I was recently invited to take part in a virtual blog tour by the lovely Maddy over at Writing Bubble. The tour is a journey through blogland, and each week new bloggers answer questions about themselves and their writing projects. He or she then invites and introduces another couple of bloggers who answer the same questions on their blog a week later, and so it continues. It’s a fab meme and a great way of finding new blogs.
Maddy and I started chatting at the beginning of the year through a writers linky. She’s also writing her first book in the midst of looking after three kids so we have a fair bit of common ground. She’s been a fabulously supportive cheerleader of mine, and I’m really grateful to have met her through cyberspace. I found her post last week really interesting, and am looking forward to reading her book one day!
Here’s my Q&A
1. What am I working on?
I’ve written a self help book, to encourage people to break the cycle of dysfunction and change their lives like I did. Over the last few days I have done the final edits on my first draft. I guess it’s now time to start thinking about next steps. On the one hand I’m really excited, but on the other I’m utterly terrified. What will I do if if it’s rejected by everyone I send it to and I’m told it’s a piece of crap?! There’s a small excerpt contained in this post if you’re curious.
In addition to my book I write two blogs, this one and my GAPS blog which documents my journey on the GAPS Diet – an all natural way of eating that excludes grains, dairy, refined sugar and processed food. I really enjoy blogging and would like to become self-hosted in the very near future to start making the most of the opportunities available. Ultimately I would love to forge a career out of writing, but I’m currently due back to my part time job in October.
2. How does my work differ from others in the genre?
The self help bits are interspersed with my own personal story, so in that respect it’s unique. What I hope will set it apart from the others is the easy to read and relate to style of writing, along with the straight forward messages that run throughout the book. It’s also fairly small so the reader could get through it nice and fast.
3. Why do I write/create what I do?
After a difficult childhood and very self destructive young adulthood, I broke away from my past and created a much brighter future. I’ve made sure that my kids have a life that is the polar opposite to the one I had growing up. I believe that regardless of the skeletons in the cupboard, anyone is capable of doing what I did. I’m hoping that my story and insights will help guide others through the process of changing their own lives.
4. What is your writing process?
To be completely honest I don’t have one! My kids are young and needy at 5, 2½ and 6 months old, so I snatch snippets of time whenever I can. Rather than going back to sleep after baby feeds between 4-5am I have been spending the time working on my book. I’ve always been a morning person and I find it’s when my inspiration is at it’s best. Other than that I write the odd thing here and there throughout the day. I’ve also had a handful of writing sessions while my toddler and baby have napped in synch and 5yo was at school. They were fab, if only they were a daily occurrence!
Time to pass you over to three lovelies who’ll be doing their own Virtual Blog Tour next week 🙂
Emily blogs over at Emily Davies Writes about parenting, crafts and a whole new world of self-employment that she has recently become a part of. She is a freelance book editor who specialises in the craft industry, mum to a very independent 16 month old and lots more in between!
After ten years as a teacher, Sophie of Raising Revolutionaries has taken a leap of faith into the two very different worlds of motherhood and writing.
The desire to stay at home with her son prompted a burst of creativity in the first few months of his life, and she finished her first novel, a dystopian coming of age story, last Autumn. Whilst her agent tries to find Lili Badger a home with a publisher she is developing the second – a psychological exploration of the darker side of relationships.
In between working on the novels Sophie is trying to make sense of the new worlds she finds herself in through her blog – a mixture of documenting the growth of the amazing little person she spends her days with, general ponderings on childhood, parenting and education, and musings on the fear and excitement that go along with finally becoming a writer.
Carol blogs at Virtually All Sorts. She’s a self-publisher and working mum. She loves positivity, writing, blogging and virtually all sorts!