Guest Post: Raising awareness for National ME Awareness Week 2020 by KT King

Last year I had the pleasure to meet KT King here on my blog and we discussed her Little Eden books, writing and health.  KT King has suffered for over 27 years with the chronic and invisible disability called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis also called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. She is trying to help raise awareness for this terrible, debilitating and life destroying disease. The main heroine of Little Eden, Sophie Lawrence, also suffers with CFS but she is still a heroine none the less.

I am pleased to pass this post over to her to discuss a subject close to her, ME/CSF Awareness Week.

Raising awareness for National ME Awareness Week 2020 by KT King

 

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 Imagine if the self-isolation and social distancing you have been experiencing these last few weeks was going to continue for the rest of your life?

That’s right, for the rest of your life – without let up, without reprieve, without end.

On top of being stuck inside, unable to shop, see your friends, go on holidays, go to the pub, a café or the supermarket, you feel as if you have the flu 24/7. Your body won’t function. Everything aches. You find even the smallest tasks, like taking a shower, cooking a meal or reading a chapter in a book take all your energy.

Millions suffer from this misunderstood illness worldwide but there is little research and no known cause or cure. The World Health Organisation has registered it as an epidemic but governments are still not helping those affected.

It can happen to anyone at any age.

Living in isolation, often bed and housebound, without an income or state support, without medical help or carers, sufferers of ME are forgotten by society and rely on family charity to survive.

We were never supported on TV, by our neighbours or communities, the NHS or carers, we were not given mental health support or had our wages paid at 80% when we had to give up work or lost our businesses. Most of us live in poverty, forgotten and blaming ourselves because no one believes us.

When you return to normal, we will still be in in lockdown without hope.

More about me

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KT King

Many may wonder how I can write novels if I have ME/CFS. I am able to write when I don’t need to do  anything else. The fluctuation of the illness baffles everyone as does the resolve of those with it to battle on trying to make a living. I lost my home, my income and my independence in 2012 coming back to live with my elderly parents on whom I now rely for physical daily help and financial support. By age 40 I had lost the battle with ME.

Writing too much gives me migraines so I can only write a few days a week for about an hour at a time on what is called ‘a good day’. I write through chronic pain and fatigue but it keeps me alive and it keeps me sane.

Mental and emotional health deteriorate for all of us because we can rarely socialise or see friends. We feel we have no purpose or usefulness and many of us are in terrible pain 24/7 with Fibromyalgia which often accompanies ME.

We can either give up or we can try to do something even if it’s just a little thing on ‘a good day’.

Becoming a published writer is a lifelong dream come true and escaping into Little Eden helps keep the suicidal thoughts at bay. I hope it’ll be a beautiful escape place for you too. One of the main things readers say is that they would love to live in Little Eden which makes it all seem worthwhile!

I’m an indie author, using my savings from before 2012 to publish. I can’t meet deadlines of publishers or do the usual sales promotions.

I can spend months, even years unable to get out of bed so I need all the help I can get spreading the word about my books, especially from kind book bloggers like Katie.

I find crafting is good for mental and emotional health so when I can I make handmade jewellery to give to friends and to sell in my Etsy shop where all the gifts inspired by Little Eden. I rarely have the energy to bake but now and again I manage to make a cake or some cookies! Some of my recipes have made their way into the novels.

Come and browse in my little Etsy shop http://bit.ly/KTKingShop

You can follow the global campaign called MillionsMissing and/or KTKing on Twitter.

http://bit.ly/KTKingTwitter

For more information please visit the ME Association website https://www.meassociation.org.uk/about-what-is-mecfs/

About Little Eden Books

Little Eden Books thrillingly combine the supernatural and spirituality in a magical mystery set in the cosy, idyllic and ancient sanctuary town of Little Eden. The hero, Robert Bartlett-Hart, goes on a journey of self-discovery and enlightenment with the help of his friends and plenty of tea and cake! The novels are a comical yet genuine look at the spirit world based on the work of psychic, healer and ascension coach, KT King.

To purchase Book One and Two as Kindle or paperback just click on my linktree https://linktr.ee/ktkingbooks

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Thank you for visiting my blog KT and good luck in spreading awareness of ME and CSF.

Keep an eye out for future posts on KT’s books here this week.

Happy reading and stay safe!

Love

 

Q and A with Madeline Dyer #Captive

Today I am pleased to welcome back Madeline Dyer to discuss her new book, Captive. This is a collection of poems written while she was experiencing psychosis and OCD due to Autoimmune Basal Ganglia Encephalitis, a rare type of brain inflammation caused by the immune system attacking the brain. Madeline’s previous visit can be found here.

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Captive

Title: Captive

Author: Madeline Dyer

Genre: Biography, poetry

Publisher: Ineja Press

Release Date: 14th Jan 2020

Q and A with Madeline Dyer

Hi Madeline. Welcome back to From Under the Duvet to discuss Captive, your poetry collection. You are best known as an author of YA dystopian novels, is poetry a new form of writing for you or did you do it before your illness?

I wrote a little poetry at university, but it’s predominantly a new form for me, and I didn’t intend to write poetry. The therapy writings that I did when suffering from this illness just happened to take this form when I found I needed a way to process what I was feeling, and I suddenly found myself drawn to poetry in a way that I hadn’t previously been. I began reading a lot of poetry collections—moving away from the novels I normally read—and I just became fascinated by the poem as a form.

As my brain inflammation worsened, I found I couldn’t write prose as I had been. I remember reading one of my manuscripts I’d been working on and thinking how it was like someone else had written it. I felt like a different person, one who didn’t know how to write novels, but I now knew how to write poetry. It really did just come to me, just like that. And I’m so glad it did, because writing poetry allowed me to hold onto my identity as a writer.

Captive is a collection of deeply personal poems about your experience of OCD and psychosis, and I feel privileged to have read them. How did you come to the decision to share them?

It was such a tough decision. On the one hand, these are hugely personal poems, and they make me really vulnerable to others. I’ve had a lot of criticism thrown at me in the last year, to do with my illness, and I wrote these poems with no intention of sharing them and giving others something else to use against me.

But then I did share a couple of the poems with a few friends. I can’t remember why I did, but their responses blew me away. They were so encouraging of me sharing these poems publicly and said it really helped them understand the psychological and psychiatric effects of my illness, and they felt that my poems were important to read.

