it's all about me Renee Davis

All Aboard for the Virtual Blog Tour

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!


Full time wife and mummy to three, home educator, blogger, wannabee chef and published author. Follow me on my journey through life...

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  1. […] I came across her blog through various linkies we’ve both taken part in, and not only did I love her writing with its perfect balance of wit and sincerity but we also seemed to be very aligned in the way we think about parenting, education and the wider world. She’s recently finished the first draft of her first book, a self-help book which draws on her own difficult childhood to support people in moving away from dysfunctional pasts. You can read more about this project in her post here. […]

  2. You’re making me blush! Thank you for such a lovely, kind comment Zaz xx

  3. Thanks lovely 🙂

  4. […] announcing that I’ve completed the first draft of my book I have been inundated with questions along the lines of ‘how do you fit it all in?’ […]

  5. What a great way to get to know other bloggers and the blogosphere sharing all around on projects and what you are working on. Love getting to know more about you! thanks for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

  6. That would be cool – would be lovely to meet you but I understand your dilemma! X

  7. Wow, have you and Wonder Woman ever been seen in the same room as each other?? Seriously, 3 children, writing, blogging, and BEING all at the same time – this is why women are just AWESOME! Thank you so much for linking this great post to All About You. I am a night owl, not remotely a morning person, so truly impressed (or shocked!) that you work at such ungodly hours of the morning – good for you and in showing your commitment. Really enjoyed reading this, best of luck with your edits x

  8. We really can, but to put the past behind us we must truly make peace with it. Unfortunately it can be really hard to do so if it’s been dysfunctional and traumatic…

  9. Thanks so much Sam, I’ll be keeping you posted! I’m also seriously considering Blogfest xxx

  10. Thank you so much, what a lovely thing to say xx

  11. That is a lot to jam into snippets of time. Well done for getting it done, especially around three kids! Your positivity always shines through in your blog posts and I always enjoy reading them. Can’t wait for the book as well. The excerpt is extremely moving x.

  12. […] print out hard copies at work on Tuesday. Then the scary bit happens as I start sending it off. This post here from earlier in the week gives a little more detail about my book if you are […]

  13. I still can’t believe you’ve found it possible to find the time to write a book with three small children and keep on top of two blogs – I can barely find the time to write and edit a short post some days! Best of luck with the next steps hon. X

  14. It’s great to read more about your book, I imagine it has been a very difficult process with the little ones in tow. Well done you for finishing! That’s something I have quite a bit of difficulty with.

    I just wanted to say I totally agree with what you said “I believe that regardless of the skeletons in the cupboard, anyone is capable of doing what I did.”
    I think, regardless of what has happened in the past, anyone can be the person they choose to be.


  15. Thank you so much Carol, what a lovely thing to say *blushes*

  16. Thought I had already commented. Oops! I absolutely can’t wait to read your book, lovely lady. You’re an inspiration. Fact!

  17. Thank you so much lovely, really hoping I can get it out there now. Wish me luck 🙂

  18. Thanks so much Louise. I guess the juggling act is all about making the most of the limited time that I have, and ensuring it’s spent as productively as I can manage… although believe me I have some days where I’m fit for nothing but staring at the wall!

  19. Juggling writing a book, two blogs and looking after three children is quite impressive. Your book sounds really interesting, good luck with the final edits and getting it published 🙂

  20. Amazing and inspiring reading this post, well done you and the snippet I read from your book in your other post was amazing. Thanks for sharing this #allaboutyou

  21. Thank you so much Sara, your support means a lot! The next part really scares me, but I’m also super excited about it xxx

  22. Thank you, that’s so kind! Writing a book has been a personal goal of mine for a very long time. Even if I end up self publishing and only selling a hundred copies, I am proud of myself for finally doing it. Guess I have baby boy and his early morning feeding habits to thank really 🙂 xx

  23. Really looking forward to following the next part of your journey x lovely post, so interesting to read more about how you’re managing 🙂 #MagicMoments

  24. Great post! Wow, I’m so impressed that not only do you have two blogs, you have also written a book, along with three kids. You truly are inspirational! So interesting to hear more about what you do xx

  25. Thanks so much Nikki. It’s certainly an achievement with everything else I have going on 🙂

  26. Congrats on getting the draft finished. Fitting it all in is hard. Great post.

  27. They do indeed. Thanks for dropping by 🙂

  28. Thanks so much hon. The book has been a brilliant way to turn a crappy upbringing into something positive. It’s also my little thing – life becomes all about the kids once they are here, and rightly so, but it’s nice to have one thing for me xxx

  29. normaleverydaylifeblog says:

    I always enjoy these! It seems everyone has a little different process behind the scenes! #magicmoments

  30. Thanks you hon, what a lovely thing to say. You may disagree when I’m shouting at my kids for being at each others’ throats though 😉

  31. Thanks so much Fiona, I hope so! I’ll be keeping you all posted…

  32. Always interesting having an insight into other peoples lives, good luck with the book I’m sure it will all go brilliantly! Dropping in from Magic Moments.

  33. I cannot even begin to imagine how you fit it all in – you are fab!

  34. I can’t believe you are managing to write a book as well as blog as well as having a teeny tiny family! You are amazing! I read the excerpt last week and will say again it is amazing how you have turned everything around lovely xxx

  35. Thanks Erica, Having kids that don’t sleep definitely has its advantages…we are now three years into severe sleep deprivation, so I’m used to it. I find that as long as I’ve had four or five hours per night I can cope. It would be nice to get some Zzzzz’s at some point though!

  36. Thanks so much Sarah. I’ll definitely be updating everyone…even if it ends up purely being self-published and only sold on here 😉

  37. Thank you! Luck always appreciated xx

  38. Thanks Maddy, i’m almost happy enough with it to send it off. I met an agent a while back who said he’d be keen to look at it when it was written, so that’s my first port of call. As I said i’m excited and terrified in equal measure!!

    The sleep deprived early mornings have been the making of this book. It would be nice though if baby boy wasn’t waking up quite as frequently now (5 times last night)!! xx

  39. Erica Price says:

    Impressed with how you manage to fit in writing a book as well as a blog with three small children.

  40. sarahmo3w says:

    Really interesting to read more about your book and impressed that you’re managing to fit it round three small children. I look forward to hearing about how you get on with the publishing journey.

  41. Sounds like you have completely changed things for the better and good luck with the final edits x

  42. maddy@writingbubble says:

    Thanks for such a lovely introduction! It’s great to hear more about your book – it sounds fab. I really like the idea of a self help book intermingled with real life experience, it sounds like it will make it much more real and relevant and inspiring! I think it’s really great that you’re making something so positive out of your difficult past and I hope publishers snap it up.

    But seriously, you don’t got back to sleep after being woken at 4am?! I’m not remotely a morning person so am uber impressed by that!

    Thanks for taking part in the tour.xx

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