Almost back

Last few weeks have seen us relocating to Northern Ireland… and boy has that been “chaos in a hurricane”!

I am still unpacking boxes, trying to find cables and getting settled. Should be back to regular scheduled programming next week.

 

 

Interview with Jayne Denker

This week’s guest post is an interview with the lovely Jayne Denker, auther of  Your New Best Friend. Enjoy!

Jayne.pngInterview with Jayne Denker

Q01 – When did you decide you wanted to become a writer?
I’ve always been a writer—I remember writing stories when I was little. I had my first commissioned poem (for summer camp’s last-day ceremony) when I was nine or ten. When I was around twelve, I started writing novels, almost none of which ended! I feel guilty that I’ve got characters hanging out in another dimension, going “Ahem—!”

I knew I wanted to write for a living when I attended a reading by one of my favorite authors. He was reading from his newly published book (or possibly one soon to be published—I forget) and he started giggling. At his own jokes. And I thought, “I want to do that.” I wanted to do something that would amuse me, and make others laugh.

Continue reading

Interview with author Khaled Talib

This week’s guest post is an interview with the wonderful Khaled Talib, author of Incognito. Enjoy!

KhaledInterview with Khaled Talib
Q01 – When did you decide you wanted to become a writer?

I was fourteen when I tried to write a detective story.  I wrote it on a school notebook.  Halfway into the story I gave up when the person sitting next to me pried into the content when I was not in class.  He laughed at me, but he didn’t seem to understand what I was trying to do.

I’ve been reading detective books, which inspired me to write my own story.  From that day, I stopped writing, but there was a yearning to tell stories.  It took a long time before I listened to the little voice again.

Q02 – Did you find people supportive when they learned you were a writer?

Not at all.  I once told a distant relative who lives overseas that I wanted to write.  He told not to waste my time.  He said a few more things that was disheartening.  There are other stories, of course, but you get the drift.  From that day I kept my dreams to myself.
Continue reading

Interview with author Yecheilyah Ysrayl

This week’s guest post is the wonderful Yecheilyah Ysrayl, author of The Nora White Story who gave up her time to answer some interview questions! Enjoy.

EC picture

Q01 – Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Thank you, Ari, for having me and yes, I’ve always wanted to be a writer. It’s one of those things for me that has always been constant in my life.

Sometimes as small children we dream of careers completely different than our ambitions as we age. Maybe we start off wanting to walk on the moon to see if it’s really made of cheese and then grow up and want to be a teacher. I was not that child. I have always wanted to be a writer in some form or another before anything else.

Continue reading

Guest post: Making a Writer

This week’s guest poster is the lovely Iris Sweetwater, author of Brothers of Fang.  She talks about her own experience of becoming a writer. Enjoy!

Iris SweetwaterMaking A Writer

by Iris Sweetwater

Once upon a time, there was a little girl who wrote sad poems and made up stories about murdered family members because she was bored with journaling in kindergarten. Oh, wait, that was totally me.

I have obviously come a long way since then, but I began writing when I was only four years old. I always knew I was good at it. It was the only thing I was ever sure of.

Continue reading

A Bold Move

Forest with two pathwaysRecently I have been struggling with numerous aspects of my life, because the universe likes to dump you in the deep end every now and then.

Following a frank discussion with my partner regarding what we wanted in life and where we were, we have decided to make a bold move and so we are moving out of England and across to Ireland.

Continue reading

On a short hiatus

I guess technically I’ve already been on hiatus, but I hadn’t really acknowledged it to myself. Instead I have just constantly been berating myself for not keeping up with my blogging schedule (amongst other things) which has perpetuated the cycle of stress and self-hate.

But I am now very aware that I’ve been struggling more than I realised recently and need to take an actual step back from my online places for a short time.

I know those of you who visit this blog will have seen a reduction in posts and missed deadlines and even my not-yet-written post popping up because I had hit schedule not draft.

So since I’m struggling to keep myself afloat online as well as offline, I am just going to step back, get my head together, re-group and will return in a short while.

Thank you for all your comments (I will be replying to them when I get back), faves, follows and continued support. It means the world to me.

Blessings

Ari

Guest post: Baking a bigger cake

This week’s guest poster is the lovely Jann Weeratunga who discusses the authors group she started called “Baking a Bigger Cake” 🙂

JannBAKING A BIGGER CAKE

“We must meet up for coffee.”

Famous last words.

This is what I saw written on numerous Facebook pages between authors who were only known to each other via this medium.

Thus I decided to make faint promises into concrete arrangements, and so was born the Indie Authors Networking group. I approached Deborah du Plooy from Skoobs and explained my thoughts and she was on board from the onset. Basically, it’s a platform where authors, readers, bloggers, reviewers, artists, printer, publishers and all others literary folk can meet and hang out together. We meet once a month at Skoobs Theatre of Books, basically because they have, under the guidance, (as well as occasional poke and prod) of Deborah du Plooy, launched over 100 Indie Authors and are considered by many as the home of Jozi Indies, and their support is constant. Plus they have a lovely upstairs venue with a licensed bar and brilliant coffee – the two musts for any author.

Continue reading

A Ted talk video

Since it feels hotter than then sun over here in England and I am not coping with it (since being English means we barely even SEE the sun) I haven’t been able to write a post. Rubbish of me I know.

So here is a Ted talk about quitting social media. I will discuss the reason for this video when i stop melting on the floor.

Enjoy 😊