Weekly Report

open-book-clip-art-1816875This week I’ve struggled, and I’m not ashamed to admit it… I got distracted by the cricket… who doesn’t love the cricket.

But I’m happy to announce that I made to the end of the week intact. Okay so here’s where I’m at and where I’ll be heading next… I like this whole having a weekly report as it’s kinda keeping me on track and focused—most of the time.

The Lines of Marsden 4: The Trail of Red Roses is 30/100K

Wardens of the Guild 2: All that Shimmers is completed and will be with the beta reader soon

Moon Runners 2: I Won’t Let You Go is 30/40

Starting on next:

Wardens of the Guild 3: Heart Strings



qBsnRNjLIlxv177wu4BWTDh1o1_500Inspiration can come from anywhere. It could be as simple as I’m out and I see someone in the street who catches my eye—it could be the way they’re dressed, their haircut, or an overheard snippet of conversation.

A lot of mine comes from family situations, because seriously my family are funny as shit, or should that be… my family are weird… or just do crazy things that I just have to tell the rest of the world in my own unique way.

Gypsy Marsden (The Lines of Marsden) for example, is a combination of my daughter Emily and her cousin Jared (but let’s not tell him that.) Those of you who have met Emily will know the similarities. Hence the reason she says if she’s in my books, then she deserves to be in every dedication whether she’s a character or not.

Most often than not my Inspiration comes from song lyrics. it might be just the combination of a few words. or a verse might stand out and I think I could write a book along these lines.

Family and friends will often send me some random picture and tell me “this” will make a great character… this building/scene etc needs it’s story told. Like the picture in this post just calls to me and I want to know… Know what they’re thinking? What they’re talking to each other about? Why are they on opposite sides of the fence? What’s going on around themI don’t know who this picture belongs to but to me it’s beautiful.

Beta Readers

B - BRYES! I have one who I can’t live without… So I’ve told him he’s not allowed to die—ever.

The best part about my James A is that when I’m supposed to be writing American (which, believe me is sometimes very hard for this Aussie to do.) He tells me the words I should be using. Then if I still don’t get them he’ll explain what they mean.

I sometimes wished the whole world spoke and wrote the exact same way, and then it would make my life so much easier. But alas, I’ve often been told that the world doesn’t revolve around me.

Some authors don’t share everything with the one beta reader, but I do mainly because I have a very hard time finding a beta reader. I’ve had a few over the years. some have just gotten too busy, others just disappear, and are never to be heard from again. But James A has been with me from the very beginning. I even met him on my first trip to the states and we went driving all over the place. It was awesome.

I can’t tell you about other people’s experiences, but I can tell you about my own. Not only does a good beta reader pick up the mistakes. they also help point out any holes in the story line, which gives me a chance to go and tweak things. and they also point out the need for contractions, and if I’ve over used a word.

I’m not a writer that is constantly re reading what’s previously written each day. I usually read through the last two paragraphs to see where I was heading and just let my mind flow. I only re read the whole story during the editing stage, or more so the final read through where I have one last chance to change things.

Planning Versus Pantsing

b-rtI so want to be one of those organised writers who can plan everything down to the last detail. Sadly for me that’s never going to happen. I’ve tried, believe me I have. I set out a chapter by chapter point system saying this will happen in this chapter. then by halfway through chapter three my characters have taken over and my straight path becomes a rambling track that has no end in sight.

Yeah, so I’m definitely a panster when it comes to writing. I never quite know what’s going to happen until I sit in front of the computer, or pick up a pen… sometimes I even shock myself. My daughter quite often got random calls going: “You are not going to believe what just happened.” Usually she tells me to bugger off because she’s busy.

maxresdefaultI’m also one of the strange few who cannot listen to music when I write… it distracts me too much. though when I’m not writing there are certain bands/singers who remind me of a character or a story line. For example:

Nickelback—and I automatically want to start writing The Lines of Marsden.

Falling in Reverse—and the Experimental boys are putting their hands up to be written.

David Bowie—and I start thinking about what’s coming next in The Connelly Chronicles…it doesn’t even matter which character.

Bullet For My Valentine—and The Diamond Rose come to mind… always telling me to hurry the hell up and figure out whose story is next.

I also usually have to shut down all social media because if I don’t I’ll get sidetracked. But I think that might be a problem for most writers no matter how famous, or how hard of a worker we are. I guess in the end it’s up to you how seriously you take your own writing career.

My Thoughts

On Formatting:

20151022_083954I sometimes—okay, most of the time… get confused in how to set out a story because each publisher seems to have different formatting. Now I try and set each book up as I’m writing to the correct formatting required by each publisher… thank the great be-all-and-end-all that I only have to worry about three.

for anyone out there just starting out, I’d suggest going to whichever publisher you are planning on going with and finding out their preference and get used to automatically setting your work for them the way they like it. And for those publishers who accept any formatting style… see how the first lot of edits come back as it’s usually changed to the way they really prefer it. I’m pretty sure the editors as well as the publisher are grateful for it.

On Contractions:

wordsI’m really a bad one for writing everything out long and not shortening it like a person would in everyday speech. I don’t know why I do it writing books but not when I do my blogs or write out notes to other people.

My editors are always telling me to go back through and contact them to make them normal speech. This year I’m trying to  go through and check that I’m on top of what needs to be done. I know long (like he would not—instead of he wouldn’t) adds to the wordage, but remember that it gets bloody annoying for the readers. I just re read some of my own work and it drove me nuts seeing all the ones we didn’t catch.

