Today we're have the fantastic opportunity to speak to successful Author Kathryn Dionne, as a stop on her Blog Post.
It’s been a while since I read a ‘mainstream’ book, but I absolutely loved Philipa Gregory’s The Other Boleyn Girl when I read it five years ago and so my mum recommended the White Queen to me, and I’m glad she did.
A short scare for all you Halloween buffs.
He remembered distinctly the date and time it had taken place, something like that ingrains itself on your memory and carves the details there like lovers carving their names into tree bark. To witness something so immense, so amazing, so disturbing is not something any mind, let alone one so young could ever forget.
It was a Q&A session with herself and Producer Karen Lewis.
It was wonderful, what a lovely, down to earth woman with a real passion for what she does.
“One more song, On more Song, One more song!” they all chanted as the band came to a close with Prince’s classic, Purple Rain. “one more song!”
“No, No” The lead singer, who bore a striking resemblance to Jesus himself with his flowing hair and long biblical beard, smiled and waved at the small crowd in the bar. “we have to go now.”
“Aww” they all cried in unison, but to no avail, the lights came on and the instruments were put down and the crowd started milling out. They drained the last of their drinks and started gathering up their coats.
This is very moving, quite heart-breaking in places and yet there is a thread of humour running through it that will make you chuckle. It is a very vulnerable book to write and Bryan Christopher has done an amazing job of putting his struggles and acceptance of himself on paper that has you feeling a real empathy with him through his journey.
So I’m putting up a few blogs about friendship, which let’s face it will have to be a mere tiny insight as I think there is no more complicated relationship than that of friends.
Why am I going on about this? Shameless promotion really!
Tomorrow my first book that I published on e-Readers: Judged By Your Peers will have been on sale for a whole year!
It’s a tale of friendship; it’s a tale about five women with differing lives that are only in each others lives because they work the early shift on a supermarket counter together. This sets them in stead to become good friends who end up sharing secrets with one another that has them all up in turmoil.
“The people you work with are people you were just thrown together with. I mean, you don't know them, it wasn't your choice. And yet you spend more time with them than you do your friends or your family. But probably all you have in common is the fact that you walk around on the same bit of carpet for eight hours a day”
So let’s look at the friendships we make with work colleagues:
These are people we don’t know before our job, they haven’t been with us on our childhood journeys what ever they may have been. They usually don’t know our families or our other halves except for briefly meeting them at parties or events, or if you happen to bump into each other out and about.
Yet work friends can become incredibly close and can come to know more about each other than our families, lovers and friends we’ve had since childhood, why?
The reasons I jjust said! They don’t know us, they don’t know our mothers and fathers and brothers and sisters, they don’t know our husbands and wives and lovers and children. They don’t know our lives, they are the objective, impartial person we all need at times in our lives.
They can look in from a view from a far and give an honest opinion or shoulder to cry on without becoming entangled in what is, let’s face it, usually for most of us, a complicated existence!
We can end up sharing with these people the most heart breaking, terrifying, happiest and wonderful times of our lives. We can tell them things we’d never tell anyone. We can use them as cover if we’re up to something no good or if we’re planning a surprise:
“I’ve told my other half we’re having drinks tomorrow night, is that ok?” usually they’ll ask you why you have said this, but it’s ok, because they’ll keep your secret like you’ll keep theirs.
They can be the ones who are there in a moment when we get bad news:
I was at work when my mum called me to tell me my dad had been involved in a lorry crash. What did the people at work do? They rallied round, they got me sorted out, one told my manager while another helped me pack up my stuff and call my partner. They made sure I wasn’t too shaken up to drive home and even offered to drive me. Then they sent me messages and calls to ask how he was.
They can be there to share good news:
“guess what? I’m pregnant...I had a date last night...I got engaged at the weekend!”
As soon as someone’s had a baby they bring it into work and everyone coos around.
You acn sit down for a coffe or a smoke (if you do) and share with them:
“I think he/she is having an affair!”
“I’m having an affair!”
“I’m in so much debt.”
“how do I tell?????”
That’s it, we go to our work friends usually with what we don’t know how to deal with in our ‘real lives’
Yet at the end of the day we still usually call them colleagues! They are not colleagues or acquaintances. They are friends. Not all of them obviously, some we may not even like, but the ones we do: they are our friends. That is what has made so many films and TV series and books:
Drop the Dead Donkey
The Big Bang theory (they do all work together...at least to begin with)
9 Till 5
Made in Dagenham....
To name but a few.
So how do you feel about your work friends?
Got a story to tell?
Check Back tomorrow as we celebrate a year of Judged By Your Peers and get yourself a coupon for a free eBook
The crowd gathered on the sunny May morning as the work crews moved in; the notices had been up for months stating that the old community centre was to be torn down and the park most of them had been coming to for forty years was to be ripped up. In it’s place: brand new luxury apartments, bring the little West Yorkshire town into the twenty-first century.
The train line now had connections to both Leeds eastbound and Manchester on the west bound track. Surrounded by green luscious hills and the calm running river Calder, this could be an idyllic town for the City types who wanted a taste of the country while still commuting to their high flying jobs.
Eric watched with complacency as the diggers moved and gigantic metal teeth came crashing down to take the first bite out of the concrete patio, thinking back all those years tie when Jack Wainright had promised with insistence, that this construction would be here forever: no-one would ever find out what they had buried beneath.
Todays blog we speak to Elaine D Walsh, author of Atomic Summer and Restoration, and get to know her and her writing.
Elaine D Walsh received an honorable mention at the 2012 Southern California Book Festival in the general fiction category and was a quarter finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards.
Nimitz Highway and River Street is an intersection on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. This is where Elaine impatiently came out of the womb ready to start on her own personal history. She grew up in upstate New York against the backdrop of the flowering women’s rights movement with different ideas from my mother as to what life as a woman should be. In college, she majored in psychology with the intent of being a “death & dying” counselor. This would be her paying job while she wrote the next great American novel. Plan B kicked in and she graduated with a B.A. in English, packed her car, and upset her parents by moving to Florida in search of her destiny.
So far, she has lived a Lifetime Movie Network life, a mixture of extraordinary, ordinary, mundane, and terrifying, providing her great inspiration and fanning her creative flame. The most powerful influences in her life and her stories are being a daughter, mother, friend, and soul mate. But as a successful women’s fiction author, does this surprise anyone?