Meet the Author of Misdiagnosed: Jean Sharon Abbott

Meet the Author Jean Sharon Abbott

It is Dystonia Awareness Week here in the UK so I am so pleased to welcome Jean Sharon Abbott to my blog to discuss writing her memoir Misdiagnosed: My Thirty-Year Struggle with a Debilitating Disorder I Never Had. I first became aware of Jean via her blog before she wrote her book. The posts about her adventures after she had been correctly diagnosed and her joy of being able to do things she had never dreamed of were uplifting and her positivity shone on the screen. I have followed her story ever since. I am in awe of how much awareness of dystonia she has done, how many people have been touched by her story and have had their lives turned around because of it.

https://www.today.com/video/woman-misdiagnosed-with-cerebral-palsy-for-33-years-441367619953

Misdiagnosed: My Thirty-Year Struggle with a Debilitating Disorder I Never Had

 

Blurb:

As a young girl, Jean watched her classmates run across the playground and wondered, “How do they do that?” As a teenager, she watched her friends go off on dates and thought, “Will anyone ever love me?” And when she was a young adult she realized that God has a plan. An absolutely wonderful plan.

Jean Abbott has a powerful and uplifting story of perseverance no matter what life brings. After enduring 3 decades of countless doctors visit, medical procedures, unnecessary medications, and surgeries, she heard the words, “You’ve been misdiagnosed.” Could this be the life she’s been waiting for?

 

 

Purchased from:

Jean Sharon Abbot’s own site for  a signed copy: https://bit.ly/2IcKLmv

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2rEi2g0

Meet the Author: Jean Sharon Abbott

 

I’ve always enjoyed writing. When I was a teenager I dreamed of writing screenplays or best selling novels. At one point I thought it would be fun to write a book about growing up with Spastic Diplegia, Cerebral Palsy. However, I didn’t feel that my story had anything special from all the other books about overcoming physical limitations. That all changed when I discovered that I had been misdiagnosed for 3 decades and truly felt as though a miracle had happened. I knew that I had to share my story with the world and the best way to do that would be with a memoir.

The writing processes proved to be much more difficult than I had anticipated. Initially, I didn’t have a clue as to how to start writing such a big project or how I should even start! Truthfully, my mind was on other things…I was scheduled to have my Baclofen Pump removed and was worried about laying flat on my back for 3-7 days. I quickly realized that it would be nearly as bad as the muscle transfer that I endured at age 12. I let my mind wander for a few minutes, putting me back at Children’s Hospital nearly 20 years prior. The emotions from that day came pouring back and I began to write about that horrific day. From that point on, I kept on writing about different childhood memories.

I learned a lot through the writing process. I never had any idea how strong and courageous I was. I never realized how I faced so many challenges but was able to stay optimistic. Most importantly, I never thought about how all of this affected my parents. There were days where I sat at my computer and the tears would blur my vision so much that I was unable to see the computer screen! I cried more recalling my past than I did living it. Often times it felt as though I was writing a fictional story because at times the events seemed unreal.

The scariest part of writing my memoir was waiting for friends and family to read it!! I had poured my heart and soul into 270 pages and left nothing to the imagination. Would they think it was written poorly? Would they feel sorry for me? Names had been changed to protect the identity of those who would not come across in a positive light, so I also wondered, will people think I’m writing about them when I’m really writing about someone else? For the most part, everyone was very supportive of how the book turned out. In fact, I’m often asked if there will be a sequel! I’m not sure if I could get a better review than that!

Writing a big project such as this was exciting, fun, challenging and some days very emotional. There were many times that I wanted to quit! Fortunately, my family would encourage me to finish what I started. And thanks to them, I was able to achieve one of my biggest goals in life.

Meet the Author Jean Sharon Abbott

You can follow Jean Sharon Abbott on:

https://www.jeanabbott.com/

Thank you so much, Jean, for sharing your writing experience and popping over to this blog.

Happy writing and reading!

 

Meet the Author: S L Grigg

I am currently reading Coffee Break Companion, a collection of short stories, poems, and work by S L Grigg. The title says it all – this book is ideal to read on a coffee break or those moments in the day when you can snatch a few moments to read. Book review will be with you shortly.

