Thunderbolts and Lightning

What do a tacky television talent show and a raging thunderstorm have in common with Pegasus, the mythical winged horse?

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The 1st of March will be a big day at our place :)

Last year I was surprised and excited to be one of five authors invited to take part in the AudioGo Fandom Meets Original Fic contest. The genre was Young Adult Romance. The theme was “lost and found” and, according to the contest conditions, that phrase had to appear in the story at least once. There was a picture prompt too; a park bench, empty except for a book left behind and forgotten. That park bench also had to find a place in the story. Literally, metaphorically, symbolically – it didn’t matter how, as long as it had a part somewhere. Oh, and the story had to fit into 5000 words.

There were so many directions this could take.  So many things can be lost and found, after all. Objects. Love. Dignity. Opportunities. People. And I think that was the most challenging part; trying to decide which way to go.

I toyed with an historical scenario for a while, all long skirts and stable boys and missing jewels. But that idea was pushed aside by thoughts of a mystery object found late one night on an almost empty train. I liked the mystery object. Its story was the sort that would chill spines. But it didn’t really lend itself to a young adult romance. Not within 5000 words, anyway.

So I kept sifting through ideas. A missed audition. A lost phone. The love letter delivered to the wrong address. Then from nowhere, Tom and Georgia strolled into view. The busker and the art student. And I kind of fell in love.

The Thunderstorm was the winning entry and now it will be published as an eBook on 1st March, both as a story on its own, and as part of the Lost and Found Anthology. My family has the champagne and streamers ready :)

UPDATE – January 2015
The Thunderstorm has now been re-worked to become my new novella, STARCROSSED. It’s been expanded, from 5000 words to almost 20,000, and is being published by WDA Publishing. It has some new characters and a new premise, as well as the new name. If you’d like to know more, please check out the STARCROSSED page on this website, or you can find STARCROSSED on Amazon :)

 

Is This Thing On?

Testing, testing…1, 2, 3…

If you’re reading this, it means my blog is working.

It also means my husband has set it up for me because it turns out that the WordPress manual and I don’t see eye-to-eye.  But that’s nothing new.   I’m not one to embrace technology.  No, technology and I have more of a nodding acquaintance.  We’re like the co-workers from different floors who see each other occasionally in the lunchroom.  Or the lift.  Sometimes we might pass in the foyer.  But over the past year technology and I have been thrown together more and more.  Our desks are in the same department now.  We share a water cooler.  And this week it seems we’ve been paired up at the team building event to participate in an awkward “getting to know you” exercise.  We’ll be dancing together at the Christmas party next.  Who knows where this could lead???  Taking photos of each other as we photocopy our bums in the print room?

There is one piece of technology that I have embraced wholeheartedly, and it’s the special effects feature on my camera phone.   I’ve been having a ridiculous amount of fun with it, and thought I’d post some picture teasers from my books.  Little clues and hints as to what happens in Over the Edge and The Thunderstorm

Which brings me to the reason for this website.  The books.  Since childhood my goal was to be a published author, so this past year of book deals, writing and editing, creating websites and blogs, has been exciting and thrilling and terrifying, all at once.  Kind of like that first loop on a rollercoaster.  I hope you’ll join me for the next loop :)

So, here’s the first picture teaser.  A visual snippet from Over the Edge.  I’d love to know what you think.