Second Novel Syndrome, The Difficult Second Novel…

I decided to circumvent the problem of the so-called difficult second novel by finishing off a novel I began writing four years ago instead. I got 42,000 words into this original novel before beginning to flounder, unsure of where to take it.

Now, with my considerable (ahem) experience of having written and published an entire one novel I am confident I can return to this original one and shape it, and have even gone so far as to write a plan for it (and that is certainly a first.)

I do have one slight problem, how on earth am I going to write the bombshell ending? I am rather stumped at the moment. I could easily write a rather ridiculous, all singing, all dancing, OTT, flamboyant ending which would ensure any reader deigning to pick it up to throw it back down in disgust. But I don’t want to do that. There are no doubt books on the market which tell me how to write a good explosive ending, but I guess I’m a little protective and want my work to only be mine and come only from me.

But I’m sure it will write itself in the end. Characters tend to take the story wherever they want it to go by themselves.

So all that remains is for me to sit my backside down and actually get on with it.

Author Spotlight: Kate-Beth Heywood

An author spotlight on… me! Thank you, Elisha xx

European Geeks Publishing

After meeting Kate-Beth Heywood on WordPress, I knew that I wanted her to join the list of Geek’s spotlights. Cover 6 x 9Her writing comes across as educated, well-written, and unique. Make sure to check out her book, Anti-Social Media, and follow her social media accounts to keep up with Kate-Beth’s humourous writing!

1. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I’d been writing short stories since I was about nine years old, but it wasn’t until I was twenty-seven that I realised that I actually wanted to do it for a living. I even studied journalism at university but a year into the course, I wished I had studied English Literature instead!

2. Which writers inspire you?

Agatha Christie’s natural storytelling ability is something I both admire and am rather jealous of. And I really love Kate Atkinson’s characters; she’s fantastic at characterisation.

3. Do you write full time or…

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Book Review: Anti-Social media, by Kate Beth Heywood

A fantastic review for Anti-Social Media from Ron Giesecke. Thank you rongiesecke.com

Master Of None

511bJ4IcpgLWhen Kate Beth Heywood swerved into my blog and started following me, I was pleased to find that she–like me–is fleshing out her dreams of publishing books. And she has done so here.

I’ve swerved into a few books thus far because of the blogosphere.  And since I have now forced myself become a “one-book”reader, instead of emotionally and mentally balkanizing myself into a lifeless, procrastinatory fog, I have to get to each of them in order.

This one is the lone exception, for two reasons. One, the book is not very long, and two, it is not one that intends to take the reader very far past the second dimension.  And this is on purpose, and makes sense. Why? because it is about the two-dimensional world of social media, and how disaster is waiting right around the corner when two-dimensional people are armed with said ordinance.

In short: a young…

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Agatha Christie: An Autobiography – A Book Review

My love affair with Mrs Christie began nearly six years ago whilst I was on maternity leave, just before my son was born. The anticipated nesting instinct failed to kick in, so I took to watching Agatha Christie’s Poirot repeats on ITV3 in the afternoons. (As an aside, I was slightly taken aback to discover that the next time I went to the supermarket I bought a tub of Ovaltine. Those adverts sponsoring the show, aimed at the retired elderly were being subliminally taken on board. If I wasn’t careful I’d be booking a Viking River Cruise before I knew it. But back to the Agatha Christie…) I very quickly became completely enamoured with the Poirot series and my sister bought me four ‘Christie’s for Christmas’ (geddit?) that year.

Five Little Pigs, The Hollow, The Big Four, and Curtain later and I was hooked. Absolutely hook, line, and sinker. I soon discovered the joys of the local charity shops’ second-hand book sections, and combining this with the Abebooks website I have managed to build up a rather large Christie collection.

So, imagine my excitement when I discovered Agatha Christie: An Autobiography sitting there, looking pristine, in my local British Heart Foundation charity shop last year (yes, I am only just getting around to writing the review.)

The book begins, quite naturally, at the beginning; Agatha describes her childhood in Torquay which just sounds beautiful and idyllic. Her mother was quite a character, as was her sister, Madge.

From reading Agatha’s novels, I could tell she had a fantastic sense of humour; from her overt ****-taking of Poirot and his little foibles to more subtle, but equally as funny, observations of people and their behaviours. So, I wasn’t in the slightest bit surprised to find this book making me laugh-out-loud in several places, often causing me to get the giggles for quite a few minutes at a time. There was her childish, incorrect recollection of her Nanny having steak for dinner every single night (lucky Nanny,) and the ‘hideous cacophony’ that her and her piano teacher were making whilst playing together when Agatha lost her place. Sadly, I cannot do these things the justice that she did, but I can reassure you, they were very funny!