I then talked with a few other people who also have the same type of brain inflammation that I have about the poems I’d written and how I was toying with the idea of publishing them, and they all thought it was a good idea and would help raise awareness. And that’s the goal with this collection: to raise awareness for neuropsychiatric illnesses, such as PANS and Autoimmune Basal Ganglia Encephalitis, especially when they’re rarely diagnosed and little is known about them.

What has the reaction been to them?

The reactions to my poetry collection have been amazing. People have been so supportive and understanding (a lot more than I expected!), while many early reviews paid particular attention to the haunting qualities many of the poems have. This makes me happy as it’s the haunting effects of the illness that I really want to get across.

Who is your favourite poet?

Christina Rossetti.

And your favourite poem?

“Goblin Market” by Christina Rossetti.

Autoimmune Basal Ganglia Encephalitis is a rare condition. How are you feeling now?

I’m still awaiting a long-term treatment option, and I’m still suffering with the ongoing effects of the brain inflammation, both neurological and psychiatric. It’s a lot of waiting around, and that can be very distressing and disheartening at times, but I’m in a better place than I was a year ago. I know what’s going on—even if I haven’t got all the answers right now—and I am able to write fiction again, which is a relief.

Your illness affected your love of reading and books as discussed in your blog here. As a reader and writer that must have been difficult to deal with. How is it now?

I am reading again! Admittedly, I still don’t feel quite as comfortable touching physical books as I used to—the brain inflammation gave me contamination OCD and made me throw out most of my books last year as I thought they were all contaminated. I am slowly acquiring new books though, but I still prefer to read on my e-reader, as it feels ‘cleaner’. I’m not sure whether I’ll ever be a huge paperback fan again, which does make me sad. But at least I’m reading again. That’s the important thing.

What was the first book you read when you could?

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus. It was the first paperback book I touched and read too, during the initial stages of my treatment and the start of recovery.

What is the last book you read?

The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas. It’s so dark and chilling!

Is there anything you would like people to know about dealing with neuro-psychiatric illness?

That it’s not a choice. Often, people suffering from these illnesses exhibit widely different behaviours, but this is due to our brains being inflamed. We’re not in control of many of our emotions, and it can be difficult for others to understand this and be empathetic.

It’s also a long-term illness in most cases and there’s no quick cure or even any sort of treatment that is guaranteed to be 100% effective. This is a long-term condition, and most of us won’t make a full recovery super quickly. I’ve encountered a few people who seem surprised that I’m “still unwell”, but that’s just the nature of it. It’s been over a year now, and at the moment, I’m at a bit of a standstill as I wait for doctors and specialists to come up with a long-term treatment plan.

Thank you for sharing and good luck with everything.

Thank you!

Author Biography

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Madeline Dyer

Madeline Dyer lives in the southwest of England, and holds a BA honours degree in English from the University of Exeter. She has a strong love for anything dystopian, ghostly, or paranormal, and can frequently be found exploring wild places. At least one notebook is known to follow her wherever she goes. Her debut novel, Untamed (Prizm Books, May 2015), examines a world in which anyone who has negative emotions is hunted down, and a culture where addiction is encouraged.

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Watch out for my review for Captive tomorrow.
Happy reading!
Love

Q and A: C.R Berry and his Book Million Eyes

Happy New Year! I hope you have a good one with plenty of good books to read.

For  this decades first post I am excited to share something different – C.R Berry has visited to talk about his exciting new book Million Eyes but first here is the information about this exciting sci-fi, conspiracy novel.

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Million Eyes

Title: Million Eyes

Author: C.R Berry

Publisher:

Genre: Sci-fi, conspiracy

Blurb for Million Eyes

How do you fight an enemy who has a million eyes?

What if we’re living in an alternate timeline? What if the car crash that killed Princess Diana, the disappearance of the Princes in the Tower, and the shooting of King William II weren’t supposed to happen?

Ex-history teacher Gregory Ferro finds evidence that a cabal of time travellers is responsible for several key events in our history. These events all seem to hinge on a dry textbook published in 1995, referenced in a history book written in 1977 and mentioned in a letter to Edward III in 1348.

Ferro teams up with down-on-her-luck graduate Jennifer Larson to get to the truth and discover the relevance of a book that seems to defy the arrow of time. But the time travellers are watching closely. Soon the duo are targeted by assassins willing to rewrite history to bury them.

Million Eyes is a fast-paced conspiracy thriller about power, corruption and destiny.

Purchase Links

http://bit.ly/Million-Eyes

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Million-Eyes-C-R-Berry-ebook/dp/B082QNFPFN

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Q and A with C.R Berry

  • Hi C.R Berry. Welcome to From Under the Duvet. Can you tell me a bit about Million Eyes and the world you’ve created for it?

It’s a sci-fi conspiracy thriller set in a world where time travel has been invented (secretly) by a huge global conglomerate called Million Eyes. It’s also a world where many of the conspiracy theories you’ve heard about are true and involved Million Eyes in some way. So, Princess Diana’s death, the disappearance of the Princes in the Tower, the replacement of Paul McCartney and Queen Elizabeth I with lookalikes (among many others) all happened because of Million Eyes.

  • So you cover all those conspiracy theories in the novel?

Not all of them. Princess Diana’s death and the Princes in the Tower are in the novel. The conspiracy theories about Paul McCartney and Queen Elizabeth I actually feature in the Million Eyes short stories, which have been published separately by Elsewhen Press as a collection, Million Eyes: Extra Time. It’s free to download in all ebook formats and offers readers an initial insight into the Million Eyes world and its time-travelling villains. This came out in October 2019.

Also, Million Eyes is the first in a trilogy. So there are more conspiracy theories to come in the next two books!

  • As Million Eyes has time travel in it, are you aiming it at sci-fi fans?

Not exclusively, no. I know people who’ve enjoyed Million Eyes who don’t like sci-fi at all. I don’t think the time travel is alienating for people who aren’t into that. I’m hoping it’ll be a bit like Game of Thrones was for non-fantasy fans. GOT had such wide appeal, probably because it told the story through the eyes of normal people with real problems. Million Eyes does the same thing.

  • Are there other authors whose work Million Eyes could be compared to?

I think Million Eyes shares a lot of similarities with Library of the Dead by Glenn Cooper. That was a conspiracy thriller that incorporated real historical events and had an element of fantasy to it. I also think if you’re a fan of Dan Brown, Doctor Who or the TV series 24 (which had a lot of conspiracy thriller elements), you’ll like Million Eyes.

  • Why did you write Million Eyes and what gave you the idea?

