Cassandra Piat

All about the woman, the author and Mauritius…

Editing, editing, editing…do you kill your darlings?

Hi everyone!

I recently took part in One Book at a Time‘s Blogiversary and I thought I’d reblog my guest post today…

Over the past year I’ve read quite a few author guest posts and found that they are all inspiring, often sharing their experiences or giving valuable advice on some aspect of writing or another… so I guess mine’s going to be pretty different because it will be neither of those things! Let’s just say that it’ll be more along the lines of a soul-searching piece on editing and rewriting – or, then again, just a major rant on the subject!

All writers know about the task of editing and re-writing… and I can safely say that for me, it’s the most harrowing part of writing a book. Well to be honest, I actually don’t mind it at first – let’s say the first 3, 4 or even 5 times I read through my manuscript, but when 6 months down the line I’m still editing and re-writing THE SAME MANUSCRIPT – well let’s just say I’m really feeling those “shouty” capitals!

It never ceases to amaze me, but every single time I read through my manuscript again, I make new changes. So much so that sometimes I wonder whether my final story will be anything like the lovely story I had actually written to start off with! I say the ‘lovely story’ because I did find my story rather lovely THE FIRST 10 TIMES I READ IT!!! (oops sorry, “shouty” capitals again!!). But now, I honestly have no idea if it’s any good. I mean how could I – just imagine reading a book over and over again, wouldn’t you get totally sick of it after a while and end up finding it a total bore? Sure you would! So how can we writers not get to the point of being sick and tired of reading our work? Is there such a thing as too much editing or over-editing? How do we know when to STOP? And finally, how can we keep an objective point of view on our work when we’ve read it over and over (and over and over and over) again?

Oh noooo… I just realised that you probably thought that I was now going to give you answers to those questions! Oh dear… I actually have no idea what the answers are!! (But if you happen to know, please, please enlighten the newbie writer that I am ☺)

So as I have no answers to these questions, while I wait to receive some enlightenment from you all, let’s talk about another aspect of the whole editing thing. As I mentioned just before, I’ve been editing and re-writing my story for a long time now. The first six months was to clean it up before sending for a manuscript critique, and now the past six months has been the re-writing process – and now of course I need to edit the re-writing!!

Anyway, over the past few months I’ve read lots of great articles giving advice on how to efficiently edit a book (I know, maybe I should have read them before starting editing the first time around…), and every time I read an article, I found something that I needed to apply to my manuscript (words to avoid etc.) so I had to go over the whole book again from square one and apply the new changes throughout the document.

QUICK NOTE: Woohoo! I’ve just realised that I have a bit of advice for everyone out there – and more importantly, myself – read all the articles and posts you can about the best editing techniques BEFORE you start the first edit of your manuscript!

Okay, back to my manuscript. I have one little dilemma left to solve… Recently I read yet another great post about effective editing, and one of the points has been troubling me since… I can’t decide whether I should follow the author’s advice on that point or not – so I thought this would be a great opportunity to ask you for your opinion on the matter… The advice is; Kill your darlings. In other words, parts of the story that you love and which have special meaning to you, but which don’t actually serve a direct purpose in the story.

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So my dilemma is: I’ve brought back Lucy and Matt, the main characters from my first book, What’s it gonna be?, in a few scenes in my second book although they don’t serve a direct purpose in moving my new story along.

Why did I do it you ask? For the simple reason that when I read a book, I grow really fond of the characters and always think that it’d be nice to know how they’re doing after the end of the book. I’ve read books by a few authors who often include the characters from their previous books in their new books, albeit briefly, and I’ve always thought it was pretty cool to catch up with those characters again. So I thought that’s what I’d do – give my readers a quick peek into the lives of the Lucy and Matt since Whats it gonna be?.  So what do you think? Keep my darlings or remove them? I would really appreciate your comments on the subject.

