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Meet Author David A Wilson

On my blog today is children’s author, and dragon dreamer, David A Wilson. Like me, David lives in Coventry, UK, and is a member of the Coventry Writers’ Group.David Wilson

What is the title of your recent book? (In a nutshell what is it about?)

 Aaron Gray and the Dragon War is a book about an extremely bratty kid called Aaron who says “Crud” a lot. He lives in a children’s care home and has the same dream every night about dragons fighting each other around a castle. One day he gets sucked into the dragons’ world and is sent on a quest with another kid called Julia to try and stop a dragon war.  Julia’s generally quite thrilled about the whole thing. Aaron isn’t.

 What are the most challenging aspects of being a writer? And the most rewarding?

 It turns out that there are rules about when to use commas and exclamation marks. No matter how hard I try I never get it right and have to kill off all punctuation mistakes when editing. Sometimes I let a few stay in out of pity. The most rewarding part is that I have this whole world of characters and fantasy creatures that I get to explore. I’ve especially grown fond of Aaron and can’t wait to send him on more adventures in the future.

 Tell us a bit about everything you needed to do to get your book published – and launched. What worked? What you wouldn’t do again?

David Wilson 2Well Aaron Gray is self-published, rather than going through a publisher who already knows what they’re doing. The steps are all still the same, but it’s me doing them all rather than clever people in an office somewhere. I had to find my own editors to critique my book and find any errors, then find a printer and distributer, then find someone to design the cover because my art skills are shocking,  then format the book for printing and for e-books, then market the book myself and approach booksellers. Oh and before all that I had to write the book too.

My main piece of advice would be to give yourself plenty of time between your final book edit and publication. Getting books printed takes time, and every time you contact someone like Waterstones there’s a 30 working day (6 week) wait before you get a reply. You also need to take time to plan your book launch and contact your local media. I tried to do all of this in about 6 weeks, which as you can imagine posed some problems!

 What is your top tip for an aspiring writer?

 Decide what you want to write and write it. Don’t stop because it’s rubbish. First drafts are supposed to be rubbish. Don’t even stop and edit what you’ve written before. Just write whatever you need to write until your story’s finished. Then give yourself a week or so, go back to your story and start to craft it into something special.

 What are you working on at the moment?

 Book two! Aaron Gray and the <cough cough cough> is all plotted out and I’m hoping to have the first draft finished by the end of May.

 What do you like to read?

 I have a ridiculously  strict reading regimen, making sure that I’ve read one book in each of the following four genres before returning to the top of the list.

  • A children’s/YA book (because that’s my genre)
  • A christian/spritual book (good for the soul)
  • A book that is considered a classic (because there are so many amazing books I haven’t read)
  • A book recommended by a book club (to see what’s currently popular)

Where can readers find you (Amazon links etc)?

 The easiest thing to do is check out my website at www.breveny.co.uk, which has links to all the various bookstores and new content three times each week. You can also find me on facebook at www.facebook.com/breveny .

 

 

 

 

A YA story for our time.

Happy ‘Everbody Reads YA’ #SundayBlogShare.

Today I’m sharing an excerpt from my contemporary YA novel Girl Friends. 

Blurb:

Two teenagers, each looking for a ‘proper’ boyfriend: Courtney follows the old fashioned route via school and getting to know you chats over coffee. Grace finds a young man with a fast car who gives her expensive presents and promises to get her a career in modelling. But there’s a catch, and it’s a big one involving drugs and sex trafficking. Can the girls remain friends? More importantly, can Courtney and her new boyfriend (and his older sister) rescue Grace before she is in too deep? Does Grace want to be rescued?

