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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

Twitter @RoseEnglishUK

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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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Guest Author Interview ~ Joshua Sutton with his debut novel ‘In Memory’

Author Joshua Sutton

Author Joshua Sutton

Welcome Joshua

Ive just checked out your website. Your bio talks about a career in music but a dream of writing. Ive just interviewed a writer at the opposite end of his career path who has turned to writing after a life in the film industry. Do you find the creative paths of music and writing compatible – maybe even complimentary?

I find that they both integrate with each other as often when I am writing I will have music in the background. It has always been something I have enjoyed and I hope that one day I will be able to combine my two loves of writing and music into one novel, but that is a way of for the moment. I mostly found that when I was creating a piece of music for one of the BA modules I would create plot ideas in my head to fit alongside the music or when listening to certain types of music I can write certain scenes better.  I have been told by a few of my friends who both know my music taste and have read my novel that they can tell when I was listening to Heavy Metal and when I was listening to Classical/Country music. 

Really interesting. I’ll try letting my writer’s imagination flow next time I’m listening to music and see what happens!

Turning to your debut novel ‘In Memory, with its chilling trailer, what led you to write horror?

In Memory started off as a horror novel but always had paranormal influences. After a while of re-writing it became a full paranormal fiction.  I was always inspired to write horror/books using the paranormal by people like H.P. Lovecraft as when growing up I loved the games based of off his work, I have never yet read one of his books but is defiantly something I plan to read in the future. 

Im fascinated by the written word which can cross reality with paranormal. You begin with a tragic case of a lady Sarah Summers who loses everything, even her sanity. She has absolutely no control of her life. It is in this lost world that she faces her demons – or is it the world facing demons in which she is a key part. Suddenly the power balance has altered. Am I guessing that this is a message you are trying to put across?

The demons come to her after she is sectioned in the Marleyland Mental Institute, I think the demons are a key part in her both regaining some semblance of her old self and regaining her sanity as throughout the novel I tried to use Cornelius as at first an aggressor but then someone who becomes a friend and who genuinely cares for Sarah’s wellbeing and wants her to both survive and get over the troubles that she went through. By the end of the first novel I had hoped that readers felt like Cornelius was helping Sarah to be reborn as something else. 

Maybe we all need a Cornelius too. Was your character name ‘Sarah Summerschosen to be cheerful and light for a reason?

I chose the name Sarah Summers because I thought that something about my main character should be happy. Sarah has been through a great deal and when I was planning both her and her overarching story-line, I felt that she should be able to have something happy to her as one of the many endings I have for the In Memory Trilogy is rather depressing for Sarah, I haven’t decided which way the final book will go yet though. 

You explain that you ‘wish to put a new perspective on the written word.Can you explain this to your potential reader?

Most of the books that I read are marketed at YA and some of them I found hard to read as they were unnecessarily twee or crass in my opinion. I found that some of the storylines were rather basic and whilst there are a load of great YA authors put a lot of work into designing their worlds I found that most didn’t. What I want to do is to bring back the hard work and enjoyment that readers find from reading my novels, I want readers to feel invested in the world I have created and invested in the characters I have created. I would love it if one reader related to Sarah or enjoyed the interaction between Sarah and Cornelius. If just one of my readers enjoys the characters then I am happy. 

I’m so glad that there is a surge in YA’s reading. It is a good sign, but you’ll have more of an idea how to reach them.

Well Joshua, before you go, can you tell your readers what to expect next. Is ‘In Memorypart of a series?

Yes absolutely! In Memory is part of a self titled trilogy the second of which ‘Shadowborn’ is currently being edited, the trilogy is set over a period of many years recalling many events and trials that both Sarah and Cornelius have to overcome. I hope to be launching my second novel at the UK Indie Lit Fest 2016 (http://indieliteraryfest.weebly.com/) I hope to see some of my readers there. 

Maybe I’ll meet you there too Joshua.

Many thanks for joining us today and I wish you every good fortune in your life as a writer and your trilogy!

Joshua Sutton’s novel ‘In Memorycan be bought on Amazon:

In the UK

In the USA

Heres the link to Joshua’s Website:

http://joshuasauthor.wix.com/author

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