Coffee Cups Saturday- So what are your weekend plans?

They say we could do with a day between Saturday and Sunday. Personally I would schedule a spoil me day. I would read a good book without having to be interrupted by the twenty things I should be doing. I’d schedule a hair appt, get my nails done and if I had time I’d go watch the new movie with Brad Cooper.

Instead I am thinking about writing part three of a paranormal series. I am itching to plot a new suspense thriller, and I have a medical romance that needs finishing. Add to that an RWNZ conference that’s two months away and RWNZ president duties,  I think I will schedule in my breakdown for mid July.

If only life were easy. When your life gets to be a roller coaster, what do you do to cope?

Lucky for me I have amazing friends who understand. Friends in the writing world who understand the pressures we face because there are still people out there who don’t consider this a serious profession. I am not sure I will ever get past the ‘so you quit your full time job, to pursue this dream?’ I can almost see them calling for the psych consult and I think, but I know I can do this, I just need you to believe as much as I do.

So now that I have lists and have delegated tasks, things don’t appear to be as scary. What’s that saying- How do you chew an elephant? One bite at a time.

Remember the only thing that stops you from achieving your dreams is you.

So now that I have more breathing space, I have time to enjoy a cup of coffee on a Saturday and enjoy me time. So what do I choose to do? I am enjoying Louisa George’s book- A Deal with the Devil. Louisa never fails to amaze me with her writing. I have already read 60% of this book and she has a knack of drawing you in, in that way that leaves you wanting more.

I don’t want to give you any spoilers but I have to say, Rey is a typical bad boy, who really isn’t a bad boy. I always love those types with a dark past that pick themselves up and make the best of their chances. As for Kate, she is a strong, kick ass woman who is looking out for her brother. She’s just discovered some beautiful body ink and I am going to have to leave you, because I’m sensing something more to come.

Hopefully we can do this again



Increasing productivity and word counts

If you’re a procrastinator like me, you’re probably going to put off reading this until another time. After all it’s much better to find something better to do than talk about increasing your productivity and word counts, it’s not as though you want to start writing faster and have more words on paper. After all, what are you trying to achieve here, write a book in a month or two?

Well, I have always been a fast writer and that doesn’t mean I write an amazing book in a month, but as someone great once said- you can’t edit a blank page. So in order to be called a writer, one has to write. The one thing I have learned from writing consistently and this has been something that has been one of those hindsight moments in my life, is the more frequently you write, the better you get at it.

So how did I learn this lesson, well I had to start from the beginning. I had to make writing a habit rather than a chore and something I had to get done. Did you know it takes three to four weeks to get into a routine or habit of doing something. It’s when your body or mind gets used to doing the same thing. So that’s what I did, I followed the same routine, since the beginning of this year and now, it’s part of me and what I do. If I don’t write every day, then I feel lost and incomplete.

So you might ask, how to increase my word count. Well, before I write, I think about what I’m going to write. So I plot or plan the scene ahead. You can write this down, just quick points. You’re going from point A to D and while you’re going there, somewhere in-between there’s going to be a car crash and a baby crying and gunshots are heard.

This process may not work for you, and you may choose to forget all of this and just sit at the computer and tap the keyboard until you hit that word count.

Either way, I don’t think it matters too much how you get there, just that we get there in the end.

Happy writing or reading.


Watching# The Walking Dead

Okay so here’s the deal. I was watching the much awaited for premiere of The Walking Dead like most of the world, and it ticked all the creative boxes. Exactly like it should have. But while I was watching it, I realised  I was sitting there, glued to the TV screen, actually waving at Rick saying, get that Zombie, and yes…I was actually watching a TV series about Zombies. Wow. What happened to me?

Still trying to figure that out. But I suppose the reason some of us watch the Walking Dead is for the same reason, we want to see if the characters make it. We take people and put them in unusual situations, we throw everything we can at them and in the end, we want good to win over evil. That’s it in a nutshell, isn’t it?

I’m going to admit to being a TV addict, but I only watch good TV with good characters and good emotional stories that have me drawn in from beginning to end. Exactly like I am when I’m reading a good book. I want the journey and for that hour or 43 minutes, I want to forget everything wrong in my life. When it comes to that good book, I want to close that last chapter, sigh and dream of that couple making it in the real world. As corny as it sounds, I want to have hope, even though it’s not always possible.

My son sometimes comments on me being engrossed when I watch TV, I suppose he hasn’t learned the art of escapism as yet. Or maybe he hasn’t lived a life where he had to forget a lot of the pain or unhappiness he’s had to endure, which is a good thing. But for us writers we’re tasked with this job of giving our readers hope.

An interesting concept, but I figure if we can find hope in a world full of Zombies, then the future is open to interpretation.

Anyway, I’m being a busy beaver and working away at my next book.