To leave you on a positive note, I have to say that one of the great things in life is that we learn from experience and from our mistakes, so you can be sure that next time I’ll definitely read up on editing tips before starting the whole editing process ☺ ☺ ☺…

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If we were having coffee… this week

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Hi everyone,

I’m back again for another ‘If we were having coffee…’ post so please grab your coffee and settle down with me for a chat…

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I spent two weeks in Perth recently for my dad’s 70th birthday. It was the first time since I got married and had kids (15 years) that I was alone with no one but myself to worry about! What a treat. I slept in every day, watched movies in bed every night (of my choice – no sports, no action packed movies or thrillers!!!) and did whatever I wanted all day. It was magical. I spent most of my time with my family – parents, sister, brother, nephew and nieces and had the best quality time with them ever – not having to be disturbed every few minutes with the call ‘mu-um’ J My husband stayed in Mauritius with the kids and I must say he did a fantastic job – so I told him I would definitely do it again next year 🙂 This said, I was thrilled to see my brood again and was greeted at the airport with a sign that said,

“YES WE LOVE MUM”  🙂

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If we were having coffee I would tell you that although once I was in Perth it was wonderful, the pre-getting-on-the-plane anxiety was as usual a nightmare. It really ruins all the fun in going on holiday and I wish I could just be normal, and just be excited to get on a plane and travel the world like most people. But no, not me!

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As I observed other passengers in the departure lounge eating, having a drink or laughing and chatting away happily, just totally relaxed – I really wished I could be like that instead of having my insides twisted in a knot, not being able to get anything down and wanting to crawl under my sheets and hide. But the good thing is that although I had my anxiety attacks before both departures, I still managed to go, and that makes me stronger…

The anxiety is there and it’s horrible, but I won’t let it get the better of me!

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I had the huge treat of having coffee with the lovely and amazing Tess Woods whose beautiful book Love At First Flight came out in bookstores in Australia today!

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She was as lovely as I knew she would be and it was like I had known her all my life. It’s the first time I’ve met a foreign author in person, so it was a doubly special moment 🙂

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I ended up working with Sue Traynor on my cover (she’s done the covers of romantic comedy authors Geralyn Corcillo & Rich Amooi) and I just love her work. The cover is gorgeous and we’ve almost finalised it – just a last few colours and font details. It’s so exciting!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that my book is finally out with Beta readers and that I should be getting feedback by next week. I’m so nervous!

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On the same note, I would add that I’m having trouble deciding how to start the prologue of my book – I have two possible options and just can’t make up my mind on which one I prefer, so I decided to ask for help through a survey.

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I must say that so many people have been wonderful and taken the time to read the options and give their opinion, and I’m really grateful. But there’s just a tiny problem at the moment… We’re at a stalemate – Option 1 and 2 are at a tie!! Looks like I’ll have to flip a coin between the two after all:-)

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that we are at our beach cottage for a month as it’s the school holidays (2 months). Although it’s winter here at the moment, somehow at the beach it doesn’t matter too much. It’s a bit windy and the water is a rather cold, but the kids have lots of friends around and spend their time outside and away from the TV, iPads and computer which is wonderful.

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Right now they are cooking sausages on a makeshift fire on the beach :- )

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I started ‘Chapter One’ of my third book today!!! chapetr one

Although the characters are all very much in my head, I now have to work out how I’m going to tell their story… but I reckon there’s no better way to do than to just start writing… so I did just that today.  So exciting!

Okay, my little Robinson Crusoe’s are calling me to go and taste their delicious fire-cooked sausages on the beach, so I better head off  🙂

It was lovely to spend some time with you and until next time, take care and keep smiling.

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A bientot!

 

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I first saw the Coffee posts on Suzie Speaks’ blog – check out her awesome blog here! https://suzie81speaks.com/ But she says that initially the Coffee posts was the brainchild of the Part Time Monster which you can check out here! https://parttimemonster.com

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Please help me choose the beginning for my prologue!

Hi everyone!

I’m trying to get my second book finalized but I’m stuck on the prologue!! I have three different versions and I just can’t decide which one works best. Every time I read through them, I change my mind on which one I prefer!!

So, I would really, really appreciate your help with this… If you have a moment, please could you read through the three options below and let me know in the comments which one works best for you.

Many thanks 🙂

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VERSION 1

PROLOGUE

Passport ✓
Airplane ticket ✓
Foreign currency ✓
Hotel address ✓
Hotel voucher ✓
Boarding pass ✓

Looks like I have everything, I sighed in relief. A wave of excitement washed over me as I realised that I was really, truly flying off to Mauritius! I still couldn’t believe my luck – and to think that I had won this trip made it all the more amazing. Suddenly it dawned on me that maybe this was one of those wonderful dreams you never want to wake up from, but inevitably do. No, it just couldn’t be – could it? I pinched myself hard to double check and instead of feeling pain, I heard a loud “OUCH!” coming from my left hand side. I turned in horror to the man sitting next to me.

“Oh my God! Did I really just pinch you?” I asked, utterly mortified.

