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Author Roderick Hart takes up the ‘Throw a Dice Challenge’

I’m really pleased to welcome author Roderick Hart who is taking part in my

‘Throw a Dice Challenge’

Please can you share your author bio:

 

Roderick Hart

has published poetry in anthologies of verse, made bubble gum in Philadelphia, studied folk music in Afghanistan, and worked for many years in a recording studio, training students in scripting, recording and editing. He lives with his wife in the grounds of an old convent in Edinburgh.

TELL US A BIT ABOUT ONE OF YOUR CHARACTERS ROD

Louise Galbraith is a lawyer in my novel, Interleaved Lives. She is first asked to defend her wealthy friend, Alison Ogilvie, who is accused of arranging the death of her husband. She is later persuaded, against her better judgement, to defend the main character, Douglas Hunter, a private detective employed by Alison Ogilvie to investigate the real cause of her husband’s death.

I am part way through Interleaved Lives and believe that I am just about to meet Louise Galbraith, so this is really interesting for me:

Now can you reveal more about Louise by sharing some of her memories?

We throw a dice. One is the most tragic or horrific memory to a six which is the most fantastic or beautiful memory. Here goes:

 

Memory 1

Louise is described by her friend Alison, as career-oriented, with no family of her own but two nieces kindly provided be her sister.

Memory 2

When Douglas Hunter first meets Louise she is wearing a t-shirt bearing words which typify her in-your-face approach: SEE YOU IN COURT

Memory 3

When defending Alison against police accusations, Hunter finds she is also defending her against him, at first on grounds of conflict of interest and later because she believes that Hunter is after Alison’s money.

Memory 4

On arriving at the police station to represent Hunter, Louise is outraged by DS MacNeil’s attitude, which stops in her tracks – but the tassels on her ethnic headgear don’t stop with her, a comic effect at odds with her ability.

Memory 5

At first misled by Louise Galbraith’s shambolic appearance, it gradually dawns on DS MacNeil that Louise Galbraith is much sharper than she looks.

Memory 6

As Hunter is being interviewed, very aggressively, by DS MacNeil, Louise notices something about MacNeil which Hunter, though a detective, has failed top pick up.

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Now I really am intrigued! I must say that I’m really enjoying ‘Interleaved Lives’ so far and hope to review it for readers soon. 

JUST RLEASED!

Interleaved Lives by Roderick Hart is a crime novel with the protagonist a private detective, ex policeman living in Edinburgh, a city the author knows well.

I wish Rod well deserved success with this novel which has just been released in e book format worldwide!

 

 

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Author David Ebsworth takes up the ‘Throw a Dice Challenge!’

I’m really pleased to welcome author David Ebsworth who is taking part in my

‘Throw a Dice Challenge’

David Ebsworth’s latest and ninth novel is the final part of the Yale Trilogy about a 17th century nabob philanthropist and slave trader  Elihu Yale, but it is told through the eyes of Yale’s wife, Catherine. David was inspired to write the series when he came across a copy of Yale’s will, with the memorable line: “To my wicked wife…” And then, nothing. No bequest. Not even her name.

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Tell us a bit about one of your characters David:

In the year 1728, Catherine Hynmers Yale is in her seventy-seventh year. She has wealth derived from her long association with the English East India Company and she has tragically outlived all but two of her nine children. Yet now she knows there are few days left to her. 

What an exciting period in history David but very controversial in today’s world. Now can you reveal more about Catherine by sharing some of her memories?

 

 

We throw a dice. One is the most tragic or horrific memory to a six which is the most fantastic or beautiful memory:

 
One: The horrific death of her third-born, little Walter, at the East India Company’s outpost in Madras, and the endless nightmare that the babe may have been buried alive.
 
Two: The loss, when she was still a small girl, of all the family possessed – including her father’s coffee house in London’s Great Fire, and the destitution that followed.
 
Three: The multiple betrayals, in her later life, that led to her brutal incarceration in the Bethlem Hospital.
Four: Her joyous return, in 1689, to a London rebuilt, and her reunion with her family.
 
Five: The birth of her first-born in 1670, and the mantras taught to her by her Hindu friend and mentor, Sathiri – the power of which have served her through all her subsequent trials.
Six: After the comfort of her first marriage to Joseph Hynmers, and the disaster of her second to Elihu Yale, there has been the magic of the passion she once shared with Matthew Parrish.

Here’s More About the author and his writing

David Ebsworth was born in Liverpool but has lived in Wrexham, North Wales, for the past 40 years. He began writing full-time after he retired in 2008.

David Ebsworth’s stories – often with strong female protagonists – cover the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, the Spanish Civil War, Zululand in 1879, the Napoleonic Hundred Days of 1815 and 6th Century Romano-Celtic Britain.

The first part of the Yale Trilogy, The Doubtful Diaries of Wicked Mistress Yale, follows Catherine’s early misadventures at the East India Company outpost in old Madras …

while the second, Mistress Yale’s Diaries, The Glorious Return, sees her back in London with her children during the 1690s and embroiled in all the turmoil and intrigue following the Glorious Revolution.