Meet the Author S J Grigg

 

 

Author Biography

Meet the Author S J Grigg
Author S J Grigg

Sharon Grigg, who writes under the pen name S.L Grigg, made it her new year’s resolution to publish her book ‘Coffee Break Companion’ during 2018. After bouncing back from mental health problems following the death of her husband from a brain tumour in 2009, Sharon was struck down with kidney and other health problems, believed to be linked to having the Essure sterilisation device she had implanted back in 2008. In September 2017 she underwent major surgery to have a non-functioning hydronephrotic kidney removed at the same time as a full hysterectomy to remove the essure device.

Just two months after setting her goal Sharon launched the collection of dark, short stories and poetry on Amazon. Many of the stories were written during Sharon’s battle with mental health.

41-year-old mother of two, Sharon says “For me publishing was never about, money or fame. I just wanted to be able to hold a copy of my book and say, ‘I wrote this’ and now I can.”

Meet S.L Grigg

I am pleased to say Sharon has joined me today for a natter and a cup of tea to discuss her book, writing among other things.

Kate Kenzie: What is your favourite book?

S.L Grigg: Oh, so many to choose from, I’m sure it changes all the time depending on what is my favourite of the things I have read recently. I don’t think I could choose just one all-time favourite. In that respect I kind of envy those who have a clear favourite like Harry Potter fans, or something. I have a few favourite series, like the OtherWorld Series by Kelley Armstrong and The Hollows series by Kim Harrison. I guess my current favourite book would be Big Little Lies by Lianne Moriarty, loved it and the show, and the soundtrack! Can’t wait for Season two of the show!

Kate Kenzie: I love that series by Kelley Armstrong, though I was disappointed by the TV version, Bitten on SYFY. My favourite characters are Jeremy and Paige. Who are yours?

S.L Grigg:  I agree the series didn’t live up to the books in Bitten, my favourite characters are Savannah and Paige. 

Kate Kenzie: Who is your favourite author?

S.L Grigg: As above really, so many in addition to those mentioned I also love James Patterson, Adam Baker, Dean Koontz and many more

Kate Kenzie: What is your favourite drink to have next to you while you write?

S.L Grigg: Whilst I am writing I will usually have water or tea (white, two sweeteners, must be the colour of He-Man to be right, don’t leave the tea bag in too long, I don’t like it mashed!)

Kate Kenzie: Is your writing influenced by the books you have read?

S.L Grigg: I guess it is a little, I like to write quite dark, thriller type stories with a hint of fantasy or sci-fi and I do read a lot of books with those types of themes. You would be hard pushed to catch me writing or reading and enjoying romance/chick-lit or historical, even the classics, I’m not a fan of overly elaborate writing, long flowery words and excessively heavy description put me off, so I wouldn’t write that way either.

Kate Kenzie: Where is your favourite place to read or write?

S.L Grigg: Curled up on the sofa, with the family around, we might not be talking as we will often all be buried in our own reading, writing or laptops, but it’s nice to just be together 😊

Kate Kenzie: When did you begin writing and how did being published come about?

S.L Grigg: I started writing as a child, at 11 I wrote my first full story (which features in Coffee Break Companion) and I also wrote a collection of illustrated stories based on the Puffalumps back then. Being published came about as it had always been my dream to be able to hold an actual book and say ‘I wrote this’ so I set it as my New Year Resolution for 2018 (I don’t’ normally do resolutions) and within 2 months I had made it happen!

Kate Kenzie: If you have a genre you write, how did you begin writing in this style?

S.L Grigg: As above, I write in a few and I think they are influenced by what I enjoy reading myself. I think if I would enjoy reading it, I can write it, and that’s generally what I do, write things I would enjoy reading.

Kate Kenzie: You have had a lot of health problems, has being chronically ill influenced your writing and changed its direction?

S.L Grigg: When I was suffering with my mental health writing was like therapy for me, I blogged like crazy at that time and wrote a huge amount about my personal experiences and understanding of Borderline Personality Disorder, it helped a lot in my recovery. I needed to understand my condition to overcome it. Many of my other health problems I’ve not written about much, but I think I will probably write more eventually. I have put much of my BPD writing together so I could publish that as a book if I can get round to tidying it up and finishing it off!

Kate Kenzie: I love your poems My BPD Existence, Don’t and your short story Loneliness. Reading your poems and stories many of them are emotional and feel personal, did you find it difficult to share these in your book?

