Back to Tuscany and the Barn by Catherine Carabine

Just Published: Back to Tuscany and the Barn by Catherine Carabine

Catherine Carabine returns with the sequel to her Amazon bestseller, A Chestnut Barn in Tuscany

Back to Tuscany and the Barn chronicles the first year of Catherine’s new life in Italy. The first book, A Chestnut Barn in Tuscany, was based on real life events, and so is the sequel. Back to Tuscany and the Barn is a must-read for romance fans, and lovers of Italy and it’s culture. Continue reading

Interview: Robert Elms, The Way We Wore – The Process

The re-release of Robert ElmsThe Way We Wore is now just around the corner, tomorrow in fact. The finely attired biography of boots, bow ties and bands that have defined the BBC DJ’s life in London will be published via Autharium on Thursday 31 July 2014. If you can’t wait, you can pre-order The Way We Wore from Google Play Books now.

In the run up to the re-release, we grabbed a few precious moments with Robert between his radio shows to talk about The Way We Wore (you can find that interview here), his approach to writing as well as quizzing him a little about what makes him tick away from clothes and the studio mic. In this Q&A, we get to the bottom of Robert’s writing process and dig for any hints and tips he can provide for aspiring indie authors.

What does Robert’s creative process look like? How do you research a memoir? What writing challenges did Robert have to overcome and how did he do it? These questions and more are answered in our second brief chat with Robert below. Enjoy the interview and be sure to follow the links at the bottom of the page to follow Robert on social media and to pre-order The Way We Wore.

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Robert ElmsThe Process:

1. What does your writing process look like?

For me writing is an early morning business. Night time has always been for playing, so it’s up at dawn while the family sleeps, sit in front of the computer, 1,000 words then off to the radio. In the afternoon I may have another little look at them, but re-writing is done at the time. Once a chapter is finished it is not looked at again. You have to move on to the next page.

2. You lived The Way We Wore so did you feel the need to research for it? If so, how did you go about doing it?

The research for The Way We Wore was almost entirely internal, i.e. thinking back, visualising, and what honestly comes to my mind is clothes. I describe clothes as an aide-memoire in my book. Continue reading

Putting It Out There

Autharium’s Tuesday Takeover:

The public reading can be a significant marketing tool for indie authors. However, this tried and tested personal approach to reader outreach is rarely highlighted in the myriad of tips, hints and hacks that peppers the internet.

Autharium’s resident poet, Michael Hawke, has for a long time now, been performing his work in public houses and cafés, much to the delight of his captive audience. To apply business terminology, this is the perfect focus group. A handle of potential customers are exposed to a product. They experience the product and then give their feedback. The creator considers the comments received and chooses whether or not to implement the suggested changes. Process repeats. This is how great things are built; both products and audiences. Of course, it can be argued that a lot more heart goes into something as creative as poetry writing than our business analogy suggests, but the sentiment is the same; public reading is a fantastic way to gauge how much your audience enjoys your work.

In this week’s Tuesday Takeover Michael Hawke talks us through his experiences reading his work in public and explains exactly why every indie writer should consider doing exactly the same.

You’ll find links to all Michael’s online writing, social profiles and blogs at the bottom of the article. Don’t forget to click, visit and leave feedback for Michael where you can.

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Putting It Out There

Chuck Palahniuk performing a public reading

Have you ever thought what it would be like to present your poem or book to a live audience, to get that instant reaction on how engaging your work is?

Well if you’re game, it can be very rewarding and do amazing things for your confidence and motivation. Continue reading

Interview: Robert Elms, The Way We Wore – The Book

DJ, culture journalist, fashion obsessive and author Robert Elms is releasing his critically acclaimed The Way We Wore: A Life In Threads as an ebook through Autharium on July 31 2014.

The Way We Wore is a brilliant piece of memoir writing from a London lad, born and bred, whose formative years were defined not only by his environment and his musical taste, but also by his clothes. If London shaped Robert and his cohorts, clothes were their way of displaying who they were, where they lived, what music they listened to and much more.

To celebrate the release of The Way We Wore’s ebook edition, we grabbed a cup of coffee with Robert and asked him a few questions about the book, his approach to writing and about himself. Here, in the first instalment of three, we get to grips with The Way We Wore. asking questions about the gangs and hippies mentioned in the book, class, rave and the destruction of individualism in fashion.

Read the interview below and visit the links at the bottom of the page to buy The Way We Wore and visit Robert Elms’ profile on Autharium. You’re also a click away from Robert’s official blog, Facebook pages (for himself and the book) and his Twitter account. For now, enjoy the interview and look out for parts two and three in the very near future.

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The Way We Wore by Robert ElmsThe Book:

1. You talk about gangs in your childhood. How did they use fashion to differentiate themselves, and why do you think they chose those styles?

