Blog Round-up

Some rather wonderful people have been asking me questions about my debut novel, anemogram, and have even stretched to enquiring about my thoughts on writing in general. Here I’ve gathered together my recent stumble into talking about my book.

I had a fun time deliberating on some difficult dilemmas for The Next Best Book Club Blog’s feature Would You Rather?

Author Chris Harrison went in deep for my thoughts on anemogram for his blog The Opening Sentence

And Lorie quizzed me for her blog Indie Revolution

Thanks to all!

 

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The Page 69 Test for anemogram!

anemogram has been included on TNBBC’s The Next Best Book Blog in the ace feature The Page 69 Test

http://thenextbestbookblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/page-69-anemogram.html

Thanks to Lori. Check out what the blog is about here:

http://thenextbestbookblog.blogspot.co.uk/p/about-tnbbc.html

The Goodreads group, The Next Best Book Club, where those on the hunt for great indie books hang out

https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/1218-the-next-best-book-club

Short extract from anemogram.

anemogram.

Near the very beginning

“She didn’t want to go there yet. So she turned and headed across open wasteland, into the domain of the sun and its cherishing death. She bobbed up and down and held out her white dress, spinning and drawing in the warm air. Her legs were cherubim podgy and she moved like an electrified hamster. The wasteland contoured down a textured valley which in turn vaulted into the distance and away. She stood in its open magnificence, its blanched earth under the blue-white sky of God. Everything in the distance; she would play unseen. She left her giggles behind her as she took off running.”

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anemogram. The Playlist

Music. I think most of anemogram was written in silence, the first draft the result of a month of fierce commitment to it and no time for much else. When I did step away from the screen the writing was shaped by the music I listened to whilst trying to go blank, or attempting to figure out where I was headed. That music does not feature on this playlist for the most part. Instead these are tracks discovered after completion that reflect the feel of the book. Most have no strong melody, are unobtrusive and serve to compliment. Music was at the core of my thinking as I progressed, essential to the underlying construction I ended up with. I worked with defined movements in mind, inspired by the waxing and waning, and rhythm, of longer musical pieces. This helped me reach for my destination and keep to the right tones. It didn’t feel right to put out anemogram without acknowledging the importance of this aspect, so the result is this playlist.