๐™ณ๐š˜๐š•๐š˜๐š›๐šŽ๐šœ ๐™ฒ๐š•๐šŠ๐š’๐š‹๐š˜๐š›๐š—๐šŽ – ๐š‚๐š๐šŽ๐š™๐š‘๐šŽ๐š— ๐™บ๐š’๐š—๐š | Book Review

โ€˜๐šƒ๐š‘๐šŽ๐š›๐šŽโ€™๐šœ ๐š—๐š˜ ๐š‹๐š’๐š๐šŒ๐š‘ ๐š˜๐š— ๐šŽ๐šŠ๐š›๐š๐š‘ ๐š•๐š’๐š”๐šŽ ๐šŠ ๐š–๐š˜๐š๐š‘๐šŽ๐š› ๐š๐š›๐š’๐š๐š‘๐š๐šŽ๐š—๐šŽ๐š ๐š๐š˜๐š› ๐š‘๐šŽ๐š› ๐š”๐š’๐š๐šœ.โ€™

๐™ณ๐š˜๐š•๐š˜๐š›๐šŽ๐šœ ๐™ฒ๐š•๐šŠ๐š’๐š‹๐š˜๐š›๐š—๐šŽ – ๐š‚๐š๐šŽ๐š™๐š‘๐šŽ๐š— ๐™บ๐š’๐š—๐š

๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜†:

Dolores Claiborne has a story to tell. But not quite what the police had expected. Dolores Claiborne has a confession to make… (taken from the blurb).

๐—•๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜„: 4/5 โญ๏ธ

A good read if youโ€™re looking to dip into Stephen Kingโ€™s mind without delving into the abyss that is The Green Mile (Iโ€™ve never been brave enough!)

The main character, Dolores Claiborne, spends a long time telling a long story – and every word is necessary.

The book is written primarily in a one-person stream of consciousness, in the voice of a 66-year-old housekeeper and carer from Little Tall Island, Maine.

Stephen King has always been a truthful, visceral author, and he has no problem capturing the voice of an old, troubled woman.

My only qualm was that I struggled to get into it due to the way itโ€™s written, but once you get over the colloquial style – it sucks you in.

Would highly recommend!

16 Books I Want To Read in 2016

Hey guys! I know, it’s been a while… life got in the way again.ย But I’m back and I’m bringing books with me for a good ol’ fashion TO READ list!

I was sitting in my room yesterday, scrolling through my Amazon Book Wish List when I (suddenly) realised that I had literally no space for the books I already owned, let alone any *inevitable* future purchases.ย 

SO, I’ve decided to start reading the books I already owned, and coveted for so long. This list is made of books that I waited ages to buy, but never got around to reading.

And of course, because it’s 2016: there HAD to be 16 books on my to-read list. (I’ve included some interviews, book trailers and movie trailers just to keep things interesting…) So, here goes:

16 Books in 2016

Alice In Wonderland โ€“ Lewis Carroll (that’s the one on the Kindle)

Funny Girl โ€“ Nick Hornby

A Tiny Bit Marvellous โ€“ Dawn French

All I Know Now โ€“ Carrie Hope Fletcher

BINGE! โ€“ Tyler Oakley

The Amazing Book Is Not On Fire โ€“ Dan Howell/Phil Lester

The Miniaturist โ€“ Jessie Burton

Fangirl โ€“ Rainbow Rowell

Billy & Me โ€“ Giavanna Fletcher

Cloud Atlas โ€“ David Mitchell

The Shock of The Fall โ€“ Nathan Filer

Inkheart โ€“ Cornelia Funke

Collected Stories โ€“ Dylan Thomas

The Stand – Stephen King

All The Bright Places โ€“ Jennifer Niven

The Woman Who Stole My Life โ€“ Marian Keyes

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Keep an eye on the tag #16BooksIn2016 on my website and Instagram for updates over the year on my reading selifes and reviews from this list!ย 

Why It’s So Much Easier NOT To Write – And Why We Should Anyway!

I can’t be the only author that has struggled to start that next project, to fill that once blank page with an amazing formula of words designed to move and wow our imaginary reader.

No? Good.

Writing is a difficult trade, we are constantly remind by society, by friends and family – and by ourselves – that it is “a waste of time”, “it will never earn any money”, or that “books are silly” by the neanderthals among us… *we all know one….*

We face the constant pressure as writers to amaze and prove wrong the people around us. They expect the next J.K Rowling to emerge suddenly out of your office, and not just you.

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Image source: cursivecontent.com

Writers are often grouped together, admittedly often by other writers, in this assumption that we all want to be rich and famous from our work, or that we’re all geeks. Well some of that’s true, but it depends on the individual author.

