Author stories

Kamalini Natesan | I first wrote it, over a period of many years, but in my head alone

It’s time for another edition of #AuthorStories! Today our feature is Kamalini Natesan, who was kind enough to write a wonderful piece about her writing journey. She talks about her journey in writing, her life and how her book came about! 

Ian Robert Bell | It is always a thrilling experience for any newly published writer

We were recently lucky enough to speak to the talented Ian Robert Bell, author of the book, Resurrection Blues! He spoke to us a little about his writing journey, how to overcome rejection, the process of the book and why he wrote it and his advice to any new and aspiring authors!

Jem Hughes | It’s great practice to continue reading your book multiple times

We were recently lucky enough to speak to the talented Jem T. Hughes, author of the gorgeous children’s book, Rae’s Coney Island Birthday Surprise! She spoke to us a little about her writing journey, the process of the book and why she wrote it and how she felt when he opened her box of books and held her book for the first time!

Ronald McGill | Giving a voice to my low-functioning autistic boy

We were recently lucky enough to speak to the talented Ron author of Three Royal Terrace. He spoke to us a little about his writing journey how he started writing for his family and how his autistic son inspired the book!

Catherine Rix | None of this seemed real until the morning a massive box of books arrived!

We were recently lucky enough to speak to the wonderful Catherine Rix, author of the hilarious book, Miss, Me Daddy Has Ya Knickers in His Pocket! She spoke to us a little about her writing journey, the process of the book and why she wrote it and what inspired her!

H. A. Cowan | Never in my wildest dreams ever imagined I would be a published author

We were recently lucky enough to speak to the talented H. A. Cowan, author of the charming fantasy novel, Zeelandia and the Gateway Stone! He spoke to us a little about his writing journey, the process of the book and why he wrote it and how he felt when he opened his box of books and held his novel for the first time!

David Stringer | I thought that now would be the perfect time to make a new start!

We were recently lucky enough to speak to the talented Dave Stringer, author of the charming children’s book, Charlie Jack! He spoke to us a little about his writing journey, how to overcome rejection, the process of the book and why he wrote it and his advice to any new and aspiring authors!

Charlotte Sebag-Montefiore | Guest Post | Rapunzel and the Wicked Witch

Today we’re proud to feature the wonderful Charlotte Sebag-Montefiore, author of the Who Am I? Book of Riddles series, and the soon-to-be-published Herbie and the T.rex!Charlotte has very kindly written a guest post in the form of a short story themed perfectly for Halloween, enjoy! 

Gul Ozseven | I was always an artistic person

When I started learning English at the age of twelve in English High School for Girls in my hometown Istanbul, I hardly knew I was to fall in love with English Language and English Literature for Life.I started writing poems four years later, won school competitions, etc. And upon graduation from Robert College High School in 1986, I received an ‘Excellence in English Award’, sharing it with a school mate who became a novelist later on.

Stephen J. Alexander | I went upstairs and penned my first piece of rhyming verse in nearly twenty-five years

My son was particularly crazy about the name “Pluto” at the time and was always asking me at bedtime what came after Pluto.So, that same afternoon, after the library while my wife looked after the kids in the garden, I went upstairs and penned my first piece of rhyming verse in nearly twenty-five years. At first, I named it after my son, as the story behind the rhyme is based in fact and is about my relationship with my boy.

Ronaye Hudyma | I am an accidental poet.

I am an accidental poet. I never followed the deliberate road of academia or institutions of higher learning, but like everything in life, one thing leads to another…You could say I have had three lifetimes.

Trevor Smith | My love of nature and the countryside began when I was a young boy

My love of nature and the countryside began when I was a young boy. I always had lots of pets and spent most of my free time in the local woods, bird-watching and building hides to observe wildlife a little closer. In later life I became a gamekeeper, which enhanced my love and knowledge of nature even more. During this time I kept notes of my observations on scraps of paper which I stored in a cardboard box.

Alana Parker | I really enjoyed the writing process

“I have always thought I could write, from being quite young I believed this, although I didn’t do much about it until I became of an age where time did not slip away from me so quickly!”

Sultan Ayaz | Everyone has their own hero, mine is my mother

I always believed that writing is a process of converting pure emotions into written words, and I truly experience that when I was writing my novel, pouring all my emotions into it. What made me write the most is the urge feeling to express my emotions and imagination into words, so people can take a glimpse of what I feel, and what I think of, and somehow I believe that I succeeded.

