Talking and listening

It’s been a fun week! I spent the day on Saturday with two wonderful writing friends talking practically non-stop about words in every genre.

One of my friends, Sarah Acton, is a poet extraordinaire! Based in Dorset she runs poetry workshops and nature walks, captivating everyone who attends. The third person in our little chattering group was Deana Luchia, author of the marvellous book entitled, Happy with Harry, an uplifting book about happiness, written by Deana’s rescue dog, Harry, which is so wonderful it should be gracing every book shelf in the land.

After a day of inspiring each other to push on with our next creative project, Sarah and I joined the wonderful Arctic thriller writer, Christoffer Petersen (via Skype). Sarah and I first met Chris when we were all working on our MA in Professional Writing with Falmouth University and we have been friends ever since. And for anyone who is familiar with my books, you will see the expert hand of Chris at work on all my cover designs – he is a real artist!

The talking continued today, in another form. I had fun recording a YouTube video trailer for a new initiative organised by CHINDI – the Network of Independent Authors – which I am proud to be a member of. This energetic group of independent authors are always coming up with new ideas to help spread the word about the wealth of writing experience within the group. The latest initiative is ‘CHINDI SPEAKS’ – a leaflet and associated YouTube trailers providing background information about several of us who are happy to give talks and presentations to local groups, libraries and writing festivals.

The focus for my own talk will be the 1960s – that iconic era, which I chose for the basis of my Sussex Crime Mystery series, as well as my latest novel, The Forgotten Children.

As soon as the CHINDI SPEAKS YouTube channel is up and running I’ll let you know! Meanwhile, after all that talking and listening, it must be time for me to get on with some writing…

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