Believe It or Not!!!

The last two weeks have been meh. Being someone who can’t stand the cold- it didn’t help that Auckland has been having a cold spell. At times like this it’s hard to be perky, especially when you’re trying to keep it all together. So after a strong dose of antibiotics to fight off a chest infection and after a jab of the good stuff to bring up the B12 levels, maybe perky is an understatement, but at least I’m feeling human again. Okay, almost human again. Anyway back to the important stuff, while I was in my ‘there has to be something better than this phase?’ I decided I was tired of doing nothing to help myself.

I know I’m meant to be busy planning conferences and focusing on being President of a Romance Writers organisation, but I wanted to do something for me. Something that would perk me up and make me believe that all this work and hard sweat was towards something.

So I set myself a goal and decided I would go all out to achieve it. After all, that’s what I do. At least that’s what I try my best to do. So I did my thing and gave it all I had and I hit #1 on the Amazon Best Seller List.

#4 in the Mystery/Thriller and Suspense List.

Do you know this means I can call myself a Best selling author. It’s not as prestigous as NYT or USA best selling, but it is best selling.

That’s huge. That’s a wow. I suppose it’s like making it into the minor leagues.

So my point is- great things do come to those who work hard to achieve their dreams. If you want something, you have to work at it. If you’re not willing to work at something or fight to achieve what you want, then it’s not worth the effort. So aim high, dream big and know that the work you put in will be rewarded.

Much good luck to you, I’m keeping my high for now:-)


number one best seller


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.


Confession Time

It is perfectly okay to write garbage–as long as you edit brilliantly.
– C. J. Cherryh
manwithgunOkay, so here’s the deal. I am busy with edits and it’s going well. Well enough for me to realize that sometimes I wonder where my heads at when I am writing, but there you go. I am extremely lucky to have an awesome publisher and an amazing editor who lets me see things differently.
But I digress, what else is new, you say.
Seeing as I am doing a lot of promo for the book Falling into Paradise, I am going to make a wee confession. So here goes. The book is definitely fictional and if Damon was real, damn I’d be in sooo much trouble, people often ask writers if we base our characters on real life people. I never do.
I have always had the characters in my head and I can tell you exactly what Damon and Sophie are like, I can tell you how Paige looks at Damon and how much he adores that little girl.
The weird thing about being a writer, it’s almost as though, you’re the director of a movie and when it’s your character’s turn to speak or move, you walk and talk and speak exactly like that character.
My book was based in the USA, so my characters had accents and it was really cool. But there is one thing I do remember very clearly, it was being very frustrated with someone I worked with at the time, and you would never believe what happened? A character appeared in the story, just when I was most frustrated and…I killed her. Well not really, like not physically with my hands, or a gun, but she died, in the book. It was really sad. Sob…..sob, don’t I love my job<LOL>  Well I have to go back to edits on my book Breathe Again. Be nice to me, you never know who will be in my next book:-)