Valley of tears and a mountain of doughnuts: finding the silver lining

Last week was an awful week. I received some bad news and without boring you with the details, I cried on and off for four days straight. B.K (Before Kids, not Burger King), I would have crawled under my blankets and wallowed in despair that whole time.lot-ugly-crying

But unfortunately, or rather fortunately, I do have my kids and they need me. Teary mommy isn’t an option so I was forced to find ways out of my funk.

I read (a lot), wrote (a lot), ate (too much) – mostly doughnuts, and searched for a better perspective. I focused on what made me happy.

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My top summer reads 2016

Hi everyone!

Holidays are finally over and school started this week for my daughter, Sasha. Don’t know who was more excited about it  – probably me.

This summer was an eventful one. We moved from our London flat at the end of June then spent July in the South of France. Early August, we settled in our new house and new life in Brooklyn. We’re thrilled!

But because of all these travels and moves, I had to put aside writing and blogging for the past couple of months. Luckily I did have time to read and I made the most of it. 14 books in 3 months, most of them great reads that reminded me why I want to write.

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A long journey: Ten things I’ve learned since publishing my novel

Ok, here me out. Despite the title, this post isn’t about me complaining about how long and tedious the publishing journey is. It isn’t either about how awfully slow it is to connect with readers. This is just part of the game, and all this build up is actually quite fascinating to experience. At least if one day my book becomes a bestseller (or a seller full stop), I’ll truly be able to enjoy it.

Instead of lamenting, I wanted to share with other newbie authors like me some of my experience and the lessons I’ve learned since publishing my novel, A Cunning Plan, nearly two months ago. Continue Reading

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Most Haunted: 44 Gilmore Street

Today Shani Struthers is on the blog, talking about her soon to be released novel, 44 Gilmore Street. Shani is a fellow Crooked Cat, author of the Psychic Surveys series. 
Warning: This series is extremely addictive! Can’t wait for May 27th to get my hands on book 3!
Hi Shani, thanks for visiting…

If your book was a movie, who would play your characters?

Ooh that’s a toughie! Thinking about it, not Hollywood A Listers, I’d like it to be one of those Indie Brit flicks. In fact, a bunch of unknowns would suit me – Ruby, Cash and Corinna are the youngest members of the Psychic Surveys team, whilst Ness is in her mid-fifties and Theo, nearly 70 – so there’s a good range of actors to choose from. Also, as it’s a series (there’ll be six books overall) I’d like to see it as a series on TV rather than a movie – I think the books would suit that medium more. Continue Reading

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Friendship and books

What does friendship and books have to do with each other you may ask… Well after yesterday, I would answer you: EVERYTHING.

As some of you may know ( God knows I’ve been hammering about it enough on Twitter and Facebook), yesterday was the official release of my first novel, A Cunning Plan.

The week leading up to it has been long and saturated in emotions – Fear, hope, anticipation, stress. But most of all, overwhelming LOVE.

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A Cunning Plan: Chapter 1

Ten days till launch date for A Cunning Plan!

Time for you to meet Sloane Harper – sweet mom, cook extraordinaire, hot mess and god awful spy!

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The Author and her Masterpiece: Meet Olivia Wildenstein

Today we celebrate the launch of The Masterpiecers, a fantastic New Adult novel, and its writer, talented author Olivia Wildenstein. She also happens to be my cousin… Lucky me 🙂
Hello, Olivia! Thanks for stopping by…

If your book was a movie, who would play your characters?

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A mother who writes – A writer who mothers

Stella Hervey Birrell, brilliant novelist and fellow Crooked Cat, is on my blog today to talk about How many wrongs make a Mr Right, her first novel being released on April 15.
Welcome, Stella! Over to you..

A candid account of combining writing and parenting for Astrid’s blog? BIG mistake. I am not going to look good here.

Leaving off drafting Chapter 7 to do the school run? Bad Writer!

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I am an author

One year ago, I attended the London Book Fair as an aspiring author: insecure, full of stories unshared, of dreams fragile as soap bubbles.

One year ago I took a decision: I would not be an aspiring author any longer.

One year ago I opened a Twitter account, created a blog, and sent out my manuscript, A Cunning Plan, to agents and publishing houses all over.

One year ago I wrote a letter on my blog called A place for hope. As I wrote this letter, I promised myself and my readers that I would stop being afraid, that I would embrace what I was at last: a WRITER. Words have power. By calling myself an author, I became one.

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8 weeks to launch

Last week my novel, A Cunning Plan, went up on Amazon for preorder. I realized I had only 8 weeks left to come up with some sort of marketing strategy. I’m still figuring it out as it goes, but every week, I’ll post a summary of what I’ve done and the lessons I’ve learnt till the launch date: May 6th. Continue Reading