Gondolas, cover bans and affirmation – It’s all in Siobhan Daiko’s writing life

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Siobhan Daiko AuthorToday we are thrilled to welcome back friend of the WRs, Siobhan Daiko, to the blog. Siobhan was born in and raised in Hong Kong. Before becoming a writer, Siobhan had a range of jobs from post office mistress to high school teacher. Siobhan now lives with her husband and two cats in the Veneto region of Northern Italy, where she spends her time writing, researching historical characters, and enjoying the dolce vita. We had loads of questions to ask Siobhan when she came back to visit us and, as always, she has a lot going on!

What’s the best bit of feedback you’ve had about any of your novels so far?

An Amazon USA review of The Orchid Tree which said my characters were now a part of their life. That absolutely made my day.
You have had considerable success as a self-published author, but would you ever consider…

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To Plot or not to Plot…

On Writing & Editing

The majority of writers do not plot. They will say “I can’t do that” and “that’s not me” or “that’s not my style”

That is a load of tosh!

Then they will write their story/novel and be joyful upon typing THE END but alas the tears come when plot holes open up and swallow their pride or reader becomes bored and puts the book down.

What most writers fail to realise is that writing down that first draft is indeed a weak form of plotting. I see so many writers do this. My advice is thus: If you think you can’t plot, can’t plan, or that doing such things is not your style, then you are wrong.

Writing that first draft is indeed the act of planning and plotting in its weakest form. To fix, recognise the first draft for what it is, and the second, and the third, and…

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Author Interview: John Hudspith

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My Monday guest, Mandy Jackson Beverly, author of “A Secret Muse”

Ladies, gentle men, I give you the scrumptious smorgasbord that is Mandy Jackson-Beverly…

Siobhan Daiko

Today, I’m absolutely thrilled to welcome the lovely Mandy Jackson Beverly to my blog.

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Mandy and I met through our fantastic editor, John Hudspith, and have been friends for a few months. She lives in Ojai, California, with her husband, Brian Beverly, a crossed-eyed cat, Luna, a dog named Cash and, sometimes, her sons, Angus and Jack. Her bio is fascinating, and you can read more about Mandy here. A Secret Muse, Mandy’s debut novel, has just been published and it looks fascinating. Here’s the blurb:

UCLA art professor Coco Rhodes knows little about her family’s association with the ancient clandestine organization The Allegiance and wants to keep it that way. She dislikes secrets—they’re a painful reminder of her childhood experiences that were erased as a result of her parents’ tragic deaths when she was four years old.

After a brutal attempt on her life, and the…

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My Monday guest, Jade West, queen of erotic romance.

“I write largely from experience, and I hope that shows. I really was a chatline operator, and I really am a filthy cow.”

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Today I’m absolutely delighted to be chatting with the amazing Jade West. Jade and I met about a year ago through our editor John Hudspith. Her “Dirty Bad” erotic romance series has stormed up the Amazon USA charts and her current release, Dirty Bad Strangers, has been ranked as high as #14 in the top 100 bestsellers. All well deserved. Jade is a hugely talented writer, unafraid to push the boundaries, and I love her work.

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Welcome, Jade. How would you describe yourself as a colour?

The very darkest red, bordering on black. I’m an absolute goth at heart, but there is a flash of scarlet and blood and Coca-Cola. I’m quite a drama queen – a gothic drama queen – so black-red sums me up very nicely. 🙂

Are you a morning person, or a midnight candle burner?

Most definitely a midnight candle burner. I often…

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Tapestry – let’s call the professionals

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My Monday Guest, Pam Howes, queen of rock fiction.

My lovely writer Pam Howes tells all…

Siobhan Daiko

Today, I’m delighted to welcome the lovely Pam Howes to my blog.

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Pam and I met about four years ago on the peer review site YouWriteOn, and now we’re friends on Facebook. It was Pam who introduced me to my fantastic editor John Hudspith, the man who has made such a difference to my writing. Pam is the author of The Rock and Roll Years series: Three Steps to Heaven; ‘Til I Kissed You; Always On My Mind; Not Fade Away, and That’ll Be The Day, which follows the lives and loves through the decades of fictional Rock’n’Roll band The Raiders. Her stand-alone true-life romance, Fast Movin’ Train, set in the nineties, was published in early 2012. A new series of Fairground Romances, set in the sixties, begins with Cathy’s Clown. 

Welcome, Pam. How would you describe yourself as a colour? Are you a light and airy pastel person…

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Snakes and Ladders – An Indie Journey With A Very Happy Ending

Which camp are you in?

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Today on the blog I have the very lovely Jan Ruth, taking about her indie journey – it really has been a game of snakes and ladders, but I’m sure you’ll agree the success Jan has found has been entirely of her own making. If ever the phrase ‘You make your own luck’ applied to anyone, it’s demonstrated here in spades. Read on …

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“My self-publishing journey has been up and down, round the houses and back again. It’s a different experience for each and every author. Any perceived failure or success is dependent on a lot of individual criteria, how you measure it and what you learn from it.

Throw into this mix, hundreds of online experts clamouring for your attention and offering advice – most of it speculative and out of date in less than a week – from how to market your book, how to design its cover, why…

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In The Chair 42

My lovely shiny writer, Anne Stormont is in the chair today…

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Welcome, Anne Stormont.

How would you describe your writing style in only three words? 

Anne: Contemporary. Character-driven. Romantic. (In my writing for children – Contemporary, timeshift-historical, magical).

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If you could have a relationship with one of your fictional characters who would it be and why?

Anne: I’m taking it that by ‘relationship’ you mean one of a romantic nature – with, you know, all the touchy, feely, sexy goings-on included. So, it would be a relationship with Jack from ‘Displacement’ that I’d choose. I find him fascinating – he’s had an interesting life, he’s made mistakes, he’s hurt people, but he’s also a loving father and grandfather, and he’s still got ‘it’. I think I was actually a bit in love with him while I was writing the book.

If you had to exist for a week in one of your books … which one would it be? Would…

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John Hudspith, Editor

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