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Where to start?
Not at the beginning, that's for sure. It would take way too long. Besides, I spent many years in an office doing serious things and drinking a lot of tea and who wants to hear about that? (Actually I'm hoping a few people as I'm thinking of turning it into a radio comedy-watch this space...) So I'm going to take the advice of many writers who say you should begin where the action really starts, and run with it from there.
I began writing several years ago, teaching myself from books, magazines and so forth. During that time I have met some amazing and supportive people and I am gradually finding a way forward which does not involve me returning to an office any time soon. I self-published a book some time ago - a collection of eight supernatural stories with the title 'Into Dust and Other Strange Tales'. It is available via Amazon and further information can be found here. Since then I have worked on a series of non-fiction books with a friend. Each is an entertaining look at some of the intriguing characters throughout history connected by a particular surname. So far we have books on Browns, Smiths, Williamses and Joneses. We are not sure how to make them available yet but they were a lot of fun to write. My current focus is my novel for middle-grade readers. It is a fantasy mystery and is keeping me entertained. I am hoping to have it finished this year and, who knows, I may even submit it to an agent if I can get it all to come together...
Since the arrival of my second child I have discovered a new hobby - crafting! With the sleepless nights and demands of two small children it can be difficult to find decent slots of time to write but I do find the odd ten minutes to half an hour here and there. So instead of firing up the laptop only to find that one of the kids needs me before I have even logged on I have been setting up crafting projects on the kitchen island and dipping in and out of them over the course of the day. And I love it! I love it so much that I have decided to keep it going alongside my writing and have begun to sell at the occasional market stall. I also have two shops over on Etsy: CandelabraCrafts.Etsy.com and CandelabraFamily.Etsy.com where I sell fun things for readers, writers and families.
I've ventured on to Pinterest under Candelabra and I'm trying out Instagram and Facebook pages. It's a lot to get my head around. Please do visit the shops if you get a chance. Driving traffic there is haaaard!!
I'm going to revamp this website over coming months I think. It's starting to look a little tired (like me!) and needs some va va voom. I'll start with the blog and take it from there.
Thanks for reading!
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