Aspiration Day at Clenchwarton School

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It was so wonderful being invited to be one of the guest speakers yesterday at ClenchWarton Primary School.

So fabulous to have felt I have inspired young minds. When you are asked what you wanted to do as a job and you say I used to sit at my typewriter, my calculator was my phone and I pretended I was a writer. The young girl looked me straight in the eye and said, ‘Then your dream came true.’ Wow… humbling, I got quite chocked up to realise that I am living the life I love. From the mouths of babes.

Also being asked for my autograph and having to write them on the back of my shopping list notepad amused them.

It is these moments that make the difference and why I do what I do.

Massive thank you to everyone for making me so welcome.

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Octavia Hill -Meet the Authors- 11th September 2015

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So today I’ll be at the Octavia Hill Museum selling and signing copies of my books. It’ll be great to see you all and any questions about how to write or self-publishing please come and ask. All my books are still half price throughout September.

Other local authors will be there too, which is always great to meet lots of different authors or differing genres.

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Come along, bring a friend or ten, going to be a wonderful afternoon. Starts at 3pm -6.30. Pop in anytime within those hours. As ever, your support is much appreciated. THANK YOU X

World Book Night- 23rd April 2015 11-2pm

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We are proud to announce that we are going to be holding our World Book Night event at the Angles Theatre in Wisbech.

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It is going to be a wonderful event where Simon Crow & myself will be selling signed copies of our latest books & there will be a raffle to win a hamper which includes all of our books & a Custard Tarts & Broken Hearts book.

We very much look forward to seeing you there 🙂

Daydream and Reminisce

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Sometimes while I am up to my eyeballs, literally most of the time, I take a break. Where does this usually take me? Well, other than the local coffee shops, I like to take a wander around the charity shops.

Normally I can find the odd bargain or two and other times, I find something that goes on my wish list and it takes all of my willpower to not just hand over the money and claim it as my own.

On one particular occasion I discovered a little red suitcase. It was there in the window of a charity shop on the Steep Hill in Lincoln but was not for sale yet, as it was part of their window display. However, because I wanted it so bad I popped my name down for them to contact me once it was available. Why? I mean, it was just an old suitcase, I rarely travel so what was the point?

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picture borrowed from (https://www.flickr.com/photos/woolgenie/7662451110/) who is also lucky enough to have one.

The point was that it reminded me of my childhood. It was identical to the one I had owned as a small child. It had traveled to London with me to visit my grandparents. It had held my dance costumes when I attended shows around the country. But to me it was worth far more than the £20 I paid for it. I almost wished for it to have been my old one and have my name written inside when I opened it. It didn’t but that didn’t matter.

So on my last visit to Lincoln I found this…

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an old typewriter! Now my typewriter that I had learned to type on as a child, was cream and this one was blue. But strangely it was very similar to mine and the one I added to this website when I first started it.

My point is this… I didn’t buy it as it was £30, of which I did not have. However, I know that soon enough I will find one at the right time, in the right place, when I have the money to purchase it and it will become a part of my world, as it was all those years ago when I wrote my first little stories.

For now I will ring my parents and see if they still have mine.

Have a brilliant week and allow yourself time to daydream and reminisce. x

Out of hibernation

Hello,

Somehow it appears that I have hibernated longer than I expected to! I don’t know about you but it seems to have been a long drab winter. I, personally, have found it very hard to get motivated, possibly because I invested in some extremely cosy blankets in late October that have made moving quite unnecessary (and chilly). In all honesty the dress code in the house has been that of the blanket origin.

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Anyway, now that I’m awake again, I’m raring to go!

I have pens, paper, notepads, charts & post-it notes a go-go.

So I’m going to stop rambling & get back to working out the plans for the year & will update you very soon.

Take care, Claire x

 

My visit to the Mothership of the publishing world

Wow two years ago already!!

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Yesterday I was honoured to be invited along to none of than HarperCollins. To say I was excited was an understatement, they are to me the Mothership of publishing, the one that everyone wants and hopes to be noticed by. Unfortunately it was not to discuss my publishing contract with them, but nevertheless it was HarperCollins. I would have sold my soul to the devil himself to get there.

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Luckily for me they have a good train service from Norfolk to London so no soul selling was needed. So my friend & I jumped on a train to the Big Smoke & it was the most exciting day ever. We managed to get on the right train, navigate our way around the underground, and find a rather lovely winebar, that presented us with shot glasses full of Smarties to compliment our coffee.