Of course, as a writer myself, I was dying to get the part where she writes her first novel and her subsequent attempts at publication. The good news is that, yes, Agatha Christie (the best-selling author of all time) was rejected by publishers too. So, it really isn’t the end of the world if it does happen.

Agatha and her older sister, Madge, were discussing a mystery crime novel they had both enjoyed (The Mystery of the Yellow Room) when Madge bet Agatha that she (Agatha) would not be able to write a detective novel. Thankfully, Agatha took on the bet and wrote, The Mysterious Affair at Styles. This was dutifully sent off to publishers but Agatha then got rather sidetracked by her marriage to Archie Christie, and forgot all about it. I believe it was about three years later that she got a reply and her literary career began, aged thirty.

It is incredible to think just how many works Agatha completed during her life. I don’t have the exact figures to hand, but I believe there were 70-80 novels, plus innumerable short-stories and plays. This in addition to working as a dispenser during both wars, an immense amount of travelling (most notably a world trip with her first husband for his job, culminating in a Hawaiian surfing holiday, and several trips to the middle east – and these were the days before planes), two marriages, property speculation, archaeological digs with her second husband, motherhood…

I have so much love and respect for this woman, I adore her books; I have always got one on the go (today it is The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side.) She was such an amazingly talented writer and her output was phenomenal. It just goes to show what can be achieved when there is no social media to divert you from your goal… 😀

FREE TO DOWNLOAD NOW ON AMAZON – Anti-Social Media by Kate Beth Heywood

Kate Beth Heywood

My debut novel Anti-Social Media is FREE to download on Amazon today!

Here is a link to the novel on Amazon.com…

http://www.amazon.com/Anti-Social-Media-Kate-Beth-Heywood-ebook/dp/B00UHZXISO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1430654223&sr=8-1&keywords=anti+social+media

And here is a link to the novel on Amazon.co.uk…

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Anti-Social-Media-Kate-Beth-Heywood-ebook/dp/B00UHZXISO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1430654291&sr=8-1&keywords=anti+social+media

It is, of course, available on all Amazon sites but if I link to them all this will be one mammothian post. Is mammothian a word? My Grammarly plug-in doesn’t seem to think so, but I’m going with it anyway.

Here are some reviews thus far received for Anti-Social Media: –

Sarah W: (Rated 4 stars out of 5) Not sure how I came across this book but I’m glad I did. Really enjoyable and amusing and I suspect very very true to life.

Angela: (Rated 4 stars out of 5) The characters, and style of writing in this book are a total joy. Honest, no-frills, and wickedly real. But most of all, believable, and in the end…

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FREE TO DOWNLOAD NOW ON AMAZON – Anti-Social Media by Kate Beth Heywood

My debut novel Anti-Social Media is FREE to download on Amazon today!

Here is a link to the novel on Amazon.com…

http://www.amazon.com/Anti-Social-Media-Kate-Beth-Heywood-ebook/dp/B00UHZXISO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1430654223&sr=8-1&keywords=anti+social+media

And here is a link to the novel on Amazon.co.uk…

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Anti-Social-Media-Kate-Beth-Heywood-ebook/dp/B00UHZXISO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1430654291&sr=8-1&keywords=anti+social+media

It is, of course, available on all Amazon sites but if I link to them all this will be one mammothian post. Is mammothian a word? My Grammarly plug-in doesn’t seem to think so, but I’m going with it anyway.

Here are some reviews thus far received for Anti-Social Media: –

Sarah W: (Rated 4 stars out of 5) Not sure how I came across this book but I’m glad I did. Really enjoyable and amusing and I suspect very very true to life.

Angela: (Rated 4 stars out of 5) The characters, and style of writing in this book are a total joy. Honest, no-frills, and wickedly real. But most of all, believable, and in the end, loveable.

Mojofiction.com: (Rated 4 stars out of 5) I like Kate Beth Heywood’s writing style. She has a dark sense of humor and a good feel for comic situations, the dialogue is good, and her characters are interesting. I wanted to know what was going to happen next at the end of each chapter and so I kept on reading. That’s the name of the game.

Lauren: (Rated 5 stars out of 5) Anti-Social Media is fun and humourous, although not the most eloquent piece of literature I’ve ever read. I enjoyed it however, with the plot being true to this era, and it kept me hooked. The characters are genuine and I think it is an interesting take on the current modern society.

Andie: (Rated 5 stars out of 5) I was intrigued by the title of this book and it didn’t disappoint, with it’s clever storyline and believable characters. From the would-be writer Constance to the smarmy Martyn (Nigel) and the self-centred Jennifer to her long suffering assistant Mitzi, I was hooked and couldn’t wait to see how their stories would play out. I really enjoyed this book and can recommend it.

So please download your free copy, and I would love if you could add the book on Goodreads, and of course, if you actually READ the book, a review on Amazon, Goodreads (or both) would be most welcome.

Thank you very much 😀 xxx