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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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Morning readers,

It’s the dreaded Monday morning again and the work week has begun all over again. I am at home with my husband, who’s fast asleep after a night shift and my mum whos visiting for a week and it occured to me that my own creative mind is a complicated one, very compicated.

You all know about my writing and my books as you have all been treated from time to time to shorts I post here but you have little knowledge of my other creative outlets. I draw, not well but I draw. I also enjoy taking photo’s of various things, I love the gothic beauty of cemetery photography as well as the beauty of nature’s own creative mind.

 

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This photo was taken at a relatives home in the south of England and its a beautiful flower in ths summer sun.

My creative mind is rarely quiet and it keeps me active, even when I’m meant to be asleep. Mind you with my body being a mess my mind being sharp is a small price to pay. I love my mind, I just wish that I could sleep when I need to not when my mind wants me too.

I love my creativity and I always will, I may not be able to draw or paint but I sure as hell can paint a picture with words, my words can conjure up a picture of what ever it is I need.

Any way, this summer heat is making me sweat so I’m going to switch of the laptop and eat my cherries.

Have a excellent night

Simone. ❤

Hi Guys

I have been super busy working on Hell Hath No Fury and Poisoned By Blood Book Three, I have the sequel to Twisted Coven is planned out and ready once I have the other two squared away.

Today I wanted to talk about the pluses of having a support network around writers, whether they be signed, freelance, those wanting to write and those who were still deciding if they truly want to be a writer.

By nature the world or writing isn’t an easy one to be in. It is fought with judgement and angst. You may be told no 20, 100, 300 times before being signed, J. K. Rowling was rejected 12 times before the Harry Potter series was signed, Stephen King’s Carrie was rejected 30 times before being published. It’s part of the job, perseverance and willing to listen to feedback are the best thing’s for a writer to have in their back pocket.

I have received some negative feed back and attention and I’ll show you a few examples and tell you on how to deal with them.

First a review from Shattered Souls

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I have redacted the name to protect the person in question. This was a bad review in a sea of four and five star reviews. I was upset when I saw this, I will admit that I did shed a tear but I realized that it was merely a troll, a person who was out to hurt as troll are. You can do nothing about trolls, nothing but ignore them and move on.

Here’s a review for Spilt Blood

Bad review 2

This review is constructive, meaning that instead of five words with no true meaning and are not the slightest bit helpful. They give pointers on how the books going forward can be improved and how they can be better. They advise the use of Beta readers, which is now something I do now. They do question the main characters age state that it would be better if she was older, this is something I debated on this as I wrote the book but her age is important further in the series, in book four. The comment about the ‘rushed’ feel of the book, that was purposeful as their is a serial killer around and they are hunting him before he kills too many people, they don’t really have the time to do much else. Though I think I could have done a bit more character building and relationship building.

Authors are, by nature, solitary nature and we like to work in our own cocoon but we do need a good network of support around us. I am extremely lucky that my Mum and Dad (Stepdad) have always been there, pushing me to be better. I have an awesome husband who believes in me even when I don’t believe in myself. I have an awesome publisher with Vamptasy Publishing, the website is being updated at the moment but it does show several of our awesome writers on their. I also have several fans although I’m only a beginner in this job and they are loyal and that is astounding to me. Having people around to help bring you up when you get that rejection letter or that bad review helps.

While I was lucky to get a yes early on and I love my book home and I would never change that ever in the world and I only hope that one day all authors find their book home.

Thankfully there is no negative review of Dark Side of Humanity yet nor has there been any for Twisted Coven yet, not on Amazon anyway.

I have a lot of things going on this year and I am hoping that my books grow in strength and that those who love it continue too do so. I have a group of people who seem to love my books and people that are happy to share my books on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

I am hoping to do a Facebook ad this weekend to help promote the books a little. I am busy, two book releases this year with more going on that are working on in the back ground hence why I’ve been quiet.

My main peaces of advise are as follows:-

  1. Take on the constructive criticism and use it going forward with more books and any re-releases.
  2. Let troll reviews slide off your back and move on.
  3. Make sure you have an awesome network around you.
  4. Don’t let rejection stop you.
  5. Learn, learn and learn. Read, read and read. Write, write and write.

I also know I need an editor as my dyslexia makes things hard work and tricky to do and I quite often miss mistakes, that’s another good thing about beta readers, they help with the process and help make things more coherent.

If there are any subjects you want me to take on please let me know and I’ll see what I can do.

Happy Writing

Simone

Hi guys

I have mentioned before that as well as having depression and dyslexia I also have a disability too. Unfortunately the condition is genetic and there is no treatment for it at the moment. Its called Ehler Danlos Syndrome(EDS), it is a genetic condition where there is an error on the collagen creating gene that means there is less collagen in my muscles meaning i have a wider range of movements but it also means that my joints are unstable.

My hip dislocates three or four times a night, my wrists, fingers, thumbs, toes, rips, shoulders and ankles dislocate with regularity. I have a permanently partially dislocated left hip and walk with a frame for it. It also affects my digestive and reproductive system.

I have asthma and there is a chance that the EDS is affecting my diaphragm which may make my asthma worse. I am lucky that it doesn’t affect my heart but it affects everything else.

I will be talking to my Doctor about getting a support for my hip but being over weight that may have an effect on getting one so i am working hard to lose weight.