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And the shard is behind me!! Made my knees…

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Busy times

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So although I have not been on here in far too long, please know that things are still moving along.

I have been busy working with Bird’s Nest Books assisting new writers to get published. I recently co-hosted a very successful Prose to Print event. It involved me running a quick creative writing workshop for the 24 attendees & then Jane Levicki spoke about the various ways to get your work published. The brilliant David Johnson of DMJ Imagery filmed the interviews, which is great to look back over.

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To polish off the day I was lucky enough to interview the panel of authors, the wonderfully talented Sue Welfare, Jon Lawrence & Darren O’Sullivan. It was a truly fun & inspiring day.

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While I’m tweaking my next novel I feel honoured to be consulting with a couple of writers on their manuscripts, it is very exciting to view the process from the other side.

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In addition my friend & I have opened a second hand shop in Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire, UK, called The Fabulously Thrifty Shop. The aim is to raise money for local causes & charities. We have had an amazing first two weeks trading & the donations & sales are coming in thick & fast. Oh, & also, my books are on the bookshelves!!

So I hope that all is well in your worlds, take care & enjoy the lovely sunshine 🙂

 

Happy Sunday

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Well I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend. My day has been spent in Starbucks researching. There is nothing I love more than the idle chatter that surrounds me as I work. I considered for a moment putting my headphones in and switching off from it, however I decided that it defeated the object of being out and about rather than shutting myself in the office.

I’m glad that I did decide to venture out because it not only gave me a chance to clear my head but I popped into Waterstones and was delighted to see that the fabulous Elly Griffiths’ latest novel is out. Set not far from where I live, her book is set in Walsingham and from the blurb it promises to be another stunning novel. I had the pleasure of appearing alongside her last year and she is a wonderfully talented lady.

So I hope the week ahead brings you loads of great things.

Keep smiling 😊

Hello… New Year, New Story

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So, I hope that your new year is off to a good start. Mine has been a tad slow to get the motivation going and to set my goals. I found that making a new mood/dream board always helps. I suggest you give it ago, it is not only fun but inspiring and from there your mind starts setting the goals and the new chapter in your life story can start. Best of luck with everything and let me know how you get on. x

Merry Christmas And Happy Reading

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It has been a rollercoaster year but here we are arriving at the end. It has definitely had some high points that still make me smile.

I hope that whatever the year has held for you, that you are well and are happy.

Just as a treat for you all I have uploaded a short story for Christmas that I hope you enjoy as much as  my other books.

Here is the link…

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Double-Thinking-Girl–Christmas-Decorations-ebook/dp/B019KNG10K/ref=la_B007AZF81E_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1450702722&sr=1-5

So Merry Christmas and Happy reading x

Ely Writers Day – 17th October 2015

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Ely Writers Day was the first book event I had been to, having just held our own Fenland LitFest last month and to have had so much positive feedback, I was excited to go. My friend let me down at the last minute and I almost chickened out. But I had booked my ticket and I had been looking forward to it so I decided to be brave and go it alone.

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I drove to Ely, I hate driving to new places, I had never been there before so had no idea where to park or anything. I was petrified! However, on arrival, finally finding a car park, I asked a lady how much parking was and was pleased that it was free. Then, as she was helpful, I asked her if she knew where the library was. And bless her heart she walked me right up to it and told me where other places of interest where. I wish I had found out her name as she was a life-saver!

So I stopped outside for a second to ring home to let them know I was safely where I was meant to be. To my surprise a fabulous lady stopped and told me what a lovely smile I had and beautiful hair. To be honest I would have been happy with just that.

But even better still, the event was even more inspiring than I could have hoped. Just being in the room with other like-minded people, all chatting away and enjoying the enthusiasm filling the room was fantastic. So I met some lovely people and learned some great tips. Yet above all I realised that I was not alone in my pursuit. It reignited my belief. So on with the editing of the second Double Thinking Girl.

Oh, and I won a signed copy of ‘We’ll Meet Again’ by the talented Mary Nichols. Huge thank you to the organisers Rosemary Westwell, Mary McGuire and Hayley Humprey.

So my advice would be that if there is a writers event in your area go, they are so friendly and welcoming.