His scowl was quickly replaced by a chuckle when he saw the look on my face. “If you wanted to get my attention, you could have just talked to me you know.”

I laughed and introduced myself.

“Can I at least ask why you felt the need to pinch me?” he grinned.

I giggled and told him about winning a trip to Mauritius. He was friendly and easy to talk to so we chatted until I finally heard my flight being called.

Oooh, that’s me!” I exclaimed, jumping up in a flash as he watched me in amusement.

“The plane won’t leave without you, you know?” he said grinning.

I beamed back at him. “Well, I’m not taking any chances!” I said chuckling, as I waved over my shoulder and practically ran to Gate 3 where we were boarding.

VERSION 2

PROLOGUE

“OUCH!”

I jumped in surprise, swivelling in horror towards the stranger sitting next to me.

“Oh my God! Please tell me I didn’t just pinch you!”

His scowl was quickly replaced by a chuckle when he saw the look on my face. “If you wanted to get my attention, you could have just talked to me you know.”

“I’m so sorry, not to mention totally embarrassed, but I was actually meant to be pinching myself…” I said, feeling like a fool.

“And pinching yourself is something you do for fun?” he joked.

“No! I giggled my face flushing. “I won this trip in a photo competition and I guess I’m having a hard time believing that it’s actually real,” I explained. “I mean, just imagine – me, Molly Malahan, from Perth Western Australia, flying off to Mauritius! Totally surreal – so I was pinching myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming.”

“Well Molly Malahan from Perth Western Australia, I duly confirm that you’re not dreaming,” he said solemnly, stroking his arm, wincing.

I hid my face behind my hands and groaned in embarrassment.

“I’m only kidding, it didn’t hurt,” he laughed. “Well not much anyway…” he added teasingly.

He was friendly and easy to talk to, so we chatted until I finally heard my flight being called.

Oooh, that’s me!” I exclaimed, jumping up in a flash as he watched me in amusement.

“The plane won’t leave without you, you know?” he said grinning.

I beamed back at him. “Well, I’m not taking any chances!” I said chuckling, as I waved over my shoulder and practically ran to Gate 3 where we were boarding.

VERSION 3

PROLOGUE

I had checked, double-checked and triple-checked that I hadn’t forgotten anything and, finally reassured, I was now sitting in the departure lounge waiting for my flight to be called. I was having a hard time sitting still and just couldn’t believe that I was really, truly about to fly off to MAURITIUS!!!

Oh no! What if this was one of those wonderful dreams that you never want to wake up from, but inevitably do? No. No way. It just couldn’t be – could it? I pinched myself hard just to be absolutely sure and to my surprise, instead of feeling pain, I heard a loud “OUCH!” coming from my left hand side. Puzzled, I turned towards the man sitting next to me and noticed that he was rubbing his arm, wincing. I raised my eyes to his and was met by his angry glare, and suddenly realisation dawned…

Oh my God! Please tell me I didn’t just pinch you!”

His scowl was quickly replaced by a chuckle at the sight of my horror-stricken face. “If you wanted to get my attention, you could have just talked to me you know.”

“I’m so sorry, not to mention totally embarrassed, but I was actually meant to be pinching myself – you know, like you do when you want to make sure that you aren’t dreaming.”

“Well I can confirm that you’re not,” he said solemnly, stroking his arm again and grimacing.

I hid my face behind my hands and groaned in embarrassment.

“I’m only kidding,” he laughed. “It didn’t hurt. Well, not much anyway…” he teased. “So want to tell me about it?”

“I won this trip to Mauritius in a photo competition and I guess I’m having a hard time believing that it’s true,” I babbled excitedly. “I mean, just imagine – me, Molly Malahan, flying off to MAURITIUS!”

“Well that explains a lot,” he said with a grin.

He was friendly and easy to talk to, so we chatted until I finally heard my flight being called.

Oooh, that’s me!” I exclaimed, jumping up in a flash as he watched me in amusement.

“The plane won’t leave without you, you know?” he said grinning.

I beamed back at him. “Well, I’m not taking any chances!” I said chuckling, as I waved over my shoulder and practically ran to Gate 3 where we were boarding.

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Chatting with the Chicks of Chick Lit

 

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Ha ha ha ha welcome, welcome everyone to Chatting With the Chicks of Chick Lit. I’m your host, Chuck Lottateeth, and I am so thrilled to be able to introduce you to some of the most fascinating characters in literature today. I’m talking about the leading ladies of Chick Lit—those enchanting, romantic, darling, sexy, sweet, funny, headstrong—and, let’s face it, sometimes downright frustrating—modern women who headline this fabulously fun genre. I’m sure you’re going to love getting the skinny on these “novel” heroines, and who knows? You might just find your new BFF on the pages of one of these books!

