seemed to be a happy town. They had some kind of festivities going on in the
park today that spilled over into the streets, with stalls, their gaily
coloured awnings blowing in the breeze. Children ran up and down, carefree in
the no-car zone street, which yesterday had been packed with vehicles. Adults
strolled along some alone, others, couples holding hands. Behind the scenes
Amanda assumed there’d be stress, but looking out of her bedroom window
everything looked like one big celebration.
weather, too, was offering support with the sun climbing in the sky, and pretty
little white clouds floating past, some more speedily than others. Music, all
jumbled up, blared from the fairground set up on the edge of the park, which
was enjoying a busy trade. A group of three adults passed beneath her window
and she watched them head for the park. Due to the number of friends who
stopped their progress she didn’t think they’d make it anytime soon. It warmed
her heart to see the man, taller than his grey-haired companions, sling a
careless arm round the woman’s shoulders, while with the other, he cuffed the
other man on the arm and they all laughed.
pang of loss shot straight o her heart. This time last year she and her
grandmother used to go everywhere together. Now she was on her own. The woman
left a gaping hole in her heart and she still didn’t know what to do to fill
it. She shrugged it away. No point feeling sorrow for herself on this gorgeous
morning. Better, by far, to go out there and join the crowds.
didn’t matter that she’d originally intended simply to stay the one night and
move on, as she had since selling her grandmother’s house. Perhaps her friends
were right and she’d made decisions to soon after the funeral, but Amanda
needed to find herself. To discover her true self. So she’d cut ties with her
past and been moving ever since.
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My lovely author friend Debi O’Neille, invited me to participate in today's Writing Process Blog Hop. The idea behind this blog hop is for readers to meet new author they may not otherwise come across, so... in advance, thank you for joining me today, and a big thank you to Debbie for inviting me to join in.
What am I working on?
While I have several works in progress at the moment, the one I am concentrating on is called Born Again and is going to take quite a while to complete because it requires a lot of research into technicalities and background.
It hasn't helped that I recently participated in a wonderful workshop about deep pov and now I feel I have to pretty much start over on this project!! LOL.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I find this a difficult question to answer. I'd like to think it is because my writing voice is just that - mine. It may have limitations, within the genre, but I prefer to think of it as changing scenery on a journey. We all take journeys, and even if we travel the same route, we may notice different things.
Why do I write what I do?
Because I love reading romances. I like books that have a 'feel-good-factor' ending. And the genre of romance covers just about every other genre in existance. It is just the slant that is different.
How does my writing process work?
I wish I could say 'smoothly' but that would be an 'economy of the truth'. Like most writers, on a good day it flows, the ideas pile up like kids in a playground waiting to be noticed and chosen. On other days, I wonder what I'm doing sitting in front of the computer and waiting for inspiration. (Which is why I have so many WsIP - I keep switching in the hope something will work!)
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I am hoping that two distinctly different writers will agree to carry this blog hop forward and will add their connections as soon as I have details.
Im not very good at writing reviews without giving away spoilers. I will keep this as short as possible. This is the first time that I have read anything by Gloag. I was not disappointed. I am not fond of novellas at all but I was very impressed with this story. It was well written and had strong characters. It was easy to relate to. I look forward to reading more of Gloag's work!
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