for the online writing groups listed below:
Morgen’s Online Non-Fiction Writing Group
Morgen’s Online Novel Writing Group
Morgen’s Online Poetry Writing Group
Morgen’s Online Script Writing Group
Morgen’s Online Short Story Writing Group
We look forward to reading your comments.