#AUTHOR INTERVIEWS: Brian Connell “Msomi And Me”

WELCOME to another author interview, this time with an exciting adventure writer, Brian Connell, who was born in Kenya and spent most of his youth with famous wildlife photographers and film makers. He built and ran a game lodge for many years, and is a huge advocate for wildlife protection. His two books, “Msomi & Me” and “Elephants Are People Too” make exciting reading for both adults and children.

Here’s what he has to say:

Author Brian Connell
Author Brian Connell

“Having been brought up in East Africa, in the company of some of the greatest wild-life photographers and film-makers the world has ever seen, it was only natural for me to attach a camera to myself and follow in their illustrious footsteps. I am by no means in their league, but the lessons I learnt from them has, in my humble opinion, led me to make some worthwhile images.

Taking photographic skills and a love of the bush, I started a bush-camp in the middle of nowhere with the intention of running photographic workshops in the wilderness of Africa. For seven years I had an absolute ball, enjoying a lifestyle that few have ever experienced. My mentor, Msomi, and I lived in close proximity to the wildlife; learning, teaching and above all: living!
This collection of anecdotes will give you, the reader, a fair idea of what living in paradise is all about. Interspersed in the text are a number of stories that I have collected during my travels – myths and legends and wonderful stories from Africa. While having little to do with life in a game lodge, they show a side of Africa that few people know about. I hope you enjoy them – I do.”

Acquiring, building, and running a game lodge in Africa must take up a lot of time, however did you manage to find the time to write your books?
Quite correct. Running the lodge was extremely time consuming, but a tremendously fulfilling experience. By no stretch of the imagination could it be called ‘work’. I unwisely formed a partnership with an aquaintance who skipped with all the cash and some of the assets, forcing me to sell up and leave the lodge just to try and stay out of debt. As it was, I ended up owing the banks an absolute fortune. The books were written quite a while after the devasating loss of the lodge, suggested by a good friend as a way of getting over the pain. It worked, to a degree.
There must be lots of adventure in your experiences growing up, how did you decide what to include and what to omit in your stories?

I was brought up in Kenya, in the company of many of the wild-life greats. Armand and Michaela Denis, Alan and Joan Root, Des and Jen Bartlett to name a few. It was their influence that engendered my abiding love of the wilderness. The stories in the books are solely experiences we had while at Nokuthula, my game lodge.

Do you think you missed out on anything important by growing up in East Africa? If so, what in particular, and how do you think you would be different for it?

I probably did miss out on a lot of important stuff, but each individual has his or her own idea about what constitutes ‘important stuff’. I was too busy having fun, adventure and excitement traveling around with my film-maker friends to worry too much about was going on politically, or even socially.  This desire to be in the bush as often as possible resulted in losing out in the girlfriend stakes and becoming a bit of a loner. On the plus side though, it exposed me to people from all religions, colours and social strata, making me tolerant of all and better person for it.

10749918_592661784195430_5264524405469079307_oWhat was your favourite book as a child and why?

I was, and remain, a voracious reader, but if any one book has to be singled out, it is Jock of the Bushveld. It really made me wish I had been born into a much earlier time.

Is there an element of writing you dislike or find challenging? How do you overcome it?

I have a well-known sense of humour and am able to find the funny side of virtually any situation. This trait comes over well in my books, but it is patently obvious, when writing about poaching, for instance, that my emotions are running wild. My writing style tends to change a bit, something my readers have commented on. The only way to overcome that sort of challenge is to write it as if I was speaking aloud, warts and all, and let the emotion flow. Writing about man’s inhumanity to animals is the most challenging and emotional experience for me.

Do you have any tips or advise for new authors and writers?

I write about my personal experiences, so it’s perhaps a bit easier than writing a novel. I tend to day-dream a bit, telling myself stories in my head and let my sub-conscious work away at it for a while. Then write! Let it flow., and it will! Let the words appear, disregarding good grammar or ‘correct’ sentence structure. You can always go back and edit. But above all, don’t be shy to display your emotions if writing about something dear to your heart.

