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Putting steam into steampunk

When I decided I was going to write a steampunk novel I rapidly realised that I had a bit of a problem on my hands. You see, I don’t really understand how steam works.   I get the elegance of it, the wonderful glamour of steam.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched ‘Brief … Continue reading Putting steam into steampunk

My turn on the Lovely Blog Hop

I’ve been asked by my fabulous friend, Jessica Redland, to take part in the Lovely Blog Hop where writers talk about some of the things which have shaped their lives and their writing.  Jessica lives not far from me in Scarborough and we often meet up for cake and to talk about writing.  Her first … Continue reading My turn on the Lovely Blog Hop

Fictional Yorkshire

I’ve just read a lovely novel set in ‘God’s Own County’ (which is what Yorkshire folk call the place where they live). It’s ‘There Must Be An Angel’ by Sharon Booth which is set in the fictional village of Kearton Bay which is based on Robin’s Hood Bay on the North Yorkshire coast.  For me … Continue reading Fictional Yorkshire

Knitted Together

Last weekend I went to the Unravel, Festival of Knitting in Farnham in Surrey.  I’m an occasional crocheter (I used to do a lot more before I started writing novels) and am just about competent with a pair of knitting needles.  I saw some amazing hand-crafted garments, beautiful wool and yarn in every possible shade … Continue reading Knitted Together

Dealing with Rejection by Alys

I’ve had a few rejections recently so I thought I’d write a post about it for the Write Romantics blog. It was surprisingly cathartic!

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I got two rejections last week.  One of the upsides of having an agent is that those emails don’t come directly to me anymore.  But one of the downsides is that my agent seems to store them up and I tend to hear about two at a time which is a real double whammy.  I also get more feedback these days as the editors give at least a line or two about the book, giving a couple of positives before they get to the reason why they turned it down.

Doubt Kills More Dreams

I thought the feedback would be a good thing, give me an idea of what I need to work on in my writing.  But they’re so contradictory that I don’t know what to take from them.  One of this week’s rejections said they didn’t like Maeve, the antagonist, whereas an editor who turned me down before Christmas said Maeve was…

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Deck the Halls

I tend to be a bit last minute when it comes to Christmas.  My tree goes up the weekend before, presents are wrapped on Christmas Eve and that’s when I really start to feel festive.  But this year things have happened to get me into the Christmas mood a little sooner. At the weekend I … Continue reading Deck the Halls

Ghostly Whitby

In the days around Halloween, English Heritage transformed Whitby Abbey with light and stories.  The ruins were bathed in coloured lights. Turning the west end a glorious shade of purple, drenching arches in ghostly green and lighting the pillars blood red. In the darkness we gathered to hear stories. Burke and Hare told us tales … Continue reading Ghostly Whitby

A Steampunk Winter’s Tale

Last Saturday was launch day for the short story anthology, Winter Tales – Stories to Warm Your Heart.  As one of the Write Romantics I’ve been working on this since February when we first came up with the idea.  You can read more about the anthology and why we decided to publish it here. Absolutely … Continue reading A Steampunk Winter’s Tale

A peek beneath our cover…

It’s always exciting when something you’ve been working on for ages starts to come together and that’s particularly the case with the Write Romantics charity anthology. One of the charities that we’re supporting is the Cystic Fibrosis Trust which means an awful lot to me as my nephew has Cystic Fibrosis.

I don’t mind telling you that I got a bit emotional when I saw the final version of the cover last week. There was some very undignified sniffing over the computer as I realised that after months of planning and hard work the book is nearly ready for launch.

My own short story, A Pistol for Propriety is one of the stories in the anthology and I’ll be talking more about that on here next week. The anthology will be on sale on 8th November. I really hope you’ll want to read some very fine stories and help us support these two amazing charities.
Thanks Alys xx

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Those of you who follow the blog will know that The Write Romantics decided way back at the beginning of this year that we would be publishing Printan anthology of winter and Christmas themed short stories. We were lucky enough to gain support from a veritable army of other writers and the anthology is now filled to the brim with twenty-four fabulous feel good stories for you to cosy-up with. We’ve got some best-selling authors among the contributors and we’re hoping to raise a small fortune for the two wonderful charities we’ve chosen to support – The Cystic Fibrosis Trust and The Teenage Cancer Trust.

Someone else who has been an invaluable support to The Write Romantics and has given his time incredibly generously, in designing the cover and typesetting the entire anthology, is Jessica Redland’s husband, Mark Heslington. So here it is, the moment we’ve been longing to show…

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