Million Eyes came about by meshing together three loves of mine: conspiracy theories, time travel and history. There were three events in history riddled by mystery and conspiracy theory that I wanted to tie together. The probably-not-accidental shooting of King William II in the New Forest, the still-unexplained disappearance of the Princes in the Tower (both of which I learned about at school), and Princess Diana’s car crash, one of the most shocking things to happen while I was growing up.

Inspired in part by a short-lived TV series called Dark Skies, which took real American history and ‘explained what really happened’, I wanted to take these three events in British history and do the same. And since the three events were approximately five hundred years apart, there was really only one way to do that—time travel!

  • Tell us a bit about your main characters, Gregory Ferro and Jennifer Larson.

Ferro’s in his 50s, has a wife and two kids and used to be a history teacher. An incident at his school led him to give up teaching and write history books. He wants to do his best by his family but he’s fiercely dedicated to his work and doesn’t always get his priorities right. This becomes a problem when he starts finding evidence that time travellers were behind the death of William II.

Jennifer’s in her 20s, fresh out of uni, and is working in a call centre because she’s not sure what to do next. She’s hot-headed and she doesn’t always think before she speaks, which sometimes lands her in hot water. She loves history as much as Ferro and, when she learns about his theories, can’t resist reaching out to him.

  • I understand Jennifer’s a lesbian. How common is it to have a gay female protagonist in these kinds of stories?

I’m sure there are some but it’s not common. I don’t think there are enough LGBTQ protagonists full stop. But I should note that Jennifer’s sexuality is really not relevant to her story. She just happens to be gay. It’s normal and it’s a non-issue, which was exactly the point.

I did make an effort to include as many female characters as possible and that’s not just because I enjoy writing women. Nearly all the sci-fi/fantasy/conspiracy books I’ve read have failed the Bechdel Test because women are so thin on the ground. With Million Eyes, I was determined not only that the book would pass the Bechdel Test, but would also contain such an abundance of female characters there could be no question of under representation.

  • Where does your interest in time travel come from?

Star Trek, Doctor Who, Back to the Future, Somewhere in Time, The Butterfly Effect, Looper, Lost… I could go on! I just love the idea of being able to go back in time and see first-hand how things were, or go forwards and see how things might turn out. If it were possible, I’d be a time traveller myself!

  • When is Million Eyes available and where can readers get their hands on it?

Million Eyes is available now from Elsewhen Press in ebook formats. It can be purchased for £2.99 RRP from Apple, Amazon and other eBook platforms. On March 9th, it will be released as a paperback and be available to buy for £9.99 RRP from bookshops and online. I’ll be hosting several book launch events around the time of the paperback release. The first will take place at Waterstones in Farnham on Friday 13th March (Yes, I know—Friday the 13th! It’s a conspiracy!)

Author Biography

Million Eyes Author

C.R Berry

C.R. Berry caught the writing bug at the tender age of four and has never recovered. His earliest stories were filled with witches, monsters, evil headteachers, Disney characters and the occasional Dalek. He realised pretty quickly that his favourite characters were usually the villains. He wonders if that’s what led him to become a criminal lawyer. It’s certainly why he’s taken to writing conspiracy thrillers, where the baddies are numerous and everywhere.

After a few years getting a more rounded view of human nature’s darker side, he quit lawyering and turned to writing full-time. He now works as a freelance copywriter and novelist and blogs about conspiracy theories, time travel and otherworldly weirdness.

He was shortlisted in the 2018 Grindstone Literary International Novel Competition and has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Storgy, Dark Tales, Theme of Absence and Suspense Magazine. He was also shortlisted in the Aeon Award Contest, highly commended by Writers’ Forum, and won second prize in the inaugural To Hull and Back Humorous Short Story Competition.

He grew up in Farnborough, Hampshire, a town he says has as much character as a broccoli. He’s since moved to the “much more interesting and charming” Haslemere in Surrey.

Social Media Links –

Website: https://crberryauthor.wordpress.com

http://millioneyes.co.uk/

https://gregoryferro.home.blog/

https://twitter.com/CRBerry1

https://www.facebook.com/CRBerry1/

Thank you for coming and talking about your book. As a huge fan of Glenn Cooper’s Library of the Dead, it has been added to my TBR and I look forward to hearing more about your series in the future. Good luck with your book launches.

Happy reading!

Love

Meet the Author: Sharon Booth

Meet the Author: Sharon Booth

Halloween is days away and I have been catching up on spooky or witch related books. I am excited to introduce Sharon Booth, author of the wonderful Witches of Castle Clair series to my blog to talk about her books, writing and other things.

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Meet the Author: Sharon Booth

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Author Sharon Booth

  • You have written two books from the Witches of Castle Clair series, what gave you the inspiration for this trilogy?

Probably the town of Castle Clair itself – or Knaresborough as the rest of the world know it! In North Yorkshire, not far from Harrogate, it’s one of the prettiest places I’ve ever visited, but there’s also something really different and special about it. Maybe it’s the legend of prophetess, Old Mother Shipton; or the petrifying well that turns everyday objects to stone; or the ruins of the magnificent castle, complete with ravens; or the River Nidd; or the shrine set into the cliffside … or maybe it’s all these factors combined, along with the atmosphere in the town itself, the cobbled streets, the delightful charms of Ye Oldest Chemist Shoppe in England. Every time I visit Knaresborough my imagination goes into overdrive! Plus, I’m a huge fan of Bewitched so put those two things together and there you have it.

  • It follows three sisters who are also witches. Who is your favourite sister?

Oh no, what a cruel question! I absolutely love them all, and my favourite is probably the one I’m featuring at the time. They’re all very different, after all. Right now, I’m beginning to learn more about the middle sister, Celeste, as she’s the star of the third and final book which I’m currently plotting. Ask me again at the end of the series!

  • I have a bookcase full of books I will keep forever and regularly reread them. Do you reread books or do you only read them one?

I have so many books that were childhood favourites, particularly pony books and Enid Blyton books. I’ve been known to reread those many times. They’re like chicken soup when I’m feeling low or unwell. I’ve also reread the Adrian Mole books by Sue Townsend more times than I care to remember. I don’t reread many books these days, as I have so many new ones to get through, but I have plenty that I’ll never part with.

  • Do you have a favourite spooky book for Halloween?

Anything by Phil Rickman! I thought that Curfew was especially creepy, and I have a soft spot for The Chalice, which was the first Phil Rickman book I ever read. Unlike just about every Phil Rickman fan I know, it’s his standalone books that I love. I’ve only read one Merrily Watkins novel, although I own them all. When I have time, I will start making my way through the rest.

  • What are you currently reading?