I think of my youth as an almost perpetual series of style wars. There was plenty of proper punch-ups, but the real weapon of choice for working class teenage boys back then was clothing. Each individual tried to outdo the other by having the latest and greatest gear, the right labels (Ben Sherman, Solatio, Levi’s, Crombie etc.) but also the best combo. But there was also a collective battle going on. You represented your area or estate, e.g. Burnt Oak wanted to dress better than Kilburn or Camden, and also your football team. The terraces were a fashion catwalk and battleground. Continue reading

Sally King: Heirs & Graces – The Author Interview

Welcome to the third and final instalment of our Q&A series with Sally King, Autharium’s latest community member and first-time novelist. Sally has already talked to us about her new book, Heirs & Graces and her writing process; in this interview we quiz Sally about the author, herself.

Sally shares the inspirations behind Heirs & Graces, her views on the romance genre, the authors she admires, information about another book she’s contributed to and how she manages to balance her busy working and family life with her passion for writing.

If you’ve enjoyed this series of interviews and have a question for Sally be sure to leave it in the comments box below and we’ll make sure Sally gets it. Use the links at the bottom of this article to visit Sally’s Autharium profile, her social networks and to buy Heirs & Graces. Now, enjoy Sally’s answers in our final Q&A with out latest debut novelist.

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Sally King

The Author:

1. Can you tell us a little bit about what inspired you to put pen to paper for Heirs & Graces?

I went through a very difficult time several years ago, not unlike my main character Lottie in Heirs & Graces. I think whenever something like that happens to us humans we need to tell the story one way or another. For me, it’s writing. I have never worried about being too revealing as I have no secrets and increasingly I find that, the more we go through in life, the more inspired we can be as writers. For a time I found that my past experience was something I wanted to keep under wraps, but actually, now I am incredibly appreciative of the whole drama. It showed me that mistakes make us human and real, and never to hide behind our stories, as they can come to define us if we are not careful.
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Sally King: Heirs & Graces – The Process Interview

After interrogating Sally King about her debut novel, Heirs & Graces, we sit down with the talented romance writer once again, cup of tea in hand, to discuss her creative process.

Following the Heirs & Graces interview, Sally reveals why she chose Autharium, the challenges she faced writing Heirs & Graces, whether she is a plotter or a pantser (see below) and explains what she considers to be the most important book creation step to get bang on, before sharing a real gem of advice for aspiring authors.

Visit Sally’s Autharium profile, her social networks, blog and find out where you can buy Heirs & Graces by visiting the links at the end of this Q&A.

Enjoy part two in our three part interview with Sally King, author of Heirs & Graces.

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Heirs & Graces by Sally King published July 18 2014

The Process:

1. Why did you decide to partner with Autharium to publish your book rather than going down the traditional publishing route?

Well that happened to be the easiest decision I ever made. I had a two-book publishing offer from Harlequin that has sat on my sideboard, unsigned for months. I found the contract binding and too restrictive and yet, like most I was hugely flattered to receive it in the first place. I was torn. I had to get myself into the right frame of mind to walk away, which I did in the end. I’m not an individual who likes compromise these days so the decision had to come from my heart and my heart said: “Not good enough.” That was that. Once I had made the decision the rest flowed effortlessly. Autharium approached me to write a blog and I was so impressed after speaking with Matt Bradbeer (co-founder and CCO) and Dean Samways (Head of Social and Community), that I decided Autharium was perfect for me. It’s a company that answers lots of questions in a changing industry and the focus on the author is key. I really believe Autharium is perfectly placed to fulfil a huge vacuum in the publishing industry and I fully anticipate being part of that.
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Writing From the Heart

Autharium’s Tuesday Takeover:

For this Tuesday Takeover, we pass authorship to first-time Autharium novelist Sally King. Sally released Heirs & Graces on July 18 2014. Sally has joined the Autharium community having turned down a two-book deal with a large traditional publisher.

In this post, Sally talks about writing for yourself, from your heart, and not buckling to trends or reader demands. She makes a very convincing argument, particularly because there’s no longer a need to appease agents and publishers to be published. There are other ways of being to true to your writing while achieving your goal of being a published writer.

Leave your thoughts in the comments box at the bottom of this post. You’ll also find links to Sally’s Autharium profile and Heirs & Graces’ purchasing page, her Twitter and Facebook profiles, and links to this and more from Sally on her blog.

Now enjoy this fantastic insight into the mind of a romance novelist with a very romanticised approach to writing.

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Writing From the Heart: What Is It And How Do We Achieve It?

Romance Writing

There is the most profound and lovely quote from writer Samuel Taylor Coleridge that goes like this:

“What comes from the heart, goes to the heart.”

This quote, above any other much peddled wisdom, has provided me with the greatest inspiration for my writing. Now, Samuel Taylor Coleridge was a prolific writer but, more than this, he understood more than most that writing from the heart was both the most profound way to connect with others and could bring the greatest fulfilment to a writer. Continue reading