Monday, 27 June 2016

You.I.Us by Annalisa Crawford

Today I am delighted to be part of Annalisa Crawford's blog tour for her recent book You.I.Us. A collection of vignettes, small scenes which hint at the story beneath.

During the tour, Annalisa asked 15 bloggers to pose one question each that will give us all a glimpse into her life and writing. 

Welcome Annalisa and congratulations on your new release. My question is;

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Hayle Beach

If you could choose anywhere to write where would it be and why (real or fictional)?
Hi Suzanne, you probably know the answer to this already—anywhere near the sea would be perfect.
On a beach, with the ebb and flow of the water, hypnotizing me and allowing the words to flow, or further back so that I can see the whole coastline spanning out below me. In my thoughtful moments, I’d have something beautiful to look at, and when I’m stuck, I’d be able to walk along the soft white sand. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of warm sand between your toes.
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Click for OptionsA glass of wine, a box of chocolates, and a sunset would be the perfect end to the day. Of course, I’d still be writing—once I’m in the zone, I don’t stop!


Sounds wonderful, Annalisa. Thanks for visiting my blog today

"...intimate pieces that will resonate" - Raffaella Barker 

You. I. Us.
Publication date: June 10, 2016
Genre: Short Stories (Single Author)

In You. I. Us., Annalisa Crawford captures everyday people during  poignant defining moments in their lives: An artist puts his heart into his latest sketch, an elderly couple endures scrutiny by a fellow diner, an ex-student attempts to make amends with a girl she bullied at school, a teenager holds vigil at his friend’s hospital bedside, long distance lovers promise complete devotion, a broken-hearted widow stares into the sea from the edge of a cliff where her husband died, a grieving son contacts the only person he can rely on in a moment of crisis, a group of middle-aged friends inspire each other to live remarkable lives.

Day after day, we make the same choices. But after reading You. I. Us., you’ll ask yourself, “What if we didn’t?”

About the author

Click for OptionsAnnalisa Crawford lives in Cornwall UK, with a good supply of moorland and beaches to keep her inspired. She lives with her husband, two sons, a dog and a cat. Annalisa writes dark contemporary, character-driven stories. She has been winning competitions and publishing short stories in small press journals for many years, and is the author of Cat & The Dreamer and Our Beautiful Child.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Celebrate the small things

Anything made you smile this week? Big or small it's time to celebrate. 

It's nature in all it's glory that I am celebrating this week.

I'm enjoying watching the birds nesting outside my bedroom window. So lovely to see them raising their little family and even their early morning twittering is a nice way to be woken up in the morning!

Last weekend, whilst out for a walk, I saw a large group of dolphins playing in the bay. Such an uplifting sight.

The squirrel has been visiting our garden again.

Finally, I'm celebrating having the chance to visit somewhere new this weekend. More on that next time!

                                                      Happy weekend


                                                  Thanks to Lexa and her lovely co-hosts
                                                     L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge 
                                                   Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Insecure Writers Support Group (June)

The months do sure roll by don't they? June already and the first of the month means the writing blogosphere tackles those writerly insecurities that never seem far away for most of us. Saying that though, I haven't got anything new to add this month. Yes, I've got the usual doubts chasing each other around my head but I am coping with them. Maybe it's because things have been busy in my daily life that I have been able to keep them under control. I've got a novel and a short story out on submission and a germ of a new idea floating around, so of course I think about these a lot, but I have had to spend time recently on tackling the garden and running around after family, add that to work and the usual domestic chores and it is clear to see where my time and energy has been focused. 

However, I do want to nurture that new idea and see if I can start putting some flesh on it. I am a happier person when I have a writing project, it's when I truly feel like 'me.' Even hubs told me I need to write. . .  so he can tell the difference when I'm not!

So, time to sharpen that pencil and grab a notebook. . . there are new stories and characters to create.

Do you feel different when you haven't got a writing project on the go or do you enjoy the break from writing?

Thanks for stopping by.

                                                            Thanks to Alex J Cavanaugh 
                          Murees Dupe, Alexia Chamberlynn, Chemist Ken, and Heather 

Friday, 20 May 2016

Celebrate the small things

I'm ready for Friday this week . . . I was ready for Friday around Wednesday actually! Tiredness and a general feeling of only functioning on half power seemed to follow me all week. Hopefully the weekend will help me recharge. Maybe because of that feeling I have found it harder than usual to find things to celebrate this week. But thinking about the good things helps to put things into perspective so I dug deep and was pleasantly surprised by what I unearthed!

 * I completed and sent off a short story.

 * I caught up with some housework tasks in the evenings which should
    mean more time for me over the weekend.

 * I had a nice telephone call with a friend.

 * For a few weeks I have been having some dental treatment which
   finished yesterday. So hurrah for that! My bank balance may be a
   little lighter but hopefully I won't need to visit the dentist again for a

Happy weekend

Thanks to Lexa and her lovely co-hosts
 L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge 
Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Celebrate the small things

This week I'm celebrating our town's traditional May festivities. There will be bluebells and gorse and dancing and music and (hopefully!) sunshine.

Happy weekend

Thanks to Lexa and her lovely co-hosts
 L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge 
Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Insecure Writers Support Group (May)

Thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh for hosting our monthly gathering.
With thanks also to this month's co-hosts;

If I just say I've entered the submission ring again this week I'm sure all you writers out there will know how I'm feeling! A mixture of excitement and fear with a dollop of insecurity thrown in!

I would also like to share a quote that has been sitting on my desk over the last few weeks spurring me on in it's own way . . .

"Writers remember everything . . . especially the hurts. Strip a writer to the buff, point to the scars, and he'll tell you the story of each small one. From the big ones you get novels. A little talent is a nice thing to have if you want to be a writer, but the only real requirement is the ability to remember the story of every scar. 

Art consists of the persistence of memory."

By Stephen King author of Misery.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Celebrate being back to blogging...

I haven't been around much online the last few weeks. This is for a variety of reasons, but mainly I have been working on my ms. Every spare minute has been used to tweak and edit and I have tried to keep distractions like blogging and twitter on hold! I am happy to report that it has been time well spent and I have been quite productive. The ms is almost ready for submission! YAY!

In other news, we had an Alice in Wonderland afternoon tea party.

Look cake!!

and more food...

I used vintage tea cups and jugs to put some of the food in...

I spent a lovely Sunday afternoon here...

This only about four miles from where I live and they hold an annual Food Festival which is always popular. This year saw their inaugural Literary Festival alongside.They had some great YA authors appearing so obviously I had to go along and say hello. Hopefully, it will become as popular as the food side of the festival.

It is a Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK. Hopefully the extra day will give me the opportunity to finish of my submission letter.

Happy weekend to you all

Thanks to Lexa and her lovely co-hosts
 L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge 
Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog