Our Arts Correspondent Roisin Turner tells us about her experience as a writer and a first-time novelist.
From a young age I have shown an interest in telling stories through drawings and writing. Since then, I have written my first novel when only fourteen years old. Taking no more than seven months to complete, “Awakening” has become the first book of The Awakening Series.
Eliza Valery is a straight-A student who lives a normal life – but when Drake Forest comes to school everything changes. Tall, dark, handsome and mysterious, Eliza can’t help but feel Drake knows her more than she knows herself – including her past. And if the mystery of Drake wasn’t enough, Eliza finds herself in situations which make her doubt who she can really trust. Eliza undergoes the journey into her life and past, discovering why her mother was taken from her forever, and how she stands in the way of the Shadow Queen and the one thing she desires.
Available for Amazon since published in January 2013, “Awakening” has received three reviews on Amazon.co.uk, being described as “just fantastic”, “a great read from an exciting new writer”, “mystery, adventure with a bit of romance thrown in” and a book that “builds up and explodes, leaving you wanting more” after a “bitter sweet” ending. One customer on Amazon.com (Amazon US) described my book as a story of “intrigue” and “adventure”.
I often get asked “how do you write a book?” To me, this is just like asking “how did you learn to walk?” You can’t think of a sufficient answer; you just did it. I simply open my notebook, get my pen and write. I try to write as much as I can, but it can be difficult to get some done amongst the large pile of school work. Sometimes I am a victim of what is called “Writer’s Block”. I say “victim” as it is a horrible thing to have Writer’s Block; you want to write, but you feel like you can’t or as if you have nothing to write. For me, it’s the first as I have a lot of ideas for upcoming novels (seventeen in total) so I have plenty to write – but something’s blocking the writing, hence the name “Writer’s Block”.
The second book of The Awakening Series was completed when I was fifteen, and is still without a title. I find the title the most difficult; the content is the easy part, but the title? That’s a whole new level. The title is supposed to hint at or be a summary, in a way, of the content inside – so how are a few words meant to describe 300+ pages of words. I get my mum to read the book so then when she finishes it, we talk about the title. She came up with “Awakening”.
I have to thank all who have supported me and my writing. To those who have read my book, I cannot express my gratitude. Readers keep writers hopeful; if their book isn’t being read, they don’t get recognised. But those who have read my book help me get a wider audience, which helps my dream become a reality. You buying my book keeps me writing, so thank you. If you have not read my book, then please do. All ages can enjoy it, and it is available on Amazon.co.uk for £4.12 on eBook format, able to read on Kindle, eReader, or PC Kindle Reader. Get your copy now!This entry was posted on October 22nd, 2013 at 8:56 am by Desima