Gadgets, gizmos and contraptions…

In the world of Eshla, the flora and fauna have special properties which are harnessed and used in a similar way to the way we use electricity and chemiacls on earth – but much better! Therefore the inhabited parts of Eshla are covered in shiny copper pipes, cogs, wheels and carefully constructed contraptions to provide heat, light, communication and even translation! One challenge for me is describing and naming these machines and the plants without sounding repetitive or overly technical. I tend to use welsh words a lot, what do other authors do when they have to invent words?


“Quickly checking his shoes for mud, Eric decided to keep to the darker red rug that ran the length of the hall. He was aware of a hum again: a gentle, non-invasive hum that he had heard at the meadow. It warmed him inside and seemed to welcome him into the room whilst remaining in the background. He realised it came from the copper pipes that ran along the walls ending, every now and again, at machines of varying sizes which were nestled into nooks in the wall – whirring, spinning, pumping clusters of cogs, pipes, wheels, tubes and pistons. Eric longed to ask what these fascinating, works of art did but he knew there wasn’t time. Some were obvious – he could see pipes that led at regular intervals to glass bowls held on the walls by brass fixings. They were filled with brilliant golden particles that swirled around in the glass creating a bright but toasty light.

As they proceeded down the hallway Joel followed Eric’s gaze to neat little machine perched on a shelf. It was essentially a wooden box with a large trumpet emerging from the top. Lattice work in the front of the box showed a collection of cogs and pistons working away furiously inside and a fine pink mist occasionally escaped.

‘That’s where our heat comes from,’ Joel explained, ‘the leaves of the Ignis plant, when pulverised, create a tremendous heat which is carried around the room by pipes under the floor and blasted out into the air via the trumpet. The crushing process releases pollen which is pushed up and out of the castle via the main duct. The wind catches it and carries it back to Jarmuthe where it takes seed and grows more Ignis. So we never run out!’”

New followers and Indie authors!

Seven little emails pinged into my inbox yesterday informing me I had some new followers – very exciting. I’ve just spent a pleasant hour looking at the profiles of people who’ve looked at mine! The most interesting part of the process is discovering the blogs of new and new-ish authors, like me, who have self-published and are now trying to find their readers. I now have on my half term ‘to read’ list; ‘The Young Guardians: Genesis Spell’ by Grady P Brown, ‘Tissue of Lies’ by Carole Parkes and ‘Xoe’ by Sara Croethle. I’m going to be busy!

I think the real challenge for all indie authors is how to let the right market know that your book exists? Reviews seem a good way to go, I’m also searching for forums and facebook pages on topics or themes that match my novel (steampunk/time travel/fantasy adventure etc) where I’m trying to politely mention, ‘The lost Heirs’ without spamming or flooding the pages with annoying adverts. I’ll post about how I get on 🙂

In the meantime, if you have found this blog and have the time to read ‘The lost Heirs’ for me I would really appreciate a review on Amazon. I’m happy to gift the kindle edition for free (which I’m assured can be done via a little yellow button) in return for a review. Just email your details to and I’ll figure it out. x


Free read?

So, if you happen across this blog and fancy a free read… contact me! I am looking for people will to read and review ‘The Lost Heirs’. If you have the time and inclination, let me know and I will gift you a free book through kindle. In return, I just ask that you leave a review on amazon. Many many thanks x


So, today I used Createspace to make a physical edition of my first novel available to the public. The royalties are much lower with a physical edition – 70p per sale compared to £1.25 for the kindle edition. For some reason though, it’s the actual hands on paperback edition that I’m more excited about – the thought of someone sitting down with a physical copy of my book. I’m not sure why this is; financially it doesn’t make sense. I suppose it’s a combination of nostalgia, the idea that electronic literature could never replace the good old smell of a paperback, and the increased sense of accomplishment that you get from holding your glossy book in your hand.
Either way, either version, the next step for me is marketing: how to find the right audience for ‘The Lost Heirs’ and persuade them to buy (and review) it?

Monday morning!

Start of a new week again and the ‘to do’ list is already as long as my arm! How do you juggle it all? Every week I think, this week will be all about writing – every spare minute – and then before I know it The weekend’s been and gone and the time vampires have sucked every last second dry!

There are too many priorities to balance; the house is a tip, I really have to exercise, at work till six each day and usually drained of energy by the time I get home. Add to that the healthy eating kick which means I’ve got to try and cook a bit more.

So here I go again, new week – new impossible list of things to do and new determination to get the next 3000 words down. Hmmm…we’ll see!


New blogger alert! Jumping off that diving board into the world of self publishing. Blogging seems like the next logical step but bear with me while I figure out the site!
Here’s a link to the new book, a steampunk children’s adventure aimed at the 9+ age group. Thanks x