I’ve just finished Christmas at Wynter House by Emily Harvale, which is a lovely, cosy Christmas romance. So, for a complete change of pace I’m going to read some Golden Age crime — maybe Whose Body? by Dorothy L Sayers, or Agatha Christie’s Hallowe’en Party.

  • If you could perform one spell, what would it be?

A Never-Get-Fat spell! Too shallow?

  • What is your favourite book?

Jane Eyre

  • Who is your favourite author?

Aarrgghh! I’ll say Enid Blyton because she was the one who gave me my love of reading and made me want to write stories of my own

  • Is your writing influenced by the books you have read?

Probably, in the sense of learning from other writers, seeing what works and what doesn’t, and why. It’s all a learning experience, isn’t it? I used to worry that I’d copy the voice or tone of an author whose book I was enjoying, but I never worry about that now, as I’ve realised I have my own voice and I can’t help but use it!

  • Where is your favourite place to read or write?

Writing, in my own little office. Reading, downstairs on a reclining armchair, with a cup of tea to hand.

  • When did you begin writing and how did being published come about?

I’ve written stories for as long as I can remember but took it up seriously in 2011. I suppose being published came about thanks to the Romantic Novelists’ Association and my Write Romantics’ friends, who took me seriously and made me think that, actually, maybe it would be okay if other people read my stories.

  • If you have a genre you write, how did you begin writing in this style?

It just came naturally. I always thought I’d write sagas or historical fiction, but somehow my stories were always contemporary with lots of humour. I’m quite happy with that. If I put a smile on someone’s face, I’ve done my job.

Links

Facebook: www.facebook.com/sharonbooth.writer

Twitter: www.twitter.com/Sharon_Booth1

Instagram: www.instagram.com/sharonboothwriter

Amazon page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sharon-Booth/e/B00PP5S1X8

Website: www.sharonboothwriter.com

Biography

Sharon Booth is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and writes uplifting women’s fiction — “love, laughter, and happy ever after”. Although a happy ending for her main characters is guaranteed, she makes them work for it!

Sharon grew up in the East Yorkshire town of Hessle, where her enduring love for all things Yorkshire was born. She now lives in Kingston-upon-Hull with her husband and their much-loved German Shepherd dog.

Since giving up her admin job at a medical practice, she spends a lot of time assuring her family of five children, assorted in-laws and hordes of grandchildren – not to mention a sceptical mother and a contrary hairdresser – that writing full-time IS a “proper” job and she HASN’T taken early retirement.

She has a love/hate relationship with chocolate, adores Doctor Who and Cary Grant movies, and admits to being shamefully prone to all-consuming crushes on fictional heroes.

You can sign up to Sharon’s newsletter at smarturl.it/sharonsnewsletter

Thank you, Sharon for visiting the blog. I now have even more books added on my TBR pile and I look forward to reading Celeste’s story in the future.

Happy Halloween and reading!

Love

 

 

Meet the Author: KT King

Autumn is here which is an ideal time to curl up under the duvet and read a good book.  My TBR pile is on the edge of falling over but one of the books I am eager to read is Little Eden.  I have the pleasure to introduce its author, KT King to my blog today to discuss this novel, her favourite reads and her experience of writing with ME/CFS.

Little Eden by KT King

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Little Eden by KT King

Book Blurb

  1. Little Eden, London, England.

In the heart of the city lies the beautiful sanctuary of Little Eden. In the time of King Alfred, this sacred site was surrounded by stone walls and within their protection has grown a tranquil town of historic buildings, parks and gardens, and tree-lined streets.

But, Little Eden and the last 1,000 years of community, compassion and refuge are under threat. Human greed, selfishness and disregard are about to turn everything Little Eden stands for to dust.

Robert Bartlett-Hart must make a choice.

With the help of his friends – plus plenty of tea and cake – Robert learns that there is more at stake than just Little Eden. Something lies at the heart of the Abbey; something that stands between the future of mankind and Armageddon.

Robert sets out on a journey of self-discovery, through past lives, other dimensions, and even through Heaven itself, but where do his loyalties lie?

Will Little Eden survive to usher in a new age or will humanity perish with it?

https://linktr.ee/ktkingbooks

The paperback will be available shortly.

Welcome to From Under the Duvet, KT King. Please tell us a bit about yourself.

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KT King

KT:  I love afternoon tea, investigating all things spiritual and work as a complimentary therapist (when my health allows). I try to help others as much as I can. Making a contribution to someone else’s happiness or healing is the only thing that keeps me going! I also love crafting, up-cycling and a bit of shabby chic! I sell some of my handmade jewellery in my Little Eden Etsy shop where all the gifts inspired by Little Eden. I meditate daily and I eat way too much chocolate! I can’t read a lot these days but I chill out by watching TV adaptations of cosy crime novels.

I hope to help raise awareness for ME/CFS through my writing. I have suffered with this little known but chronic illness for over 25 years. My heroine, Sophie Lawrence, represents all of us with this illness. I hope that she inspires others as well as helping raise awareness for the millions of us worldwide who are currently ignored by the medical profession and society. There are so many people now suffering with this debilitating illness that it has been suggested that it is becoming a humanitarian crisis. If you would like to learn more about ME/CFS just click here: https://www.meaction.net/

What is your favourite book?

KT:  This is always a hard question to answer as I think we all have a few books which we turn to over and over for comfort or enlightenment. One book I have read many times is Maurice by E.M Forster, I remember reading it aged seventeen in one sitting.

Who is your favourite author?

KT: Again, a tricky question to pin down to one author but I would have to say Jane Austen, as I always dip into her books when I am feeling down.

Is your writing influenced by the books you have read?

I studied English and French at University and am influenced by French authors such as Andre Gide but also by English Gothic writers such Edgar Allen Poe and Shirley Jackson. I like to mix up my genres so you’ll notice a splash of all sorts in my writing. I’m very influenced by TV and Film as well. I see my scenes in pictures before I write them down. I love the cinematography of Hitchcock, Baz Lurhmann and Tim Burton for example, and I weave music into my novels just as they do in the movies!

Where is your favourite place to write?

KT: I have a therapy room where my desk is actually my treatment couch, I love it in there as it’s so peaceful, tranquil and calming. Sometimes I write in our ‘fancy shed’ if the weather is warm. My dream place to write would be by a lake somewhere in Canada or Scandinavia.

When did you begin writing?

