#TenThingsYouMayNotKnow – About Sally Cronin

Sally Cronin is one of our online heroines.

The Write Stuff

It’s Wednesday again, and you know what that means–time for another special guest! Today, please help me welcome one of the most amazing people I’ve met online, everybody’s friend and supporter, Sally Cronin. You’re gonna love this! Sally, take it away!

Ten Things You May Not Know About Me
by Sally Cronin

Thanks very much Marcia for the opportunity to reveal some possible secrets about myself, in the hopes that none of them come back to bite me….

  1. I had measles when I was two years old and I was left with a pattern of leaves on my forehead which slowly faded away by the time I was a teenager.
  2. I had lived in four countries by the time I was twelve years old.
  3. in 2001 I had my mitochondrial DNA tested. My results showed that my DNA came from Helena whose bones dated back around 20,000 years ago and…

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A New Book–A Year In The Life of Belinda Brand–by Lucinda E. Clarke!

Charles French kindly hosted a few words from me about my new book.

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I am very happy to announce that Lucinda E. Clarke has a new book coming out! Please check out her work and her website and blog!

Lucinda Clarke Book

WRITING TO MARKET

No one told me when I morphed from TV scripting to scribbling books that I should choose a genre and stick with it. Stephen King did it, Wilbur Smith did it and all the other writer ‘household names’ did it.

Lucinda E Clarke didn’t.

Not, because I was being difficult, but because I didn’t know any better. I can’t remember all the topics I wrote and filmed over the decades, from health to housing, to voting, manufacturing, educational subjects, finance, dramas, plays, corporate, council and so on and so on. You name it I’ve written a programme about it, and, that even includes splitting the atom.

I followed the advice I’d heard a hundred times over, ‘Write what you know’…

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WHY DO I HATE MY WORK SO MUCH?

I should be writing this from the nearest lunatic asylum. (Goodness can I call it that? You never know what’s acceptable these days, but you get the drift?)

I have a problem.

I love writing, I hate marketing. I was married to a salesman in a former life and I know all the buzz words. Listen, discover a problem, solve it and then close the deal. He could sell fridges to Inuits or Eskimos and send them away happy.

Me? Not so much.  As I work on a project – and I was the same with my film making – my enthusiasm has no bounds. I’ll bore anyone silly talking about it, sit and tweak for hours and make it as perfect as possible. The moment I finish it and send to client or publish I hate it. Yes, really.

When I was compiling the box set of the first three Amie stories, I re-read them and thought ‘Goodness did I write these? Hey they’re quite good.’  But at the time, I pushed them out into the world half hoping no one would notice.

I become shy and embarrassed and while getting some one-star reviews does not send me into the fox hole (you have plenty of clients from hell / frustrated Spielbergs when you write for a living) I am basically shy.

I have a long list of what to do before a book launch, but I also have a mental block about doing anything about it. It’s so hard for me to get excited and enthusiastic even when my beta readers rave about the latest scribble.

My fingers refuse to type words such as ‘Great!’ ‘Fantastic!’ ‘Best book you’ll ever read!’

So, A Year in the Life of Belinda Brand comes out tomorrow and I’ve priced it as low as I can, @ $/£ 0.99 but my heart is now with Polly, my newest victim heroine, I’m enthusiastic about her – for now.

So, let me just paste the book blurb and live in hope and I’ll scurry back to my current WIP and Polly who has just won the lottery with dire consequences.

PUBLISHER DESCRIPTION

Belinda Brand becomes an overnight sensation when Hollywood offers to make a film of her runaway bestseller. A confident, modern woman, she has the world at her feet – and a secret she is convinced no one will ever discover. Leah, her gentle and long-suffering stepmother will guess, but she would never betray her, or would she?

When menacing notes appear after the Awards ceremony in London and then follow her across the Atlantic, Belinda realizes someone is threatening to expose her.

As she struggles to stay calm, her best friend disappears, Belinda’s celebrity life turns into a nightmare and there is no one she can trust.

If the Brand family thought they could lead a quiet, normal life, they were wrong. Danger continues to lurk in the shadows.

A fast-paced, page-turning psychological thriller, full of surprises, twists, and turns. 

Guest Post: Lucinda E Clarke

Pete was kind enough to offer me a guest post.

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I am very pleased to bring you a guest post from Lucinda. She is a writer, published author, and a very loyal blog follower.

Here is her bio.

Lucinda E Clarke has lived an extraordinary life, in 8 countries, on land and sea, survived childhood abuse, marriage to a psychopath and many real-life adventures. She moved from teaching to the media realising a life-long dream to write for a living. From announcing on radio, she graduated to scriptwriting for radio and television and every other form of writing known to man. Movies, advertising, drama plays, street theatre, mayoral speeches, her newspaper column, company reports, tourist promotions etc. She was prepared to write for anyone who paid her – even if it meant lying through her teeth. She needed to support one husband, two children, a St Bernard, other dogs, various felines and a menagerie of small furry animals and at…

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – Pre-Order – #Psychological #Thriller A Year in the Life of Belinda Brand by Lucinda E. Clarke

A huge thank you to Sally for featuring my latest book. Hugs.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Delighted to share the news of a new release by Lucinda E. Clarke–  The psychological thriller –  A Year in the Life of Belinda Brand – on pre-order until May 14th at a special price.

