The Ups And Downs Of Writing And Blogging – A Guest Post By Aimer Boyz @boyzbooks

The R.C.M.P. (Royal Mounted Canadian Police) don’t go in for top hats — but I do. Unfortunately, this particular topper leaves a nasty red mark on my forehead, so my friend the moose here gets to wear it.

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Who owns a top hat these days? Uh, someone who was obsessed with Kurt Hummel in Glee. Someone who was insane enough to order a top hat online to duplicate one of the outfits Kurt wore on the show. Someone who dragged her kids to Glee Live in Concert and wore the top hat. Someone who’s lucky her kids still talk to her.

Hi, I’m Aimer Boyz — more or less. Out here in the blog world, it’s more. Over the entire scope of my life, it’s less, much less. I’ve been Aimer Boyz for a little over three years now. Since the day I self-published my first book Fireworks in August of 2014.

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Aimer’s first book, Fireworks

Read Hugh’s review of Fireworks by clicking here.

Click here to buy the book.

I write and blog and hang out on social media as Aimer Boyz. In the real world, I’m — not saying.

Why a pen name? Because I write a lot of sex scenes and that makes people, myself included, a little uncomfortable. Back when I was working on Fireworks, I told my mother bits and pieces about the characters as I developed them. She could hardly wait to read the book — until she read it. I don’t think she ever made it past Chapter Three. It was two weeks before she could look me in the eye again. She couldn’t reconcile the person who had written Fireworks to the girl she had raised to be a lady. Penname? Definitely.

I live in Toronto — more or less. I live in a suburb north of the city, a traffic jam away from the CN Tower.

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I’d never even read a blog, much less thought of writing one, until a Social Media Setup Guide landed in my inbox with a big red star next to the URL for WordPress — Blogger born.

Hugh was one of the first people I met here on WordPress, a definite case of beginner’s luck. It’s entirely down to Hugh and his WordPress-for-Dummies posts that my blog isn’t an uncategorized jumble. If I send out an S.O.S. via Twitter — and I do — Hugh throws me a life preserver.

I’m still learning my way around, but I’ve met some amazing and amazingly generous people here on WordPress. Bloggers like Ryan Lanz and his group of writers over at A Writer’s Path and Ronovan Hester and his friends over at ronovanwrites whose posts guide me along the path to writing better blogs and better books. Bloggers like JP over at It’s My Husband and I who writes posts that have me smiling over my morning coffee. Bloggers like Hugh here, who feel like friends even though I may never meet them in the real world.

I started blogging because that’s what self-published authors do, but what made me think I could write a novel? Same thing that made me buy a top hat. Insanity — and Kurt Hummel.

Because of Kurt, I found fan fiction. I found it and loved it and wrote Kurt-centric stories for two years. In my own biased opinion, I gave Kurt a better boyfriend than Ryan Murphy did. Once I’d created an original character for the Glee universe, I thought maybe …

How does a dream become a reality? Everyone’s path is different, but — I’ll tell you a story. I’m a writer, that’s what we do.

Once upon a time …

A mother and daughter sat in a hospital room — for six long weeks. The daughter messaged friends and colleagues and watched downloaded TV episodes, all while trying not to go into labour because it was too early and her unborn baby was too small. The mother waited with her daughter, waited on doctors’ reports, waited for the baby to grow. She sucked down too much coffee and too many chocolate chip muffins while typing up snippets of conversation that would eventually become the first chapter of her first book.

That was almost five years ago. My daughter is now healthy and happy and the mother or three. Me? I’ve switched from chocolate chip muffins to chocolate chip cookies, self-published two books, and am now working on a third.

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How did any of this happen?

It’s simple — I didn’t know what I was doing.

Years ago, when I was younger and braver, I went parasailing. It was incredible. I felt like God sitting up there in the clouds, looking down on hotels and ocean and beach.

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That experience was one of the highlights of my life, and it would never have happened if I had known that on that particular beach people had fallen out of the sky because the tethers on a sail had broken.

But I didn’t know, and I did it, and I don’t regret it — the parasailing or the writing.

Writing, it turns out, is a lot like parasailing. Some days you feel like God, some days you’re stuck on the beach, and nothing can get that sail in the air.

In the last three years, I’ve learned that adverbs are evil, blogs should be scheduled like clockwork, and always, always have your manuscript professionally edited.

I’m still learning, still writing, and still blogging. Stop by Aimer Boyz — Books and Blather anytime and if you like a little sex with your romance, check me out on Amazon.

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Ainer second book, A Little Blood

Buy ‘A Little Blood’ by clicking here.

Connect with Aimer

Blog: AimerBoyz

Twitter: boyzbooks

Facebook: Aimer Boyz

Amazon: Author’s Page where you can buy her books

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Book Of The Month-What Tim Knows, And Other Stories – By Wendy Janes

Wendy Janes recently popped by to tell me all about her new book. It was a welcome break from getting my short story collection ready for publication.

