Today I have a very special guest, Raven McAllan and she is here to celebrate her 2nd Birthday as an Author.
So to get this party started, I thought I'd bring a little cake, but you can't have a piece until you sing:
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday to Raven,
Happy birthday to you.
So if you're all comfy, and ready, I'll hand you all over to the lovely Raven.
This time two years ago I was a nervous shivering excited wreck. I was almost a published author.
Here I am two years on and in the same state—or very nearly.
If you'd've told me then, that now I’d still be writing, still being published and have over fifty stories out there with my name on them, I'd probably asked you where you got the magic mushrooms from.
However here I am, and yes I have and oh how fabulous it is.
Around three years ago, I was away from work, bored, sore and wondering what on earth I could do other than read. Don't get me wrong, I love reading, but I was rapidly running out of books.
Then someone suggested I went onto Facebook, and lo and behold (sorry dramatic or what?)I discovered a writing competition, at which I hasten to add I was rubbish. But through it I met a lot of other wannabe authors and then, became part of my critique group UCW.
The rest as they say, is history.
When I started I had no idea how I wrote, or even if I could. Let alone what. I've been oh so fortunate that my publisher have let me try my voice out in more than one way.
Even though I started off writing Regency, which I love, I had to try writing contemporary romance as well. And paranormal, m/m, menage, YA—well you get the idea? I needed to know what I'm capable off. I still do for that fact.
There's nothing like the thrill of having a character shout in my ear and say write me, get on with it. So I do.
I've learned the hard way (I'm a member of the lone star club) that not everyone will like what I write or the way I do it. But thankfully that others will and do. Whichever, any comment means someone has read one of my books. The one I cherish most, is a third hand heard (but confirmed by the speaker only last week almost eighteen months on) that, "have you heard? Raven writes, and her books are disgusting." To which my answer was "Books plural? Then she's read them all?"
To celebrate my birthday, I'm dotting all over the place for a couple of weeks. For each blog I'm on (and sorry no list you'll just have to keep your eyes open) I'm offering a mini swag bag plus an Ebook, for one person who answers my question. As well I'll pick one commenter at random form all the comments overall and send one of my print books (winners choice)
So what shall I ask? I'm going to be cruel and ask two questions. How did I get my pen name? Where is your favourite place to read?
Now the lovely JP was kind enough to let me hijack her blog. I've given her cake and candies while we chat. That's the joy of knowing such awesome people. We chat and she, well I was going to day just lets us, but hey, she's made the coffee, and got me gluten free muffins. Isn't it good to be able to make so many friends and know whatever time of the day or night, you can pop onto someone's blog or onto Facebook and find someone to talk to. The only down side is when I should be writing. See JP is grinning at me now. But well sometimes coffee and chat and birthday parties are just needed aren't they?
However on that note, Maybe I'd best get back to my sexy Regency Dom, before he throws a Dom-disciplinary at me. (And in Regency times they were somewhat creative)
Oh and The Girl on the Bus is out from www.evernightpublishing.com on Friday 11th
Stalking links can be found here…
Happy Reading, Love R xx
Thank you so much for stopping by Raven, and I hope you guys enjoyed your cake.
That's all for today, but Join me again on Friday for our Flash Fiction Friday. Until then, take care.