Random Ramblings of a Writer Blog

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Wild Wednesday – Photo Interlude

I’m a writer, I love words, but I also take photos, mostly of wildlife and the countryside. So I thought it would be fun to share one of my recent photos from my Instagram feed. View this post on Instagram Not one hoverfly but two, having some fun on a blade of grass by the side of the road. #jaketalbotinvestigates #JTI #amwriting #writersofinstagram #writerslife #hoverfly #kings_insects #naturelovers_gr #naturephotoportal #macro_x #macro_holic #macro_uk #macro_secrets #macro_perfection #macro_captures #macronature #flowersandmacro #ig_macro #amazingcaptures #macro_freaks #macrogram #macro_holic #lovethis #insect #bugsex #instamacro #ig_bug A post shared by Toni Allen Author (@listansus) on Jun 28, 2016 at 10:22am...

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5 reasons to include weather in storytelling

Here in England we’ve had a pretty dynamic week – and I’m not talking about Brexit. With almost fifty percent of voters wanting to remain but the exit voters winning, I’m now living in a country divided by political opinion. It’s impossible to open my mouth and say anything without the other person having an opposing reaction to the referendum result, so it’s wiser, much wiser, for me to keep my thoughts to myself. Hence, I’m going to talk about the other British obsession, the weather. In the past fortnight we’ve had rain, rain and more rain. We’ve had floods,...

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How I use genealogy and research to name my characters

Sometimes the muse visits while writing and the perfect name for a character springs to mind. However, most of the time that pesky muse is on holiday, basking on distant shores and refusing to pack her bags and return home to help out a poor struggling writer. So, what do I do when I’m stuck for the right name? I have two main tools in my writer’s kit bag: I steal a name I do research to find the perfect name How I go about stealing a name for my character. Rest assured that I don’t walk around asking random...

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Stuck for what to write about? Try this.

People often ask where I get my ideas from, but as a writer it isn’t always the entire storyline that’s my focus. Just like many other writers I’m a people watcher, an observer of human behaviour – yes,  I’m downright nosey. This is all well and good for character studies, so that I can create well-rounded protagonists or villains, but what about the objects and locations my star cast interact with? What does the stage-set look like? Paying attention to the incidental things in life is vital when writing a longer piece – in fact, when writing any piece of...

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Why you need a PFS for your book

Prior to being published by Booktrope I Indie published, so you’d think that having to dip back into the world of Independent publishing wouldn’t be such a hard task. Wrong! The industry has moved on, and so have I. Booktrope was based on team publishing, and one incredibly valuable member of my team was my Book Manager. No, she did not rush around marketing my book for me, but what she did do is scour the internet for every possible marketing opportunity. She lined up author interviews, ensured my editor and I were keeping to our deadlines, and constantly nagged...

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Books Relaunched 99¢ Kindle Price Promo

After the disappointment of my publisher, Booktrope, announcing its closure, I decided to work hard and Indie publish my books. One door closed and this one has opened. Who knows where it will lead! To celebrate my successful relaunch I’m offering both books in my Jake Talbot Investigates series at the ridiculously low price of 99₵, which translates in English to 99p. Less than a cup of coffee in Starbucks! What’s even better is that you can grab a copy for FREE on Kindle Unlimited. Where to buy: Visiting Lilly Amazon US    Amazon UK Saving Anna Amazon US    Amazon UK...

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The Introverted Writer

A new website, a new blog. This blank page is the ultimate in blank pages, so I greet it with far more trepidation than starting a novel. With a novel I have a story to tell, characters I can move around the page, imaginary people I can depend on to amuse and entertain you. This is not a novel. This blank sheet I type on is a lonely place, with only myself for company. My publisher, Booktrope, has announced its closure, so now I must venture forth on my own – go Indie, relaunch, reinvent – be bold. “Why am...