Would you like to add anything?

My books tell stories of Africa, a place of mystery and adventure even today. But Africa’s wildlife is in dire straits with the terrible poaching epidemic currently underway. I would plead with anyone who has a heart and a sense of adventure to read my books, get a feel for the wonders of living in the bush and doing everything they can to help out.

 

Click on any of the pictures above to access Brian’s website, and please share this interview with your friends. Together we can all do our part to help protect the dwindling wildlife around the world that is being cruelly slain illegally. Once the wildlife is gone, there won’t be any more!

 

 

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49q hard coverANTHONY DONNELLY blogs about all things writing, inspirational, and motivational. He has published a number of books for both children and adults. His elaborate first novel 49Q? THE ENIGMA CONTINUES is currently climbing up the Amazon charts, and is available in Kindle or paperback. When not sat at his keyboard writing, he can be found in Costa Rica, North America, or somewhere in Europe motivating and coaching individuals and groups in self-development techniques and life-balance.

 

 

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#Author Interviews: Simon Largo – “The Storm Slayer”

stormslayer-largo-ebookWELCOME to interview three in my author series. Today I have the pleasure of introducing Simon Largo, author of THE STORM SLAYER, a slick, crime thriller released last week:

 

  1. From your bio on your website, it looks like you started by writing screenplays. What made you choose that medium first and not jump straight into writing novels? 

Well I always loved the idea of either producing a film or being a film director. Then I realised that was going to be a tough call, so decided to try my hand at writing screenplays instead. I found the creative aspect fun and it pushed my imagination as I was writing them on spec. The idea of writing a full length novel at the time was too daunting! I was so lucky to have been signed by an agent early on, but thought that was it. When success didn’t follow I almost gave up. 

  1. Did ‘The Storm Slayer’ start off as a movie script idea? If it didn’t, what was your inspiration?

In my mind it was a movie, for sure. But I had been reading so many great thriller novels over the last couple of years, especially Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series, I thought why not turn it into a novel as a break through idea as trying to sell a screenplay with no track record is very hard indeed. However maybe I will sell the movie rights for my debut novel or one the follow ups – that would be fantastic. At least if I was asked to assist or even write the screenplay, I know I could do that with my experience.

  1. What made you use New York City as the location for your novel?
Author of The Storm Slayer, Simon Largo
Author of The Storm Slayer, Simon Largo

Well I’ve been there a couple of times over the years and it’s like most movies I watch seem to be set there! It was a natural choice. The place is so alive. The crime thriller genre was made to be immersed into NY culture and its environment in my view.

  1. Where do you gain the inspiration for your main characters from?

The movies where else! For my lead character, Detective Mason Trent, in The Storm Slayer, I was inspired by Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry and Steve McQueen in Bullitt. Both absolute classic films. I liked the portrayal of Eastwood and McQueen in character for their nuances, toughness and also their emotional traits. I guess Mason Trent is a hybrid of them both.

  1. If you could give any advice to novice and aspiring authors, what would you suggest?

Don’t give up! I haven’t. I almost think it better to write as a mature writer as you have a lot of life experience which can help in character development and story narrative.

  1. Are you reading anything right now, if so, what is it and why?

The Innocent by Rachel Abbott – not a new book, but only recently discovered her works following something I came across on a blog by NY Times bestselling author, Joanna Penn (www.thecreativepenn.com). The book is a good crime thriller. The murderer in this case is a woman. You know that after the first few pages, so not giving anything away really. Rachel went for the self publishing route and ended up selling 400,000 copies of that first book. Inspiring for any indie author.

  1. Thank you for participating in this interview, is there anything else you’d like to add?

If you are a new writer, or aspiring to be one, do it! Life is too short to always think if only. I wish all my fellow authors the best of luck in 2015.

