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Happiness, Tears and New Ideas

Well, it’s been an emotional rollercoaster this past week. I returned to Gibraltar to visit family and friends only to find myself giggling one moment and crying the next, and so I’ve learned that it’s completely and humanly possible to be happy and sad at the exact same time. Suffice to say, I have returned to Edinburgh with a real need to feed my soul a little tenderness and love.

When it came to questions about my latest writing project, I found it difficult to offer much other than, it’s not historical, which  elicited some shocked expressions plus a few raised eyebrows. In truth, I expected that kind of response. It’s quite common to be pigeonholed into a particular ‘genre bracket’ whether it be historical, romance or thriller. Look at poor Ms Rowling having to write a detective thriller under the pen name of  Robert Galbraith, and yet still… some readers are unforgiving. 

I used to have very mixed views about whether an author known for one particular genre should indulge in another, but I also know that the internal creativity tap does not flow into one story, century, or plot idea, alone. I absolutely believe that if you can create a good story in one genre you are just as capable in another. The talent is in the execution of it. 

So, it’s definitely going to be a little more challenging to write a contemporary novel, (which is ironic because historical books require so much more in terms of research,) but alas, I’m testing new waters, developing different cultural ideas aside from those which are distinctively “Victorian,” and… demanding a little faith from my current readers!

But bear with me dear friends – nothing ventured, nothing gained. What I do know is that my story will still have my style, my voice. And what I need to possess the most I always seem to have within me – inner confidence.

It’s time to get on with it.

I’ll  be back soon with more news, and I wish you all a great end to the summer!

 

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Edinburgh – A City of Dreams

20170513_190759Since my big move to Edinburgh in December I have been busy settling into a city that has so much character and energy that I literally feel overwhelmed. But in a good way of course! Who cannot love the vibrancy of a place that is crammed with so many historical offerings? Well, none more than a historical fiction writer like myself! Each and every day there is something new to see or do. 

I have met some really great people in just four months. Last night at a dinner event, for instance, a lovely Polish lady and her Nigerian husband opened up to show such lovely personalities, and they welcomed me with open arms. There are many individuals here willing to share their stories and backgrounds and the things that are truly meaningful to their lives. They connect you in an emotional way rather than allowing the differences to separate you. If you allow these connections, differences quickly disappear from the surface.

I find it interesting to explain to people how I came here from a small ‘Rock,’ that has much to offer, but although it offered me security and familiarity,  family and friends, and plenty of love.. well, it was also very ‘limiting’ in terms of my own creative progress and development. In Edinburgh I feel that I can spread my wings far, and that I can take the time to embrace opportunities which I could only lie in bed and dream about back home.

So…good readers.. in the pipeline is a visit to The Amazon Academy in Edinburgh hosted by Amazon’s KDP UK official and a complete half day event geared towards the discussion of indie publishing success. A great opportunity to connect with other KDP members here and successful or aspiring indie authors. I’m very much looking forward to this one! More book talk and author connections coming soon too.

I am also thrilled to be back in contact with my dear friend Jonno Morris who has, I recently learned, written seven novels and is setting up his own publishing industry. Jonno moved to China some years ago where we lost contact but we are now fast catching up and steadily moving back into each other’s lives to discuss our aspirations, and re-kindle (I think there’s a pun there!) our strong friendship.

I want to end my brief post with  a personal thanks (even if he never gets to read this) to the gentleman who won the recent Goodreads.com competition last month and received a signed copy of my book. He ended up posting an online review which touched me. I’m not sure if it was because my main readership tends to be a female audience, or perhaps partly because I did not expect anything. I even braced myself for a negative review, and then I woke up to this lovely praise, which can only prove that you just never know.

And of course, we authors are human beings too and, yes, even through our thick outer ‘professional’ skin we still feel disappointment or joy at the feedback we receive from strangers. So be critical but be kind.

And i’ll leave you with this thought..

Good things happen when we aren’t looking for them!

Carla x

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