But now, the third and final part – Wicked Mistress Yale, The Parting Glass:1700 and East India Company Governor Elihu Yale is back in London, seemingly intent on reconciliation with his wife Catherine after ten years of separation. But those ten years have given her a taste of independence that she’s not ready to easily surrender. The ghosts of her previous life continue to haunt her, however – yet another former foe returned with her husband and seemingly is still intent on revenge. A more evil enemy still, in the shape of that Jacobite Colonel John Porter, who had caused such damage to her youngest daughter. Drawn back even further into espionage on behalf of her nation, Catherine must battle madness, her desires, the rifts in her family, riot, rebellion and assassination in this tumultuous third and final act of the Yale Trilogy.

David’s special offer:

I’m currently offering a free kindle copy of the first part, The Doubtful Diaries of Wicked Mistress Yale, to anybody who might be interested in reading it and, if they like it, possibly posting a short review on Amazon, Goodreads etc. All I need is their kindle e-mail address and to let me know whether they’re in the UK, USA, etc. But don’t worry about that bit if it’s a nuisance.

Best regards

David Ebsworth ~ Writer of historical fiction

_Out now – Part Three of the Yale Trilogy.

“Shades of James Clavell’s  Shogun and Winston Graham’s  Poldark.”

All three parts available through normal outlets.

http://www.davidebsworth.com/doubtful-diaries-wicked-mistress-yale

http://www.davidebsworth.com/mistress-yales-diaries-glorious-return

Thanks for taking part in my ‘Dice of Memories Challenge’ David. 

Diana Jackson is author of Mystery Inspired by History Series
the protagonist of her latest novel
‘MISSING Past and Present ~ Is Life Just a Roll of a Dice’
rolls a dice to relive her memories. 

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What do successful indie authors say about achieving success?

During the month of August I interviewed five successful Indie authors on this blog. You can click on them down the sidebar.

Here is a summary of of their advice to writer’s and similarities about their approach:

BE DILIGENT

~ Treat Writing Like work

It was clear from all of the authors interviewed that they took all aspects of writing novels, marketing and the publishing world seriously. Although many of us may not aspire to the dizzy heights of employing staff like Adam Croft ~ most of us commission people to do the cover art, formatting and editing. We aim for a professional product our readers expect of us.

I’ll let you into a little secret here. I met Adam when he was promoting his first ever crime novel, giving it away free on Amazon through Smashwords ~ and so there’s nothing wrong with aspirations of grandeur! (and possibilities)

Writing seriously IS HARD WORK!

BE CONSISTENT

~ Build your audience by expectation

Although many authors dabble in different genre and some are successful doing that, it is the consistency of publishing in a certain genre, an awareness of your audience and regular releases of books in a series that appears to build success. It may take time, but patience is then rewarded.

(If you click on the links below they will take you to the author pages on Amazon)

I know if I buy an Anne Allen book that it will be some kind of mystery, reflect a period in history and be set on the island of Guernsey, usually in at least two time periods.

Tony Riches writes historical fiction, researching characters in history who are less well known and it is obvious from his books that he has explored the places and well as also the lives of the people.

Margaret Skea is also a  competent historical fiction writer, often with some mystery adding a different dimension.

Adam Croft writes crime. His plots are quirky and increasingly complex, but all of his books are ‘a good read.’

Maggie Anderson writes Regency Romance which has a great following and are easy to identify.

Skimming over their author pages gives a clear picture of what to expect if buying their books.

BE CREATIVE AND AHEAD OF THE GAME

Adam Croft was into Audio Books well before they ‘took off.’ Margaret Skea has taken the opportunity during lock down of launching her books on audio too. With audio increasingly popular and profitable, why are more of us not taking up this opportunity? (note to self!) At first Audio books were mainly in the realms of libraries but not anymore.

Many of us are glad we ignored the doomsayers about e books and have always diversified into both paperback and e book. This is vital in today’s odd world.

BY GIVING YOU RECEIVE ~ IN MARKETING

I am a great believer in this message. No author is an island unto themselves. (a Diana mis-quote!)

Avenues for marketing are limited these days for those of us who were used to speaking to an audience, having stalls at craft fairs and book signing. There’s a plethora of different ways though, to promote your books on line. Margaret Skea, author of Historical Fiction, gives the good advice that it is essential to ‘give as much or more than you take’ when marketing on Social Media.

Help other authors out and they are more willing to support you.

I certainly feel the same. Author Tony Riches is always promoting other people’s work and because I love his books I trust his choice of books he promotes. It’s a win win situation. He has also given me tips along the way and pointed me in the direction of marketing opportunities, such as The Coffee Book Club Tour.

Maggi Anderson mentions the importance of a newsletter ~ so important and often overlooked.

… and finally just get writing!

If you would like to do a guest blog between now and Christmas on this blog then please read:

Throw a Dice for Memories of a Character in your novel

Then leave your contact details as a comment on my blog or email diana@dianamaryjackson.co.uk

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