It’s Monday again! I’ve been a little quiet this week, I decided to take a few days off from my blog. I’ve been fighting with my writing for a little while, it’s been driving me insane. Fortunately I managed to get some writing done! It finally started to fall into place. The problem was fear, to be completely honest. There’s so much pressure on these books, I’m putting a lot of effort in to try and make sure they’re the very best they can be, and they can launch me to full-time author status.
I drank a reasonable amount of wine Friday night and it was exactly what I needed to let loose and dive in. Admittedly I ended up writing a random short story that was inspired by something Mollie said. It doesn’t matter, I’m really proud of that story. I threw it up without even going back and checking for typos. Super proud.
On my proper writing, I got a few chapters down on Branded In Ink you can read the opening chapter here. I also returned to Infernal Alliances and got a few chapters down on that one too. I was struggling with them for different reasons. There are a lot of feels in IA which are a bit close to home, to be honest. Branded In Ink is just so different to what I’ve been writing for the last year or so that I’ve been worried about getting the voice right. I feel like I’m making good progress on both though.
Away from writing I stocked up on tea and coffee on Friday, the owner of that shop loves when I come in. I got ten different coffees, each from a different country – we love variety here in Evans Towers. I also picked up some Golden Nepal tea that I haven’t had in months, if you enjoy light, slightly sweet and floral black teas, I highly recommend it. Freelance work has been going well. Oh and I wrote a post about writing when you’re happy and healthy. Personally, I do not write every day and I do not believe in forcing myself to write. It’s not good for me.
Now to the question!
Tell me about a book or series that really surprised you, whether good or bad!
For me, it was Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle. I’ll admit I’m not really a YA reader, I tried quite a few books and couldn’t get into them (outside of Harry Potter). I lost myself with TRC almost immediately though. I’ve recommended it to all and sundry, the writing is gorgeous, deep, lyrical, stunningly beautiful. The characters are alive. I’m really envious as a writer, I’m not ashamed to admit that. I would love to have the impact on my readers, to bring my stories and characters alive as well as Maggie does.