TAGGING, HOPPING AND BLOGGING, BUNNIES AND BOOKS by VALERIE LAWS
|'RABBITS, RABBITS, RABBITS, it's the 1st of August!'|
I've been tagged to take part in the #HowIwrite blog hop challenge. As it's the 1st of the month, when traditionally we say 'Rabbits, rabbits, rabbits' before saying owt else, a hop seems appropriate.
|At Crimefest Bristol|
Here's her Amazon author page with links to all her books.
#HowIwrite Questions: and my answers.
1) What am I writing? Well I ‘should’ be writing my next crime novel about Erica Bruce and DI Will Bennett, after the success of THE OPERATOR, my 2nd crime novel, which made it into WHSmiths airport and station shops despite being with a small independent publisher. As sometimes happens though I’ve several possible plot ideas which have appeared in my mental inbox and I’m dithering about which one to do first, if any of them work, and if I should combine some of them, and if I can in fact write a novel at all or am possibly just fooling myself... Also my next poetry collection, THE FACEBOOK OF THE DEAD, is being published in November, so I’m doing last minute edits to that too.
|Quantum Sheep. Maths, poetry, sheep!|
|A star of THE ROTTING SPOT in the location of the book|
4) How does your writing process work? Some of this I answered in 3), but basically I need something I feel has to be said, or a story which has to be told. My crime novel The Operator while I hope thrilling and exciting is also about power in human relationships, particularly doctor/nurse power over patients, and how this kind of intimate power can bring out the worst (and the best) in some people. Often I’m commissioned to create a sci-art installation for a particular site, or a poem for a place, anthology,or festival: once I’ve said ‘yes’ ideas which have been swirling around suddenly take shape. I don’t write for certain hours a day or even every day, or even for
|Displacement activity you can eat! Win-win!|
My website, with all my exploits in all genres and links to all my books: valerielaws.com
Follow me on Twitter @ValerieLaws
Now for my TERRIFIC TAGGEES, do visit their links, look out for their work, and read their answers to the questions of #howIwrite when they appear in their blogs. Most blog hops/tours I’ve been involved in have been exclusively novelists, so I’m mixing up my genres here as well with a journalist/poet, a performance poet/events co-ordinator, and a YA novelist/Author Electric.
Charlotte’s very readable fun Blog: justmsmaxwell.com
Poetry: deepundergroundpoetry.com/poets/starz_n_peaches Student Newspaper Articles: thecourieronline.co.uk/author/charlotte-Maxwell
KIRSTEN LUCKINS is a poet and performer based in Hartlepool, who regularly features at spoken word nights throughout the region. She is currently touring her first spoken word show, THE MOON CANNOT BE STOLEN, which was runner-up in the Saboteur Awards 2014. Her work has been published in Sentinel, Material, Streetcake, Dagda and When Women Waken and she was recently longlisted for the York Literature Festival prize. She is north-east programme co-ordinator for performance poetry organisation Apples and Snakes and as such, is very active on the spoken word scene, facilitating events and helping and promoting new spoken word performers in the region. She’s currently involved in community writing projects around the WW1 bombardment of Hartlepool, and another focussing on responses to the Bloodaxe (poetry publisher) Archive. She often writes from both feminist and Buddhist points of view.
Kirsten’s blogs: http://kirstenluckins.wordpress.com/
PAULINE CHANDLER is an Authors Electric blogger like myself, and she’ll be answering the questions on her blog on August 21st, so look out for that. She lives with her family in rural Derbyshire. Her novels, several of which are now available as ebooks, are pacy historical adventures for readers aged 10 to adult, with strong female main characters who fight battles as well as the boys. Praised for the accuracy and depth of her research, Pauline also adds drama and humour to her exciting stories. Her stories include VIKING GIRL, and WARRIOR GIRL, the story of Joan of Arc narrated by her fictional cousin Marianne. Pauline received an Arts Council award for 'Warrior Girl', which funded research trips to Domremy, Joan's birthplace in north-eastern France, Reims and Rouen.
Visit Pauline’s website: www.paulinechandler.com
Pauline’s author page on Amazon
Thanks to all the above, including my furry hopping friends, enjoy your summer hols folks, and a teaser - I'm currently experimenting with Twitter for promoting books, finding my way through the labrynths of RT groups and hashtags, I hope to report on this next month.