Hi Ailsa, thanks for the invite to join you today – magic carpets are definitely easier second time around! That in itself is something I’d never have been saying a year ago…
I know – one gets used to them and I find it much more comfy than airplanes and certainly less painful than a broomstick! Welcome back. Look- I found the facial reconstruction from Leicester University to use as a main picture! I couldn’t have done that a year ago either.
A year ago yesterday, on 27th October, my debut novel Kindred Spirits: Tower of London was released by Crooked Cat Publishing, our lovely mutual publishers, and what a year it’s been since. I mean of course the fact of actually having had the novel published is amazing, especially since being released in paperback this spring, but I’ve been just as excited by all the periphery activity associated with the book.
As a ‘Cat’, I’ve become part of such a fantastically supportive community, and have learned so much. Before the novel was released, it went through a thorough edit and proofread. I’d had a great review of the synopsis and first three chapters before submitting, but to see it cover the whole book was fascinating. Through this, and my own re-reading, I picked up errors and ‘pet phrases’ which I used too much, and am now using all the advice and tips in my new writing now, as well as in my working life.
This blogging malarkey has also been a big part of this last year, both hosting and being hosted (thanks again!). Even more, thanks to Crooked Cat, I’ve learned more about using Twitter and Facebook more effectively
Talking of which, come indoors, it’s getting chilly and we can huddle in the kitchen with some cake and tea. Lily is scratching at the door to say hello to you.
Oh, and there’s been some writing too! Recently, I’ve been working on another book set in the world of Kindred Spirits, and thanks to the lessons of this last year, I’m able to spot things going awry with it, and tackle them early on. It seems I’m a bit obsessed with shoulders… Could be worse.This year then, being part of a fantastic writing community, and learning from everyone else, has been a full-on thrill.
To celebrate Kindred Spirits: Tower of London’s first birthday, the E-book is currently just 99 p/c until the 31st October. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!
Kindred Spirits: Tower of London
A King, three Queens, a handful of nobles and a host of former courtiers…
In the Tower of London, the dead outnumber the living, with the likes of Tudor Queens Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard rubbing shoulders with one man who has made his way back from his place of death at Bosworth Field to discover the truth about the disappearance of his famous nephews.
Amidst the chaos of daily life, with political and personal tensions running high, Richard III takes control, as each ghostly resident looks for their own peace in the former palace – where privacy was always a limited luxury.
With so many characters haunting the Tower of London, will they all find the calm they crave?
Jennifer is a marine biologist by training, who developed an equal passion for history whilst stalking Mary, Queen of Scots of childhood holidays (she has since moved on to Richard III). She completed her BSc and MSc at the University of Hull, and has worked as a marine environmental consultant since graduating.
Enrolling on an adult education workshop on her return to the north-east reignited Jennifer’s pastime of creative writing, and she has been filling notebooks ever since. In 2014, Jennifer won the Story Tyne short story competition, and also continues to work on developing her poetic voice, reading at a number of events, and with several pieces available online. Her debut novel Kindred Spirits: Tower of London was published by Crooked Cat Publishing in October 2015.
Kindred Spirits: Tower of London, Amazon link: http://authl.it/B016TRKU2A