S.L Grigg: Yeah, A lot of my stories and poems come from personal experience, I’m comfortable with sharing them, and my next book will be about BPD from my own experience from discovery to recovery from the condition 😊

Book and contact  details

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07B4F4261

https://www.facebook.com/SLGRIGG76/

http://www.slgrigg76.wordpress.com

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you Sharon, for joining me today. I look forward to reading more from you in the future.

Have you read Coffee Break Companion?

Happy reading!

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For more information about topics talked about today

BPD – https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/borderline-personality-disorder-bpd/#.Wr4o5KjwbIU

EDS-Hypermobility – https://www.ehlers-danlos.org/what-is-eds/information-on-eds/hypermobile-eds-and-hypermobility-spectrum-disorders/

Essure – https://essureproblems.co.uk/

Hydronephrosis – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Hydronephrosis/

 

 

 

 

Meet the Author: The Minds behind Lars Kepler

This week the Scandinavian thriller The Sandman by Lars Kepler is released. My review for this chilly and disturbing novel is available here. The first book by Lars Kepler I read was The Hypnotist and assumed it was written by one person but I was wrong. Lars Kepler is the work of the duo, Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril, and Alexander Ahndoril, and their story and way of producing their novels are different to the ways I have read about but it works so well. Together they have produced six internationally best sellers in the Joona Linna and Saga Bauer the series. As part of The Sandman blog tour, I am pleased to introduce you to the minds behind Lars Kepler.

Introducing Lars Kepler

 

How did you decide to write together?   

Alexandra: “For eight years we lived in 23 square metres.”

Alexander: “… And we wrote at home,”

Alexandra: “And then we lived in 46 square metres when our first two daughters were born within a year of each other,”

Alexander: “… And we wrote at home,”

Alexandra: “We bought a double bed that could be folded down from the wall in the living room,”

Alexander: “… And we wrote in the hall. We cook together, we refurbished our home together, we take care of the children together.”

Alexandra: “We were always the first to read each other’s writings, but never until the manuscript was actually ready, there was no other way.”

Alexander: “Fundamentally it’s very lonely being a writer. You can’t let anyone else into what you are doing until it is finished, otherwise you risk dispersing the magic.”

Alexandra: “But we just couldn’t accept that isolation of writing.”

 

Why did you become Lars Kepler?

Alexandra: “In 2008 it so happened that we both finished our writing projects at the same time. We decided instead to write something together. We worked on a children’s book but quickly found that it did not work, it was quite impossible for us to agree on anything.”

Alexander: “We just couldn’t get our styles into harmony. Our individual literary voices were too defined. We decided to write a play instead. I had written a great deal of drama, and Alexandra had been an actress for a long period of time. It ought not be too difficult, they thought, but in this they were much mistaken. The collaboration was a disaster. We argued about every possible detail.”

Alexandra: “It’s odd when one respects someone’s writing so much, and yet finds there is no way of collaborating.”

Alexander: “Not being the sort of people who give up easily, we tried again, but give up our individual authorial voices. Together we invented a third author, one who was neither Alexander nor Alexandra, but a person in his own right. Lars Kepler was born.”

 

Why the name “Lars Kepler” ?

Alexandra: “The name Kepler comes from the German scientist Johannes Kepler, who solved one of his time’s greatest mysteries: it was his calculations of the planets’ orbits that paved the way for Newton’s theses about gravity.

Lars is a homage to the Swedish crime fiction author Stieg Larsson as he inspired us to start writing crime fiction. He breathed new life into the Swedish crime writing tradition in a way that sparked our own creativity.”

Lars Kepler was provided with a life story of his own: he had once been a teacher at upper secondary level, who had become a lonely, retiring person after a personal tragedy he did not wish to talk about. Now he works nights at a homeless hostel and writes in the daytime – crime novels.”

Alexander: “We have always loved thrillers, we grew up in the 70’s with Sjöwall & Wahlöö’s ground-breaking police novels.”

Alexandra: “Suddenly we had broken down the wall of loneliness experienced by almost all authors.”

Alexander: “It was so fantastic writing together, almost as if we had fallen in love again.”

 

So the key to your creativity was Lars Kepler. What happened after your identity was revealed?

Alexander: We were worried that they would not be able to write together again. We believed that anonymity, protected by the name of Lars Kepler, was a necessary safeguard of the collaboration.”

