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New author biography

Most writers would consider themselves skilled at describing a person, but when it comes down to writing an author biography, it is suddenly difficult to decide what's important and what isn't. We are not used to writing about ourselves, especially not in the third person.  Do you stick to the cold hard (boring?) facts or do you add something more personal? I had a go at writing an author biography the other day and to my surprise, enjoyed it. I even found out about the correct spelling and original meaning of the word mother lode. Then I thought about my love of Italy and how that rubbed off in my writing in Tom's character, and I got distracted wondering how many types of pasta I could name from the top of my head. (Oh, the writer's brain, it's so marvelous and so irritating...)
Despite all of these distractions, I managed to finish my author biography. Here it is, without further ado:
Annie loves coffee with amother loadmother lode of milkfroth on top, she loves the …

Relaunching your book with a new cover

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A year ago, I published "Teaching Tori" with a book cover that I liked a lot. But has the cover helped sell the book? And would I have to get a new cover to go with the book's sequel, "Teaching Tom"?

In brief, the answer to the questions are: 1. No, 2. Yes.

This is the book cover of "Teaching Tori" as I had it since its launch in July 2014.

I really liked this cover because of its colour scheme, the font and the girl. The landscape of Central Otago in the background plays an important part in this story, so I was very happy to have it as part of the book cover. I liked the font too.

One year on, I'm not so sure any more.
The girl looks a bit squashed under the title bar, the colours are rather flat, but most of all, the cover doesn't convey what type of genre this is.

Apparently, romance novels are among the best selling books on kindle, but mine certainly isn't. (Actually, I'll be honest with you - this is how many books I've sol…

Teaching Tori - One year on...

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A year ago, I secretly published my novel "Teaching Tori".
After clicking 'publish' on the Amazon interface, I didn't tell anyone for a week (apart from my husband and my daughter).
Would I do this again for my second novel? What have I learned over this past year?


Writing came to me by accident. It isn't something I've always wanted to do, and it isn't something that I have to do, unlike other writers who feel like part of them is missing when they don't write.
So when I started writing, it was all very new and personal to me.
Only my closest family members and a couple of friends knew about this new hobby of mine. In hindsight, it seems a bit strange to be secretive about it, but at the time, I didn't have the confidence in my writing nor the desire to tell people about it.
So clicking 'publish' on that day a year ago wasn't only about finally achieving what I had worked so hard for, it was also about 'coming out' as a wr…

Back up, or back out!

You're a writer who takes his/her writing serious, whether you're a full-time author or a hobby writer.
You diligently back up your writing because you understand that no writer should be so stupid/reckless/naive/ ....... (fill in your own adjective) and not back up the words they sweated blood and tears for.

But then...

You realise that the back up system you have created over the last couple of years is in fact useless when your USB flash drive gives up the ghost and only produces gobbledigook.
You are incredulous about how you could have been so ........(fill in above adjective) and rely on a cheap old USB drive to keep your 71,000 words of your newest WIP safe?

Welcome to my world!

And, just before you shake your head in disbelief, I don't consider myself naive, ........(fill in the adjective), or under the illusion that my USB stick is indestructible.
I regularly backed up my ywriter project by sending the file into the cloud. But what I stupidly didn't back up were…

How did you come to writing?

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Does that title sound strange?

It does to me, because the more obvious title would be "How did you become a writer?"

To me, those two things are not the same. Becoming a writer is when you  know, over time, or in some cases, maybe suddenly, that you are a writer. That it is what you want to do, or what you have to do.
But coming to writing is different, almost like stumbling across it by chance, like it is thanks to a coincidence or maybe luck that you've discovered that you are a writer.
And that's what I want to share with you today. How I came to writing by chance.

A few years ago, a successful homegrown TV show called Outrageous Fortune aired here in New Zealand over a number of years. It was one of the most successful shows produced in New Zealand and got a huge fanbase over the years. A total of six series was produced, with the final sixth series airing in 2010.

A serious cliffhanger at the end of series five left the audience gasping with their mouths open, ju…