I am over the moon to welcome the amazing Anita Waller on to the blog today!
I first experienced her work about three weeks ago when I was privileged to listen to 34 Days on audible ~ what a stunning book it is! So it is with great pleasure that I now have her virtually here to share with us her thoughts on the best and worst parts of being a writer, over to you Anita . . .
It’s an awesome thing to be able to put the word AUTHOR after your name. It doesn’t appear there by magic, it appears there by sitting at a computer and tip tapping away at a keyboard until the words morph into some sort of cohesion.
I am proud to call myself an author, but I didn’t do it for financial gain (luckily!), or to have my name in every household, I did it because my love of the language we use is so strong I had to put it down on paper. It’s such a tremendous feeling when you realise that the words you’ve just typed make sense, and they’re exactly the right words you needed.
There is a strong sense of fulfilment when you see those words appear in book form; it’s quite simply not the same when you see your first page on a kindle. It’s certainly a beautiful feeling to stroke your hands down the front cover of a book that carries your own name at the bottom.
I am a consummate writer of romances and I have several on the shelves in my office that I have written over the years. They will never go to a publisher. I commit murders. I get a great deal of pleasure from planning murders. I can’t write police procedurals, I like my readers to know who the baddy is all the way through, but one thing I can guarantee is that there will be a twist to the story. And there will be more than one murder.
A benefit not talked about too much because it is kind of taken for granted, is the interaction with fellow authors. I am part of a small group of four who contact each other every day, and several times during that day. We encourage each other, we post word counts to show our progress and life is good because of these ladies. So thank you Donna Maria McCarthy, Audrina Lane and Rita McDermott Ames for your support.
It’s not all good though, this life as an author. I definitely don’t sit down every day and produce 2000 words effortlessly. Sometimes I’ll write a sentence to end a chapter that sounds really good, with just the right amount of tension to carry it over to the next chapter, and four days later my mind is a big black hole about where the next chapter is going. It’s not an easy life.
There is also the tension surrounding publication day. This starts about three weeks earlier, where you begin to doubt yourself. Winterscroft is three weeks or so away from publication at the moment, and my mind is constantly thinking what if… what if nobody wants to read it because it’s supernatural, and not a psychological thriller? What if they don’t like my characters? What if the book cover doesn’t attract readers?
The good parts outweigh the bad a million fold. I have killed loads of people in my four books, and now I am working on a sequel to 34 Days, so there may be one or two more…
And one of the best times ever was sitting on a bed in a hotel in Portugal two weeks after the launch of 34 Days and finding out I’m at no.26 in the Amazon charts with my lovely book. It’s not about money, it’s not about fame, it’s about people going out there and supporting you by buying your words.
The words you love.
I think I just peed my pants a little bit . . . A sequel . . . To 34 Days?!!?!!?!?? YYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Happy blogger doing the happy dance right now!
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Winterscroft is a wonderful supernatural crime thriller, here’s the blurb . . .
When the beautiful Lavender is killed in a tragic car accident her family and fiancé Matt are left devastated.
As the year’s pass and wounds begin to heal, Matt, who has remained close to Lavender’s family, meets Beth and falls in love again.
When the happy couple announce their engagement, it sparks a series of bizarre and disturbing events.
Then when Matt and Beth make plans to wed at Lavender’s family home, Winterscroft, the frightening truth becomes apparent.
Lavender is back. And she is not happy.
You can get your copy over at Amazon UK
About the author . . .
Anita Waller was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1946. She married Dave in 1967 and they have three adult children, Matthew, Siân and Kirsty along with seven grandchildren ranging in age from Brad at 22 down to baby Isaac, just 2 years old. And now, to bring further joy, their first great-grandchild, a little girl, is due on 7 January 2017, their golden wedding anniversary!
She began writing when she was around 8 years of age, writing ‘compositions’ at junior school that became books with chapters. She wrote several novels in the romance genre and then realised she wanted to add murders to the romances, so she morphed into a psychological thriller author. Beautiful was her first completed novel in this genre.
In 1995 she sent Beautiful to a publisher and as they reached the contract stage the publisher went into liquidation. It was all to do with Eric Cantona and leaping over the barrier – don’t ask!
As a result, the book was consigned to the attic in dejected disgust but in 2013 it was dragged out again for an enforced complete re-type. The original was written on an Amstrad 8256 and the only thing that remained was one hard copy.
Anita is not a typist and it was painfully reworked over two years, submitted to Bloodhound Books who, within three days of reading it, offered her a contract. 1 September 2015 it was released as an ebook, to be followed a couple of days later by the paperback version.
Following the outstanding success of Beautiful, she began a sequel on 27 December 2015, finishing it on 19 March 2016. The new novel, Angel, was launched on 7 May 2016.
Her third novel, 34 Days, followed Angel and was launched on 3 October 2016 to outstanding success; at its highest level, it was #26 in Amazon charts. It is selling equally as well in the US and Australia and has sold over 15,000 copies in the first eight weeks following publication.
Anita has been desperately trying to find another Amstrad marvel written many years ago called Essence of Lavender. This, again, is in hard copy and she has put it carefully away in a safe place. Unfortunately. the safe place is safer than she realised, and she can’t find it! This manuscript has now been re-worked and is with her publishers, Bloodhound Books, with the new title of Winterscroft. Publication date is set for 24 February 2017. She is confident the old draft will surface when the new version is launched!
In addition to writing, she also teaches patchwork and quilting – a little reference to this is likely to surface in every book!
She is a lifelong Sheffield Wednesday supporter with blue blood in her veins! More than a little reference to this is likely to surface – see 34 Days!
Her genre is murder – necessary murder.