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Introducing Rose English ~ Author of One Breath

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Rose English is also hard at work preparing for the UKIndieLitFest 2016.

A perfect name for an author who lives in the heart of England in Herefordshire, which speaks to me of apple orchards, cows grazing in the meadows flanked by a backdrop of the hills and mountains of the Welsh borders.

Her writing is beautifully crafted, moving and sends tingles down your spine. Here is my review of ‘One Breath:

One Breath by Rose English

This short story takes your breath away – literally. When you read it make sure you find a quiet spot ~ in the garden would be perfect ~ but certainly one where you will not be disturbed for half an hour. I’ve read it twice already.

Beautifully written, it tells the story of Dorothy, or Dotty as her ever loving husband Albert likes to call her ~ oh, what can I say without spoiling the story for you. This is a tale of love and tragedy and you will probably shed a tear or two, out of joy as well as pain. Dotty has a love for her garden, in which lies the symbolism of all that is significant in her life, including a rose to commemorate her ‘almost’ still born baby, Grace.

There is humour, fantasy and emotion woven through this tale, which won second prize in an online competition via ‘The Daily Bookworm’.  I hope that Rose English will go on to write novels and I believe her name will be one to watch out for in future years.

What more can I say but to wish her well in her writing and I promise to read  ‘The Magic of grandfather Time’ next Christmas. I will certainly buy a signed copy and I look forward to meeting Rose English at the UK Indie Lit Festival on 23rd July in Bradford.

Rose English’s website

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Introducing Dawn Singh ~An Author and the Inspiration Behind 2016 UKIndieLitfest

IMG_20150618_181350About Dawn Today I’m pleased to introduce Dawn Singh, a writer and Indie Publisher from West Yorkshire and CEO of FollowThisPublishing. The 2016 UKIndieLitfest is Dawn’s brain child but she has a day job and family too, so she appears to be one of those superwomen who never stops.

Her writing genre is Paranormal Fantasy leaning towards a Young Adult readership and the first book in her trilogy, Regina, The Monster Inside was published in the summer of 2014 which is available as a paperback and on Kindle.

Here is the blurb for the novel which certainly draws you in:regina review promo

What if what you were could destroy everything and everyone you loved? 
Regina thought she was an average teenager. When strange things start to happen, she discovers she belongs to a hidden world of supernatural beings and she is the most dangerous of them all.
Her existence is a death sentence to her, her survival could be a death sentence for us all. 

Dawn has known from a very early age that she wanted to be a writer and is led by moments of inspiration, out of which her characters are born.7

And Next Dawn promises us The Darkness, the next in The Regina series.

I look forward to meeting Dawn at the first UK Indie Literary Festival. More details and where you can register for free tickets for this event:

 

 

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Multi Genre ~ Who on earth is the target audience?

Writing a multi genre book caused a few challenges and I’m still not sure whether I chose the best path. Having said that, of all my books, it was most fun to write!

The Genre I chose were Memoir, Travel, History and Fantasy. This list was not exhaustive. I could have added ‘Motivational and Inspirational,’ and certainly added ‘Self Help’ when looking at BIC categories on Amazon and Nielsens.

Now I needed to think of  the target audience for my new book ‘From Redundancy to Rejuvenation.

The book – I call it that because it’s not really a novel – is multi layered too because the book is a bit quirky. These are the following themes running through and thus the possible target audience:

  • a smattering of poetry ~ this would appeal to those who enjoy exploring senses and feelings in words. I could describe the sensation of being made redundant after a life time teaching but somehow I found poetry so much more dynamic. The places I loved leant themselves to verse so well too – just looking about me made my heart sing, if you’ll excuse the cliche.
  • snippets of history ~ It seemed right to add paragraphs, almost asides, of the facts and people who inspired me, and I wrote them as if I was writing a short news item.
  • memoir ~ I wrote about  what really happened to me; where I explored and how the experiences changed my perceptions along the way.
  • travel ~ The book tells of a journey, almost a pilgrimage, as I walked along The Fife Coastal Path; not all at once but in easy chunks. I like to think that my descriptions transport my readers so that they are walking along side me for a wee while. Walkers would love this book, immerse themselves in the scenery and hopefully be inspired to follow in my footsteps.
  • fantasy ~This was the more light hearted theme, making ‘From Redundancy to Rejuvenation’ an allegory for life – almost a parable. As I walked I met all kinds of strangers in my imagination; real characters from the past. We walked and talked; sometimes we went on a journey together but on each occasion I learnt a little more about myself.
  • a writer’s life ~  a theme running through the book is how to become a better writer through many of these conversations and so it would certainly appeal to authors too.
  • letting go ~ This one underlies almost every chapter. What is holding us back in life to to reach our potential? Do we sometimes have to let go of the most precious things in our own lives to be free to be what ‘God’ intended? Although the purpose of this book is not to be overtly religious, it is certainly spiritual and I hope that my grapple with faith seeps through the fabric of my words to the very end.

And so I have a multi genre book which is also multi layered in style. It won’t appeal to everyone but to readers looking for something a bit different; those who might be searching for answer themselves; those who have been through some kind of huge change in their lives; authors finding their way; those who love to find new and wonderful places to walk but also to those who like to see and feel a sense of history in the places they visit. If you enjoy fact, facts and more facts then it might irritate, since I explored the essence of The Fife Coastal Path and its people, rather than an in depth study.

Since the cover is so special it would make a lovely gift too, for anyone who appreciated the beauty in the world around them!

It was a bit of a gamble – a risk many would say – but it has also been a lot of fun.

‘From Redundancy to Rejuvenation ~ A Writer’s Fantasy Walk Along The Fife Coastal Path’ can be ordered from all good book shops. It is also available on line at:9780993260803

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Amazon.com (where you can see the first five star review from across the pond!

 

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