KT: I used to play at being Enid Blyton when I was six years old and invent stories for my friends to act out and I loved Anne of Green Gables and Little Women – wanting to be Anne or Jo. I wrote the sixth form play but then all my writing after that was essays, newsletters or course manuals. Due to the CFS I didn’t have the energy to do anything outside my part-time work as a healer/psychic.

When I had a massive relapse of the CFS aged forty, I was in bed for two years and began to write Little Eden in my head. It took me four years to type it up as I had long periods of not being able to function. But, I feel I’ve been writing in my head my whole life long!

Katie: Jo and Anne are tow of my childhood heroines and both encouraged me to dream about being an author.

How did you become published?

KT: I finally self-published in November 2018 taking a leap of faith that my writing was good enough to be out there in the ocean of books but also because I didn’t want the ‘what if’ following me around for the next forty years. Due to the CFS a publishing deal would not really work for me as I can’t meet deadlines and my writing days are short and erratic. Self-publishing offers the challenge of how to promote my books because I don’t have the energy or the time for major marketing. It is thanks to wonderful, generous bloggers like Katie that you are reading about me and Little Eden right now.

If you write a particular genre, how did you begin writing in this style?

KT: Little Eden can’t be pinned down to one genre because I’m too curious to stick to one style. I like to have fun and mix it up! I guess you could say Little Eden is part supernatural thriller, part cosy crime, part women’s fiction with some mind, body, spirit, someone once said it was like Jane Austen meets Gothic thriller and I like that because one of my favourite books is Northanger Abbey which is a satirical Gothic romance!

Social Media links for KT King:

Blog: http://bit.ly/KTKingBlog

Website: http://bit.ly/KTKingWebsite

Instagram:  http://bit.ly/KTKingInstagram

Facebook: http://bit.ly/KTKingFacebook

Twitter:  http://bit.ly/KTKingTwitter

Etsy: http://bit.ly/KTKingShop

Thanks KT King for joining us today. It is always nice to meet fellow duvet dwellers and discover new books too. Good luck with the novel and your future writing.

Happy reading.

Love

 

 

 

Meet the Author: Raquel Rich

Meet the Author of Hamartia : Raquel Rich

Ever since I was a child and watched the haunting 1977 film Audrey Rose* as a child I have been fascinated by reincarnation. When a blurb hints at the topic it is instantly placed on my TBR pile so when Hamartia came to my attention I needed to know more. I am pleased and excited announce its author, Raquel Rich is here today to discuss her book, writing and other things.

First, let me introduce the book:

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Hamartia Book Cover

Title: Hamartia

Author: Raquel Rich

Genre: Sci-Fi, fantasy

Publisher: Words Matter Publishing

Release date: 15th August 2018

BOOK BLURB:

Grace’s nine-year-old son, Jordan, is dying. First, the Metagenesis disease will tear his soul from his body, and then it will kill him. Desperate for a cure, Grace agrees to take part in an illegal clinical trial cloning souls. Supported by her best friend Kay, the two embark on the ultimate “Vegas Vacation” to the past in search of the right soul to clone, racing against time to save Jordan’s life. But someone is trying to stop them and when they discover why, Grace must make a choice: let her son die or kill her husband. If she kills her husband she triggers widespread Metagenesis, sealing the fate of the human race with a new plague. Humanity is counting on Grace choosing to let her son die.

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hamartia-Raquel-Rich-ebook/dp/B07GJXT4SG/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Meet the Author: Raquel Rich

Welcome Raquel to my blog.

What is your favourite book and who is your favourite author?

I choose books based on what’s popular and am embarrassed to admit that I don’t pay attention to the author. Funny enough, most of my favourite books don’t fall within the genre I write. Book of Negros. Shawshank Redemption. A Thousand Splendid Suns. She’s Come Undone. Cane and Able. Hunger Games. A Million Little Pieces.

Is your writing influenced by the books you have read?

Not “influenced” but “improved”. When reading, I pay close attention to the choices the author makes such as how they weave in backstory and the way they introduce characters and settings. Reading is not only for pleasure, but it’s also part of my job.

Where is your favourite place to read or write?

My reading habits literally change like the weather since my favourite places to read are poolside and at the beach. I plough through books like nobody’s business all summer long, reading more books in Canada’s short summer months than I do the other nine. As for writing, that’s a different story. Every single morning, rain sleet or shine, I write. The location varies from my warm living room to the poolside based on weather, but the habit of sipping a coffee with my laptop in the early mornings remain the same year round.

When did you begin writing and how did being published come about?

As a kid, I loved to write. But when I was twelve, my love of writing came to screeching halt when Lisa, a fictional character in one of my stories, killed herself. The story sparked concern among the authorities who believed it was a cry for help. Unfortunately, the ordeal which ensued killed my love of writing until my mid-thirties. Hamartia was the first thing I had written since my stubborn childhood sabbatical. It took four years to complete and another two to publish. After countless rejections, I entered a writing contest and won (against 200 entries). The grand prize was a traditional publishing deal and the rest is history!

If you have a genre you write, how did you begin writing in this style?

Though the core of Hamartia’s plot came from the idea of reincarnation, specifically, how fears and phobias are the results of how people lived and died in their past lives, writing sci-fi was a choice I made out of laziness. I didn’t have the patience to research diseases and thought it would be easier to invent one. Now I find myself in a pickle as I write the sequel, having weaved a thick web in book one, I’ve come to realize it would’ve been easier to perform open heart surgery than to invent a cure for the disease I made up.

Links:

Raquel’s website: https://www.raquelrich.com/hamartia

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41397476-hamartia

 

Author Biography

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Raquel Rich

Raquel Rich is the author of the award-winning novel, Hamartia. She loves to travel, suntan, walk her dog, and is obsessed with all things Beauty & the Beast. She despises cold weather, balloons, and writing about herself in the third person but noticed all the real authors do that. Born and raised in Canada to Brazilian parents, she lives in the Toronto area with her family. Married to the guy she’s been with since she was fifteen (her baby daddy), her superpowers include being a mom to their two awesome grown-ass boys and one fur baby.

Thank you Raquel for popping over to chat and good luck with your writing.

I am currently reading Hamartia so watch this space for the review.

Happy reading !

Love

*Audrey Rose is now on Netflix. It is based on a hefty tome of a book which is worth reading if you are interested in reincarnation and I still love the film despite its age.

Meet The Author: Emma Miles

From under the duvet today, I am excited to speak Emma Miles as part of her blog tour for her new novel The Raven Coven, the second book of the Fire Walker series.

