Thursday, 6 December 2018

Let’s try again!

After a rather long hiatus, not only from blogging but also writing, I have decided it’s time to get back into it. So here’s the first of many new blog posts by me.
I’ve not published any further works, but you may notice a change in my surname. I’m single again, but have decided not to change the surname on any books already published. It’s just easier to leave them as they are.
I do have some works in progress, but I don’t expect my next book to be published before mid 2019 at the earliest. It’s about half finished, I’ve just not been putting the time into my writing that I used to at one point. Mainly due to health issues and disabilities.

I’ve made some great new author friends on Twitter, some of whom I will be spot lighting in the coming months. I’ll be blogging about my own works as well as other authors. I’ve read some great books recently too, so I’ll mention some of them.

I’ve also made some good online friends from Lichen Schlerosus support groups, having recently been diagnosed with the condition. I’m waiting on some biopsy results, and should get those on December 12th! (I’ve been a nervous wreck waiting for them, it’s been a long six weeks since the biopsy was done, and months to get to the stage of being seen in the hospital.)

So, just a short entry today. I don’t want to bore you all writing too much about myself. More soon though
Meanie.

Saturday, 26 August 2017

My own author interview

Janie Storer – author

I have three full length books, and three short stories published on amazon. Recently I submitted one of my works to a publisher, and hope to hear from them in the next few weeks.
I was about ten years old when I first realised I had a love of books, and of writing. I fast read my way through my rather small schools library. I say library, it was more a few book cases at the back of the classroom. Not believing I was above the highest school reading level, my teacher at the time (a very stern teacher who I never really liked) brought the full unabridged version of Lorna Doone in, slammed it down on my school desk and said  “here, think you're clever enough to read this?”
No, I didn't think I was clever, but yes I did read that entire book, much to the teachers disbelief.  She then set me a FIFTY word questionnaire on the book, not believing I had read it. I was rather proud of myself when I got all but one question correct without once looking through the book.
It was my next teacher, Mrs Phillis, that nurtured my love of books and writing. She encouraged me to write, and to follow my dreams. I remember one day her saying to me:
“Carly (as was my name then), you can do more than you realise. Never give up on your dreams and never let anyone tell you that you can't write. You have a talent.”
She would often pass my creative writing work to the headteacher who in turn occasionally read my stories out in assembly. 
To this day I attribute my motivation to write to that teacher.  (I wished I could find her and thank her!)
When writing I don't tend to often plan my plots, or characters, in advance. More often than not I will just sit down with my word document open, and just begin to type: thinking of the plot as I go along. I do keep a written record of plots and characters, made as I write them into the story, on a large sheet of chalk board paper. (It's about two feet high and 8 feet long!) If I didn't write it down I would forget details, once I even accidentally changed a leading characters name half way through writing a book, which added an awful lot of unnecessary editing time. I have written in a few genres: romance, YA vampire, vampire, thriller, but my favourite has to be horror. I'm  a bit of a horror addict, and love watching horror films or reading horror books. I have never written non-fiction though. I also write songs and poetry, but will never publish any.
When I sit down to write I guess I have a few ‘rituals' or quirks. I always have to have two black pens near me, for note taking and in case one runs out, and one red pen for those extra important details. I will place a small A5 notebook next to me, and usually some sort of snacks like fruit and nuts, or cheese. (No idea why other than to save me having to get up from writing just to eat.) I also fill two travel mugs with coffee, again to save me having to get up too much, which causes me to loose concentration and can take me a while to get back into the flow once I return.
I always, always, end the days writing by leaving an unfinished sentence. I literally write a few words and then stop mid sentence. I find it easier to pick up writing from where I left off this way, the half finished sentence jogs my memory on what was going to come next. Yes, a bit odd I realise.
I think in my early years, I was hugely influenced by reading Virginia Andrew's books. I loved her way of writing, how her descriptive language built a picture in my head of the scene I was reading. I read every book she wrote until her death. I never read any that were written in her name after her death. 
I read Cathrine Cookson and Maive Binchley as well from the age of 11 to about 15. For a while after that I was hooked on Stephen King.
These days I will read any authors work, if it is well written. I must say I am not a fan of the fifty shades books, unlike so many.  I enjoy Dan Brown books now, as well as Dean Koontz and anything about serial killers. (I have a slight obsession with them.)
All my books and short stories are available on amazon, with my romance being available in paperback from lulu.com. I hope, soon, to have my serial killer book and my young adult vampire book available in print. 
I'm not a very well organised person at all, so I don't tend to plan time to write, I just write when I feel like it, whether that's at home, in bed, or on a bus or train. I also always have more than one book I write at a time, so that I can write in a genre depending what mood I am in. I currently have five books in progress, some nearer completion than others.
My biggest aspiration as an author is to just entertain people, if I can give them a few hours enjoyment away from the stress of every day life, that makes me happy. I know I am never likely to become a best-selling author, but that will never stop me writing. It's something I just love doing.
My favourite book of all time has got to be Jane Eyre. I even own an early print copy of it. It became my favourite at a young age, perhaps because I had a not so happy childhood myself, or because I always seem to get into mischief even when I didn't intend to.
The best piece of advice that I could give to any aspiring author is to write; just do it. Stop thinking about it, stop wondering if you can, and just do it. You will never know what will happen until you try.
I get a lot of my characters conversations from listening to people, either when talking to friends if they say something funny or interesting, or listening to strangers. Yes I guess that does make me nosey.
I remember an indie author once saying to me to start writing a book think of a conversation that sticks in your mind. Write it down as a conversation, then go back and edit it to take away the conversation part, and you have the start if a new book.  Ie I will write down something like this:

