Audrina Lane – author profile


Today I’m delighted to welcome fab fellow author Audrina Lane who lives in the next county to me in Herefordshire in the UK and who I met at a signing event at Hereford library this summer. Her new book Closer to the Heart is out this very weekend so I thought I’d invite her along to tell us about it.

IMG_0462Tell me a little bit about yourself as a person?

I’m scarily approaching my 42nd birthday in September this year. I have always been an avid reader and started at a young age when my Mum took me to the Library. It must have made an impression as I’ve worked for the Library service in Herefordshire for the last 17 years and I still love it. I live just outside of Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire and share my house with my fiancé Steve and my two black Labradors Rael and Lily. I enjoy a good walk with the dogs and swimming when I can to try and keep fit! House DIY has taken over for the last seven years and still not finished yet and I enjoy watching all sorts of different films and TV series and adore music from classical, progressive rock (my other half’s influence) to my favourite 80’s pop music.

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Why is it called The Pick-Up Artist?

9781910094167-front-lores2Why did I choose to call my book The Pick-Up Artist? It has the potential to be controversial after all and has been associated with all kinds of negative emotions. And who wants that for their book? It also has the potential to be misunderstood.

For those who don’t know, the pick-up artist movement is a real thing and can be pretty misogynist. Adherents claim to be able to attract women using psychological techniques. So you could say it’s essentially about conning women into doing things they don’t choose to do. Morally dubious at best.

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Five questions authors get asked which they can’t answer

410px-Question_in_a_question_in_a_question_in_a_question1. What are you writing now?

Personally I don’t like to talk much about what I am writing. I don’t think I am alone in that among authors. I need ideas to percolate inside my head, and then to work them through carefully on paper before I inflict them on the world.
Writing is first a very private business and then a very public one. While you are writing you don’t want anyone to know what you are up to and then, when you have finished it, you want everyone to read it!
One reason it’s not a great idea to discuss your ideas is that it allows in outside opinion too early. What if you have what you think is a viable idea, you invest time in preliminary work on it, then excitedly tell a pal. They say ‘oh, that sounds a bit dull’ and bang, there’s your confidence in the idea dented.
Opinions are like a-holes, everybody’s got one. It’s better to finish your book then hear what people think about it – good or bad.

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Marie Godley – author profile

It’s always a delight to welcome fellow authors to my blog – this week. here’s a quick chat with writer Marie Godley about her work.

Marie GodleyTell me a little bit about yourself as a person?
Married with two teenagers, one of them is about to leave us for university so life is a bit crazy at the moment. Always loved reading and when I left school to work in a library at 17, I was in heaven.

Tell me about your journey as a writer – how you started and how you have developed?
My daughter was told for her tests in school she had to write a story in 45 mins, and her teacher said it was hard. I thought it sounded horrendous. I had an idea for a story about a bear so I thought I’d see how I’d get on if I tried to write it using that time rule. The Special Christmas Bear was born in that 45 mins and eventually published.

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