The Raven Coven by Emma Miles

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The Raven Coven Book Cover

Title: The Raven Coven

Author: Emma Miles

Publisher: Independent publishing

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Release Date: 5th May 2019

Blurb

Kesta had left her heart across the sea. They were at peace, her people saved from slavery, and yet… her soul was uneasy.

Chem lies in chaos, its people suffering as a result of the death of the ruling sorcerers. Refugees flee the cursed Borrows, begging for help from those they had made their enemy. A Queen unknowingly makes a dark, deadly pact, and new powers rise to fill the seats left empty by the Dunham necromancers.

Purchase Links:

US – https://www.amazon.com/Raven-Coven-Fire-Walker-Book-ebook/dp/B07Q4K623S

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Raven-Coven-Fire-Walker-Book-ebook/dp/B07Q4K623S

Meet the Author: Emma Miles

Welcome Emma,

  • What is your favourite book?

It’s always hard to pick one. Of my favourites The Lord of the Rings is the one I have re-read the most. Amongst my other favourites are Robin Hobb’s Farseer books, Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books, particularly ones that contain the characters Sam Vimes and Granny Weatherwax. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Bradly and Stephen King’s The Stand and Insomnia.

  • Who is your favourite author?

My favourites are those listed above. All of them are fantastic at character creation and world building. If I had to pick one, I’d have to say Tolkien for the same reason as question one.

  • Where is your favourite place to read or write?

In my back garden when it’s sunny. I love to be outside if I can.

  • How would you relax if you were having a duvet day?

I like to go out with my camera and lose myself in nature. My two favourite spots are a field high on a ridge with fabulous view looking out to sea, and a fallen tree in a forest where I can watch the deer wander by.

  • When did you begin writing and how did being published come about?

I started writing pretty much as soon as I learned to hold a pen and shape letters, I was composing poetry at seven years old. I just loved creating stories and exploring new worlds in my head. A friend of mine who writes horror I met online, encouraged me to try self publishing years ago, I didn’t have the confidence to try and sell myself to an agent. Self publishing seemed to be the answer for someone as shy as me. I soon found that as a self-published author you have to do a huge amount of selling yourself to get anywhere.

  • Have you always written fantasy and what draws you to that genre?

As a child I mostly wrote of animals having adventures and my verbal storytelling tended towards ghost stories as that’s what my younger cousins loved. But my novels have all so far been fantasy, I absolutely love world building and the creative freedom fantasy allows.

  • What do you do when you are not writing?

I work full time so with that and the hours I put into my writing I don’t have a lot of free time. Despite that I have a foolishly large amount of hobbies! Wildlife photography, oil painting, sculpting with wood, clay or withies. I grow my own fruit and vegetables and love exploring new places.

  • Who was the hardest character to write?

Osun. If you’ve read book one, you’ll know he is one of the main protagonists and part of the story is told through him. There are a lot of things I dislike about him, he is selfish and for many years has allowed himself no empathy for others. He also does some pretty abhorrent things. He has some surprisingly good qualities too, such as loyalty, creativity and intelligence. He started off being hard to write, but as I got to know and understand him he became one of the most complex and brilliant characters I’ve created. I’d love to know people’s impressions of him as they follow his story in The Raven Coven.

  • What countries inspired each of the lands that we see Kesta visit?

In terms of the landscape the Fulmer Islands I picture as a more forested north Cornish coast, the people and their society something like the spiritual and environmentally conscious Native Americans.

The Borrows are an island version of the north Cornish coast with its culture similar to that of Vikings.

Elden would most closely resemble medieval Europe with the ecology and landscape being inspired by Italy.

Chem’s landscape was inspired by Norway, but with a volcanic element. Thankfully its society is wholly fictional.

  • Tell us about Azrael’s favourite story.

His favourite story is actually a historical book rather than a tale, it’s ‘The Witch Trials of Elden.’ Azra is a sentimental soul and that was the book Kesta read him to keep him company whilst he was scared and traveling over the sea. Azrael loves stories and in book three of the Fire-Walker series you’ll see him come into his own as a fabulous story teller.

  • What are you planning next?

I’ve just been working on revising my trilogy, ‘The Wind’s Children’ and plotting my next three books. I’m about to start writing a sequel to Hall of Pillars, set in the Valley of the Fey, then early next year I’ll return to my Fire-Walker series to write the next two instalments… life permitting!

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If you would like to know more about Emma and her books why not visit  the other bloggers on tour for reviews and more.

A book review by Mai’s Musings for the first book in the series The Raven Tower  can be found here 

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Other blogs on this tour.

Author Biography

The Raven Coven Author

Emma Miles

I presently live in the stunning county of Dorset where I’m a cat slave to Wolfe and Piglitt. I spend as much time as I can outside in nature and love exploring and learning about new cultures and languages. I’ve visited Greece, Serbia, Transylvania, Sicily and Norway as well as making several road trips around our beautiful United Kingdom. I paint, sculpt, dabble in photography and do a little archery but most of all – whenever I get a chance – I write.
My writing started from a very young age when I often found myself being the one taking charge of and entertaining all my younger cousins. They loved to hear my stories and although they mostly called for ghost stories it was fantasy I fell in love with when I read The Lord of the Rings when I was ten. I went on to write stories and short ‘books’ for my friends through school and college; then one evening whilst I was waiting for my aunt and uncle to visit an image came to my mind of a boy sitting beneath a bridge. I didn’t know who he was or why he was there, but from exploring those questions ‘The Wind’s Children’ trilogy blossomed and grew with roots going back into his far history as well as stretching out to his future. The boy’s name was Tobias.
I have since left Tobias’s world of ‘Naris’ to explore the Valley with Feather in the ‘Hall of Pillars’ which is now available through Amazon. I am now presently finding my way through Elden, the beautiful Fulmer islands, the ravaged Borrows and haunted Chem with Kesta Silene; a shamaness of sorts with a big journey ahead of her. I hope you come along to share her story and join her adventure; she needs you and you won’t regret it.

 

Social Media Links –
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Twitter @EmmaMilesShadow

Giveaway

I am happy to share the chance to win one of three paperback copies of The Raven Coven (Open INT)

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Thank you Emma Miles for chatting about books, writing and duvet days and Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to this tour.

Good luck and happy reading!

Love

 

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Festival of Words and increasing TBR

On Sunday, I ventured out of the duvet to the East Riding Festival of Words – thanks to an early Christmas present – and what a day!

I love literary festivals; the bookish atmosphere, listening to the authors’ views about their books and finding out more about them. I planned to go to one event, a talk by Lucinda Riley but the range of authors and topics was too tempting; I saved energy and increased my meds to go to three talks in succession. There was a full day option but common sense kicked in to remind me there are limits to pushing my health.

