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Blessed Be

Posted: March 15, 2017 by Simone Young in Current and Active Works, Disability and depression
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Hi

 

I am so happy with parts of my life, though my depression is there and strong I am still happy to have the life I do, to a point.

I have five books on sale, four in print, I am working on a sixth, I am also working hard on craft projects that I am planning to give out as gifts. I now have Two YouTube channel’s. One for Books and general life stuff and another for all my craft related stuff and my craft pod cast.

I hope you week isn’t too bad and that you are doing well.

Have fun

Simone

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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

 

 

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

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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

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

Hi guys

So I’ve been extra busy as I have a release in two days and another in March, yes, I’m a busy woman.

Once I have the release sorted I’ll do a cover reveal on here. Click here to Join the book release event.

It’s all go here but stay tuned for more information.

Happy Writing

Simone

Of any of you have read any of my earlier blogs you’ll be aware that I suffer from depression as well as various other things but this I concentrated on depression.

There are days where my depression can wrap it’s self around every part of me and pull me into a dark it and while there are days it paralyses me, there are days it won’t let me sleep and there are times where it feeds my writing.

Most of my writing is very dark and sometimes my depression acts as a secondary muse and fuels various tales. It’s strange, I get that, but it works.

I was diagnosed with depression in February of 2009 when my Ehlers Danlos kicked into overdrive but I knew the ‘sadness’ was there for as long as I remember. I was, like many others, in denial about it and I refused to ask for help.

Now I’m medicated and it helps but there are days, usually days where my pain levels are sky high where I am reluctant to get out of bed unless I have to. It’s not healthy, I get that, but the dark hole is just too big and those are the days were food doesn’t matter in the slightest; I am consumed by the black hole inside of me.

I am writing this to tell those who have depression that they are not alone and that the days where the sadness isn’t paralyzing that it’s possible to achieve things. Look at what I’ve managed to do, I have two books out on sale, a short in an anthology that is selling well even though it was only released on the 18th. I have two releases coming up early next year and I have four other books that my publisher wants plus a few others that I’m working on.

Yes, I have depression

Yes, I have meds for it

Yes I know I have it

Yes I live with it

I won’t let it define me

I won’t let it control me

I won’t let it win

I won’t let it beat me

 

There may be days where it fogs me up

There may be day where it conspires against me

There may be day it won’t let me sleep

There may be days it makes me want to hide

I love

I laugh

I fight

I win

And a side night, you can have depression and laugh

 

I am blessed that I am surrounded by people who care about me and make me feel safe.

If you think you have depression please speak to you doctor. Don’t wait until it’s dangerously bad before you ask for help or do something you can’t undo.

 

Let’s fight against mental illness in all its forms and stop the stigma attached to it.

That’s enough rambling from me.

Happy Wednesday.

Simone

 

Life

I have been busy. I’ve emailed Spilt Bloods sequel to the boss lady and now i wait on tender hooks while she reads and gets back to me. I’ve renamed it to ‘The Dark Side of Humanity’, and I really like this one, its got darkness, passion, hate, venom and death. It gets smoking hot in there too.

There is more information on the relationship between the Master and Joslyn. CLICK HERE TO GET BOOK ONE!!

I am also super excited as in two weeks I am meeting probably my first ever celebrity crush at Sheffield Comicon. I will be meeting Michael Biehn, the star of Terminator, Aliens, Navy Seals, and so much more as well as the basis for Detective Brooks in ‘The Dark Side of Humanity’, and I am so excited. There’s also the Game of Thrones throne, which is exciting for the three that are with me, they are huge fans, me, not so much.

But its going to be fun, my disability badge has arrived so that I won’t have to walk to far. EDS and insomnia sucks and make life interesting. my mind is constantly moving and thinking hard about things. It is more than a little interesting when I read things back that I’ve written in a sleep deprived state.

So a busy time for me at the moment, including writing. I’m currently writing Hell Hath No fury too, the main character is based on my Best friends daughter, (who’s only a few years younger than me), and i can wait for you to see either of these, I’m also doing work on Night of the Demons 2, an anthology I’m in and I’m super excited.

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Have an awesome Tuesday,

Simone

Hello guys

I’ve been quiet of late because I’ve been working on anthology submissions and edits on Dirty Little secrets.

I’ve had a submission accepted into an anthology due for release later this year.

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I can’t wait to show more with you and I’m going to be doing a few teasers on the books I’m working on at the moment.

Dirty Little Secret follows on from Spilt Blood, book one in the Poisoned By Blood series. CLICK HERE TO GET IT!

In book two Joslyn deals with the fall out of the events of book one along with figuring out who her new best friend really is. The revelation has several negative effects that put both her friend and family at risk. She’s also dealing with her lust and pull towards her hot mentor as she discovers a possible reason towards how she’s fall for him so quickly.

Hell Hath No Fury is my other current work in progress.

It follows the tale of Gavin, a young man who buys an old abandoned mansion after making a lot of money and as they start to rebuild the mansion they find the remains of the only missing girl in town. He starts the hunt into her killer as he realised his childhood crush on the missing girl hasn’t died and the girl is pissed. YYes i need to work on the blurb. Its just to give you a little idea.

I can’t wait to show you covers on all three and I’m waiting to find out if my second submission has been accepted.

Will keep you in the loop.

Happy Sunday

Simone