Personally, I just want to earn a living doing something I enjoy. I want that home office with my comfy slippers, a mug of tea in one hand and my favourite pen in the other. I don’t need to be Stephen King famous – although that would be nice. I just want to be recognized for my work, the same as everyone else.

Even in a society where reading is coming back to the forefront of our social activities, it is still seen as weird to want to spend your time running through castles, fighting dragons, saving the damsel and challenging the dark knight to a duel. So we need to start fighting society as well as dragons and start proving why we need creative authors in the world.

Writers, poets, artists, performers – any kind of creative – play an essential part of our lives as human beings. They move and inspire people all over the world with the stories they create and help share. They distract people for hours on end and they can make them re-think their whole lives by the end of Chapter 5.

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Image source: allisonldoyle.com

We’ve all had that haunting moment when you put down a book or switch off a film, and your heart is aching. You have been changed as a person because of that story. You feel empowered – and rightly so. Stories are a gift from one person to another saying, “here, have this – I made this story just for you. I hope it helps you.”

That’s why we can’t stop. We can’t stop writing because people don’t like it, because it’s hard, because it’s easier to do something else. We need to keep going because one day, somewhere out there, your words are going to help someone. And what’s better than helping someone?

Daily Prompt: Seat Guru

You get to plan a dinner party for 4-8 of your favourite writers/artists/musicians/other notable figures, whether dead or alive. Who do you seat next to whom in order to inspire the most fun evening?

Guest List:

I’d sit Smith next to Chbosky because they both write about sexuality in such a fluid and beautiful way.

Then Gogh next to Fry because Fry could tell him all about how famous his artwork has become and make him cry (and possibly drink).

King would be sat to my left, and Fry on my right, so I could be in awe of them all.

King and Chboksy would be next to each other so they could discuss writing order, as they are both known for their interesting novel layouts.

I’d have a round table, like Arthur and the Knights, for equality – meaning it would be (going around the table clockwise):

Me, Stephen Fry, Vincent Van Gogh, Ali Smith, Stephen Chbosky, Stephen King.

Daily Prompt: Seat Guru

Interview with an Author: Randy Henderson

Today’s interview is with Christian Fiction writer, and author of Expect the Unexpected,ย Randy Henderson:

Expect the Unexpected: Randy Henderson

Expect the Unexpected: Randy Henderson

What got you into writing?ย 

Stephen King’s books inspired me to write. After I saw his movie โ€œITโ€, I became a fan and started reading his books, which made me want to write.

What’s your favourite book?ย 

The Bible most definitely, but my other favorites are Stephen King: Christine, and Nicholas Sparks: The Notebook.

source: lostamerica.com

source: lostamerica.com

What’s your writing routine?ย 

I’ll write all my books and stories long-hand while drinking massive amounts of coffee, and then type them up afterwards.

What’s your favourite genre to write, or even to read?ย 

That would have to be Christian Fiction. I didn’t know about the genre until I read Eric Wilson’s novelization to Fireproof, and then I was hooked and knew that’s the genre I need to be writing.

You make videos, can you tell us a little about it?ย 

I started Dark 8 Productions as a way to make inspirational videos for people who have gone through dark times, to show them that there IS a light on the other side. Sure, I’ll admit that I haven’t done so yet, because there is a zombie show that I did for fun. But that’s the kind of videos I want to do. And I also want do a show for writers to be able to promote their books.

What inspires your work?

My mind, it’s always running and constantly going about something. There just isn’t any telling what would come out of it.ย 

Are your friends and family supportive of your writing career?ย 

Oh yes definitely, my wife keeps me going and motivated. And to see how happy my parents were when my first book came out really made it all worthwhile.

How do you manage your time?ย 

A whole lot of coffee, coffee is my best friend.

Are you self-published or with an agent? Was this a personal choice?ย 

I’m self-published, at first this wasn’t a personal choice, but it wasn’t just the rejections that I decided to go this route, it was how even Christian publishers and agents judged my work and strange mind that I just let God show me the way He wanted me to go.

Did you find it difficult trying to get into the industry?ย 

It is difficult when trying to get in the traditional way with agents, query letters, editors and just a lot of work that really don’t give you the control as what the self-publishing way could.

How do you keep motivated?ย 

My wife’s love for my work, prayer, and my best friend, coffee.

Contact:

Twitter @dark8prods

Facebook.com/hendersonauthor

Randyโ€™s book, Expect the Unexpected is available on Amazon, Kindle, and at Createspace.com