A sneak peek

I’m currently working on my third book in the children’s series about a young girl called Lucy and Fiona Fairy.

But as I work on what I hope will be the last edits, I thought I would let you see the cover, designed by Fran Waterkeyn, my daughter. I love it. I hope you do too.

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I am aiming at publication this summer as an e-book, so I’d better get back to the editing!

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JUST WHO LET THE CAT OUT?

I have just published my latest children’s e-book Who Let The Cat Out? It follows on from my first book Magic In The Attic. Both relate to 10-year-old Lucy Appleton, her friend Serena, and a very grumpy old fairy called Fiona.

I wrote the second installment during #NaNoWriMo in November 2017, then I put it to one side while I was working on other writing projects and picked it up again this summer. I had thought this book would conclude the story of Lucy and Fiona, but the two main characters had other ideas.

So there’s now a third book under construction, started during #NaNoWriMo this year, which I hope to publish in 2019 and I’ve got a funny feeling it might lead to a fourth, as Lucy and Fiona still seem to have things they want to say and do.

If you would like to find out more about Lucy, Serena and Fiona, both e-books are available on Amazon Kindle and, if you’re quick, you can get Who Let The Cat Out? for free with my introductory promotion that runs for the next day or so.

Happy reading!

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Fiction writing and events

Recently I went to an event along with two other members of my writing group @vivmillera and @mapike2013. It was run by the Dorset Writers’ Network at the Arts University of Bournemouth. The best aspects of the event were that a) it was free and b) you got a chance to meet with other writers.

I really enjoy meeting up with other scribes and hearing what they’ve been working on;  whether they are old hands at this writing stuff, or whether they are completely new to it and finding their way. The age range comprised Uni students in their twenties to octogenarians, and quite a few in-betweenies like me, proving age is certainly no barrier to writing.  It was a pleasure to bump into Tracy Baines and Gail Aldwin and a few other people I knew.

As a bonus, there were two mini workshops; one by Maria Donovan looking at how to pitch your novel to agents and publishers and the other by Peter Roe about using modern media (smartphones) as a device to move on your story, rather than by face-to-face conversation. This is the session I had picked and it certainly gave me food for thought.

At the book sales table I met Kathy Sharp, who was doing a grand job selling other people’s books as well as her own. I hadn’t realised how many she had written. I fear I can never come away from a book sale or shop without buying something, so I finally decided on Maria Donovan’s intriguingly entitled novel The Chicken Soup Murder. I’m a sucker for a good title! The last book I bought based on its title alone was Game of Scones by Samantha Tonge, which I enjoyed. And, though I have only got through the first few pages of Maria Donovan’s book, the beginning is excellent.

Of course, attending workshops and events means there is less time for the actual writing but, I always come away inspired, and ready to do battle with the computer keyboard again. Happy writing!

Magic in the Attic

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Goodness, is it so long since I last posted in my fiction word blog? Wow!

Maybe there hasn’t been anything really exciting to write about, but this week there certainly is. I have just published my first children’s book for kindle on Amazon. It is called Magic in the Attic, and I am embarrassed to say I have been writing it for 18 years. Not constantly you understand. For many years it was in a cupboard; then last year I got it out, dusted it off and started working on it again. Then things got busy with the day job so the printed-out manuscript sat on top of the filing cabinet looking at me accusingly and in my head I could hear it say “When are you going to finish me?”

One of my copywriting projects got put back, so it was the ideal opportunity to use that time. However, I didn’t know if I would manage the technicalities of putting the children’s novel onto kindle. After a timely and excellent article in Writing Magazine, I had the help I needed. So on Tuesday I uploaded my book and the technology worked.

The book is aimed at 7-9 year olds and written as a traditional fairy book. I like to think it is fun and amusing, and I did try it out on two children, who enjoyed it.

So here it is. I’m very proud to say my daughter Fran did the cover illustration. Here’s the link in case anyone is interested in reading it: https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/254-6932614-3165065?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Magic+in+the+Attic+by+Carol+Waterkeyn

I would encourage anyone else who has a book lurking in a drawer to do the same and finally publish it. It’s a great feeling to send it out in the world!