For more information about the official release date of his debut novel, check out Simon’s website: www.simonlargo.com

 

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49q hard coverANTHONY DONNELLY blogs about all things writing, inspirational, and motivational. He has published a number of books for children and adults. His first novel 49Q? THE ENIGMA CONTINUES is currently climbing up the Amazon charts, and is available in Kindle or paperback. When not sat at his keyboard writing, he can be found in Costa Rica, North America, or somewhere in Europe motivating and coaching individuals and groups in self-development techniques and life-balance.

 

 

#Author Interviews: Mistral Dawn – “Taken By The Huntsman”

WELCOME to the second in my author interview series. A new, up-and-coming author today, Mistral Dawn – a pen name as intriguing as her romantic fantasies! Her debut novel, Taken by the Huntsman is doing well on Amazon, but first a few words from the pen-mistress herself:

 

  1. “Taken by the Huntsman” is a fantasy romance novel. Have you always written in this genre or did you evolve into this?

Taken By The Huntsman is my first novel.  The book I’m working on now is the second one in the series, so it’s also a fantasy romance novel.  Before Taken By The Huntsman my writing was mostly limited to school papers and letters of complaint. 😉

  1. Where do you gain the inspiration for your main characters from, people you know or your imagination?

TakenbytheHuntsman AmazonWell, The inspiration for Taken By The Huntsman came from a dream I had after a rather spirited debate with an online friend about the nature of consent (and some other political issues I won’t bore you with).  When I woke up I thought about the dream and realized it might make an interesting story (as well as provide me with a soap box 😉 ).  I texted a friend and asked her if she thought the idea had merit.  She said she did and so I wrote the first couple of chapters and emailed them to her asking her to read them and tell me if she was bored yet.  She was kind enough to say that she wasn’t bored and that she’d like to read the rest of the story, so I wrote it.  The ideas for the next few books and short stories came from characters who came to me and told me that they deserved a story too, and it was my job to write them.  So I will! 🙂

  1. What do you find the hardest part of writing a novel is, and how do you overcome it?

The hardest and easiest part of writing was the sex scenes.  OMG! They were so much fun to write! After all, who wouldn’t enjoy letting their wildest fantasies run wild through their head? 😉  But sometimes it’s hard to rein them back in to the realm of the possible.  Also, I’m a woman so I’ve never made love as a man.  What do men think about during sex?  How does it feel to them?  How, exactly, does one make love to a woman?  These are all important questions!  And has anyone ever noticed that many men have difficulty expressing feelings in words?  I need input people! 😉

  1. If you could give any advice to novice and aspiring authors, what would you suggest?

I’m very new to writing, so I don’t know that I’m the best qualified person to give others advice.  Someone told me to read a lot and write what you feel.  Maybe that will help others as well. 🙂

  1. Are you reading anything right now, if so, what is it and why?

At the moment I’m reading Seed by db nielsen. Seed was chosen as the first book being read by the #IndieBookBeSeen GoodReads book club.  Congratulations db! 🙂

  1. Thank you for participating in this interview, is there anything else you’d like to add?

You’re welcome, and thank you for having me Anthony! I’d just like to tell my readers:  Thank you so much for reading my book!!  I appreciate the fact that you’ve given your time and your money to experience my work; it humbles me that you have been willing to do so.  I value all of your feedback, both good and bad, because it can only make me a better writer and help me create a better product for you to enjoy.  So thank you, as far as I’m concerned you’re totally awesome! And please keep those reviews coming! 🙂

 

To keep abreast of Mistral Dawn and her future publications, check out her own blog here:  http://www.mistralkdawn.blogspot.com

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49q hard coverANTHONY DONNELLY blogs about all things writing, inspirational, and motivational. He has published a number of books for children and adults. His first novel 49Q? THE ENIGMA CONTINUES is currently climbing up the Amazon charts, and is available in Kindle or paperback. When not sat at his keyboard writing, he can be found in Costa Rica, North America, or somewhere in Europe motivating and coaching individuals and groups in self-development techniques and life-balance.

