Being a Prolific Writer

  The word ‘prolific‘ is one I’d love to be labelled with… Oh look, she’s turned out another bestseller book! What a prolific writer she is… I’ve aimed at ridiculous wordcounts per day, I’ve pantsed and plotted and settled into a happy combination of both. I’ve changed my sleeping habits, tried NaNoWriMo, read a tonContinue reading “Being a Prolific Writer”

I’m grateful to…

In the big scheme of things, getting one book accepted by a publisher does not mean that I’ve arrived as an author. I’m fully aware of that. But it is a milestone worth celebrating and as part of that, I’d love to acknowledge some of the people who have helped me along the way. OneContinue reading “I’m grateful to…”

Cover Reveal … Finding Mia

I clearly remember meeting my Hayley for the first time. Labor took 4,5 hours (short compared to most), a few pushes and some tugging. Then they handed me this squishy bundle of wrinkled skin – pale, blueish and not too charmed at facing the big world. I was smitten. To me, there’d never been anythingContinue reading “Cover Reveal … Finding Mia”

I’ve waited 10 years for this email…

A decade ago, I started writing. I practised my signature thinking it wouldn’t be long till I found myself tucked between Peretti & Decker signing my books. Then I heard  Jesus clearly whisper, “You’re going to have to trust Me more than you ever have before.” NO! Surely not! My insides squirmed even as my heartContinue reading “I’ve waited 10 years for this email…”

Published? No… Available to read? Yes!

Friends, this is Shackles. You know, the one I thought would be paying the bills 2 months after penning ‘the end’? Yeah that one… I wouldn’t call it published, I prefer to think of it as being available online to be downloaded, read and (crosses fingers) enjoyed. It is slowly filtering through the system and shouldContinue reading “Published? No… Available to read? Yes!”

Na-NOOOOOOO!-WriMo

    I signed  up for Nano again this year. Can you read the stupid tattoo on my forehead? Yeah, thought so. You see, I write slowly. For a slow writer to sign up for Nano is like being lactose intolerant at an all-you-can-drink-milkshake bar. Sooner or later there will be pain and suffering. Right nowContinue reading “Na-NOOOOOOO!-WriMo”

265 in… 100 to go

My diary informs me that today is the 265th day of 2013. There are 100 days until another year bites the dust. Its enough to make my head split in half. I’ve been scarce here, I know. I do poke my nose in to check up on you every so often. Quietly, like a mouse.Continue reading “265 in… 100 to go”

Can 20 minutes change your life?

A few weeks back I would have laughed and said no ways! Now, I know that it can. Just to be clear – I’m not talking about car smashes or connecting with God for the first time. I’m talking about the humdrum of normal life. You know – the parts that never make it intoContinue reading “Can 20 minutes change your life?”

There’s an elephant in the room

This past week I revisited the first three chapters of my first novel for the sake of querying just for fun. I’ve been around the block with this one, each time they were requested, those three chapters would dust themselves off and play ambassador for the chapters waiting in the wings, hoping for their turn.Continue reading “There’s an elephant in the room”

Amazing in utero photo for writers

You know when your friends get preggy and suddenly facebook is littered with murky scan pics that could just as easily be elephants or aliens? Well I’m proud to share MY latest in utero pic with you … Everyone… meet Finding Mia… She is 1/8th of the size she’ll be when fully grown. Much developmentContinue reading “Amazing in utero photo for writers”