Today’s guest is Lucy Evans, the heroine of the romantic comedy What’s it gonna be? Lucy is 26 years old, is quirky, fun-loving and a scatterbrain who has a knack for finding herself in awkward, yet hilarious, situations. We thought for a minute that she wouldn’t be coming , but it seems she was just running a little late. Here she is now, so, without further ado, please put your hands together and show some love for today’s guest…

LUCY EVANS! .

Chuck: Hello Lucy, it’s lovely to have you here with us today

Lucy: Hi Chuck, hi everyone. It’s so exciting to be here. I’m so sorry for being late…

Chuck: Never mind, you’re here now and that’s what matters. So shall we start then?

Lucy: Yes, let’s do it Chuck!

Chuck: Okay, here goes; Lucy, if you were a shoe, what kind of shoe would you be?

Lucy: A shoe? Er… well, I’m not much of a shoe person (I know, I know, weird right? Me being a woman and all…), but I guess if I had to compare myself to a shoe, I would definitely be a comfy pair of trainers with a few holes in them, mix matched laces and a few stains here and there.

Note: Just so we’re clear, the fact that there are mix-matched laces doesn’t have anything to do with me trying to be fashionable…

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Chuck: (laughs): Right! Now for something a bit different but a question I’m sure you’ve thought about before: What are the three items you would absolutely need to have with you if you were shipwrecked on a desert island?

Lucy: Well, I th-

Cassandra: Well, that’s easy… Ian Somerhalder of course!

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Chuck: Oops, sorry ladies and gentlemen it looks like the interview has been hi-jacked by Cassandra Piat, author of ‘What’s it gonna be’ – the book in which Lucy is the star.

Cassandra: Oh no, I’m so sorry Chuck and Lucy. I have a hard time keeping my mouth shut, but I promise to butt out now and leave Lucy to it… (<<laughs sheepishly>>)

(Lucy and Chuck laugh)

Chuck: So, let’s get back to your three things Lucy.

Lucy: Okay… let me think, so first and foremost, my Kindle which of course would have a solar powered charger (I read that in a book recently where the girl, who had crash-landed on a desert island… had a solar powered rechargeable mobile phone!!! How cool is that? This said, I’m not much one to search the net and find out about all the new technologies, so I’ve got no idea if that exists in real life or not – but as we’re talking hypotheticals here, I’ve decided that it does, and I now have one on my Kindle 🙂 ).

Next, I’d definitely bring a big notebook and pens as I need to keep my creative jujus working (in case I get inspired and think of amazingly great ideas for potential future campaigns to impress my boss when I get back  🙂 ). I also love drawing doodles and  keeping a journal – and it would help to keep me sane.

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Oh hey, it might also be useful for doing the whole ‘message in a bottle thing’ – I’ve always wanted to do that!

Okay, next… well I’d have to say a hammock. I mean, what could be more perfect than lying in a hammock on a beautiful island…?? Oh actually, I know! Eating chocolate while lying in a hammock on a desert island! Yep, it’s pretty amazing but my hammock came with a mega huge bag of chocolates! It was a special deal when I bought it so it counts as one item… right Chuck?

 

 

Chuck (laughing): Wel-ll, I’m not sure Lucy… but I’ve got to say that I like your cheek, so yeah, let’s say it counts as one item.

Lucy: YES! (Lucy punches the air in victory). Thanks Chuck – you’re the best! But Chuck, I have to add that it’s really important that I be shipwrecked with someone practical like Matt  – you know, someone who would think of bringing a lighter, a pen knife and drinking water – otherwise I really don’t like my chances…

Chuck: I think you have a point there Lucy, but hey, this is your shipwreck, so you can create it any way you want and bring whoever you want with you right?

Lucy: You’re just the best Chuck!

Chuck (laughing): Okay Lucy, so let’s move on now with the next question. This one will give us a little idea of your romantic side… What would be the perfect date for you if you had only $ 15 dollars?

Lucy: Oh that’s easy! Matt and I on the beach at sunset with a chilled bottle of white wine and a box of sour cream Pringles… What could be more perfect?

Chuck: Sour cream Pringles?? Hmmm… well I can think of a million other things that would top sour cream Pringles, but this is your perfect date not mine isn’t it?

