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Listen To My Indie Author Podcast – “Total Transparency Is My Style”

A few weeks ago I was interviewed by the awesome Paul Teague for my first ever podcast – and boy, it was fun! I was pretty nervous, but relieved that the recording wasn’t live. Paul has instructions on his website – including things you might not think about such as trying to make sure your environment is as noise-free as possible (phones ringing, kids screaming, barking dogs don’t do well on podcasts for obvious reasons) – and I had to get hold of some headphones and a microphone and log into Skype. No video, just audio. So I didn’t need to worry about how I looked!

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The recording of the interview itself was stress-free – apart from an incident with a neighbour’s howling dog (!) which saw me dashing into another part of the house to find a quiet spot. And Paul is so incredibly professional, he put me at my ease immediately. I had no idea what we were going to talk about beforehand – Paul likes to avoid over-preparing to keep the content and the conversational flow nice and fresh. Chatting over Skype was fun and easy, and it wasn’t long before I was sharing … probably a little too much!

But hey, that’s what I do. Complete transparency has always been my default position, and while I completely support and understand other people’s desire to keep their mouths shut about such things as how many books they sell and how much they earn every year, I just open my big old mouth and it all comes gushing out. Along with some interesting thoughts about publishers, the world of writing courses, and writing in general.

If you’re ready to listen, click here. And please leave a comment below to let me know what you thought. Be kind!

Podcasts, Making Dresses & Wearing Hats (Or … What I Did This Summer)

Time for a catch up! It’s been a long, hot summer, and I’ve been relaxing and getting used to living in town after moving house back in April. I have an absolutely jam-packed season coming up now – so much to share with you! – but first I thought we could go with a round-up of what I’ve been up to this summer. Here are the highlights:

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Here I am recording my first ever Podcast! This will be broadcast on Monday 17th October over on Paul Teague’s Self-Publishing Journeys. We talked about all things publishing and writing, and I shared detailed info about my earnings these past few years, so don’t miss that!

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I rarely talk about my family on the blog, but here is my daughter – Lulu – who is 8 years old. We decided to do a ‘design-a-dress’ project this summer. She made a drawing of her ideas and then we raided my fabric stash, ran it up on the sewing machine, and here is the result! Yes, it even has a zip that I’m very proud of.

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What Lulu seemed to spend most of her time doing this summer, however, was playing Minecraft on her Kindle Fire! As you can see in this photo. Ah well, we did manage a little quality time.

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And I managed to make myself lots of coffees with my shiny coffee machine. My secret (not-so-secret) pleasure.

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And finally, here I am looking a little scary (!) at Chiquitos – notice how I co-ordinated my outfit to match the Mexican hat. This summer we ate out loads, went on lots of lovely long walks, had tons of fun … and I drank quite a few cocktails.

Now I’m back to work with a vengeance. But you know what? I’m kinda relieved. Enjoying yourself is much more tiring than work.

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