 

 

#WRITING Tips: Branding on a Budget

Global Book Promotion Group on Facebook
Global Book Promotion Group on Facebook

When most people think of branding, they tend to associate with the big, household names like Coke, Virgin, Heinz, etc. They didn’t become a household brand overnight, there was a consistent process they took to get there. Although this article doesn’t have the scope to give you the whole process here, and is directed more towards writers and authors branding themselves, this will get you a long way towards where you need to be to gain a good following for your work.

The most important thing to consider when thinking about branding yourself is that IT IS NOT AN OVERNIGHT PROCESS.

 Even if you haven’t started writing your first novel (and essentially you should start this process at least a year before you think you’ll be publishing your book) here are three major steps you should take which won’t cost you any money:

  1. Start a blog
  2. Set up a twitter account
  3. Create a Facebook page

With just these three social media platforms, you have the basis for laying the groundwork for establishing a brand. The most important element of branding is consistency and uniformity. Whether you are branding yourself as an author, or your book, there has to be a central theme to your platforms. You should use the same graphics, titles, and keywords for each of the above. For example, I write across many genres and for both children and adults, so I have chosen to brand myself, therefore the titles for 1 – 3 above are:

  1. http://www.adonnellywriter.wordpress.com is my blog
  2. @adonnellywriter on twitter
  3. https://www.facebook.com/adonnellywriter is my Facebook page

You see how I use ‘adonnellywriter’ in all of the above, and I even have a matching email address adonnellywriter@yahoo.ca. The reason I chose this is because it states clearly my name and what I do in one. I also use the graphics from my latest book THE SHEPHERD, as that is what I’m focusing on right now and have a self-help workbook coming soon that accompanies it.

The Shepherd Cover ArtObviously, if you have a budget, I would advise you to create your own website in addition to the other three items above, but that can be added later.

The reason I suggest these three elements and personally utilize wordpress is because I can very quickly and easily link all three together to cross-post my articles and news. I focus on posts that are specific to authors and writing, and I link to my books available on amazon.

Although this is free, you will have to commit time and effort to this process and work on each element consistently every day, or at the very least 2-3 times a week.

TWITTER: Using hashtag searches relevant to your core field (#books #aurhors #writing #readers, etc.) SLOWLY start following people on twitter. This can be a laborious process at first, but I recommend adding 10-20 new people a day at first, and engage with them. Retweet things that are on topic, relevant, and you find interesting. Interact with the people you follow: network and form friendships. THIS IS WELL WORTH THE TIME AND EFFORT and if you shortcut this step you are shooting yourself in the foot. Tweet about things you think will appeal to your audience – you’ll know what you’re doing right and wrong by the retweets and favorites you get.

BLOGGING: Commit to posting at the very least ONE interesting post per week (more is obviously better, but one is okay to begin with) Connect with other bloggers, make comments on their posts. Write interesting things that engage your audience and let them into your world. What are you writing? Can you give them an exclusive sneak peek? Do you have some insider tips? Remember to keep the core elements of your branding, don’t go off on silly or irrelevant tangents, but also don’t be too repetitive and boring.

FACEBOOK: As with the other two above, start building your audience. Connect with other writers, authors and readers. Post things of interest to them. Do you have a promotion? Are you trying out different book cover designs? Join an author promotion group like the one above – engage with the other members, make friends, network. Don’t be overkeen to self-promote too much, you are laying the seeds of a growing brand.

As said at the beginning, branding is a process, it won’t happen overnight, but it is so much easier to take a long term view, start small and slowly, build a loyal following, keep them entertained and interested. The rewards will come in time, and by making it fun and connecting with new friends in your field, you’ll find it very fulfilling. To teach you how to brand yourself fully would take a book, but following these little tips will put you a long way along the branding path.

