Category Archives: Inspiration

Personal Writing Hopes, Dreams and Plans for 2023

Looking Back before Moving Forward

Go Wide! ~ Looking at the goals I set out at this time last year and reflecting on what I have achieved.

~ I have gone wide with Murder Now and Then and it is now available on Kobo, Google and Apple ~ in fact so many more sites. Click on the link for options. It’s soooo clever!

Supporting Other Authors

This year has been my main focus for this year as Eventispress has become an Independent Publisher and three new authors have come into the fold. It is a hands on approach to publishing a book. I love being involved in the enthusiasm of other authors, focusing on their projects rather than my own. As one Christmas card said,

“Thank you for everything!

Your have changed my life!

I will always be grateful for that.

Very, very special lady!”

I was so touched by this message. It made my day; in fact it made my year.

Updating The Healing Paths of Fife

This was completed before Christmas with a new cover. I have received the proof copy so

watch this space!

So far £733 has been raised for local charities for the sale of The Healing Paths of Fife of which £367 has been given to Kirkcaldy Foodbank. I would like to thank readers so much for their generosity!

Prequel to Riduna

My parents wrote a prequel to Riduna; a novella. They struggled with conversation and when Mum and Dad had dementia I tried to stimulate them by working on the little book with them. In the end, the pandemic put a halt to this, but I would like to publish this little book in memory of them. I have been working on it, with a gentle touch, and hope for this to be published in 2023.

Watch this space too!

Other projects

For the third and final book in my Riduna series, I have revisited the lovely island of Alderney, reconnected my links with The Alderney Museum, for which I am truly grateful, and will begin the serious work on research in 2023.

As far as the third in my Mystery Inspired by History series, I have got no further than uploading the half written manuscript on my Kindle to refresh my memory, before putting a serious effort into completing it, beginning next Tuesday. I’m so looking forward to creatively writing again. It’s exciting!

Click on the book covers for a link for an e book or for Waterstones click here.

Yet again I have so much to be thankful for. It has been such a positive year.

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An Inspirational Stocking Filler for Christmas

New Cover Reveal of ‘Search for the Pearl’

I digress from my series of posts to bring you the news that

SEARCH FOR THE PEARL INSIDE YOURSELF’

has this fantastic new cover:

An Inspirational and Motivational little book for young people who are struggling to find their way at the moment.

This version is only available:

at Waterstones

at the Great British Bookshop

I have heard so many people say that their grandson, grand daughter, nephew or niece find it hard to move on after Covid and Brexit. Opportunities open a few years ago have challenges, drawbacks and hidden pressures.

Their education has been disrupted.

Their university days which should have been uplifting and full of social events has been curtailed or irreparably damaged.

Opportunities to travel or work abroad have narrowed.

A gap year of travels is weighed down with concern for the environment.

A 20 year old waiter in Greece remarked back in May just as restrictions were being lifted, ‘I’ve always wanted to see a bit of the world and maybe work in the UK for a while but I’m not sure it will ever be the same again.’

This is a theme close to my heart having taught struggling 16 to 19 year olds for over a decade in Luton Bedfordshire before moving to Fife.

There are still a few copies of the first edition which I am prepared to GIVEAWAY FREE in the UK, for just the cost of postage, if you get in touch with me before Christmas and outline briefly why you think it might help. Please don’t name the young person though.

diana@dianajacksonauthor.com

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Flower of the Forest by Zena Meyler

To continue the coincidences of my poignant last post. (and that wasn’t a pun) just before the Armistice Service in Kinghorn, we were away down in Yorkshire, staying at a lovely BnB near Pickering called Lowther House.

We ate some fish and chips before strolling around the quaint streets of Pickering, where we found a second hand bookshop. Unable to walk past I got into a conversation with the owner about how difficult it must be to categorize books, when he asked us where we were staying.

‘Ah,’ he said. ‘There was an author living at Lowther House at one time. Just a minute,’ and he went off searching along the numerous shelves of books and found:

The copy was a bit battered and so I brought it home to read, aware a week later that the book in my hand was a reflection of the service at the War Memorial a week later when ‘Flowers of the Forest’ was played so beautifully on the bagpipes.

The following morning we went down to breakfast and were astounded to be faced with walls of prints by Jack Vettriano. We asked the lady why this was and she replied,’

‘I was in the forces based up at Inverkeithing, Fife and we both fell in love with his work.’

The oddest additional coincidence was that only two week’s before Roger and I had visited the popular Jack Vettriano exhibition in Kirkcaldy Galleries, the place where JV was first stirred with inspiration to teach himself to paint. The rest, as they say, is history.

The Singing Butler by Jack Vetrianno

The above print can be bought here on his official website.

This amazing artist was self taught, was rejected by the main stream art world but has made millions!

What a story.

As far as the book, it was a great read once you got over several moments which were not very PC in today’s world. It was a good book of its time and evocative of the traumas of life during WW1.

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