Ding-Ding! ‘My Writing Process’ Blog Tour Stops Here Today!


I’ve been tagged in the ‘My Writing Process’ blog tour by my talented Hen & Ink coop mate, Sarah Towle.

beware mme Guil..

Sarah writes creative nonfiction histories that bring the past to life through first-person storytelling and interactive games. Her concept combines the traditional power of narrative with the latest in technology and represents a new direction in digital publishing.

Sarah’s debut StoryApp, BEWARE MADAME LA GUILLOTINE, A REVOLUTIONARY TOUR OF PARIS, is a bilingual treasure hunt to the French Revolution guided by murderess Charlotte Corday. It launched in July 2011 to raves, especially among teachers, warranting publication in formats used in libraries and schools. It is now an interactive eBook for iPad, and—just last week!—the print edition went live on Amazon. Sarah is currently offering a FREE pdf of the book in exchange for a review. CLICK HERE to request your copy. You can learn more about Sarah at her author website. Also, her burgeoning twin digital imprints, Time Traveler Tours & Tales, are now open for author submissions.

Thanks for tagging me Sarah! Here are my responses to the four questions set:

What am I working on?

I’m currently writing/illustrating a sequel to an as yet unpublished manuscript being subbed by my agent. I know what you’re thinking — ‘Don’t put all your eggs in one basket!’

eggs in one basket

Thankfully, I have a few more eggs in varying stages of development dotted about.

I’m concentrating my efforts on middle grade and upper-middle grade though, as I love writing for that age group.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I suppose penning scripts for a number of years taught me to write very visually… (although I’m not alone in that).

Maybe I could also say that as they were mainly comedy scripts I honed my humour writing skills… (but again, there are lots of funny books out there).

Perhaps because I’m an author/illustrator writing middle grade… (you get the picture).

Why do I write what I do?

The most important thing for me is to write ‘funny’. Hearing children laugh makes me happy, and if they’re happy they’re not whining.

whining child

Seriously though, I have tried to write more heavyweight stuff — I do ‘gritty’ fairly well, but there are others out there who do it far better than me. I think the best thing a writer can do is play to their strengths, and for me that seems to be humour.

How does my writing process work?

I don’t outline.

I stare at walls a lot.

I force myself to switch on the bedside lamp and scrawl something ultimately indecipherable on the back of a magazine with a blunt eye-liner when an idea pops into my head at 2am.

Eventually I have enough scribbled scraps of paper to start writing something solid down.

I buy a cheap, lined A4 notebook and write by hand to begin with. This means I can scribble out/sketch/write notes to myself as I go. It’s messy and chaotic — a bit like me — but I find a freedom writing in this way which I can’t quite capture when seated in front of a computer screen.

Of course, there comes a point where I have to type everything out formally. I use this as an opportunity to do my first proper re-write, too.

Then, when I’ve finished the first draft I rewrite several more times!

Now it’s time for me to hand over the baton to two more writers.

The first is Sara Eastler.

Sara survived childhood with a book in one hand and pen in the other. Today she combines her experience as a teacher, an editor of 12 years, a ghost writer in medicine and science, and a parent to write fiction.

She’s currently working on a discovery-based book app, two picture books, and a middle-grade adventure novel.

Sneak a peek at her work here!

The second writer I’m tagging is Jacqueline Farrell.

Jacqueline has published two historical romances: ‘The Scarlet Queen‘ and ‘Dragonheart‘ and co-authored a Jane Austen spin-off with Amanda Grange ‘Pride and Pyramids: Mr Darcy in Egypt‘ .

Her main interest at the moment is paranormal romance featuring older women as she’s ‘too old to fancy RPatz now’. Her two paranormals ‘Sophronia and the Vampire’ and ‘Maids. Mothers and Crones’ are both available on Amazon.

Find out more about Jacqueline here!

Sara will be taking part in the blog tour on the 4th August and Jacqueline will be participating on the 5th August.

I’m looking forward to reading all about your writing process ladies!









Clever PR by Author David Mitchell


Last week I read the marvellous David Mitchell’s twitter story ‘The Right Sort’.

He posted several tweets twice daily, which when added together produced a short story. According to David’s PR this tale gives a peek into the universe of his eagerly anticipated forthcoming book ‘The Bone Clocks’.

What a clever marketing strategy! Those who love Mr Mitchell’s work already (moi) get a few (free!) crumbs from his writerly table, while those who stumble upon him on twitter, perhaps thinking he’s the OTHER David Mitchell (who’s also a writer and fabulously funny comedian) are drawn in by his magical prose.

I’ve read all of DM’s books, and am insanely jealous of the — seemingly to my green eyes — hoardes of people who have managed to procure an advance copy of ‘The Bone Clocks’. 

I’m just going to have to wait patiently until September like most other fans, but the anticipation is sure to make the treat even sweeter 🙂

If you want to read the whole DM twitter story (without the mild annoyance of reading ‘back to front’ in the twitter feed) you can head here!


Next Monday (July 28th) I’m participating in the ‘My Writing Process’ blog tour, having been tagged last Monday by my super amazing coop mate Sarah Towle.

Hope you can hop on over!