I hope you found this interesting and informative, please share it with your friends, and leave comments and feedback below.

 

#Jokes: Something to Make You Smile

I learned early on in my attempts at stand-up comedy in the US that I’d better not give up my day job, but every now and then I get a quick gag or one-liner that just makes me laugh. After watching a tv docu-drama about the late, great British comedian, Tommy Cooper, I was staring up at the night sky and this one came to me…

“The Big Dipper went on a quiz show the other night. It didn’t win, but it got a constellation prize.”

My mind then went to ‘potty’ humour, and amended it to…

“An 80 year old lady went on a quiz show last night. She didn’t win, but she got the constipation prize.”

And that one reminded me of an old Einstein joke…

“Einstein was constipated the other day, so he asked his assistant for a pencil to work it out.”

Boom! Boom!

 

As said, no competition for my ‘day’ job any time soon 🙂

#Author Interviews: William D.Prystauk – “Bloodletting”

bloodlettingWELCOME to the first in this year’s author interviews series where my guest today is William D. Prystauk, an award-winning screenwriter, film producer, and teacher in higher education, to mention only a few of his talents. He is the author of “Bloodletting“, a dark, mystery novel, and if you love horror, you should tune into his weekly podcast, “The Last Knock,” on iTunes.

 

Q: Imagine I’m a new reader. Tell me a little about your books to pique my interest further.

Although I’ve wanted to write a novel for many moons, I indulged in screenwriting for many years to help cement my storytelling. Due to the nature of the film industry, which means few production companies buy scripts, I decided to adapt my award-winning screenplay “Bloodletting” into a novel. The screenplay, which led in the mystery category at the Screenwriters Showcase Screenplay contest in 2006, ultimately won second place overall. I used the screenplay as a glorified outline to shape my hard-boiled crime thriller.

Author of "Bloodletting", William D. Prystauk
Author of “Bloodletting”, William D. Prystauk

In “Bloodletting”, punk rocker and sadomasochist Denny Bowie, a “legwork guy” for a private investigation firm, is out to find the killer of five masochistic men and his childhood friend, fetish photographer Tommy Heat. He gets back with Penny Dallion, the Goth-girl of his dreams, and is enthralled by the hot and androgynous Erin Marr, his new boyfriend. While investigating Tommy’s murder, Denny discovers pictures missing from Tommy’s meticulous collection. These photos not only hold the key to the killer’s identity, but may also prove Penny’s involvement in the murders. Now, embroiled in New York’s vibrant S&M subculture, Denny revisits old haunts: fetish clubs in Greenwich Village to find the killer who’s a step ahead of him – and maybe right behind him.

If you’re like me and become critical of what you read, please know that I met with a former homicide detective, a private investigator, a New York City court reporter, a police officer, and more experts to make certain “Bloodletting” is accurate. In addition, I visited or lived in all of the places I wrote about. One can say I took “write what you know” seriously!

Q: What motivated you to write in your specific genre?

The story and characters always determine genre for me. However, in the case of “Bloodletting”, the hard-boiled subgenre allowed me to go a little bit deeper and get more “real.” Since the story is base on my experiences in New York’s Greenwich Village, this allowed me to create an honest narrative. Moreover, I have always been compelled by great mysteries, whether it’s Gillian Flynn’s “Sharp Objects” or Frederick Busch’s “Girls”, and as a boy, I’d soak up as much as the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew as possible. In general, mysteries keep our minds alert and ablaze – we can’t check our brains at the door – and I wanted “Bloodletting” to be a journey that would entertain as well as keep readers’ minds engaged in the suspense.

