I have, at least, gotten started on the second book, and I need to get cracking in order to finish it before October. That’s when the applications go in for the 2016 Emerging Local Authors. I do have a cover, and a few chapters written, so if I could write the first one in 30 days, surely I can do this one in a longer period of time!
What a great evening! So wonderful to see so many local authors (137), all from South Vancouver Island! Don took some pics, and I’ll get him to upload them later. Got silly photos done in the photo booth. Saw two other authors we know, and one, Shaughnessy Brookes who couldn’t be there, as she is out at sea. We took photos for her and also got her a button.
On Friday, April 10, I am attending a get together hosted by our public library. It is intended to showcase local authors and their works, and it will be great to meet other authors who live in Victoria, and brainstorm with them. And even better, my book will be in the library!
I have had people ask if I have a “Real Job,” because writing isn’t a “Real Job,” right? Well, yes it is, but unfortunately, I’m not J.K. Rowling, and at this point in time, it doesn’t pay the bills. So, what do I do? I am what is called a Historical Costumer; I make historically accurate, and historically inspired clothing. There’s a difference, you ask? There is! Historically inspired clothing is just that; it takes its inspiration from clothing of yesteryear. I might make a dress (which I did) inspired by Elizabeth’s dress in Pirates of the Caribbean, which means
My book Penelope Parker: Witch in Training started rumbling around in my head a little over ten years ago. I played with it, wrote a couple of chapters, and made notes. Then Life intruded, and it sat collecting dust until last year, when I decided I wasn’t getting any younger, and the book was not going to write itself. (It did, but that’s another story.) Penelope herself is based loosely on me as a child. I was gangly, a square peg in a round hole, and was mercilessly bullied. I also saw things others didn’t, and I’m sure my mother worried about
I am fortunate enough to have been invited to participate in our Victoria Public Library’s launch of Emerging Local Authors in April! This means our books will be in the library branches, which is great exposure. I am really looking forward to this! Look for “Penelope Parker: Witch in Training” in any Victoria Library.
Wow! I just realized one year has gone by since my last post! It has been an incredibly busy year, and I’m not quite sure where it went. I have not made much inroads into Book Two, because of one thing and another, but after the convention I am attending mid February, pen will be put to paper again! In other news, my book will be part of an effort by our local library to put forth local emerging authors, and I am lucky to be involved in that. I should have more news on that sometime in March, and
I am very grateful to Emma Jane Holloway for hosting me on her blog. She was kind enough to give my novel a boost. Thank you Emma! Emma is a wonderful story teller, whose Baskerville Affair Trilogy is a must read.
Penelope Parker: Witch in Training is a fun little fantasy book. There is an obvious analogy to be made with the Harry Potter series – a child goes to a school of witchcraft and wizardry to be trained to control her powers. However, there are a few things that set Penelope apart. First, PP:WIT is centered around female characters. While it certainly isn’t a girly book (male readers will love it too–no fairy princess nonsense), there is more opportunity for young female readers to identify with the main characters in this book than in some of the other books in
I know many of you who took the NaNoWriMo challenge are wanting to self-publish, so I thought I’d do a post about my experience. The whole idea of self-publishing can be daunting; so many places offering to help you become a published author. But like anything else, it’s Buyer Beware. Some companies only want your money, and don’t offer good value. Others offer many services, but are also prohibitively expensive, especially for those of us on a hamburger budget! I checked out many companies, and found that many only offer Ebook publishing, which is fine if that’s what you are looking for,