The House of Fiction: From Pemberley to Brideshead, Great British Houses in literature and life by Phyllis Richardson

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House of Fiction by Phyllis Richardson

First, Phyllis Richardson gave a talk on her new book  House of Fiction: From Pemberley to Brideshead, Great British Houses in Literature and Life. Time rapidly whizzed by; it was a topic I could have listened to for hours which is why I have a copy on order. Somehow, I need to find the time to read it between my other books. Houses and location play an important role in fiction. The All Souls Trilogy would not have the same appeal if the Bishop house did not have a personality of its own, Harry Potter needed Hogwarts and Nancherrow created the magic in Rosamunde Pilcher’s Coming Home. These were not discussed but it focused on the well known literary houses of Walpole’s Strawberry Hill, Bronte’s Parsonage, Menabilly and Castle Howard. Apart from Jane Eyre and Rebecca I confess I have not read the authors mentioned but they are on my reading list, I promise.

Next there should be a similar book about the role of libraries in fiction or bookshops.

The Seven Sisters Series

Lucinda Riley Moon Sister: From the Scottish Highlands to the Alhambra

I love the Seven Sisters series; the concept of seven stories based on the star constellation, The Pleiades grabbed me along with the stunning hard back edition. The midnight blue cover decorated with gold stars drew me to the first book without reading the blurb and by the end I was hooked. Interviewed by her son Harry, it was interesting to hear Lucinda Riley talk about her career, writing style and the fictional seven sisters. Each book is a perfect blend of a present day and  historical story as the heritage of the sister is revealed. The Moon Sister is the fifth book and shares Tiggy’s tale. Watch this space for the book review. Even more exciting was having copies of two books signed for my forever shelf.

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Emma Burstall and Harriet Evans: Houses by the Sea

The last event was a discussion about the importance of the location by the sea with Harriet Evans, Emma Burstall and Cassandra Parkin as well as writing styles and short readings from their latest novels. I have read Emma Burstall’s Tremarnock series based in Cornwall and a couple of books by Harriet Evans but it was refreshing to hear from an author I had not heard of, Cassandra Parkin. Luckily, The Wildflowers and Underwater Breathing have been added to this week’s library stash.

It was a well organised day and I am grateful for all those involved as I know from experience the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to produce a wonderful event. I can’t wait until next year.

Time to snuggle back under the duvet and read or sleep.

Happy reading

Blog Tour: Q and A with Isabella May

This week I am pleased to have Isabella May visit to discuss her writing, books and of course, cake. Isabella May’s debut Oh! What a Pavlova is celebrating its first year anniversary and my review can be found here. She has been busy with the recent release of her third novel Costa del Churros.

Q and A with Isabella May

Isabella May

Q and A with Isabella May

Welcome to Duvet Dwellers Books Isabella May. I am so pleased you are here.

What would you like to drink out of choice – tea, coffee or cocktail?

I’m going to pretend it’s evening so I can say a Coco Loco, please!

Q and A with Isabella May

Cocktails for two

Oh! What a Pavlova should come with a warning so the reader can stock up on cake before they read. It mentions food a lot and Kate Clothier loves cake. How much of a foodie are you? Do you bake?

Yeah… sorry about that! I do love food, as you probably guessed, but I used to have a complex relationship with it. Like Kate Clothier, I was once in an abusive relationship where every morsel that went into my mouth was policed, my weight constantly scrutinised. That’s why I am so passionate now about women – in particular – eating what the hell they want, refraining from labelling food clean and dirty, and just generally improving the way we approach the subject. So yeah, I am a big foodie with a sweet tooth. But I am also a bit of a food snob. I like my ice cream from the gelateria, my bread freshly baked, and my cookies never come straight out of a packet!

I really do love to bake. That’s not so easy for half of the year living in Spain as it’s too damned hot and everything melts! As soon as autumn arrives and the temperatures cool down, I can be found in the kitchen on a weekend, making soup, brownies and soda bread.

What is your favourite cake?

I’m asked this a lot and I think it varies depending on the time of the year. Right now I’ll say a Victoria Sandwich. Classic, delicious, pretty and not over-sweet!

All your titles are food orientated, was this planned?

Good question! No… it’s just kind of evolved that way and now I can’t imagine not writing a novel without food or drink as a focal point. I guess I love the way it brings everyone together, I love the magic we can infuse it with too.

What was your inspiration to write Oh! What a Pavlova?

A burning desire to dispel the myth that an abusive relationship is abusive all the time. For many victims of domestic violence, of course, it can be. But my experience was very different, physical attacks had no ETA and could happen perhaps once or twice a year, catching me completely off guard. The mental abuse was a daily occurrence – I just didn’t realise it (much like Kate). I’d worked in children’s publishing and was keen to weave that into the story. I also wanted to experiment with darkness and light. My subsequent books are much more uplifting – and that’s given ‘Pavlova’ some Marmite reviews. Not everyone ‘gets it’. But actually, in my situation, had I not relied on wit and humour to see me through; had I not lived my own double life (again like Kate), I doubt I’d be sitting here typing this right now. Comedy is a great coping mechanism in the darkest of times – not in the heat of an attack, no – but it’s a flicker of hope that burns brightly, often propelling enlightenment… and then perhaps even the strength to escape.

Your debut, Oh! What a Pavlova covers domestic violence and the different faces of Kate. Was it difficult to write?

Yes and no. It was extremely cathartic, cheaper than therapy! As long as I was matching the weather to my scene setting, it felt like a natural process. An elephant grey sky is a great trigger for a dark and twisted scene, as it turns out.

Who is your favourite character in your books?

So far that would be River Jackson! The dishy hippie barman in The Cocktail Bar is a wonderful example of somebody who has learned to follow their heart, irrespective of the naysayers.

Do you have a particular writing routine?

Well, coffee helps. Cake too if I’m in a café. Honestly, no. I just snatch my moments every day and try to keep the flow and momentum going. When you show up continuously like that, the muses magically deliver the creativity!

You have released three books now, what have you learnt about the process of writing and publishing? Is there anything you would do differently?

I’ve learned to stop comparing myself to others *I think*. It’s hard not to because it’s a competitive industry. But every journey is as worthwhile and exciting; whether you are with a small publisher like me, a giant one, self-published or starting out. Whenever we reach that seemingly elusive goal (which for me, not so long ago, was finding a home for ‘Pavlova’), we automatically want to move onto the next big thing! So really it’s all about the journey, enjoying every moment of the process unfolding and staying as upbeat as possible because it really is a marathon and not a sprint!

