Archive for the ‘Competition’ Category

Evening everyone,

It’s Saturday and three days off my birthday, and I can’t wait. I am really looking forward to it and I have a little surprise in store but I’ll save that for the day but stay tuned.

Today I want to talk about allowing reality and real life events affect any story or book you want to share with anyone. Now this can be intentional or unintentional and providing there is no case for slander then, in most cases, it’s fine.

For example, in my next installment of Poisoned By Blood I have mentioned and had some involvement with a real admitted serial killer that has been dead for nearly thirty years. The  serial killer in question is one of the most notorious and vile of the subgroup within society. Because he is a person that was and that he confessed to his crimes I am not slandering his character so I wouldn’t be at risk of being sued by his family.

There are traditional media programs that also do this, a perfect example is the central character of Murdoch Mysteries, William Murdoch, is based on the real life Ontario Provisional Police John Wilson Murray.  There is also, Call the Midwife, Orange is the New Black, Band of Brothers, The Tudors, Boardwalk Empire, and The Secret, all based in some way on real events that have happened in the past. There have been movies based on serial killers, along with real serial killers influencing people to create memorable fictional killers that we all know and love.

There are times where it happens without people realizing that they have done it. I am quiet good at note doing this. The only time I’ve let a person I know influence a character is one of the characters in my latest release, the person I am basing the character on knows and is fully aware that I am doing it. The same lady is going to be on the cover and allowed me to use a few of her little quirk, only a few, have made it into the books but this was purposeful and I love the way that the book is looking and I can’t wait to share it with you, I really can’t.

So overall, you can use real people in your fictional books, if it is people that you know get permission before you go ahead, if it is someone who’s in the public eye such as a celebrity, serial killer, etc then it isn’t too bad. So many writers use actors to decide the physicality of a character but the behavior and such are built separately.

Have an awesome weekend.

Happy writing

Simone

 

 

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Hello and welcome to Madness Monday

Well, what a difference a weekend makes. Over the last four day’s several things have happened. First was some sound advice for a fellow author into how to make the most of my brand, which is me and what to do.

So what have I done? I have created a logo for myself, and created a banner and put out feelers for some head shots and once response to my searched have given me cause some excitement, they also work as a journalist for the local paper here in York and he’s mentioned about the possibility of doing a piece on me. I also contacted my university to update my information and tell them a few minor things and they’ve sent me some stuff to full in that may end up on either the course booklets, promotional material and the website.

Also I have been introduced to picmonkey and I’ve been getting pictures ready for the Halloween even. I am thinking about sharing my pictures on here. Most are spooky and I have a few I love more than others.

Comment below on what you want to see.

Click here to get your copy of Shattered Souls

Have a brilliant day

Happy Writing

Simone

Hello Readers

The weekend is here and it’s time to have fun, relax and read a book. **Hint Hint**

Shameless plug done now to get to the reason for this post. I was given the chance to beta read a fellow Vamptasy Publishing Author Carmilla Voiez book Basement Beauty before it was published. She also asked me to review the book for her, so here it is.

Basement Beauty follows the life of a young woman, Amalthea, who works in a bar at night and writs during the day. With the arrival of a young poet, David, who reads during Poetry night and a woman searching for David, Eva. The tale flips from Amalthea, David and Eva. As things with the three heat up with David becoming obsessed with Amalthea, Eva’s need to find him and Amalthea being caught in the middle. Added to that there is a killer on the lose. The tale takes some unexpected twists and turns that keeps you guessing.

I loved the fact that I never knew what was coming next. It kept me on my toes and when I started reading the three main characters made an impression and I was surprised when what I first thought they were they were not. It was a tale that messed with your head and kept you interested.

I love the authors work and I am currently working through the recently re-released Starblood Trilogy, in one volume not three, and I’ll be doing a review of that in due time.

I would say that Basement Beauty is well worth a read.

Click here for Starblood
Click here for Basement Beauty

Head over to her facebook, link above and have a look at what she’s up to. She’s busy with podcasts, YouTube video’s, and working on other projects. If you look at the previous posts it has some teasing exerts from Basement Beauty, there’s also other links for Twitter etc.

Happy Reading and Writing

Have a brilliant weekend.

Simone

Hello readers

 

Here’s a little poem/prose I put together

 

One word horror

 

Waiting

Wanting

Willing

 

Daunting

Dirty

Dank

 

Salacious

Sexy

Scandalous

 

Seething

Smouldering

Scary

 

Chilling

Cold

Clammy

 

Manic

Murderous

Monster

 

Foreboding

Foreign

Failing

 

Black

Bloody

Body

 

Killed

Known

Killer

 

Haunting

Horrific

Hunter

 

Revenge

Retribution

Retaliation

 

Sweet

Calm

Death

 

Enjoy

Happy writing

 

Simone

Hello,

 

I know I have been absent for a while as my health took a turn for the worse. It has been identified and taken care of and I am beginning to feel better.

So, an update, I am being interviewed of Facebook at ten tomorrow night, UK time, which is 23 hours from this post being uploaded. Its an online Facebook interview under this web link and their will be a Q n A section. I am nervous but I’m looking forward to it.

I have been working on Vengeance as well as a new project Spilt Blood, both are the first books of different short novel series.

I have also been looking at Teenage Visions and I am currently trying to find time to do a few tweaks but with everything going on at the moment I don’t seam to have the time.

Would love to see you tomorrow night at the interview as you are always welcome there.

Also I am going to be interviewing Nicolette Grey over the coming months and I hope that a few more of my author friends wouldn’t mind me picking their brains.

Yummm, Braaaaiinnnssss.

Sorry zombie moment there.

Hope  you see you soon and please head over to face book at like my FB page .

Be back soon

Simone

Hi

Well the plans are all done but I have yet to type them up. I’m going to give cartoon drawing another try before I call in the troops. That’s for Peters stories as we have a plan to do a chapter and then do a cartoon strip to go with it.

I’ve done a plan for one of my vampire tales and a few others including character information and the plan for various other tales including The sequel of “Twisted Coven” titled “Unlikely Possession” but still need to do the plan for “Mirror Image”. Got a pile of work to do including corrections for “Twisted Coven” and the pile of plans for the other halves stuff.

Stay tuned

Happy writing

Simone

Hello,

Trying to keep busy, not hard with wedding two days away.

I don’t know what draws me to writing other than I always feel the need write. It is nothing more than a need to write.

I am trying to get better with taking writing classes and keep practicing.

What draws you too writing?

Sorry it’s short and sweet. Don’t forget the competition.

Happy writing. I can’t wait to read the entries.

Simone xx

Hello,

I’ve been thinking about doing a competition on here for some time. Now i’ve decided to do it, why the heck not. The plan is to Start off slow and build it up.

Okay, the competition is to write a 500 word flash fiction monologue about the life of a survivor of a nuclear attack that has crippled the planet.

The marking features will be originality(10%), technique(10%), style(20%), and finally but most importantly is content(60%).

It can be slightly romantic but please try n make it scary, deadline is the first of august. Prize has yet to decided.

Also, the collection of works mentioned previously may make it’s way to amazon. I have a few friends helping me with them.

Will try and post a sample of what, roughly I want with the post-apocalyptic flash fiction. No resident evil spoof just your work.

Please email entries to paganhorrorwriter@gmail.com

Good luck and happy writing !!!

Simone