Brian said to me the other day that my hair was looking a particular mess, but I took it as a compliment because he said he liked it that way, it was more natural looking.

I would then change it to this:
The other day Brian told me that my hair was looking a particular mess, which I took as a compliment because he added that he liked it that way.

I would then just carry on writing whatever came into my head next, and soon enough I have a new book in progress.
The progression of the internet has been a major factor in enabling me to become an author, it has made self publishing a thing, opening up the world of writing to hundreds of authors. I am in no doubt that if this had not happened I would never have become an author. Social media is a huge bonus for indie authors, it really enables us to reach out to targeted audiences and grab their attention. It's not difficult to target audiences today, with so many online book groups and pages. 
My pet peeve, as an author, has got to be the over use of the full stop. As in ............
I do find myself using full stops in my social media posts, such as; Guess what?.......... I have a new goldfish. (I don't, this is just an example.)

A little about me:
I am forty years old, yikes! I dreaded turning forty, but now I am that age it's not so bad after all. I have a teenage son, and a ten year old Chihuahua called Willow who I have had since the day she was born. 
I love anything horror, and also like thriller films and the occasional romance film. I love the saw series and matrix. Yes I will also admit I am a huge Indianna Jones fan too.
My taste in music varies a lot, from Nickleback, Kylie, Linkin Park and papa roach to Evanescence, Zara Larsson and Rick Astley. It all depends on my mood. I have several different play lists, and listen to one depending on my mood. Music can be a powerful thing, I have spent many lonely nights with a tub of ice cream, crying to endless songs about heart break. On the other hand music can be so uplifting, you just can't beat playing some tunes and bopping around the house dancing like a mad woman. (Try it, it really does lift your mood.)

I love animals, especially horses, dolphins, hedgehogs, elephants and butterflies. 
I am quirky and regularly get told I am crazy, which I take as a compliment because I really am! I like to be different, to be myself, and express this through my hair (which is currently purple) clothes, tattoos and piercings.
I adore fifties clothing and music, though only own two fifties dresses, so far. I don't follow fashion trends I just have my own style. 
I am a pretty humble sort of person, I would take friendship and love over material possessions any day. I love nature, and using things found in nature around the home. I get called thrifty too, but I just don't like waste and rather make something than buy it if I can.
I an very un-conventional in that I am bisexual, polyamarous and Wiccan. (An eclectic solitary Wiccan to be exact.) I also have a very kinky side, maybe I will tell you about it some time.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Author Spotlight - Maree Alexander

Today's spotlight post is dedicated to Maree Alexander, a new author who just published her debut book, links to which can be found below.

Maree's style of writing is informal, and modern. Her debut book is one that is well written. The plot unfolds as you read through the book. The main characters are strong, yet with a gentle side, and as we read on we also see them develop. It is an excellent debut book and I look forward to reading Maree's future publications.

Maree Alexander resides in the United States of America. Her life is crazy, but she still finds time for books - be that writing or reading. Ever since she was a young girl, she dreamed of doing something with writing. At the time she wanted to be a journalist, but life happened. She forgot her dream and went on with life. Books were never far from her mind. 

When she started on her pursuit of this dream, she knew it would be a long hard road. She hadn't factored in, however, the incredible people she'd meet along the way. Though her journey is just beginning, she's ready for whatever lies ahead.



Maree Alexander
The Fall of Tomorrow (Day series, #1) by Maree Alexander

BLURB:

Adult content: Suitable for 18 years of age or older only.

The problem with tomorrow is it never truly comes. It doesn’t exist. No matter how many times you fall asleep, tomorrow will always be there… just out of reach and always changing. Every decision changing the way tomorrow looks, and what it holds.

