I have re-blogged this from my publishers website as it’s such good news!
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I am back from holidays and I have some fantastic news. Yes, you’ve guessed correctly if you have read the title:
There aren’t actually enough exclamation marks on the end of that statement! I am so very, completely, totally, wholly, entirely, utterly, absolutely from top to bottom and tip to toe EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Okay, ridiculous over-excitement is now on hold for a few moments while I tell you the answers to these questions you might be asking yourself:
1. What book is she going on about?
A: My book which is currently named, ‘The Debtor’s Redeemer‘
2. Who is ‘she’??
A: This is me:
3. When did this happen???
A: I signed the contract on Friday the 29th June 2012
4. Who is she getting published by????
A: Madison Street Publishing in the USA.
5. What is it getting published into?????
A: Hard copy books and ebooks!
6. What’s the story about??????
A: The Debtor’s Redeemer focuses on a young West Country widow struggling in 1815 London Society against poverty, a domineering mother-in-law and the deep-rooted fear of falling in love.
Emotionally scarred and physically abused, Lettice Burton is widowed and penniless at two-and-twenty. Thrown into London Society, Lettice must hide her painful past and struggle in surroundings she does not know.
A chance encounter with Society’s most eligible bachelor and notorious rake sparks something for which neither of them are prepared. The Debtor’s Redeemer is a book showing the redemption that can be found through true love.
7. When can I get my hands on a copy???????? (or at least I’m hoping you’re asking yourself that question 😉 )
A: The launch date is yet to be set but for a sneak preview check this out!
Whether you have been reading my blog for a while or are a newcomer I hope you have captured the excitement I have because my work will finally be in print and, hopefully, enjoyed by many. If this has made you want to read my novel, the first chapter of The Debtor’s Redeemer is available here.
Over the coming months I will be talking more about The Debtor’s Redeemer, the Regency research, tantalising excerpts and all my characters – Thrilling!
Now, where was I? Oh yes, over-excitement….WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So I have been thinking, that is correct, thinking. I know that most of you are now reading this with a slightly worried feeling building in your stomachs, with maybe the realisation that I am going to do a Pip. Well anyway, as I was saying, I’ve been thinking about identity.
You see it really hit me the other day when I was listening to some random song (I listen to music all day at work), and it was by some artist who was going on a bit of a rampage after getting dumped or something like that (probably Beyonce thinking about it 😉 and it was filled with angry lyrics and notes.
And I sort of started thinking about what music artists sing about and who they sing about and saw that most of them stereotype themselves (therefore us as most of us think about ourselves when listening to songs), into a certain image, mindset or personality. Artists like Rihanna singing ‘Hard’ all about how she’s a rock hard woman with an unbelievably feminine body (yes, we all hate her a little…jokes), and so the stereotype is being someone who is hard:
Someone who is hard is an impermeable rock, they don’t show their feelings, they are fearless, they take everything on, even the world. I myself have tried to be ‘hard’ on occasion and found myself quit unfit for the task (yeah, so that sentence proves it). I cannot keep my face straight, I cry too easily, most things scare me and I would like to take on tomorrow before I take on the world.
Other artists (who I have now seen perform live at the O2 woop!), sing about geeks –
And many of us think of ourselves as geeks, others sing about being heart broken and we all try to be as broody and stand offish as possible, (thinking of course that we look cooler). Maybe we classfy ourselves as smart and therefore higher than the rest of those plebians, maybe we consider ourself common, maybe not, maybe we are a rocker and love Kings Of Leon (who rock by the way), or we’re a rebel and always get into trouble.
Whatever we have decided we are, there are 3 things I have found:
1. I put myself into a box and don’t give my character any wiggle room.
2. I tend to switch, one day I’m broody and then when I want to talk I become the chatty geek.
3. It’s confusing, pressurising and WRONG.
It’s wrong because you know what I think, not in a cheesy way but, we’re all a little bit geeky, some more than others i.e. me, we’re all a little broody from time to time, and we all have that rebel spirit which makes us want to steal that sign we’ve been told not to and run when we get told off by security! (An allusion to all of those who I camped with this weekend).
