As much as I don’t like to wish time away, 2014 is going to be an exciting year for Petra Kidd. Before I Was Born onto Land…I Was a Fish is set to be published as an e-book and there are other stories in the pipeline too, both long and short.
I’m not the most patient of people and as soon as I’ve written a story I want people to read it, however in reality, editing and rewriting takes quite a while so I have to ask you to be patient too.
As time slips away, I’m in a permanent panic that I’m not going to get time to tell all the stories I want to tell. I guess that’s what comes with getting older. I’ll have to get a move on!
In the meantime please take time to read the stories I’ve already written, you’ll find them here on this blog as well as links to ones that have been e-published. Your comments are always welcome, it’s always fun to interact with readers.
I’ve just created a new Google+ page purely for people to connect with this blog. Out of all the social media networks, for some reason I feel the least comfortable with Google+ but I can see that its popularity seems to be growing so am making a concerted effort to engage.
I love social networking but am very aware that I need to not to bite off more than I can chew! My favourites are Facebook and Twitter (@PetraKidd) and I try to focus on them for the most part.
Having said that I am always open to new avenues and constantly review how I am getting the word out re my blog and writing. It’s a full time occupation in itself.
In other news..
Talking of biting off more than I can chew… I have started a new series of short stories all under one theme. They will be e-published on a regular basis. I am aiming to publish the first story on December 1st but it could be sooner so keep an eye here and on my FB page for updates.
Before I Was Born I Was a Fish will be removed from this site at the beginning of October. It will be away with a professional editor and will reappear in e-book form early next year providing I don’t have to make too many changes!
In the meantime I have another novel underway, set in Norwich it is an unusual tale involving one of the lesser written about professions. Quite a bit of research still needs to be done but I am excited about the characters and how different it is. As usual there will be plenty of humour and intrigue. I’ll post snippets as I go along to whet your appetite.
So you can see I’m not just sitting here twiddling my thumbs!
Catch up with e-books I’ve already published here:
The Eight of Swords
Revenge Double – What Lurks Beneath and A Dish Best Served Cold
Last week I was interviewed on the HonestSpeaks blog by Rachael Blair for her Ordinary People series.
Rachael asked me about the inspiration behind The Eight of Swords, whether I believe in reincarnation and to reveal a secret (or something surprising about myself.) There are other great questions too - do head to the HonestSpeaks blog not only to find out more about me and my writing but to enjoy Rachael’s short stories, poetry and other interviews.
Ordinary People – Petra Kidd interview
If you would like tasters of my stories, please visit my You Tube channel where you can see me reading an excerpt from The Eight of Swords, the prologue of my blognovel Before I was Born, The Tweet Up and A Dish Best Served Cold.
Here is the link Petra Kidd’s You Tube Channel
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I do You Tube readings because I think it’s nice for people to get a sense of who I am and hear my stories read out loud. Somehow it’s more personal.
If you are on Facebook please click on the ‘like’ button but only if you do of course.
My Facebook Author page is at https://www.facebook.com/PetraKiddWrites so that’s another good way to keep up to date with updates on my writing. At the moment I am posting a new chapter every Sunday of my blognovel Before I Was Born onto Land I was a Fish, when it is finished I will be publishing it as an eBook so watch this space for publication date.
I’ve been so busy writing Before I was born, I haven’t done any ‘normal’ blogposts lately so here we are, here is one.
I’m very glad I got nagged into rewriting ‘Fish’ as I call it for short. The decision to post two chapters a week to discipline my writing time and editing is working very well so far. It is much more manageable doing it this way than to get carried away writing reams without being forced to go back and edit on a regular basis. It’s not often I say this but the naggers were right to persist and thankfully they aren’t too smug about it either.
Our snowy fortnight helped too. Pretty much housebound apart from a walk every day and the odd visit to the local pub, at last I could settle and concentrate with very little distraction. Actually there did happen to be some distraction in the form of my hobby photography. If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook you will have seen pictures of my feathered pal Billy Blackbird who now features on my photo blog Chillout pics plus a gallery of snowy scenes. Who can resist the white stuff?
As soon as we could see tarmac again and travel down the hill without sliding into abandoned cars, I worried a little about my enforced isolation coming to an end and how it would affect my writing time. Luckily it hasn’t so far. While I cursed the snow for affecting my business, the upside proved very helpful and my writing mojo has well and truly been kicked into action.
Come the next ice age (if we are not already in one); who knows what I might achieve?
When Before I was born eventually comes to an end on the blog, I hope to publish it as an eBook so keep an eye here for further details. I know some people would rather read it in that form, and it will happen eventually.
As soon as Before I was born is ready for publishing, it won’t be long before another eBook is on the way as I have almost completed the first draft. My challenge is to ePublish three eBooks this year so watch this space!