Alexandra: “We need not have worried. The obstacles had already been torn down. As long as the writer was Lars Kepler, our creativity kept flowing.”

Alexander: “We have come around to thinking that being uncovered was actually good. Our biggest advantage is that we can meet their readers.”

Alexandra: “We can travel about, meet journalists and readers, and take part in book fairs and festivals.”

 

Many authors who write together split the work into dialogue and prose, or write certain characters. How do you two work together? 

Alexandra: “We share everything, from the first idea to the last line. When we finish a book there is not a single sentence in it that we have written alone.”

Alexander: “And we do all our research together, we visit prisons, we read forensic or post-mortem reports, and we talk to doctors and police officers.”

Alexandra: “We act out fighting scenes together and we go to the shooting range together. Authenticity means everything to us.”

More about Joona Linna and Saga Bauer

I find the protagonists of these books powerful, complex and unforgettable.

 

The Sandman

Author Bio

 

ALEXANDRA COELHO AHNDORIL

Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril was born in 1966, and grew up on the south coast of Sweden. In the early 90s, Alexandra moved to Stockholm to pursue a career in acting though she eventually became an author.

In 2003, she published her critically acclaimed debut novel Stjärneborg (Stjerneborg) about the life of astronomer Tycho Brahe which received the Katapult Prize, Birgitta och Katarina (Birgitta and Katarina, 2006) about the life of Saint Birgitta of Sweden, and Mäster (2009), about the radical socialist August Palm.

In addition to her work as an author, Alexandra has also been a literary critic for two of Sweden’s largest newspapers, Göteborgs-Posten and Dagens Nyheter.

 

ALEXANDER AHNDORIL

Alexander was born in 1967 and grew up twelve miles north of Stockholm. Alexander studied philosophy, religion, and film at university. His first novel was picked up when he was nineteen.

 

Before he began writing as Lars Kepler, he had already penned twenty theatre plays, one opera libretto, nine novels including Regissören (The Director, 2006) a novel about Ingmar Bergman. Regissören was nominated for several awards, including the prestigious Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and has been translated into 11 languages.

 

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Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril, and Alexander Ahndoril

 

Thank you, Knopf  for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour and good luck to Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril, and Alexander Ahndoril with their new release.

I love the idea of creating a third person to write a novel with other people. Who would you like to work with if you had the opportunity or do you prefer to work alone?

Happy writing!

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Meet the Author: Kiltie Jackson

Last year I read the debut novel A Rock’n’Roll Lovestyle which was on my top reads of 2017.  As Valentine’s day approaches and love is in the air, I am pleased to meet the author Kiltie Jackson.

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Rock’n’Roll Lovestyle Blurb

A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle is a 21st-century love story.

The leading lady is independent, feisty and takes no nonsense from anyone. These traits, however, do not stop her from being a kind, caring and funny person.
The leading man is trying to deal with living a life in the public spotlight and
highlights how society today puts celebrities upon pedestals
where we then try our damnedest to knock them off. 

Readers of Jill Mansell, Karen Swan and Tilly Bagshawe would most likely
find ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle’ to be to their liking.

Where did you get the idea for this book?

I first began writing A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle over ten years ago. I got to the end
of chapter seventeen and decided that it wasn’t coming out of my fingers as I
was seeing it in my head. When I read it back, it felt stilted and forced. So it was
shelved until January 2017 when I blew the cobwebs off and tried again. This makes
it very difficult for me to remember how it was conceived. It may have been a
dream – I have a few future book plots which have been born this way – it may
have been a song or a book or a celebrity story that just so happened to be on the
news at the time. Possibly, it was a combination of all these things.

Did any of your inspiration for this book originate in your
real-life experiences?

I grew up surrounded by music. My mum loves her music and always had the radio
or the record player on as I was growing up. This led to me gravitating towards
musical people in my teenage years. I then moved to London and discovered the glam-rock scene. It was a musical arena where every second person was a wannabe rock star. I had friends who were established musicians or actors and friends who were desperate to be discovered. I gained extensive insight into the world of showbiz through these associations. I’ve also spent a large part of my working life in offices so writing that part of the story was quite easy. I think I can honestly say, however, that I have never been in the presence of a gun-toting Italian. Although, I have known many Italians so maybe they just carried smaller, less noticeable, models.

What traits do you share with your main character(s)?

