So my first post...
I've been putting this off for a while, going over and over in my head what I should say to get my blog up and running. Should I introduce myself? Set out my mission statement for the year (do I even have one?)? Or should I post a book review? After all, it was meeting some lovely and inspiring book bloggers on Twitter which has encouraged me to give book blogging a go.
I guess it doesn't really matter how I start, it's more important that I ACTUALLY START! Let's face it, I'm a little late to the party - how many people are going to read this post? My Mum and Dad and my brother, if I am lucky. I suppose it's more for me; to see if I can do it and for the enjoyment of recording my thoughts on the books that I read and the ones that I am creating.
I wanted to call my website 'About a Book', hence the strange little logo thingy that is hanging around on some of the pages, but that domain name is already taken. It still sums up this blog, though, as it is going to be about whatever pages have engaged me that day, whether it be reading the work of another or toiling away happily on some of my own. I've joined Goodreads and have set up a list of books to be read. It would be great to see you over there. My list is eclectic and I can't wait to get stuck in. If you have any recommendations, please do pass them along.
In terms of my writing, I do have a plan. I have now completed eight supernatural stories which will make up my first book, 'Into Dust' (to be self-published in the Autumn). The stories vary in length and tone but each has a supernatural element. I am still surprised that I have found myself writing in this genre and enjoying it so much but I find the atmosphere, the darkness and light, truly absorbing. I hope this comes across in the stories. I will post extracts on the 'Into Dust' page soon. At the moment it contains cover design ideas - do pop over and let me know which one you prefer.
Some of my earlier (non-supernatural) stories are available as pdfs on the 'Other Things to Read' page. I hope to post more as I go along including work from other people as it would be great to give others some exposure if I get enough readers through. In the meantime, I am aiming for a release date of early/mid September for the book and I'll publish some posts on how I find the process, highlighting any tips or tricks I discover. And if anyone out there has any advice please, please do share. I'm a little apprehensive - some say it is easy, others say differently. Either way, there are going to be decisions to make, hurdles to leap and a lot of coffee drunk along the way.
I love most types of fiction - crime, mystery, fantasy. Oh, and historical fiction of course and middle-grade books and, well, you get the picture.
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