Katelynn Irwin thought she had everything, thought she was the happiest she’d ever be. But as the days moved forward, the things she was certain of seemed to move further and further behind her. When all was said and done, Katelynn quickly realized that today was the fall of tomorrow.

#Betrayal #ContemporaryRomance #RomanticSuspense #SecondChances #Intense #PageTurner #HEA

BUY LINKS:
Amazon:
http://smarturl.it/the-fall-of-tomorrow
Nook:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-fall-of-tomorrow-maree-alexander/1123740451
iBooks:
http://www.ibookstore.com/products.php?i=B01E9UUSAS
All Romance:
https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-thefalloftomorrowdayseries1-2030663-149.html
Print Copy:
https://www.createspace.com/6215384



If you would like to look Maree up her social media links are below.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:
Facebook:
www.facebook.com/MareeAlexanderAuthor
Twitter:
@MareeAlexander
Website:
http://mareealexanderauth.wix.com/maree-alexander
Amazon Profile:
https://www.amazon.com/author/mareealexander
Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/AuthorMareeAlexander


Tuesday, 10 May 2016

The history of writing.

I thought I would write something about the history of writing, in the hopes of sparking some interest in at least one person. Personally I love learning about the history of writing, and etymology (the origins of words, and how their meaning has changed over history).

I guess this comes from wanting to know something about words, and writing. I love learning about classical authors, and their style of writing. I also love making friends with authors through social media, and learning about their style of writing, as well as the places they live.
I've heard some authors saying that a certain genre of author isn't really "proper" writing, that they aren't a proper author because anyone could write that genre. Mainly, the genres they refer to are erotica and romance. I disagree with them though, I believe everyone who writes a book is an author. It takes time to write a book, as any author will tell you. You put your blood sweat and tears into book writing. Ok, maybe less of the blood but you get the idea! Sometimes a book can take years to be written. No author is going to write a book that isn't the best that THEY can do, why would you?
Sure, some books are better than others, and the market is flooded with badly written books, but I would never tar authors of an entire genre as bad.
Genre isn't a big issue to me.

So, getting back to the history of writing, what do we know about it?


We know early writing was done on slates, parchments, paper and these days more often than not on a computer or smartphone etc.

In about 3million BC clay tablets were used for wiring on. A small triangular shaped instrument, called a calamus, was used to make impressions in the wet clay, which was then fired  to dry them.

In the seventh century BC , a collection of arranged tiles was found belonging to the Kings of Aasyria. This is thought to be the first library found.

The first types of recorded "writing" was thought to be picture glyphs, simplified drawings such as those used by cavemen. Over time these glyphs developed into symbols, with developments of a certain symbol meaning a certain thing, rather than random markings.


The first evidence of a book written on papyrus was the account books of King Neferirkare Kakai in 2400 BC.  Paper was invented in China in the first century AD, China is also where the first printed books original from, somewhere between 618 and 907 AD. The exact date isn't known.  The oldest printed book is the work of the Diamond Sutra which dates back to 868 AD.

I wasn't able to find out what the first ever written ebook was, not when it was written. Several websites all had different theories on this, but it's something I would love to
Know about. 

The development of the Internet has opened up a massive platform for indie authors to publish their books. I doubt I would have ever published a book without it. 

So there is a brief history of writing and books. Not too boring I hope?





Sunday, 8 May 2016

Back to blogging!

After quite a lengthy break from blogging, I've decided to come back and start blogging again. 

There's been so much happening since my last entry, new friends made, old ones lost, and those who have stayed the course and shown me endless support. 

Books have been published, anthologies written, and WIP's ongoing. My passion for writing might have wained on occasion, only to be re-ignited by the amazing people who encourage me to continue. I think that every author, at some point, questions why they write. I certainly have done, and the answer is always the same - because it is something that I love doing! I don't write for financial gain, sure it's a very nice added bonus but so far my royalty payment (yes, just the ONE) hasn't been anything to write home about. 
Don't get me wrong, when Amazon notified me of my royalty earnings of a whopping £10 / $15, it was a very exciting for me. It made me feel like I finally had the right to call myself an author. It won't ever be enough to live on, but it helps towards the costs of putting a book together. 
I have always loved to write, from an early age it was a passion of mine, and with the development of online self publishing platforms it's now easier than ever to publish books. In my younger years I couldn't foresee me ever having a book published, in those days your only option was to be accepted by a large publishing company. The mix of excitement and dread when you press publish, is something that never leaves an author. The dread of those awful reviewers who seem out to only ever criticise anything they ever read, is always going to be there. Those sort of people are always going to be there, but you grow a thick skin and realise you are never going to please everyone. The main thing a lot of these reviewers seem to forget is there's a huge difference between not liking a book, and it being badly written. 

