BLOG BY MONICA DONNELLY
Being a writer in the twenty-first century is about being adaptable. The days of writing alone in an attic for months on end and then sending the one copy of your manuscript off to a publisher are over. Long over.
That's not a bad thing at all - I shudder to think what happened if that one manuscript got lost. Can you even imagine?
Still now days in the age of Amazon, e-books and the internet we authors struggle to be seen in different ways. One must blog, be on Facebook and social media platforms and one must also have a way of getting in touch with readers.
When I started working in public relations years ago I spent a lot of hours writing company newsletters. I wrote them for customers and I wrote them for staff. My area of expertise was the children's pages, they were so fun to write. Then the newsletter went out of fashion and no one much created them for a while.
Now the e-newsletter is the big thing and writers are no exception.
So I'm setting up my own. Don't worry I won't bombard you with emails if you sign up. Only when I have a book on sale, a great giveaway or a new release will you hear from me.
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People sometimes ask writers where they come up with the ideas for their stories. In fact it is a pretty common question.
I know writers who are wonderful wordsmiths but they struggle for story ideas and I know other writers like me who have so many ideas and not enough time and motivation to get the ideas down on the page.
The idea for A Fresh Start came when I saw the character of Susannah driving out of Sydney, heading south down the New South Wales coast to a new life. A young mother and a small child looking for a fresh start. Susannah is a character who grew up very much alone and so for her a new beginning would mean a place she and her daughter could belong. That place turned out to be Henley's Bluff.
Of course when you set off on an adventure things go wrong, plans get derailed and life intervenes. That's exactly what happens to Susannah and her daughter Maisy. No matter how independent you are and how determined to do things all by yourself sometimes you need help and you might just find it in the most unlikely places. For Susannah help comes in the form of Declan Doherty.
And I'm not giving the rest of the story away.
The second book in the series focuses on Polly and Fintan. Theirs is a story about the heartbreak of first love. I adore Fintan's character in the novel and I pictured him first. He's a surfer who has a decision to make about his future. He has a reputation as a dare-devil and a player but deep down he's a truly great guy. Still he wasn't always that way and he didn't treat Polly all that well when they parted ways so now he has to make amends. You'll get to read their story soon.
Meanwhile don't forget to read A Fresh Start.
It seems as if I might be the world's worst blogger.
I have been busy with my writing and getting more books ready to share with you but I do intend to blog more as this year goes on.
I was lucky enough to have A Fresh Start picked up by Emerald Romance and re-published and re-packaged by them. You can see below the wonderful new cover they gave to Susannah and Fintan's story. If you haven't read it yet please do as Book 2 in the series is coming very soon
New year and time to start blogging.
When I published A Fresh Start last year I decided against blogging but I have so many exciting things planned for my books in 2014 I thought I really should start.
In the few couple of months I'll have two new books out and will be working hard on the fourth one.
The focus of this blog will be my books, other coastal romance writers and images of the sea and ocean.
I hope you'll check in to follow me on my journey.