We’re all Aston Villa fans. Sukie and I also share a definite love of Salzburg, Austria and
The Sound of Music. We dislike being in the limelight and having our photograph taken.
Pete and I agree that the promotion aspect of writing is difficult. He would be happy to do the song-writing for others to perform, I would be happy do the writing and let someone else do the donkey work of promoting it. I also adore cats – I have five, two of which are black rescue babies although they are not called Tony or Adam.

Why did you set so much of your book in Salzburg?

I chose Salzburg as the primary setting because I love this city and I can’t recall
ever reading a book which is set there. I have visited this stunning location several
times and I believe this knowledge helped me to describe it with both love and realism.
I once read that when an author chooses their location for a book, they need to
ensure it is a place they can live with, in their head, for at least six months.
Salzburg was in mine for ten years and I was still very sad to say goodbye to it
when A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle was completed.

What made you decide to self-publish?

The decision to self-publish was not taken lightly. My priority was always to
get the story written but the thought was stuck in the back of my mind on what
to do next. When I read Christie Barlow’s story of how she realised her ambition
to become an author, and that she had self-published her first novel, it gave me
hope that there was an alternative to relying on another person making a decision
on my life. I could control the path my future would take. In our lives, other
people make the big decisions on our behalf – do we meet their requirements
to be given a driving license, a job, or a mortgage? Sometimes the ‘yes’ or ‘no’
answer can depend on the mood that ‘other person’ is in that day.
So I decided that the only person involved in this choice would be me!
Also, I’m not getting any younger; I don’t have the time to wait for the right person to
be in the right mood to finally decide they like what I write. When one considers how
many rejections J K Rowling had before she got her publishing deal,
one can’t help but wonder how many people are kicking themselves over the
opportunity they missed because the wrong person read her manuscript.
Living in the age of digital technology, authors now have more options and
choice in how their careers unfurl.

Did you do all the self-publishing yourself?

Yes, I did. In the early days, I looked at the options for self-publishing and saw there
were companies who, for a fee, were prepared to hold your hand every step of the
way. I, however, wasn’t happy about paying for a service I could, to some large
extent, do myself. So I read a lot of stuff on the internet and I learnt how to set up a
website (quite an achievement for someone not at all tech-savvy), I studied what
common mistakes novice writers can make and how to transpose my work into other
digital-friendly formats. I also read other self-published books and realised that a
professional editor is a must-have! The work of a professional graphic designer is
also worth the money if you want a book cover that will compete with the others on
the shelf beside it. John Hudspith was my editor and Henry Hyde was my cover
designer – they both gave this novice writer a lot of help and support and showed
incredible patience when I asked some very silly questions.
I also joined several book groups on Facebook and found two whose members were
particularly supportive and helpful – The NotRights Book Group and
The Fiction Café Book &Writers Group. These groups have many excellent members
who were very generous in sharing their knowledge and expertise of the writing world.
It was through one of these groups that I was most fortunate to meet Pam Howes – an
extremely kind, full-time, best-selling author who gave me so much support,
encouragement and guidance. Pam started her career on the self-publishing path
and has never looked back.

Do you have another project in the works?

Yes, I do. I have already started book number two.
The main characters are Danny Delaney, a thirty-nine-year old Marketing Supervisor who works in London and the leading lady is Elsa Clairmont, who had a
supporting role in ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle’. In ‘Places’ she gets to tell her own story.
Without giving too much of the plot away, I can say that both Danny and Elsa die,
in unrelated incidents, within the first four chapters!

What is your favourite book?

I have a quite a few favourites books but the two which are stand out are ‘The Wolf and the Dove’ by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss and ‘The Marigold Chain’ by Stella Riley. Both of these books are historical romances – the former being set in 1066 and the second in 1665-66. I read both of these when I was very young (Wolf and Dove when I was 12!) and both stories have always stayed in my heart. I really couldn’t say why although I think the fact that the heroines of both are feisty young women who know their own minds and fight against the male dominance of their societies may have something to do with it. I’ve always been quite independent, a bit rebellious, and I probably identified with their battles to some degree.

Who is your favourite author?

I read several different genres and have a favourite for each one. If I was stuck in a dungeon, however, and could only have the works of one, then it would be Susanna Gregory. She writes historical thrillers which are excellent but quite detailed. I know that I skip some of the detail when reading because I’m anxious to find out what happens next so I would relish the opportunity to re-read her books more slowly and take them in more fully.