Lucy: (laughing) Yes, and don’t spoil it for me Chuck!

Chuck (chuckles): Actually, come to think of it, nothing beats those sour cream Pringles!!

Lucy: (laughs) That’s the spirit Chuck!

Chuck (laughs): How about if you up the stakes a little and say that you had $50 to spend on that perfect date?

I guess then it would be sharing a delicious pizza and a good bottle of red wine with Matt (which Matt would choose as I have no idea what’s what where wine’s concerned!) and we’d snuggle up on a comfy sofa in front of a fireplace in winter…

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Chuck: That sounds wonderful. How about with $ 5,000?

Lucy: Oh wow, that’s a lot of money. I have no idea what I could do with that. I have to say here that I have no idea what anything costs – I am hopeless with money and when it comes to budgeting and planning my expenses, and knowing what costs how much, I’m terrible!

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But let’s say I would find it pretty cool going to Venice with Matt and riding on a gondola with him one night when it’s the full moon (although with my track record that could be potentially dangerous and I just hope that I wouldn’t end up in the water!!).

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Chuck (laughs): Am I correct to deduce that you are on the clumsy side Lucy?

Lucy (giggles): That’s an understatement. I’m not sure if its clumsiness or just my scatterbrain, but I often find myself in embarrassing situations.

Chuck: It must make for an exciting life though?

Lucy (laughs): I guess it’s one way to look at it!  But anyway, back to my trip… I think I’d like to head to then go to Austria by train and stay there in a log cabin in the mountains for a few days. And finally, maybe spend a few days in Paris, going to the Café Theatres every night, strolling through the streets of Paris, going on the ‘bateau mouche’ at night, visiting Montmartre, Notre Dame de Paris…

I hope that all this falls within my budget… but I’m not much of a glamour girl and wouldn’t want to go and eat in the most expensive restaurants or stay in flashy hotels. I enjoy the simple things in life so I think we should manage on our given budget.

Chuck: That sounds grand Lucy! And who knows, maybe one day Matt will take you to all these places. Now for the next question, something a bit different this time; If your best friend is asked to describe you in five words. What would they be?

Lucy: Hmmm… that’s a hard one. Okay, let me see… she would probably say that I’m loyal and am always there for my friends, which I guess I do try to be. I think she’d say that I’m quite easy going and fun too. I tend to laugh a lot and try to make things fun. I think she’d probably mention that I’m completely disorganised, a major scatterbrain and always, always late!

Chuck: And now, how about if your nemesis is asked to describe you in five words?

Lucy: Nemesis? I don’t actually think I’ve got a nemesis so to speak… it doesn’t really go with my personality. I guess I can imagine that some people find me annoyingly scatter-brained, hopelessly disorganised, exasperatingly always late, messy and lacking a bit of fashion care (I sometimes forget to brush my hair, I don’t wear make-up, and as I’m often – okay, so always – late, I tend to put on whatever’s clean and ironed and they aren’t always the greatest ensembles!!)

Chuck (laughs): And you mentioned that you were a secretary??

Lucy: I know! How can that even be possible? But I didn’t say that I was a good secretary now did I?

(Chuck and Lucy laugh)

Chuck: Okay, let’s move on. Now for something fun: If you could be the heroine in any chick flick, who would you be and why?

Oh wow, I love chick flicks and have so many actresses I would love to be! It’s so hard to choose. But I think that if I had to choose the one that would fit me the best – it would definitely be Bridget Jones.

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We are scarily similar in so many ways! But hey, I would get to star with – and even kiss – Hugh Grant… That would be so amazing. I could listen to his accent all day!

Oh my God! What’s the time please Chuck?

Chuck: Twenty past eleven.

Lucy: Oh no! No, no, no. I have to go Chuck!  I have another appointment at half past eleven and I’m going to be late! I’m so sorry for leaving in such a rush but I just didn’t realise how late it was already! Thank you! Thank you so much for the wonderful interview – it was such fun!

Chuck: It was my pleasure Lucy and it was lovely to talk to you too. I hope we’ll … Oh okay, she’s gone. Oops, she just tripped on the way out and her bag went flying, as well as everything that was in it. Oh dear, the poor girl, I’d better go and help her out (chuckles.) Thank you all for listening to us this morning. I hope you enjoyed spending time with Lucy as much as I did.

