Wow, I can't believe just how hectic this week has been. There's been so much to do at school with coursework and parents' evening and I've hardly had a minute to get any writing done. Today was BBC News Report Day which is a day when school students get to become journalists and produce a video edited reportage of world and local news. They started at half eight and worked right through to the deadline at 2pm. Matthew Shepherd from BBC Radio Cornwall joined us for the morning and the kids were thrilled to be interviewed live on air. I was interviewed about Ellie Andrews has Second Thoughts so hopefully some listeners might pre order it. Here's the ten minute report our students did. Enjoy! http://www.bodminphotography.co.uk/
My agent, Eve, called me yesterday with some brilliant news about a potential Christmas project. I can't say much in case nothing comes of it but I'm very excited. I will also be very busy too...
OK, I'd better get back to work. Before I go though, just a quick question: if I were to run Writers' Weekends on using video editing to make book trailers and promotions for novel publicity, would people be interested? I may as well use my Media Teacher expertise! email me and let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org
I've also posted my latest short story on my website. Feel free to read it and tell me what you think.
Sunday, 20 March 2011
Hello! Welcome to my new blog. It's been an aim of mine for ages now to blog regularly and keep all my friends and readers up to date with what's going on. I promise I'll do my very best to keep up with it.
For those of you who don't know me I was born in London but I’m now lucky enough to live in Polperro, a beautiful fishing village in Cornwall. All my life I’ve wanted to be a writer and as a child I filled endless notebooks with stories about ponies and forced my poor family to read them! When I was 14 I discovered Jilly Cooper and from the on my career path was set - I was going to write big fat block busters! I filled two arch folders with my historical bodice ripper (now hidden in my office, so cliched it makes me blush) before going on to write several shorter contemporary novels. It was at this time that I began my impressive collection of rejection letters!
One degree and a teaching job later I happened to meet my husband while on a girls’ weekend in Cornwall. Weeks later I decided to do the maddest thing ever - I handed in my notice and moved to Cornwall to be with him. I never looked back and I now teach Media Studies part time at Bodmin College and spend the rest of my time writing novels and short stories.
I now have a literary agent, Eve White (www.evewhite.co.uk) and am lucky enough to write for Little Black Dress and Orion. My first novel, Katy Carter Wants a Hero, was published in April 2010 and hit the national press because Richard and Judy picked it up. Katy was then sold to Russia (??) and Germany and is also out in the USA, or so American readers tell me! In March 2012 Katy was nominated for RNA Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year. I was lucky enough to get to attend a glittering ceremony in London where I met amazing writers like Katie Fforde, Lindsay Kelk and Jill Mansell. I could hardly believe I was there too. I'm on the bottom rung of a very long ladder but I'm loving every minute. I'm meeting amazing people and having so much fun. It sounds corny but it really is a dream come true.
My ultimate aim is to be able to write full time so watch this space! In the meantime I'm really busy arranging all the publicity for my next novel, Ellie Andrews has Second Thoughts, which is out on May 12th and trying to write novel 3. I also teach writers courses (www.writerscoursescornwall.co.uk ) to support other new and aspiring writers. They get to write and study in Polperro and we always find time for a quick trip to the Blue Peter Inn aka The Mermaid in Katy Carter.
i'll do my best to keep you up to date with everything and share the steps of my writing journey. Please feel free to contact me too with any questions, or follow me on Twitter and Facebook.
OK, now I really must do some work! xx