As they say, time flies when you’re having fun.



Ever Written a Book in a Month

Who knew that changing your focus in life would be such hard work, even though it’s a passion? Well actually I did. I always say to my children you have to work hard for what you get in life and here I am having to take a page out of the proverbial book. So long story short, it been hell and challenging but rewarding in it’s own way.

I’ve grown from being an inbetweener plotter/ pantser, to a plotter/puzzler and maybe only people in the writing world may understand.

I have cried when I had to cut half my book and sometimes I cut bits I really, really liked (well I still have them in a junk folder- us writers never delete). Words that I thought were fabulous.

And you know what- I switched genres and titles and my baby girl- well I told her she was fired- well chances are- she wanted to fire me, because I changed my cover so many times- because of the title and series and name etc.- but she did an awesome job on the cover (I do hope you agree)-  that’s what happens when you give birth to talent LOL

But- it’s a learning curve and I grew as the book grew and the story developed and now I can’t wait for you to read it. But I suppose I have to publish it first. Okay. calm down- I’ll get to it.

So the book will be out in February. I decided not to rush it. I want to put out my best and I did have to grieve for all those words I cut. Did I mention it was half the book?

Well that’s me. I will tell you all about it. But right now, I would like to reveal the new Book Cover and Title for my next release- a Romantic Suspense called Being Sophie. It’s going to be Book 1 in the Blood Ties Series.

I would give you more details- but I figured if you visit me more often- you might find more little bits here:-)

Take care now


Blood ties1

Yikes it’s 2015

It’s the first week of 2015 and like everyone else around, I find myself wondering: Where are those flying cars and Back to The Future stuff we were meant to see:-)
20 years ago we were expecting a lot to happen and years before that there were all these predictions about how life would be in the future.
For many of us, the future is now here and the lesson to be learned is, are we going to wait for life to come to us, or are we going to make life happen.
2014 has been a tough year for many, but for someone like me I can’t stop seeing the possibilities this new year has to offer. After all let’s face it, the future isn’t set or written, so why don’t we just make it up as we go.
So this is my attempt at making things up in the new year. I am going to publish my next book called Sophie’s Choice, and if you’re interested the first chapter is on my website.
I am going to never look back and never have regrets…oh wait, I already live my life with that philosophy. LOL.
Well, I am going to make sure that I do everything in my power to achieve what I set out to, because I believe anything is possible:-)
I hope this year brings you much good health and good luck. If you haven’t written you goals for 2015, be grateful for all you have achieved in 2014 and then make your goals and achieve your heart’s desire in 2015.
Happy 2015

Sophie’s Choice By Kamy Chetty

Book One of the Sisterhood Diaries


Read Chapter One

Believing in the Impossible

Growing up I was addicted to two things. Books and television. In exactly that order. I would read anything I could get my hands on, from Noddy to Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys, to every Mills and Boon book I could hide away from my English Teacher, to the cereal box when I was desperate.

When it came to television, I would watch all the dramas and series and one of my favourites was MacGyver. Did I ever think that one day, I would stand in front of him and shake his hand, or take a photo with him? That would be a NO. If you asked me 30 years ago, I would have told you, it was impossible. That never in a million years would I, an Indian girl from a small town in a country that practiced Apartheid would grow up to one day meet Richard Dean Anderson. But you know what, I did and it really happened.

So I have to believe that impossible things can become possible if you believe enough in yourself.

This weekend I met an amazing author who I am in awe of. She is brilliant and I want to be her when I grow up. I happened to think Karen Rose writes the most exciting and scintillating thrillers, and I got to have an actual conversation with her. It might not mean a lot to others, but to me, it means the world that she would give me advice and help me not be as fearful of the next step I am about to make.

I look around and am blessed with friends and even strangers who have  faith in this journey and the change in direction I am taking.

As scary as this is, and believe me it is one of the scariest things I have done in my life apart from hand my daughter the keys to my car, I look at my children and realise it is by believing in impossibilities coming true that, I have made the impossible seem possible for them. If I did that and my daughter can say with such surety she will meet her TV hero , then maybe somewhere along the way, I did something right:-)


Staying on track

I am sure two days ago it was Monday but the days seem to blur into each other and I find it difficult to keep on track. In the next few weeks I will be preparing to go back to South Africa, and if I am honest I can say that I am not looking forward to this trip. I wasn’t looking forward to it last year either. It’s always hard to say goodbye and this time it’s going to be different and there is nothing I can do to change that. So instead I am going to try and stay on track and focus on something that I can promise to do before the end of this year and have you all help me achieve this.
I am going to credit my talented daughter for her artistic eye and I do hope you all enjoy my next release that I hope to have out before December.
I started this book last year when I was taking care of my dad when he was ill in South Africa. I have found difficulty finishing it because I never got to grieve with my family. So this one is from the heart.