Guest Writers Blog – Rebecca Taylor

I am starting a guest writers blog, this is where any writer of any genre can say something about their books, how they write or if they are running a promotion.

The first person is a lady called Rebecca Taylor.

DREAMS CAN COME TRUE

Do you have dreams in your life that you keep hoping will come true? Besides, winning the lottery that is, I think many of us have that dream but it comes down to the luck of the draw. For dreams which are not dependent on luck, you have the power to make them come true.

These past few months, I have been working to make some of my dreams come true. My dream included getting my writing published. I have loved writing since before I could even properly put the words on paper. When I was twelve years old, my first poem was published. Since that time, I have continued to devote myself to my writing and have had the opportunity to have poems and short stories published by many online and print publications. Some of my favourite projects include my children’s short stories, and novels. I have sent these projects to many publishers but for the most-part I got back standard rejection notices, and as per some publishers’ policies, no answers came at all. However, I did not allow myself to become discouraged. I continued to dream. I found a few online platforms that allowed me to write for others and that work and the feedback that I received, helped to fuel my continued dream of publishing my works under my own name. Then, I discovered Createspace and Kindle Direct Publishing, which allowed me to take control of my dream. I recently published my novel “The Moderna Way” and it is available for purchase on Amazon and Barnes and Noble as both an e-book and paperback novel. There was no better feeling that holding the paperback in my hands and finally being able to have people read it in book form, in the way that I love to read my favourite authors’ stories. I am now working on getting one of my children’s stories “Finding My Blue Ribbon Pet” ready for distribution. I am hoping that it will be on the market in time for Christmas.

My accomplishments go to prove that if you are willing to work hard, that you can make your dreams come true. Never let someone tell you that you cannot accomplish your dreams, because chances are there is a way out there that will allow you to succeed. It might not happen in the way that you expected, but with some work and an open mind, anything is possible.

Some of my writing (including some free stories) can be found online at:

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/believe02
https://paradiseonpaper.wordpress.com/
https://www.amazon.ca/Moderna-Way-Book-ebook/dp/B06XTRSYQD/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_img_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=V1NAJ52R9V0R0XHPRJCY

I wish you a month of dreams and happiness.

 

Rebecca

 

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Audio Book of Echoes of a Storm

I am very pleased to say that the Audio Book version of Echoes of  Storm will be released shortly. As I have received the following email from ACX

Hi Alan

  • Your audiobook will go through both ACX and Audible quality assurance (QA) rounds.
  • Once it passes, we will let you know and begin distributing it on Amazon, Audible and iTunes. The whole process usually takes up to 10-14 business days, as long as there are no problems.
  • If your audiobook does not pass QA for any reason, you and Cari Scholtens will be contacted right away with instructions for how to remedy this.

Exciting times 🙂

#audiobooks #audioeoas

Author reading his own word – Poem: A Simple Man

Hi

I’ve been think how best to try and prompt my work, and have decided that maybe reading my own work and posting it on Youtube might work.

Hence, I’ve recorded my poem: A simple man, which I wrote for my girlfriend

Hope you enjoy it

Alan

You can buy the poem by searching Amazon for “Love and Life by KJA Ireland”

As always:

No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in retrieval systems, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise without the prior permission of the author.

This is a work of fiction.  All characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.

Dyslexic Writers

Because I have not posted for such a long while, I’m going to re post something from awhile back – Dyslexic and Proud.

The reason I’m reposting this is for the following four reasons:

a. if you read my blogs and think to yourself, for a writer his spelling and grammar is awful. That is because I am Dyslexic, and if its been a really bad day the results can be unintentionally very funny.

b. To reassure people that all my published work is fully proof read and checked by a lovely lady called Lisa W from Texas in the USA. Like all writers I take great pride in my work and I want readers to enjoy the storylines, plots and characters, and not be distracted by bad spelling or punctuation.

c. Yes you can laugh when you spot an amusing mistake – I do when its pointed out to me.

d. Finally Dyslexic is a reason, it is never ever an excuse.

Anyway on with the re posting.

Dyslexic and Proud

I am Dyslexic – I was diagnosed in 1985 ish

However, being Dyslexic has never really impacted on my writing, yes it’s a minor hurdle that needs to be overcome but it does not stop me thinking of plotlines, creating characters and telling (hopefully) interesting and entertaining stories.