Something I’ve realised from the camping weekend is that artists, the media, TV and movies put us into stereotype boxes. Heck, even we do it to each other! Something I’ve realised is not to be afraid of being who you are, no matter how many things that entails, and the way that I’m learning, (learning being the stressed word here!) is through God. You know what? He made me so he already knows me, no nasty surprises for him like there are for my husband…hahaha! God loves us as we are and the more I’m learning to stand on that (which is hard), the more comfortable I’m feeling in my own skin, the more relaxed I’m feeling. And as life has that qwuerky habit of getting more complicated with everyday, at least that is one less thing!
Right, I feel this is an issue which is close to my heart, and I don’t mean that in a loving way. No, I mean that in a, if you were here in this room I would be shouting my point, kind of way.
I was discussing how much I dislike certain celebrities who are famous for being annoying, shallow, superficially pretty or just simply for nothing. And, I was discussing reality tv programmes and the fascination they hold over people. It is a little too often that I see people watching, ‘My Sweet 16′, or ‘Teenage Mum’, or even ‘The Only Way is Essex.’
Sure these programmes provide a basic kind of entertainment, but even I (who own almost all the seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer) know that when I sit and watch this, quite frankly, rubbish on telly that I am wasting my life.
I mean, who gives a monkey’s uncle about some spoilt brat in America who got a more expensive car for their birthday than I will ever even have a ride in? And for goodness sake, have I really been watching those Essex idiots chat about having botox and who’s shagged who?
Come on people, let’s get a flipping grip shall we?????!!!!!?????!!!!!!
How many of us sit and chew a pen in the office while thinking of all the things we’d like to do? How many of us writers sit and think we’d like to be published if only we’d get our arses in gear? How many of us look with longing at other’s holiday photos and wish we would start saving to take that trip we’ve always wanted to go on?
Don’t for a minute take my meaning wrong and throw your tele out the window and massacre your entire DVD collection, just try to catch what I’m saying – don’t waste the only life you’ve got, on things that are as insignificant as the dust on the door frame.
Now is the time to get up and run; to grab life by the horns and take it on. No matter what age you are, the next thing I’m going to say is important:
God has been good, God is always good, God will continue being good!
I was offered a job today at a local riding stables and I was pretty much bouncing off the walls with excitement after I accepted it.
There are three good things about this:
1. Answer to prayer.
2. Steady Pay.
3. It involves popoes! (That is my Dad’s word for ponies).
Then I was thinking about how I haven’t got my story finished to submit and I’ve really been kicking myself about it but let’s be honest – If you’re not working much and getting those ideas, frustrations, joys and experiences from work then your writing will suffer and my has come to a somewhat grinding halt!
I had really been beating myself up about it and feeling bad even when I decided to have a break from writing last week but now I have realised it really isn’t my fault. After all if I was to squeeze out writing when I’m not passionate about it, it’s not going to turn out any good anyway!
However, the other side to this is that now I have a job that if full-time hours I won’t have a lot of time to write, that means that in the months notice I’ve given to my two part time jobs I’m gong to have to use my free time ever-so effectively to get my story done – can I hear cheering on?
Well I should damn it! Goodness me I’ve got a lot to do and not nearly enough time to do it in – Checklist:
1. Finish the last few chapter corrections.
2. Skim read the whole for a quick check.
3. Write an amazing query letter.
4. Write a snappy and grabbing synopsis.
5. Research and find out the publishers I want to submit to.
6. Submit and wait!!!
Six whole things to do – holy moly now I’m panicking.
p.s. Then again I feel that my dried up creative juices will begin flowing again once I’m working more – there’s never a dull moment with horses.
p.p.s. I am in no way resenting the job – God has really answered our prayers!
p.p.p.s. I made the mega short slide show to show (hehe I used the word twice) the things that I’m hoping will inspire me for my stories, I’m torn between sticking with historical or going back to fantasy….conundrums