Q: If you were not allowed to write horror, what would be your next best pick and why?

bloodlettingI’d have to go with thrillers like “Bloodletting” because conjuring suspense is no easy task. I love horror because it’s such a challenge. After all, creating a scare per page is far from easy. Thrillers, like horrors, allow me to draw out the intrigue while keeping the goings-on mysterious for as long as possible. The only thing a thriller doesn’t offer is the element of the uncanny or supernatural, and I like to write without those factors because real life comes with its own nightmares. The aspect of the thriller allows for a sense of reality most horror lacks, and this means the reader has a better chance of finding the story relatable.

Q: What do you love most about writing, and is there any element you dislike, if so, what?

I love the escapism associated with writing. It’s like being in the shower where no one can get to you. Plus, no matter what I write turns out to be a bit of therapy and leaves me feeling better about the world I live in. Finally, when writing, I create a universe where I control everything that happens: I chose who lives and who dies, if it will or won’t rain, and who gets the boy or girl. In real life, I rarely have that kind of control.

When it comes to dislikes, I sometimes wish I could blink my eyes and complete a troublesome manuscript. But the pitfalls and challenges of storytelling are part of the journey. Therefore, I hunker down and write through the problem. On some occasions, I let the manuscript go for a while and work on something else. Afterwards, I’ll go back to that pesky story and look at it like an editor. This usually provides me with new ideas to see the story through. It’s amazing what a little time off can accomplish. Allowing the manuscript to ferment on its own for a while is often a critical step between a great story and a weak one.

Q: Are your main characters based on people you know or are they imagined?

A little bit of both. Most character backgrounds include a hodgepodge stories from other people I know, though I never use anyone’s physical appearance. However, in “Bloodletting” the character of Penny is sort of a mix between an old friend, musician Siouxsie Sioux, and the one-time drummer for the alternative electronica band Indoor Life (I never got her name).

Usually what I do is daydream of my characters and follow them around in my mind to see where they take me. Eventually, they fall into place with their strengths and weaknesses, goals, loves, and hates. When writing a story, I usually think about them before bed, and that helps me relax and fall asleep. Sometimes, when I’m unconscious, this will unleash other things about the characters I can use in my stories, and I may even dream about them, which opens up even more doors.

Q: What one piece of guidance would you give to a novice or aspiring writer?

Read – a lot. Read inside and outside the genre you love most. This is because reading and writing go hand in hand. In addition, read books on craft and gain a better understanding of your new pursuit because you must know your writing strengths and weaknesses – and every writer has weaknesses regardless of skill level.

Ultimately, you must know good writing from bad, and as a writer, you have to be honest with yourself and know when you are creating something wonderful or something for the trash. I have many failed manuscripts to my credit, and they were all practice pieces that brought me to where I am today as an award-winning writer.

Furthermore, proofread aloud – when you read silently, your brain may fill in missing words or correct errors, but you will usually hear a mistake when reading aloud. And make sure others critique your work. I’m not talking about people who will pat you on the head like daddy or your girlfriend, but people who will give you honest feedback to help you improve your craft. For instance, I joined a professional screenwriter’s group and their expert recommendations made “Bloodletting” a better story, otherwise, it would not have won that award, would not have earned me an agent, and would not have been accepted for publication. But if you can’t handle honest criticism of your writing, it’s time to do something else.

Otherwise, practice your craft – and WRITE ON!

 

bloodlettingI thank William for participating in the first interview this year, and his excellent novel, BLOODLETTING is available on Amazon and other good book stores. Some of the wonderful reviews:

“If Philip Marlowe was reincarnated as a punk rock sadomasochist private eye working the mean streets of New York’s S&M subculture, his name would be Denny Bowie and this would be his story…”

Ken Vose, award-winning screenwriter of Greased Lightning and author

 “What rides through this novel is Desire and it’s Desire as we actually know it—not the desire that can be easily placated, bought off with good deeds or bargain basement optimism or forgotten with love or put to sleep with a warm glass of milk. Here, Desire is insistent, hungry, ever present and shadowed by The Reaper.”

Ross Klavan, author of Schmuck and screenwriter of Tigerland

 “A thrilling ride through kink and murder, Bloodletting will stay with you long after the last page.”