Are you working on a new project?

I am!
I’m very excited to say that novel 4 (another foodie themed book surrounding an ice cream parlour) is written and with my editor. That one will be subbed to agents in January as I’m starting a brand new publishing journey.

And I am also 20,000 words into novel 5…

Wish me lots and lots of luck, and watch this space. I hope these books will be out there in the publishing universe before too long!

I am looking forward to reading them so giving you lots of luck and cake. Thank you for joining me and answering all my questions.

Oh! What a Pavlova blurb

Q and A with Isabella May

Oh! What a Pavlova by Isabella May

Kate Clothier is leading a double life: a successful jet-setting businesswoman to the outside world, but behind closed doors, life with Daniel and his volcanic temper is anything but rosy.

Some days – heck, make that EVERY day – cake is her only salvation.

Slowly but surely, the cities she visits – and the men she meets – help her to realise there IS a better future.

And the ley lines of Glastonbury are certainly doing their best to impart their mystical wisdom…

But will she escape before it’s too late?

Purchase Link: myBook.to/pavlova

Author Bio

Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the sea and the mountains. When she isn’t having her cake and eating it, sampling a new cocktail on the beach, or ferrying her children to and from after school activities, she can usually be found writing. As a co-founder and a former contributing writer for the popular online women’s magazine, The Glass House Girls – www.theglasshousegirls.com – she has also been lucky enough to subject the digital world to her other favourite pastimes, travel, the Law of Attraction, and Prince (The Purple One). She has recently become a Book Fairy, and is having lots of fun with her imaginative ‘drops’! Costa del Churros is her third novel with Crooked Cat Books, following on from the hit sensations, Oh! What a Pavlova and The Cocktail Bar.

Social Media Links

www.isabellamayauthor.com
Twitter – @IsabellaMayBks
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/IsabellaMayAuthor/
Instagram – @isabella_may_author

Giveaway – Win a signed copy of The Cocktail Bar (Open Internationally)*

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Good luck and happy reading!

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Meet the Author S J Grigg

Meet the Author: S L Grigg

I am currently reading Coffee Break Companion, a collection of short stories, poems, and work by S L Grigg. The title says it all – this book is ideal to read on a coffee break or those moments in the day when you can snatch a few moments to read.

Meet the Author S J Grigg

 

 

Author Biography

Meet the Author S J Grigg

Author S J Grigg

Sharon Grigg, who writes under the pen name S.L Grigg, made it her new year’s resolution to publish her book ‘Coffee Break Companion’ during 2018. After bouncing back from mental health problems following the death of her husband from a brain tumour in 2009, Sharon was struck down with kidney and other health problems, believed to be linked to having the Essure sterilisation device she had implanted back in 2008. In September 2017 she underwent major surgery to have a non-functioning hydronephrotic kidney removed at the same time as a full hysterectomy to remove the essure device.

Just two months after setting her goal Sharon launched the collection of dark, short stories and poetry on Amazon. Many of the stories were written during Sharon’s battle with mental health.

41-year-old mother of two, Sharon says “For me publishing was never about, money or fame. I just wanted to be able to hold a copy of my book and say, ‘I wrote this’ and now I can.”

Meet S L Grigg

I am pleased to say Sharon has joined me today for a natter and a coffee today to discuss her book, writing among other things.

Welcome to Duvet Dwellers Books.

What is your favourite book?

Oh, so many to choose from, I’m sure it changes all the time depending on what is my favourite of the things I have read recently. I don’t think I could choose just one all-time favourite. In that respect I kind of envy those who have a clear favourite like Harry Potter fans, or something. I have a few favourite series, like the OtherWorld Series by Kelley Armstrong and The Hollows series by Kim Harrison. I guess my current favourite book would be Big Little Lies by Lianne Moriarty, loved it and the show, and the soundtrack! Can’t wait for Season two of the show!

Who is your favourite author?

As above really, so many in addition to those mentioned I also love James Patterson, Adam Baker, Dean Koontz and many more

What is your favourite drink to have next to you while you write?

Whilst I am writing I will usually have water or tea (white, two sweeteners, must be the colour of He-Man to be right, don’t leave the teabag in too long, I don’t like it mashed!)

Is your writing influenced by the books you have read?

I guess it is a little, I like to write quite dark, thriller type stories with a hint of fantasy or sci-fi and I do read a lot of books with those types of themes. You would be hard pushed to catch me writing or reading and enjoying romance/chick-lit or historical, even the classics, I’m not a fan of overly elaborate writing, long flowery words and excessively heavy description put me off, so I wouldn’t write that way either.

Where is your favourite place to read or write?

Curled up on the sofa, with the family around, we might not be talking as we will often all be buried in our own reading, writing or laptops, but it’s nice to just be together 😊

When did you begin writing and how did being published come about?

I started writing as a child, at 11 I wrote my first full story (which features in Coffee Break Companion) and I also wrote a collection of illustrated stories based on the Puffalumps back then. Being published cam about as it had always been my dream to be able to hold an actual book and say ‘I wrote this’ so I set it as my New Year Resolution for 2018 (I don’t’ normally do resolutions) and within 2 months I had made it happen!

If you have a genre you write, how did you begin writing in this style?

As above, I write in a few and I think they are influenced by what I enjoy reading myself. I think if I would enjoy reading it, I can write it, and that’s generally what I do, write things I would enjoy reading.

Has being chronically ill influenced your writing and changed its direction?

When I was suffering with my mental health writing was like therapy for me, I blogged like crazy at that time and wrote a huge amount about my personal experiences and understanding of Borderline Personality Disorder, it helped a lot in my recovery. I needed to understand my condition to overcome it. Many of my other health problems I’ve not written about much, but I think I will probably write more eventually. I have put much of my BPD writing together so I could publish that as a book if I can get round to tidying it up and finishing it off!

Book and contact  details

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https://www.facebook.com/SLGRIGG76/

http://www.slgrigg76.wordpress.com

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you Sharon, for joining me today. I look forward to reading more from you in the future.

 

For more information about topics talked about today

BPD – https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/borderline-personality-disorder-bpd/#.Wr4o5KjwbIU

EDS-Hypermobility – https://www.ehlers-danlos.org/what-is-eds/information-on-eds/hypermobile-eds-and-hypermobility-spectrum-disorders/

Essure – https://essureproblems.co.uk/

Hydronephrosis – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Hydronephrosis/