Over to you Wendy…

Thank you to Hugh for inviting me to his blog to talk about my latest release.

What’s the name of the book?

What Tim Knows, and other stories.

Book cover for What Tim Knows and Other Stories
The latest book from Wendy Janes – What Tim Knows, And Other Stories

What inspired you to write it?

The characters! After I’d pressed ‘publish’ on my previous book, What Jennifer Knows, some of the supporting and minor characters kept popping into my head and talking to me. They kept telling me stories, but those stories refused to be corralled into a novel. At that point I realised I was writing a short story collection.

I loved the challenge of ensuring the stories can stand alone, but also linking them to each other and to the original novel, with Jennifer appearing in each story.

Tell us a little about the stories and the characters

The stories begin in the 1960s when Jennifer is a student, and the last story is set in the 2000s when Jennifer is a grandmother.

Flamboyant art collector, Rollo, is at the forefront of modern art in London in the 1960s, but is at a loss to understand pop music. His life is dominated by his need to surround himself with beautiful things. Will he find the beauty he’s searching for?

Young dancer, Cynthia’s tale has a darker theme than Rollo’s, and essentially looks at the mores of the late 1960s, and I hope readers will question how far we have actually come since those days.

Sue is a new mother in the 1970s, struggling to cope with her baby daughter. Everyone else seems to know what to do with their babies. Why doesn’t Sue?

Gerald’s career as a sculptor has been on the ascendant for over twenty years, but is he still on-song in the 1980s? His initial response to criticism may strike a chord with anyone whose artistic endeavours haven’t appealed to everyone.

Teenager, Blythe, is an only child in the 1990s, who wishes she could escape the focus of her parents’ smothering love and hide within a big family. However, the reality of being one of many children doesn’t turn out to be quite as perfect as she thought it would.

Life is very confusing for young Tim, and his experiences at a friend’s birthday party are a huge challenge for him. He tries so hard not to make mistakes, but sometimes it’s hard to know what the rules are.

Who do you think the book will appeal to?

I hope my book will appeal to those who enjoy a quieter, character-led story. Some themes are quite serious, but there’s always hope and humour to be found in them. I’ve been told my stories are very English (I take that as a compliment!).

Where can people buy the book?

What Tim Knows on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-Tim-Knows-other-stories-ebook/dp/B01IKYOJLS

What Tim Knows on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/What-Tim-Knows-other-stories-ebook/dp/B01IKYOJLS

Do you have any plans for a follow-up book?

I’m currently working on another novel. As much as I love the characters I’ve already written about, it’s time to move on and create new ones, explore new relationships, and tell a new tale. However, I don’t rule out one or two characters from What Jennifer Knows making a brief appearance in my new work. I’m not a big fan of reading sequels, but I do enjoy it when an author gives a nod to previous work, so I take great delight in weaving my own subtle links.

Where do your ideas for your stories come from?

 Sue’s story in What Tim Knows is directly based on my own experience. I’m not usually quite so autobiographical in my storytelling, and I generally gather my ideas from other people’s experiences and from localities I’m familiar with. I then take a step or two away and allow my imagination to turn them into fiction. I find old family stories are a fantastic source. My husband’s family, in particular, is chock-full of English eccentrics who, in fact, barely need any additional imagination to turn into fiction.

What three pieces of advice would you give to someone who wants to write and publish a book?

  1. Read.

An excellent way to develop and sharpen your skills as a writer is to read the work of other authors.

  1. Network. Networking with authors and bloggers can be a great source of practical and emotional support. You can learn so much about the business of writing and meet some amazing people.

I’m very grateful for all the friends I’ve made in the blogging world – the camaraderie is wonderful. I feel invested in the writing careers of others, cheering along their launches and successes, and getting an equally warm and fuzzy feeling when they reach out to support me.

  1. Get your book edited and proofread. If your book is in the marketplace, you need to have a professional product. A good editor and an eagle-eyed proofreader can help you achieve that. If you don’t have the cash, then consider a trade in skills – a cover for a proofread, for example.

The vast majority of people cannot proofread their own writing. This has nothing to do with intelligence, or knowledge of grammar, or writing talent. You simply don’t see your own mistakes. I’m happy to come clean here and declare that I am a proofreader, but I’m honestly not trying to drum up work for myself (my diary is full!).

I guarantee that readers are far more likely to enjoy your writing, become invested in your characters and your story, and give you a good review if your book is free of errors. I shall now dismount from my soapbox.

Author: Wendy Janes
Author & Writer: Wendy Janes

Links to connect with Wendy.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/wendyproof

Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/Wendy-Janes-976051022455216/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Goodreads author page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14433891.Wendy_Janes

Author Central page UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B016J66C9G

Author Central page US: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B016J66C9G

Website: http://wendyproof.co.uk/published-works/

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