Seven Princes of Hell – Pinterest Character board

Now that Seven Princes of Hell – Saul has been out for a while I figured I’d share the Pinterest board with you!

I LOVE doing Pinterest boards for stories I’m working on. I pin ideas for places and people, helping me understand the vibe I’m going for. I’m a very visual person so it really helps me zone into the world I’m creating. I have many, many boards on the go. Some of them might be public, a hell of a lot of them are private!

I made SPoH public when the book was released because I wanted people to see what the characters look like in my head. I’m going to admit – I have no clue who any of these people are. They’re random pictures I came across on my Pinterest travels (is everyday too much?) but they spoke to me!

When I write characters I tend to shy away from very detailed descriptions. I love to throw in an eye or hair colour, a general build of body and such, but I don’t like being really detailed because, as a reader, I love just seeing what my brain comes up with when I’m reading and so I like to create the same experience with my stories.

So head on over to Pinterest to take a look – let me know what you think; do they match what you had in your mind or not? If you’re a Pinterest user don’t forget to follow the board because it will be added to as the story continues and more characters and places are introduced!

I hope you’re enjoying the book!

Sam

NaNoWriMo 2019

If you follow me on my other social media accounts you might know that I’m taking part in NaNoWriMo this year.

What’s NaNoWriMo, you may ask?! It stands for National Novel Writing Month and it’s a challenge writers both new and old take each November to practice their writing habits and write… every day… in November. The aim is to hit 50,000 words which seems like a lot, and it is. Which is why it’s a fun challenge… not selling it to you, am I?

That’s OK.

This year I am, for some inexplicable reason, ahead by a few days and I’m writing a story I both love and loathe. You know when you have an idea in your head but when you come to do said idea it doesn’t turn out the way you had envisioned? That’s currently happening to me.

I can’t say it’s a familiar feeling because most of my books go in the way I originally dreamt them, but this year the story is veering into an unknown place and I’m not particularly happy with it, but I know enough to trust my brain. It will figure it out as we go.

Every year there is a theme – I don’t think I’ve ever followed the theme before so maybe that’s part of the problem. I’ve added elements to the story to fit the theme and that’s what’s sending me on a wild goose chase… where is that plot? The theme is time travel. I love time travel. Anything in TV shows, movies and books that has time travel in it captures my attention and imagination. It’s my guilty pleasure but I’m finding that I don’t write it as well as I consume it. But do I quit? Hell no!

You see, NaNoWriMo is a time to explore writing in a friendly-competition-esque manner. It doesn’t require good writing. It doesn’t require fantastic plots and characters. It just requires words on a page which is what I excel at! The fine tuning comes later for me – my editing process is where I hammer out the details, finding the curves and lines, the shape of something within the mass of clay I’ve slung.

I would give you more details about what I’ve written but I’ll save that for a future post. Just for fun! (Although, if you’re a super sleuth you’d be able to find details somewhere online). What I will do is share with you the title – Pitch Fork.

I’ll also share with you my Pinterest inspiration board – something I love doing for each novel I work on. Finding characters and ideas within pictures really helps me visualise the story so I hope you enjoy!

Based on these little snippets of information… what do you think this book is about?

New website design!

Hi! Welcome to my author page!

Again.

I’m one of those ‘can’t leave well enough alone’ people and I looked at my site the other day and hated it so I’ve just rejigged it a little. I’ve also decided, in order to be a good writer and generate interest and hopefully new readers, that this news section will turn into a more regular blog so stick around; sign up to my mailing list so you don’t miss out on anything. I’ll be posting about NaNoWriMo very soon, talking about TV shows based on books that I’m watching, the books I’m reading and, character inspiration and writing playlists… as well as any book news I have!

If there’s anything you’d like to see or any questions you have please give me a shout!

Sam

Baby Steps in paperback!

If you’re subscribed to my newsletter or follow me on social media you might know that Baby Steps, the second installation in The Fantasy Girl series, is now available in paperback.

Wow! It took me a long time to get my butt into gear to get this done!

The process of getting a book ready for paperback release is long and laborious but this time I got help from a friend who is a formatter and she made it so much easier it was a weight off my already busy shoulders!

Someone recently asked me how many books are going to be in this series and I revealed there would be 6-7 novellas in the whole story. I plotted it all out years ago and there’s no turning back now so after I finish working on another book series that will be revealed soon, I will be right back to writing the next instalment.

If you feel like having a look and perhaps buying it (e-book is also available) – check it out here!

Happy reading!

Sam