Is your writing influenced by the books you have read?

I think it has to be. There are books which I’ve read where I feel I could never produce anything so good and others where I have felt I could do better. I like books with a bit of depth and a few layers to them and so I find myself writing in a similar manner. Books which focus predominately on one or two characters bore me unless they have been exceptionally well written and the subject matter is sensitive or intense.

Where is your favourite place to read or write?

My favourite reading place is anywhere! If I can read a book, then it’s my favourite location at that time. Since I began writing, reading time has been seriously curtailed so any opportunity to do so is grabbed with both hands and I don’t care where it is.
My favourite place to write is my study at home. For a long time this room was a bit of a tip and Mr Mogs had his television & Xbox set up in it. When it became clear that sitting at the dining room table was causing me back pain, the study was gutted, tidied up and turned into my little haven of peace. Mr Mogs is now barred!

When did you begin writing and how did being published come about?

I have always written on some level since I was a child. In my twenties I went through a phase of writing poetry and song lyrics. The decision to write ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle’ was made in November 2016. Or, if I am being precise, the decision to finish it was made in November 2016, as I had started writing it eleven years prior to that but hadn’t thought of doing anything with it.

Being self-published, I didn’t have the highs and lows that come with submitting to traditional publishing houses and dealing with the lows of rejection or the highs of acceptance. As I was writing my debut novel, I really dithered over which route I was going to take with it. When I discussed it with my mum, she was very keen for me to self-publish. I suspect that this may be so she could actually see my work in print. I’m not a young author and my mum doesn’t have good health so the two combined meant that there could have been a chance of her not being around to see me published if I had gone the traditional route.

What made you choose the genre you write in?

I think the genres kind of choose the author. The stories come into our heads and we just have to write them down. Despite the myriad genres that I read, I’m really a romantic at heart so I suppose it was natural that I would veer in that direction. I don’t like the idea, however, that authors should be pigeon-holed as we grow by trying different writing styles and alternative genres. I have stories waiting to be written that fall outside of the standard romance genre and I am looking forward the challenges they will bring me.

 

Author Bio

Meet the Author: Kiltie Jackson
Kiltie Jackson

Kiltie grew up in Scotland, Glasgow to be precise.
A very unique city with a very unique way of looking at life. When she was old enough to do so, she moved to London and then, after several years of obtaining interesting experiences -which are finding their way into her writing – she moved up to the Midlands. She currently lives in Staffordshire with five cats and one husband. The cats kindly allow her and her husband to share their house on the condition they keeps paying the mortgage!
Her little home is known as Moggy Towers, even though despite having plenty of moggies, there are no towers! She loves reading, watching movies, and visiting old castles. She really dislikes going to the gym! Her biggest desire is that one day she can give up the day job and write her stories for a living. Kiltie first began writing ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle’ over ten years ago. The project was shelved on Chapter Seventeen as she felt the story wasn’t flowing as she would like it to. In her own words “The images in my head would not come out of my fingers!” Fast forward to November 2016 when, having finished reading Lizzie’s Christmas Escape by Christie Barlow, she read more about the author and was inspired with how Christie herself came to be a best-selling author. In that thunderbolt moment, Kiltie knew – with a deep certainty- that she needed to reacquaint herself with ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle’ and begin writing again. She did this in January 2017 and found the words flowed faster than she could type them. Finally, the time was right for her to write her novel. Her determination to finish what she had started all those years ago was absolute and the first draft was completed on Sunday 16th April 2017. Since beginning to write again, the ideas have not stopped flowing.
She has begun typing up her second book, ‘Of All the Unlikely Places’, and book three (not yet titled) has been worked out and is waiting in the wings for its turn in the spotlight. She currently has a further ten plots and ideas stored in her file (it’s costing a
fortune in USB drives as each story has its own memory stick!) and the ideas still keep on coming. She now lives her life around the following three quotes:
“I love having weird dreams, they’re great fodder for book plots!”
“Why wait for your ship to come in when you can swim out to meet it?”
“Old enough to know better, young enough not to care!”

You can read more about Kiltie Jackson on her website www.kiltiejackson.com,
follow her Facebook page www.facebook.com/kiltiejackson or email on
kiltiejackson@gmail.com

 

Thank you, Kiltie Jackson for visiting the blog!

Happy reading