Hello, my lovelies! Today I have the special privilege of sharing with you another Rave Reviews Spotlight author! And I’m particularly excited to introduce you to Harmony Kent, a member of the governing board and a particularly lovely lady. So, without further rambling from me, here’s Harmony!
Hi there! This is the thirteenth day of my RRBC Spotlight blog tour. You can find details of all my stops here.
Everything I have talked about so far, has tended toward the looking back. But, what about my life now? Here is a walk-through of my typical work-a-day.
Well, the very first thing I do once I’m up, dressed, and mobile (be that on the false leg or in the wheelchair), is to switch on the computer and go and make my first cup of coffee while it boots up. I’m generally a very peaceable gal, but in a morning my motto is: Give me caffeine and you won’t get hurt!
I don’t sleep—hardly at all, and often lay awake until around 5am or so, and only then will I doze off. For that reason, I tend to stay up later most nights, and rise somewhere between 8am and 9am. So, at least I get three or four hours of kind-of-sleep. The odd night I head to bed early (around 9pm), and sometimes I will sleep for a few hours before waking again, but even if I don’t, I do manage to relax and rest.
So, yes, coffee. Before anything else. I have developed a routine where I head for my emails first, and then to twitter, and then on to facebook. Twitter is my favourite social media forum, and I seem to get along with it well. Facebook not so well. This is the point where I play catch up with any book club business that might have arisen overnight—it is an interesting dynamic working with folks in America who are anywhere from five to eight hours behind my timeframe.
Some mornings, all of that can take a couple of hours or more. So, when I’m through, it’s another cuppa and then on to my other work for the day. This could be editing or proofreading someone’s book, beta reading, or simply reading for review. (Or, like today, trying to put together 12 blogposts for the spotlight tour!) I tend to do my own writing later on in the day . . . say, mid-afternoon onwards. Evenings are my best times. Less interruptions, and that’s when my creativity tends to flow. I have been known to be up at 3am writing away, when an idea has grabbed hold of me and won’t go away.
Because I don’t sleep, my memory is appalling, and so I have to write down (somehow) my ideas quickly, whilst they are there, as they just will not stick around for long. I know of little else more frustrating than having had a brilliant idea, and then not being able to quite catch hold of it later on. Honestly, it’s a wonder I ever get any books written!
I usually check back on twitter throughout the day, but I have to discipline myself, as it would be far too easy to spend all my time on there and never get any work done. I also check my emails periodically. My own blog gets neglected really. I post on there only periodically, and most of the time (these days) those posts are in support of a fellow author or blogger. Although, I’ve had such good fun writing all these posts, ready for my tour, that I may well find things to say a bit more regularly on my own site!
The editing and proofreading work is now coming in steadily and keeps me busy. I deliberately keep my fees very low for author services, as I am all too aware that many indie-authors just cannot afford to pay the industry standard. To this end, I am also in the process of putting together a technical aid to help an author do the best self-editing they can, and to highlight the most common mistakes I come across in manuscripts, or—much worse—published books. It is far better to catch these errata early, than post publication. So, watch out for my next book, which will be my first non-fiction work: Polish Your Prose. I intend to keep the publication price down, so it is available to as many authors as possible, just like my author services.
I do my best to not work on an evening, but to keep that for rest and relaxation, or my own writing. Occasionally, I will use this time to fulfil a review read commitment, but only if the book isn’t hard work. I keep the hard work ones for my working hours! If it’s one I am enjoying, then it is actually restful to just sit and read, with my iPod on shuffle in the background.
Then, it’s time for bed again, but probably not sleep—not for a bunch or hours, anyhow. Something in my routine must work, though, as I now have three books published and three more in progress! Yes, I write like I read: usually more than one thing open at any one time J
Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my post.
For information on my latest book, please read on.
Young Adult Fantasy Fiction
“You turned the god of gnomes into a garden ornament?”
Sarah looked closely, but couldn’t tell if her dad was annoyed or amused—perhaps he was both …
Whilst 15 year old Sarah may be struggling to regain her feet, after being ripped from her everyday mundane life and ending up in a whole new dimension, she still knows how to have a bit of fun along the way. The Earth Elemental isn’t the only one whose feathers she manages to ruffle, and it’s only been four days. Meanwhile, her best friend is missing, and big trouble is brewing. She soon has a lot more to worry about than what happened to her phone or iPod, or even how much of an idiot Caleb obviously thinks she is.
Elemental Earth is the first book in The Mysteries series, and is aimed at Young Adults. Even if you’ve already reached an age where the young ones might call you ‘old enough’, if you’re still young at heart then you’re bound to enjoy these books just as much as the next—err—younger adult.
Age aside, perhaps we should be more worried about what further havoc Sarah’s antics might be about to wreak on the universe as we know it? We’d probably all be sleeping a lot more soundly if she’d only stuck to applied maths and the odd pillow fight. But no, sadly the lure of the proverbial rabbit hole proved just a tad too much. And now she’s taken the plunge, there’s no turning back.
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