The book Are We Nearly Famous? has come about as a result of four writing friends looking for a way to promote each other’s work. Patsy Collins, Sheila Crosby and Rosemary Kind originally met through an online writing forum while Lynne Pardoe joined the group later.
Together with fifth group member, Susan Jones, they give honest feedback on each other’s writing projects and help to make sure that the work their readers see is the best it can be. “We all have published books,” says Patsy Collins, “and were looking at ways to help each other promote our writing. Offering a free back with stories written by each of us seemed an obvious route to take.”
The book contains both short stories and opening chapters from some of their novels. The writers hope that if readers enjoy this they may go on to try other of their available books. “Although some of our work is in different genres,” says Sheila Crosby, “we all write some women’s fiction and it was that which drew us together initially.” Between them they also write everything from science fiction to crime, and historical fiction to humour. All four also write non-fiction drawing on their individual areas of expertise.
“The great thing about working online,” says Rosemary Kind, “is that it doesn’t matter where we are. Sheila lives in the Canary Islands, while Patsy and I both do a lot of travelling. As long as we have an internet connection we can still work together.”
Between them the four have more than thirty published books to their names – and they are all working on more. Their stories and articles have been published in a wide range of magazines both in the UK and abroad. The book title Are We Nearly Famous? is a tongue in cheek question by the authors. “We’re not household names yet,” says Lynne Pardoe, “but we’re certainly working on it.”
Are We Nearly Famous? is published by Alfie Dog Fiction and is free to download HERE.
Audio Version of New York Orphan
We have found the right narrator for New York Orphan as an audio book. I am delighted to be able to tell you that Lee Brophy will be recording New York Orphan for us. We are looking at a release date early in the new year.
Progress of the prequel
I’m half way through writing the prequel to New York Orphan. I can’t give you an exact date for when it will be available yet, but I hope to be able to do that soon.
The Potato Famine
Sometimes the obvious is staring you in the face. As many of you are aware, New York Orphan is intended to be the ‘first’ in a series of novels that trace the life of Daniel Flynn. I’m currently working on the second in the series and many of you keep asking when it will be ready. For a number of very good reasons it is behind schedule, but I do have some good news.
All the writing advice I have been reading for a while has suggested that the best way to get new readers into reading a series is to offer something relevant for free. New York Orphan is already out in the market and doing quite well so my dilemma was what to do. Then I stopped and thought about some of the questions you’ve all been asking me. Of course, you all want to know what happens next, but many of you have also asked what happened before. What drove the family to set sail for New York in the first place? Now, that’s what I’m working on at the moment!
The book will be a novella rather than a full-length novel and will pick up Daniel’s family story the Christmas before they set sail. You’ll get the chance to meet Uncle Patrick and his fiddle, and Uncle Seamus who would wager on anything, as well as getting a better understanding of life during the potato famine in Ireland. The book already has a title, but you will have to wait a while for me to tell you what it is.
Once again, apologies to my family. The Irish music will be playing on the background and while I’m not writing I might just be singing along.
New York Orphan is available HERE