Patricia D. Eddy, bestselling author of erotic suspense

 

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49q hard coverANTHONY DONNELLY blogs about all things writing, inspirational, and motivational. He has published a number of books for children and adults. His first novel 49Q? THE ENIGMA CONTINUES is currently climbing up the Amazon charts, and is available in Kindle or paperback. When not sat at his keyboard writing, he can be found in Costa Rica, North America, or somewhere in Europe motivating and coaching individuals and groups in self-development techniques and life-balance.

 

 

#Author Interviews Coming Soon…!

Happy-New-Year-Wish-WallpaperTo start the New Year off the way I mean to go forward, I’m excited to say there has been a great interest in my author interviews, and I have some very exciting, new authors to interview this month.

Stay tuned for the first of them coming some time in the next few days…

I’m now booking authors for interview into February, so if you are interested, please read my earlier post: Looking to Interview Authors

 

REMEMBER: You can still get my books on Amazon too! And please like my fb page, if you haven’t already!

 

#janwritingchallenge BALLS-DEEP IN PARADISE

I’m always on the lookout for exciting ways to motivate writers – myself included – and share the good stuff that’s out there on the internet.

balls-deep cover1Via one of my new twitter followers, I found this great idea that has developed out of the wonderfully successful NaNoWriMo phenomenon: it’s a monthly 500-word a day writing challenge WritingChallenge.org

Writing, by its very nature, can be a lonely process, and this is an excellent way to connect with other writers in the challenge and share the motivation and encouragement, as well as developing relationships with other writers.

Since I have two projects on the go at present: BALLS-DEEP IN PARADISE – a new, semi-autobiographical novel about some of my experiences in Costa Rica, and THE SHEPHERD WORKBOOK – a self-help companion guide to my inspirational parable “The Shepherd”, this challenge seemed like a brilliant idea to participate in. Those that know me know I’m a terrible distraction-freak… and the slightest thing can send me into a tizwas of procrastination for no reason whatsoever!

I joined late, but that’s okay, they are a relaxed bunch – it’s all about encouragement and enjoying the experience of writing, not about the birch and cane! For me, it’s just nice to have an accountability group out there to keep me focused on my goal of actually getting these both finished in a timely manner.

Click on the links above to find out more, or simply tweet with ‘#janwritingchallenge’ and I’m sure we’ll find you soon enough. Enjoy your writing experience, good luck, and a very happy New Year to you all!

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49q hard coverANTHONY DONNELLY blogs about all things writing, inspirational, and motivational. He has published a number of books for children and adults. His first novel 49Q? THE ENIGMA CONTINUES is currently climbing up the Amazon charts, and is available in Kindle or paperback. When not sat at his keyboard writing, he can be found in Costa Rica, North America, or somewhere in Europe motivating and coaching individuals and groups in self-development techniques and life-balance.

 

 

Looking To Interview Authors in the New Year

cropped-464125_10201158437581790_1769445202_o.jpgMy philosophy is to always help those around me and share my success. With this in mind, I have made a promise to help promote my fellow authors even more over the coming 12 months by posting interesting interviews with them on this blog and sharing it on my other social media networks.

So, if you are an author, know of an author, or would like me to approach an author for you to interview, please either email me here, or better yet, add a comment at the bottom of the page.

We all need more help promoting ourselves, and as writers it can be particularly difficult to juggle writing and promoting, I’m just trying to share a little bit of the love around…

Thanks for all your help!

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49q hard coverANTHONY DONNELLY blogs about all things writing, inspirational, and motivational. He has published a number of books for children and adults. His first novel 49Q? THE ENIGMA CONTINUES is currently climbing up the Amazon charts, and is available in Kindle or paperback. When not sat at his keyboard writing, he can be found in Costa Rica, North America, or somewhere in Europe motivating and coaching individuals and groups in self-development techniques and life-balance.