And… here’s a list of all the other great leading ladies of Chick Lit I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing this month :

Tracie Banister – Willa & Sloane

Tracy Krimmer – Chelsea

Amy Gettinger – Rhonda

Jayne Denker – George, Celia & Jordan Leigh

Karen M Cox – Catherine

Maggie Le Page – Becky Jordan

Whitney Dineen – Mimi Finnegan

Colette Kebell – Gigi

Hilary Grossman – Annabel & Beatrice

Bernadette Maycock – Heather & Sarah Greene

Cat Lavoie – Peri McKenna

Katie Oliver – Natalie Dashwood

Glynis Astie – Meri Palmer

CeCe Osgood – Dorsey Bing

Stacey Wiedower – Jen Dawson

Camille Di Maio – Julianne Westcott

Nikki Le Clair – Phoebe & Edie

Laura Chapman – Harper Duquaine

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If we were having coffee…

Hi everyone,

It’s been so long since I’ve written an actual post that I thought this would be a fun way to make a comeback  🙂

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So please grab your coffee and settle down with me for a chat…

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I spent the whole of last week sick in bed with a really bad flu, but I’m finally starting to feel better again. One good thing that came out of it is that I’m finally writing a blog post again after quite a long time…

I would tell you that I am so thrilled because for the first time since I published my book on Amazon sixteen months ago, I sold 43 books in 4 days during a 99c/99p Countdown deal. IMG_8234  My amazing sister, and virtual assistant, managed to get me on a few free promotion sites (Reading Deals, Read Freely, Booklover’s Heaven…) and it seems to have had the desired effect. This is HUGE for me because after the initial hype when my book first came out (hype made by friends and family of course) – and even then it was only 10 or so – I’ve never sold more than a few books a month. So 43 in a few days is amazing and I want to sing and shout it out over the rooftops! I’ve also had quite a bit of action on the page reads too which is also completely new to me and which warms my heart. THANK YOU to everyone who bought my book 🙂

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I met with my new illustrator last week, a Mauritian who is actually my daughter’s Art Teacher but who is ridiculously talented. His drawings are absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with. He seemed pretty excited to work on a book cover, thing he hasn’t done before. As I have a very specific thing in mind it shouldn’t be too hard for him to draw it up. I’m so impatient to see his first draft.

Oh yes, and as we’re talking about my cover I would also add that I’ve FINALLY found my title… drum roll please…

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…“Stuck with Me” it is! I’m so relieved as I thought that I would never find something suitable, but I really think this one works.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’m currently trying to finish my re-re-re-re-re-re-re writing of “Stuck with Me” so that I can finally send it to beta readers for their comments.

IMG_8103I’m about halfway through but just read an article with a list of eight words ‘that need to be hunted down and deleted with extreme prejudice’ and I realised that I have a lot of 4 or 5 of these words in my manuscript! They include; suddenly, that, very, really and started. This means that I’ll have another re-rewriting to do on the first half!! Arrgghh! Rewriting and editing is the longest process ever! I’m so impatient to get my book out there so it’s becoming quite frustrating! But the rewards will be worth it in the end so I just have to keep at it.

If we were having coffee I would tell you that the weather is amazing in Mauritius today and that summer is finally over. I’m so happy not to be hot all the time anymore. At the moment, the days are warm and the evenings are cool – just love this season!                                                                     IMG_7960

If I were having coffee, I’d tell you that school broke up last Friday for our ten day Easter holiday break. In the French system, the Easter holidays, if you can call them that, always fall during the last week of April and first week of May no matter when Easter itself actually is!! Hmmm… no comment. Anyway, I’m soooo happy to have ten days off from getting up early, preparing the kids lunch boxes and doing the school run.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I watched Vampire Diaries today and that although Season 7 is still good and keeps me watching, I can’t help missing the light-heartedness of the prior seasons. It’s all a bit heavy this year and not much happiness and laughter in there at all. I can’t imagine what they will come up with for Season 8 as they’ve pretty much done it all.

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Damon’s still as gorgeous as ever though 🙂

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I have to go now because I have to go to the supermarket to stock up on some food. I’m a twice-a-day supermarket goer in normal times and I haven’t been once this week so you can imagine what my fridge and kitchen cupboards look like as I write! Yep! Pretty empty, and the kids are not happy!

It was great spending some time with you. Have a lovely week and see you again soon!

A bientôt 🙂

P.S. I first saw the Coffee posts on Suzie Speaks’ blog – check out her awesome blog here! https://suzie81speaks.com/ But she says that initially the Coffee posts was the brainchild of the Part Time Monster which you can check out here! https://parttimemonster.com

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