I have successful written and self published a trilogy and a couple of books of short stories and have received many good reviews and a few bad ones : )

However, I have come across a very small group of people who think that being dyslexic, it’s impossible for me to write a story.

This small group of people got me thinking – “How many famous Writers are Dyslexic?” So I went to the British Dyslexic Website and discovered that the following people are Dyslexic:

Damon Albarn – Singer / Song writer

Gary Chapman – Film script writer

Agatha Christie – Writer

Steven J Connell – TV writer and author

Roald Dahl – Author

Albert Einstein – Scientist (I’m sure he must have written something )

Sophy Fisher – Journalist

Esther Freud – Novelist

Noel Gallagher – Singer / Song writer

John Irving – Author

Lynda La Plante – TV writer

John Lennon – Musician (he wrote songs hence I’m keeping him on my list)

Pablo Picasso – Artist (Ok not a writer but I am trying to make a point here – gently)

Matthew Sturgis – Journalist

Lord Willis – Author

William Butler Yeats – Poet

Murray Lachlan Young – Poet

Benjamin Zephaniah – Poet

For a Full list of famous people who are dyslexic, you can go to the British Dyslexic Website, the link is below

http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/about-dyslexia/famous-dyslexics.html

So to that small group of people who say that Dyslexics cannot possible write novels – “Read the above list and weep”

Dyslexic’s rule KO 🙂

Alan

Any Questions About My Books or Characters – Please Ask Away.

I know occasional when I’ve read a book I’ve wanted to ask the author – why did you do that? Or what made you go in that direction with that storyline?

Hence, if you have any questions or queries about any of my books, characters or storylines then please feel free to ask away.

I will do my best to answer all sensible questions : )

Alan

The Storm Series – The Authors Thoughts

The Storm Series has been out long enough now to allow me to explain my ideas behind it without being too worried about spoilers.

How it all began

For a very long time I had this scene in my head – It was raining, and a woman was crying as a man walked away from her.

I tried for ages to work out why she was crying and why he was walking away. Had they had a fight? Had they just broken up? Had he hit her? etc etc. I then came to me one night as I was lying in bed trying to get to sleep – she was crying because he could not, and he walking away to perform an act of revenge.

So that got me thinking – What had just happened? Why could he not cry? Why was she crying for him? What was the connection between them?

And that was how the opening paragraph from the Prelude to ‘Echoes’ came about:

“Her softly falling tears echoed the rain as she watched him walk away. He did not cry, but then, his life had made him forget how. So, in the gentle rain, just past midnight, she found herself crying for a man – a fool – who could not.”

Setting the tone and feel of the books

I knew from the start that I wanted the books to be dark and gritty, have adult story lines, and have a masculine feel about them. I also knew that I wanted the characters to be as real as possible, or as possible in a fantasy setting. I wanted the men in my books to act and sound like real men. I want the women in my books to sound like and act like real woman. Hence, I have done my best to write characters that are believable, realistic, and that the reader can relate to

On a personal note – I do feel that in modern fantasy, clichéd, and politically correct characters are far too common and are spoiling this wonderful, rich and diverse genre.

The Fantasy Element

There is a very strong fantasy element with ‘The Storm Series’ we have Werewolves, Witches, Wizards, Monsters, Castles, Keeps, Vampyres, Undead etc. For me the fantasy elements should enhance and empower all the storylines and characters, they should never overpower or over shadow them.

On a personal note – I do think that some writers are so busy trying to invent 18 new languages and whole sub cultures, that they forget about the characters and the stories that they are trying to tell. For me, the characters and the story are the two most important things in any story, be it fiction, non fiction, fantasy, romance etc.

Compliments and Reality Checks

The greatest compliment I have received, mainly from women,is from people saying that they would normally never dream of reading Dark Fantasy however, are really enjoying my books because of the characters and the storylines. as an author you really can’t ask for more than that.

To balance that out, I have also had people who say they don’t like my work (and I’ve had a couple of bad reviews). But that is ok, because that is simply life and I don’t expect everyone to like what I write. Everyone reading this will have an author that they really like and one they just cant stand.

If You Would Like To Know More

If you would like to know more about my books or just see the wonderful covers Saskia Schnell has created for them, please visit my website http://www.alankscott.com