Excerpt:

Girl Friends - cover” … Mostly young girls who don’t have any family to speak of. They get lured in by promises of enduring love or some such, and then also end up as prostitutes—with threats to slash their faces or break their legs, or hurt their family or friends, if they try to escape.” “That’s interesting. But I can’t see Grace falling for anything like that. She may not work hard at school or get great grades, but she’s not stupid.” “Well, maybe she believed that Kal had something more to offer her, something she really, really wanted. Something that made the loss of your friendship, the rows at the home, and missing school etcetera, all worthwhile.” “Oh, God, yes,” I am about to sit down again, but Hannah’s words deliver another shock. “He’s told her he can put her in touch with a man who can arrange a modelling contract for her. She’s mad to be a model— would do anything for it.” “There you are then.” Hannah sounds almost pleased, and this makes me so angry I nearly hit her. “But that solves nothing. We think we may know now why she’s behaving like she is, and can guess it won’t work out for her. And aren’t we the clever ones. But meanwhile, she believes she has a modelling contract almost in the bag. In fact she’s going today to meet this mythical man to get it sorted.” “Oh, Christ!” Both Hannah and Laurence turn to me with a look of dismay.

Links:

http://bookgoodies.com/a/B01EX9DPMS

myBook.to/GirlFriends

Girl Friends is published by Solstice: http://www.solsticepublishing.com

I’m taking a couple of weeks off. My blog will be back, with a number of author interviews lined up, after Easter. 

Meet author Ann Evans

When I started this blog I said that I hoped to feature  other writers here from time to time. So I am delighted that my very first guest is the acclaimed writer of children’s books, and romances, Ann Evans. Ann has also written ‘how to’ books on writing, runs regular writing classes, and has been a source of encouragement, advice, and inspiration to me since I started out as a writer. Ann Evans and books

 

  1. What is the title of your latest book? 

My latest full length book is a YA time slip thriller entitled Celeste.  It’s set in Coventry (my home city) in the present day and the Medieval past.  It’s about a girl – Megan Miller who moves to Coventry with her parents and starts a new school. She soon starts to get feelings of deja vu. Things become more worrying when she starts to have fragmented dreams and flashbacks to a past life. To a time when she had been called Celeste.

And then Megan believes some ominous presence is haunting her, following her, whispering in her ear. And always the same question, where did you hide it?

Megan becomes entwined in a frightening and heartbreaking world as she slips uncontrollably between her present life and her medieval past. She’s afraid that a new friend is actually a past enemy – and evil has followed her through the centuries.

I’ve also been busy writing books for reluctant readers, published by Badger Learning. There’s been Kicked Into Touch and Spend Like a Celebrity, plus I’ve had the fun of writing some horror stories: Nightmare, Red Handed and Straw Men. Also a heart-rendering story called By My Side, which has everyone in tears – even me!

  1. What are the most challenging aspects of being a writer? And the most rewarding?

For me the most challenging thing is finding enough hours in the day to do everything I want to do. And the most rewarding is seeing the finished product – a book or a magazine article published. And it’s also incredibly rewarding when someone tells you that they’ve read and enjoyed your book.

 3. What is your top tip for an aspiring writer?

Persevere! Never give up. If you want to be a writer, then write and keep on writing regardless of the rejections.  I had seven books rejected before my first one was published. I would also say read as much as you can and learn from other authors.

 4. What are you working on at the moment?

I’ve got a number of projects on the go. I write regularly for various magazines, so I’m always working on articles. But fiction-wise, I’m writing two more reluctant reader books. I’m also working on a romance, a children’s book and what I hope will be a psychological thriller. 

  1. What do you like to read?

I have a wide taste in books, from crime to time slip and romance to autobiographies. Amongst my favourite authors are Lee Child – who comes from my home city of Coventry, and Barbara Erskine who inspired me to write a time slip novel.

 6. Where can readers find you?

My website: http://www.annevansbooks.co.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ann-Evans-Books-146957850210/?fref=ts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/annevansauthor

Blog: http://annsawriter.blogspot.co.uk/

Buy links: Celeste paperback: AC_Celeste_1400x2100 (1)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Celeste-Ann-Evans-2014-06-02/dp/B019TLPNI4/

Celeste Kindle:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Celeste-Ann-Evans-ebook/dp/B00KQ8XIGE/

 

 

Ann’s books for reluctant readers are available from Badger Learning, Amazon and all the usual outlets. http://www.newresourcesforschools.co.uk/reluctant-readers/

By My Side Badger Learninghttp://www.amazon.co.uk/Ebooks-Nightmare-Teen-Reads-III-Evans-ebook/dp/B00ZMCU9SY

http://www.amazon.co.uk/My-Side-Teen-Reads-IV/dp/1784643211