Last month, I went to an author evening at my local library, where Erica James was giving a talk. It was all very informal and she got surprised by a couple of school friends turning up, because Erica had grown up on Hayling Island and gone to school here.
For about an hour she talked about her books and her writing and it was all very interesting and inspiring. She confessed to having started a book, had gotten eleven chapters into it and had simple decided it wasn't good enough and so she scrapped it (Put it into a file. Authors NEVER delete!)
Erica has written twenty novels, so it was nice to hear that an established author like Erica, also has those moments, where you read through your writing and with much sadness decide that its just NOT WORKING.
Sunshine has been out though and there's been more dog walking without a coat. My dog, Daisy, has been running on the sandbanks and through the sea every day, and by the time she finishes, she looks like a soggy dishrag, but she's having fun (pic below, with Misty the cat, waiting for a belly rub).
I find going to these author events, walking on the beach and just enjoying the sunshine and the dogs playing, very therapeutic. If I'm alone, I tend to go into writers mode and a walk along the beach is a great place for ideas. If I get a really good one, I record it on my Voice Memo thing on my phone, so I don't forget.
I've also been busy trying to revamp sections of the website. I've included a new BOOKS page, where you can find details of all my published books and a few Buy Links. Just click on the purple links and they'll connect you automatically in a new page. Hope some of you find this useful.
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I'd love to hear what inspires you, whether you're a writer or not! Does nature inspire you? Do books? Does music? Let me know, I'd love to hear about it.