Showing posts from February, 2014

The Knots I Tied Myself Into, by Jane Bwye

A warm welcome to Jane Bwye, fellow Crooked Cat writer and author of the acclaimed Breath of Africa. Here Jane explains the fascinating and often painstaking process of how her book came into being.

Where shall I start? I did set out to write a book and quite early on decided to call it Breath of Africa.

I had previously written short stories, one of which would make an action-packed beginning. Another, I thought would provide an overall framework.

I just had to fill in the middle bit – said I to myself. Trouble was, writing the story also served as a catharsis, for we had left Kenya, and my mind kept drifting back to those favourite places.

So I wrote about them, re-living every moment. Somehow, I would have to incorporate them into a story, and surprisingly as the scenes unfolded, so did the characters develop minds of their own, and one thing led to another.

Five-star reviews

Thanks so much to readers who have the time to rate a book - and especially those who take the trouble to write a review.

Especially when it gets five stars!

I've just spent a happy hour updating my Tomorrow's Anecdote website, featuring some recent comments. Much appreciated. Here's the full round-up.

I hope Laurence at Crooked Cat Publishing will forgive this 'Photoshop' moment.

By Pamela Kelt

I'm a single girl

I thought I'd share my secret editing tool.

Confession. I HATE typing double quotations. It gives me RSI and I'm too used to a standard keyboard to reassign the key. So, I came up with this 'find and replace' procedure. In a former life, I used the Coyote system, and could do multiple find and replace in one go. Now I have to do them separately, but as I'm now working on documents that are often 90,000 words instead of 900, perhaps it's just as well.

To give you an idea, it takes me about 20 minutes to do a book. I tend to do this before the final proof-read, so I can pick up any stragglers.

Lightning move

My first book, Tomorrow's Anecdote, is at the point of passing through Lightning Source.

Once it's there, my job is to lobby bookstores and other source of trade to order copies for their stock.

Waterstone's here I come. 

The ebook is available at Crooked Cat and Amazon.

By Pamela Kelt

Moon musings

A huge welcome to fellow author, the multi-talented Julie Lynn Hayes. Apart from writing an enviable number of books, she's also an inspiring and forgiving editor. We first met doing Dark Interlude and have been in touch ever since. Here, she introduces her latest book, the alluring When Will I See You Again, with some fascinating insights - and a tantalising excerpt ...

O, swear not by the moon, the fickle moon, the inconstant moon,
that monthly changes in her circle orb ...”

William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

The agony and the editing

It's tough editing your own material.

Here are some lessons I learned along the way.

Full stop, capital letter is a light-hearted feature about how to survive. Check out my guest blog for fellow Crooked Cat writer, the successful Jane Bwye, author of the stunning Breath of Africa.

Can you guess the significance of the mountains?
By Pamela Kelt