On Head Hopping:

povThis is another one I really suck at… I’m a head hopping queen. In my longer books I now try and put something in there so my poor editors know where I’ve intentionally swapped heads.

In my novellas I now just swap heads for each chapter. It makes my life so much easier to deal with. Thankfully I have very understanding editors who point out where I do it and don’t realise.

I’m the type of person that likes to know what’s going on in everybody’s head at the same time. I now know that is often chaotic and very confusing for the readers. It’s still hard when all my characters what their point of view to be heard.

Weekly Report

B - UDOnce again I have my wordage count met. I’m actually even surprising myself. I thought I would’ve crashed and burned long before now. I must admit that at times I thought: What the hell am I doing? I was getting the stories and characters mixed up—but we all know that’s nothing new for me. Anyway… here’s where I’m at:

Moon Runners 2: I Won’t Let You Go 30K

The Lines of Marsden 4: The Trail of Red Roses 30K

Wardens of the Guild 2: All That Shimmers 30K

Unsubmitted Plan


These are the books I have wanted to get written—or—rewritten, because they mean something to me. I’m just hoping that everyone enjoys them as much as I do. It’s so hard trying to figure out which story belongs with which publisher. I only hope that I choose wisely. I’m also hoping I can finally try my hand at writing some more one off books and some young adult books. I’m not sure if I’d be very good at them, but I want to give them a go.

Admetus Gaea 1: The Gaean Prophecy 28/07—24/08

SPAM Inc. 1: Claiming Roxy’s Heart 25/08—21/09

Taking Chances 1: Lie to Me 22/09—19/10

Quaide’s Crossing 1: Matthew’s Way 20/10—16/11

Guardians of the Dragon Born 1: Cullen Arianan 17/11—14/12

The Brothers McCrieve 1: Justice 15/12—11/01/18

Pride Plan

PRIDE_transparent-3-300x143Even though there is only a small amount of books here it doesn’t mean that this will be the end of my time with Pride. It just means once I get to the end of the lists for this publisher I’ll be able to think about submitting different stories and series. there will still be 3 more in The Connelly Chronicles, and 4 more in the Destiny House series—which is a spin off from The Connelly Chronicles.

Wardens of the Guild 2: All That Shimmers 01/01—27/01

Wardens of the Guild 3: Heart Strings 29/01—23/02

The Connelly Chronicles 3: Because Of You 24/02—04/05

Wardens of the Guild 4: Gilded Cages 05/05—02/06

Destiny House 1: Saving Shane 02/06—29/06

Destiny House 2: Needing Norman 30/06—27/07

Fireborn Plan

10259753_695003427211884_6309451945217256490_nThere are so many stories where I need to figure out where I’m heading. Okay, I should clarify somewhat. I know where I’m heading I have to work out how to get to the end result—the path I should take with the least resistance. Sometimes my stories like to walk in circles for a while before they say okay enough piss-arsing around, and let’s get on with the damn story. But, I know I’ll get there in the end. Especially, if I have all of you out there kicking my arse with encouragement.

Moon Runners 2: I Won’t Let You Go 01/01—27/01

The Diamond Rose 2: So Pretty on the Outside 29/01—23/02

The Freedomers 2: Craine’s Everlasting Faith 24/02—23/03

Hidden Hearts 3: Going By The Book (Travis) 24/03—20/04

Moon Runners 3: It’s Gonna be Okay 21/04—18/05

The Diamond Rose 3: Sometimes It Hurts 19/05—16/06

The Freedomers 3: Drake’s Broken Prophecy 19/06—17/07

Hidden Hearts 4: Couples Cover (Macen) 18/07—14/08

The Freedomers 4: Finding Arotol’s Destiny 15/08—11/09

The Diamond Rose 4: Monsters Like Me 12/09—09/10

The Freedomers 5: Maven’s Guardian Angel 10/10—06/11

Moon Runners 4: Something That You Said 07/11—04/12

Moon Runners 5: Finally Figured You Out 05/12—01/01/18

MLRPress plan


If I keep my mind on what I’m doing this will be the writing list and the dates I plan to start and finish. I plan on getting them all written, but that doesn’t mean they will all get submitted as I want to pace out the editing factor. Honestly, I don’t mind if i only just get them written because I know I’ll have time in the future to submit the to where they need to go. I’m just enjoying the whole writing process again. I’m going to do everything in my power to stay on track.

The Lines of Marsden 4: The Trail of Red Roses 01/01—08/03

The Lines of Marsden 4.5: On the 12th Day 09/03—05/04

Sons of Evenmore 3: Fear The Scarlet Moon 06/04—03/05

Lancaster’s Way 3: Pre-Loved 04/05—30/05

Lancaster’s Way 4: Riding Fences 31/05—27/06

Lancaster’s Way 5: A Stuart Family Christmas [Ends] 28/06—25/07

Experimentals 3: Messages from the Dead 26/07—22/08

Sons of Evenmore 4: Pieces of You 23/08—19/09

Intended Mates 2: Dancing to the Sounds of Madness 20/09—17/10

Experimentals 4: Movements in the Dark 18/10—14/11

Sons of Evenmore 5: Always Been Yours 15/11—12/12

Sons of Evenmore 6: Touching Shadows [Ends] 13/01—09/01/18