Of course, the only thing that improves anything you do in life is experience. Hopefully I can do justice for my small band of readers, and write books that at least a few people will enjoy reading. 

If you are an author interested in a spotlight on my blog you can get in touch at janiestorer35@gmail.com

Sunday, 18 January 2015

A quick countdown of this years events

Seeing as it is the start of a new year I thought I would give a countdown here to all the events that I hope will be taking place.

I know I am past my self.imposed deadline for both Bittersweet and Babylon, I am hoping they will both be published by march, may at the latest.
I am still writing them both, or rewriting as is the case with Babylon.

The aim for the rest of the year is to publish at least two more books. I have plenty of ideas for future books, they should keep me going quite a while.

I have had the first author of the week, and blog of the month.
I currently don't have anymore booked in, so will be looking about for some to fill in the gaps. Let me know if you know anyone that would be interested at all.

There will be a giveaway with each book release. These will include ecopies, as well as handmade jewellery items. I actually don't have any swag or anything at the moment but hope to get something soon, either bookmarks or postcards.

I hope to hold a second publiversary give away towards the end of the year, as well as trying to organise another multi author giveaway. In the previous one we had gift cards, postcards, bookmarks, key chains, phone charms and signed paperbacks as well as ecopies, so it could turn out to be quite good.

I also hope to run son book awards near the end of the year, where I will give facebook and twitter followers the chance to vote on various topics such as best author, bed book, best new author, best anthology, best blog, that sort of thing.

And who knows what else might crop up along the way!

This months little thank you give away is exclusive to my blog...send me a message on my facebook wall or twitter to let me know the name of any authors that have had a blog spotlight on my blog here, and I will send you a copy of two of my short stories.
if you already have those I will sort another thank you gift out.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Book Review. 'The Anger Within', by Tom Ericson

The Anger Within. Ton Ericson.

The Anger within, by author Tom Ericson is available both as an ebook and in paper back.
Ebook on amazon.co.uk priced at £1.99
What readers have said:
" It is beautifully written."
"I absolutely loved it and highly recommend it."
"It's the best I have read this year (2014)."
"Absolutely gripping."
My review:
Using a star rating of 1-5 I definitely rate this as a five star read. Without a doubt this is an outstanding book from a very talented author.
The Anger Within is a story about a sniper, called 'AJ', who sets out on a mission he feels is a public service; killing corrupt and dishonest men in the public eye. Working with members of the IRA / RIRA he sets his plan in motion. His motive? Revenge and retribution.                                      
The Metropolitan Police start a huge man hunt to discover the identity of the sniper. They work closely with a multitude of specialists, including The Parachute regiment, COBRA, MI5, forensic scientists, a profiler at the top of her profession and, inadvertently the SAS.
This book is packed full of thrilling action, mystery, suspense, intrigue and even a smattering of romance. The author has managed to pack a bit if everything in, and the outcome is an explosive read that you will not want to put down.
There are many strengths to the book. It is obvious a lot of research has gone into this, and also that the author has extensive knowledge of his chosen subjects. This makes the book extremely factual and realistic for the reader.
The title suggests a story of someone that is full of pent up anger about something, and the story throughout reflects this.
The author shows a high level of skill and knowledge through the entire book, and the plot reflects this perfectly.
The story has been written from the point of view of various different characters. Some chapters written from the view point of the sniper himself, some from senior police officers, and others from some of the various characters. This is well executed and written in a way that the reader can easily follow and understand.
There is a definite sense of fluidity through the entire book, and the originality of it shines through. A semi formal tone is evident and this works perfectly for both this genre and the authors style of writing. The concepts of the book are clearly defined, and the author's ideas are very well developed.
As we read on through the book we almost build up sympathy for the sniper and his plight.
All of the characters are strong and well portrayed, the author clearly illustrating their different personalities extremely well.
Tom Ericson is a fairly new author, but his work has the feel of that if a very well accomplished author, and is written to a very high standard.
I love to read thrillers, murder mysteries and action books, amongst other genre's too, and this js by far the best of it's genre that I have read in many, many years. It has definitely made me a fan of this author and i can't wait to read more by him
It is a story that will certainly appeal to the readers imagination, drawing them in and making them feel they are in the book
There is strong narration throughout, all of it relevant and very well written. It has the perfect balance of descriptive text and the plot, whilst being very exciting and superbly written, is easy to follow whilst at the same time managing to be intricate.
It is very evident the author is extremely skilled, and genuinely admires his characters. It is an extremely interesting read. The characters are lively and intriguing, and we see how they develop through the book. The real plot is revealed a slice at a time and this works extremely well too.
A book jam packed with suspense, mystery, and an excellent thriller, one that I highly recommend all lovers of thrillers read