To make matters worse I have nerve damage on my left side and a few other things that are a side effect of the med’s I’m on.

I joke that if I stand my back and legs spasms, if I sit down it spasms and goes numb and if I lay down it dislocates.

There are days, as there is with my depression, that are worse than others and I hide away. The more active I am the worse it is. The more active I am the more dislocations I get.

My writing helps me so that I have a distraction from the constant pain and the fact that I am able to pick up and put it down when I have good and bad days thanks to my awesome publisher. I can’t hold down a normal job as my skills are in administration but because I can’t sit in an office chair for more than twenty to thirty minutes and then I have to lay down for an hour, no business wants that.

It also allows me to try and ignore the pain, which is sometimes successful, sometimes. I try my best not to allow either this or my depression beat me, I try to make my life a little better by managing it with my doctors help. I don’t sleep much, which is useful, but what usually happens is that I end up crashing for a full day. People have suggested things to me, some I have tried and they don’t work, some I haven’t tried but its usually down to a reason.

I have an excellent network of friends and family that are always at my side, always willing to help and I am extremely thankful to them for that.

I hope you all have an awesome week and that you are enjoying the nice weather.

Happy writing

Simone

Hello Guys

twisted coven promo

Yes, she’s live, she’s on sale and I couldn’t be happier. Its available in both Kindle and print and I am so excited.

I am also working on several other books including Hell Hath No Fury, and book three of the Poisoned by Blood series. I’m also working on events and promotion for the four books I have out.

I still have to pinch myself sometimes as I never once thought that i would ever have books on sale so to have three is astounding to me.

Yes I’m super happy with my books and I’m protective and I hope that one day one of my idol’s will read my books, though that is a long shot.

I love watching old documentaries and learning about the past, it helps spark some on the idea’s in my mind. I do find myself waking in the middle of the night with idea’s in my mind, some darker than others.

I love that my publisher too a huge chance on me and I love her for it.

Stay true to you.

Happy writing

Simone

 

Happy Saturday

I thought I’d check in and let you know what’s going on with me. Twisted Coven’s release is happening soon and I can’t wait. I am looking forward to sharing it with you guys.

Twisted Coven is the first book I ever completed and I was thrilled that my publisher loved it as much as I did. there’s two two more in the series and there are two more in the Poisoned by Blood Series. Yeah, I’m keeping myself busy.

One thing I have noticed, and I know I’ve said this before, that with each book I learn more and more. I’ve learn what my bad habits are, such as repeating myself, sometimes I slip up and use British English terms and words when my books are set in American English and I don’t always catch them. I also some time have too many characters of the same name.

I’m lucky that I have an awesome Editor that helps me translate things into American English and without her I would be lost.

What are you’re bad habits?

What are you’re dreams when it comes to writing?

Have and excellent weekend

Simone

 

Happy Sunday

Each writer has their pwn way of doing things and their own process in writing and I am no different. I’ll give you a few things I do.

I do a chapter plan, now this isn’t set in stone and it isn’t something I stick too should the story in my mind take another path with the story. This is something that helps me plan the idea out in my mind while I’m deciding on characters and the interactions within the story.

My first draft is written by hand, yes I know, it’s not efficient but its how my mind works. Writing it straight on the computer makes me constantly rethink things. I like writing the first draft by hand as it makes my creative juices flow more than typing things. Also, I usually write late at night and looking at a scene when you should be sleeping is not goo for anyone’s health.

I then type up the first draft and make changes where needed and add any additional chapters that will add to the story and the sense of apprehension or what emotion I want the book to emit.

I do edits on the computer, I did do it on paper put this was a waste of paper, ink or money. I will do it for short stories and such but not full-length novel.

I can plan three or four books ahead. Although book two has only just been released I already have book three of Poisoned By Blood planned and I know the general plan for book four that ends the series. I also know the next two book that will follow my impending release of Twisted Coven and how the trilogy will end.

If you want to know more about my creative process just let me know, I’d be happy to share.

 

Happy Writing

 

Simone

Hi Guys

I have had a two week break from writing, i needed it after six months of edits for both Dark Side of Humanity and Twisted Coven that is being released next month so once Twisted went to the editor I told my self it was time for a two week break.

I will say it was hard, very hard, to resist just doing one chapter, writing that chapter plan or just doing that one paragraph. It was unbelievably hard but I managed.

With each book I write, with each book that gets signed I learn more, I know my habits, I have a tendency to repeat things, I have a tendency to capitalize the first word after speech, I try to not do it but I do have a tendency to write said even though it is one of the worst things to do.

Get My Books:   Shattered Souls     Spilt Blood, Poisoned By Blood Book One

Best get back at it.

Happy Writing

Simone

Happy Thursday

The weekends almost here and I’ve been a busy bee.

I can tell you that Dark Side of Humanity is live. It resolves the cliff hanger ending from book one and deals with Petra and the threats that surround her.

Twisted Coven, book one of the White Witch Trilogy, is going to the editor today and i have decided to take a little break. I’ll still be doing promo for this realease, my other books and the release of Twisted Coven next month.

Please feel free to review any of my books and I hope to share with you Hell Hath No Fury and then continue the series I’m already in the of writing and I have somw surprises in store with those books and you’ll be surprised by where the book lead too.

This year is going to be a big one. I love sharing my books with everyone and I am honoured to be published by a company like Vamptasy.

Have an awesome day

Simone