Inspired by where?

There are a lot of places mentioned within Girl Behind Glass and Girl Beneath Stars which are inspired by New Zealand, the most prominent of these being the Protected Area. It is based on the West Coast of the South Island. (To read a little more about why I choose that area read my previous blog post here.)

So I thought I would compile a few photos I’ve taken that inspired some of the places in my books. Sometimes they are barely mentioned at all, as you will see from the corresponding quotes, but they are there. The descriptions don’t always match the pictures, as the books are set years into an imagined future when the world no longer looks like it does.

Don’t forget, if you want to read either of the books mentioned please visit the Kindle Store or Smashwords.

Girl Behind Glass

Boy In Uniform

Girl Beneath Stars

Girl Behind Glass FREE!

To celebrate the upcoming release of Girl Beneath Stars, my first novel Girl Behind Glass is FREE on Kindle and Smashwords.

GBG Free 2

Follow these links to order your copy (for free!) now.

Amazon

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The sequel is due for release July 23rd, but why wait until then? Head over to the Kindle or Smashwords store now to pre-order your copy.

One year on . . .

My eyes are falling out of their sockets. My head is addled with words and sentences, and swimming with punctuation that sometimes look like fuzzy caterpillars crawling across my screen, but I must not stop. I will not stop.

Editing

I’ve come out of my self-inflicted hibernation long enough to look at the date and realise that it is one year since I pressed the publish button on Girl Behind Glass. I’ve learnt a lot this past year, mainly about editing, hence my determination to do a better job than the first version of GBG.

I wrote a post not long after publishing, called: ‘Where is Out There?’
In it, I wanted to get my book out there wherever there was. So, one year on, and is it out there?

Well, yes and no.

Approximately 4500 copies of Girl Behind Glass have been downloaded. And with the limited promotion that I have done, I’m rather happy with that. Chuffed, even. My desire to get my book ‘out there’ quickly drained when I realised the effort and time a lot of self-published authors put in to accomplish it. When I looked at the time I had available, (I’m a mother and I work and I write,) I decided to concentrate on writing, rather than marketing and promotion. There is very little point in investing in promotion when I had very little to promote. One book.

So one year later and I’m almost ready to hit the publish button again. In fact, I could almost give you a date. Well, a month at least. July. That means I’ve got limited days to complete the final edits, write the blurb, release the first chapter, and format the book for various publishing sites. So really, I shouldn’t be writing this blog post, but instead I should be glued to the screen arranging letters in a completely different manner.