A Year in the Life of Belinda Brand by [Lucinda E Clarke]About the book

Belinda Brand becomes an overnight sensation when Hollywood offers to make a film of her runaway bestseller. A confident, modern woman, she has the world at her feet – and a secret she is convinced no one will ever discover. Leah, her gentle and long-suffering stepmother will guess, but she would never betray her, or would she?

When menacing notes appear after the Awards ceremony in London and then follow her across the Atlantic, Belinda realizes someone is threatening to expose her.

As she struggles to stay calm, her best friend disappears, Belinda’s celebrity life turns into a nightmare and there is no one she can trust.

If the Brand family…

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FREE Today! Life Begins When The Kids Leave Home And The Dog Dies #humor #nonfiction #FreeBook

A book that will make you laugh.

Barb Taub

My book, Life Begins When The Kids Leave Home And The Dog Dies, is available FREE on Amazon for five days only, from May 1-5.

Click on image for preview, reviews, and buy links from Amazon.

Reviews say:

“…has anyone ever actually died laughing?”—CathyR for Between The Lines Book Reviews

The off-the-wall snark’s all there.—Terry Tyler, Author of Project Renova series

Get this book and prepare to be entertained, you can thank me later. —Georgia Rose, Author of The Grayson Trilogy

This book needs to come with a warning: ‘Caution: Do Not Eat Or Drink While Reading This Book! You will spew food or liquid everywhere when you laugh out loud.’” —Kassandra Lamb, Author of Kate Huntingdon Mysteries

This rollicking escapade had me in stitches one minute and pondering the next. I could see my own childhood through their…

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LONG TIME SINCE…

Yes I know it’s ages since I last wrote a blog post, but WordPress went and changed everything didn’t they? It took me months to learn to navigate the old version and now I had to start all over again. And, frankly I just didn’t have the time or the energy or the inclination to do that.

I’ve been happy to re-blog posts which I think are worth sharing for one reason or another but now, I have a new book out and I want to tell everyone about it, so here I am.

I first began writing about the Brand family in 2019 and published A Year in the Life of Leah Brand, a psychological thriller. I took a break while we were in Australia and India and then lock down arrived with it’s peace and quiet and I wrote two more as a follow on.

I have just put book 4 up as a pre-order A Year in the Life of Belinda Brand. So, if you can please, please pass the word on I would be so grateful. I’m so hopeless at marketing I never know where to begin.

Each book can be read as a standalone but it’s more fun if you follow the saga all the way through and, as each book is now only $/£0.99 they are affordable in these hard times.

Belinda writes a best seller. How many of us have dreamed of that day? But celebrity status has its downside and now she is in the spotlight she is also in danger. The past continues to haunt the Brand family and threaten their lives.

Author page link where you can find all the books author.to/Lucinda

and the pre-order link for Belinda

Well that didn’t work did it? I typed in the link and it brought up the cover, but there is no preview on pre-orders. Sigh – defeated by technology again! I may on the other hand have embedded the link but I’ll have to post to try it out.

Yeah! I found the preview button and I did embed the link – that has made my day 🙂

In the meantime, stay safe and take care.

Choose The Correct Verb To Test Your Writing Knowledge – by Derek Haines…

A fun quiz to try.

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

on Just Publishing Advice:

With every sentence you write, you need to choose the correct verb.

You can choose between a strong or weak verb or an active or static verb.

Often it depends on collocation and an expectation of which verb will suit your sentence the best.

As with all aspects of writing, you are the decision-maker.

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What to Do With Books That Are Insensitive to Social Norms

We need to think carefully about how recent actions are eroding the freedom of speech.

Story Empire

Photo by Micheile Henderson on Unsplash

Hi SEers, John here with you today. The last time we were together, I talked about sensibilities in writing. I made the point that authors should be careful when writing characters of a specific race, gender, age, nationality, and sexual orientation because of changing social norms. I also stated that I didn’t believe writers should not exclude themselves from writing about these groups because they are not part of them. If you would like to read that post, you can go HERE.

Today I would like to take it one step further and discuss books written in a different time of our societal development. I intend to explore the idea of what should happen to books or stories that reflected older periods and older thoughts about race, gender, age, nationality, and sexual orientation.

We have heard that Gone with the Wind has come…

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10 Common Writing Myths Every New Writer Should Ignore – by Derek Haines…

There is a whole lot of truth here.

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

on Just Publishing Advice:

It’s easy for a new writer to believe many of the writing myths you read about online.

However, most of them are untrue or are at least stretching the truth. If you are a new writer, a lot of the advice you read can affect your confidence.

Writing and publishing might not be for everyone. But if that’s what you have your heart set on doing, there’s nothing to stand in your way.

Forget all about the myths, and focus on your passions, strengths, and what you want to achieve.

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