Sunday, February 26, 2012

Platform Building Campaign

Gosh! Look at that! I go away for a few days and look what happens. I get tagged. Well, I'm not one to snivel at a tag or two, so off we go.

Thank you Dawn Allen for tagging me in the Platform Building Campaign. So here are my answers to your questions:

1.     Wine or beer? Beer, definitely. And the warmer the better (I'm a Brit, remember).
2.    Mountains or the beach? Weeelll - depends on the size of the mountain. If it's all leafy and chirpy with furry animals burrowing about and not steep, then mountains. But I also love walking on the beach in winter when there's no-one else about, and the rougher the sea the better.
3.    What is your ideal writing spot? Here, right where I am (LOL - where's that then?)
4.    What intrigues you more developing character or developing plot? Both. I develop quirky characters very quickly and then need to embed them into a plot (that's how my stories get born). As my writing progresses the characters will change to fit circumstances. I do, believe it not, though, have an idea where the story's going when I start. With my third novel, I know how it starts and I know how it ends and I know the characters populating it  - and also the theme. It's the bit in the middle that gets me stumped most of the time.
5.    Who is your favorite “beach read” author? The last one that made any impression on me was "Sacred Heart" by Sarah Dunant.
6.    What is your favorite animal? Love, love, love all animals. An otter! (did you ever read "Ring of Bright Water"?)
7.    Do you like music when you write or silence or something else? Definitely silence. I do need to listen to music to get inspiration though, but not while I'm writing.
8.    What genres do you write? "Perfect Score" was gay literary and "Hewhay Hall" (to be published in April) is a dark thriller. But injustice is a theme that runs through all my work.
9.    Do you cross genres in your writing? Yes. There's romance and suspense in Perfect Score, while Hewhay Hall has paranormal and horror linked in.
10. If the dream agent walked in one day with the dream deal on your latest novel, how would you react? I'd pick myself up from the floor, dust myself off, shake his/her hand very strongly and offer him/her a glass or ten of excellent Sercial Madeira wine.
11.  You’ve got your book deal, what’s your personal marketing plan? This is the big one, right? Then it'd be a personal book tour with lots of signings (attended by a huge number of buyers) all over the country, TV spots and interviews (talking The Ellen Show here)...and then I'd wake up.

Revenge is sweet. Here are the people I'm tagging and their questions:

1. Herbal tea or stiff drink?
2. What's the best writing advice you've ever been given?
3. What's your worst writing habit?
4. When you're not writing, you're...?
5. What books are you reading now?
6. What would you eat for your last supper?
7. What genres do you write?
8. What's your ultimate writing goal?
9. If you could meet any fictional character, who would it be?
10. Which book do you wish you had written?
11. Which film (movie) has inspired you most?


  1. I'd prefer a winter beach as well - it's not hot!

  2. I'd come stand in line for your signing, Sue!

  3. True enough Alex, rough sea and cold air. Perfect. Thank you Ute! And I'd do the same for you :-)

  4. The winter is the only time I love the beach too. Great answers!

  5. I wouldn't really want to live on a steep mountain, either. And nothing above the treeline.

    Thanks for the tag! :)

  6. I think a small hill would be more my limit, rather than a mountain :-)

  7. Thanks for tagging me!! I loved this. I'm popping over from the Platform Building Campaign. I look forward to getting to know you and your work. ~Cheers

  8. Thank you Christine and GE. Sarah, I tend to agree with you. Nice to meet you Christopher :-)


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