Maha-Marie Dar | Everyone has the talent to create a beautiful story if only they put pen to paper

My love for history and literature comes hand in hand. I found reading historical & fiction books gave me an insight into events that occurred in the world along with creating imagination. This was displayed through works of renowned writers such as Shakespeare & Goethe, who made me realize that a good story would be recognized for many years.

Mark Roberts | It’s an overwhelming feeling of self-satisfaction and achievement

It was important for me to write about my experiences in the British Forces and as a security contractor.  Writing about where I have been and what I have seen gives me a chance to share good and bad experiences I have been through.

Luna Lloyd | You must respect the story idea, which flows to you

Being a writer needs focus, patience and hard-working. You must respect the story idea, which flows to you. Writing is the same as doing sports, you must do it even if you don’t have the mood for it. We are like painters; we paint with words.

Ryan Jeffcoat | What a journey, what a ride, what an absolute life experience

What a journey, what a ride, what an absolute life experience. My journey from a school dropout, to Police Officer, University student and now published author has been a momentous journey full of ups, downs and everything in between. The writing was not something that came naturally for me. Although I had done assignments whilst studying my diploma, I never really gave any thought to becoming a writer. It never even entered as a thought in my mind.

Les Fields | I intend to use my book as a means to increase the conversation about ocean ecology!

Through the book, I found a means by which to tell both diving stories and the story of clandestine activities associated with Cold War contract diving. When I first opened the box of books sent by Olympia I could not stop thinking, “the work is now just beginning”. My enthusiasm surged. I intend to use the book as a means to increase the conversation about ocean ecology. Author royalties are being shared with various non-profit environmental organizations. Accordingly, marketing efforts will be multilevel and active.

Kimberley Rowell | I decided to start writing a story for my daughter

This week we were lucky enough to speak to our talented children’s author, Kimberley Rowell. We spoke to her about her new book, Townie Spider, she spoke about her book, why she chose to write a children’s book and her life as an author.

Therese Sullivan | One day the words just flowed. I’d found my niche

In 2010 life, as I knew it took a sharp turn. It just took me 5 years to catch up! Let me explain: An incident at work caused me to suffer a Takot Subo Cardiomyopathy (a special kind of heart attack, if to survive you will make a full recovery). The trauma of the attack and consequent events took a toll far greater than I realised.

You Couldn’t Make it Up | Chris White

Picture the scene… A man, in his late twenties, staring at the large grey cloud looming on the horizon with 30 written on its side. It’s drifting closer and closer…

Ryan Fitzgerald | Experiences and Interactions to Add a Sash of Realism to the Story

It was in 2004 when the author put his name down for an allotment with the local council. He was told at the time the wait could be anything up to six years, or even longer! It was at this point he made the throwaway remark, “It might be quicker if he murdered his way to the top”.

Robert Brown | Embrace Social Media!

We were lucky enough to have our talented author, Robert Brown, write a piece for us. He talks about his love of music, mixing both his taste in novels to his own sound and how he was published! Read on to hear from Robert himself and learn a little about his book, ‘A Song For The Silence’.

Helen Burke | Make Time To Write

This week we was lucky enough to speak to our talented children’s author, Helen Burke. She speaks about her book, ‘Billy’s Search For The Healing Well’, advice for aspiring authors and her publishing journey!

Jean Daish | I still hand-write letters to friends!

It’s time for another edition of #AuthorStories! Today our feature is Jean Daish, who was kind enough to write a wonderful piece about her writing journey. She talks about her love of the arts, her life and how and why she chose to be a writer!

Before the writing came the drawing. My Father teaching me, aged three, to draw a pram whilst sitting in my high chair in Grandma’s kitchen.

Joanne Bugeja | A writer, just like any star athlete should always be on top of their game

Writing has always been my one true passion. Pouring my thoughts on paper is soothing for the soul and is a powerful therapeutic resource especially when dealing with day to day stressors.

Taryn Leigh | Secrets I’ve Learnt Being a Published Author

I celebrate one year being published with my novel Perfect Imperfections and in the past year I’ve come to learn many things about the publishing world as well as the world of being an Author.

So to celebrate, I thought I would share some things with you about my journey to become a published author!

Penny Lees | My Publishing Journey

I have always loved writing and can still remember the joy of writing stories even as a child. I was very lucky to have a wonderful and inspirational English teacher in my secondary School and I think she was probably the first person to really instil in me a love of the written word. 

Meadow Griffin | I Grew Up Loving Books

I grew up loving books. I was absolutely fascinated with fantasy and science fiction stories, and became a voracious reader. My mother encouraged my love of reading and my artistic creativity.