Sunday, 30 November 2014

Writefor THE on-line writing course for beginners


       Novelist Pamela Fudge tells us about some of the fun she had getting her on-line writing course started

How do you get an on-line writing course off the ground? Well, if you’re sensible (and me!) you go into partnership with an ex-student, Richard, from your time as a creative writing tutor. Ensure the partner has the business brain that you lack and that your ideas coincide.

My daughter, Kelly, was happy to get involved and the idea of using video clips was suggested! Photographs are one thing – all you have to do is look your best and smile nicely for the camera. Video clips mean you have to move and speak (and both at the same time!). I also had to memorise a script - a lot to ask of someone who rarely remembers what she had for breakfast.

Cue cards were the answer, but sticking them to the wall above Kelly’s head meant I was looking up instead of at the camera. Luckily we’re nothing if not inventive and the solution was to blu-tack the two sheets to Kelly’s elbows either side of the camera she was holding. When we stopped laughing it was quite successful. However, the next clip comprised four sheets and we only had two elbows available.

Using a broom handle gave us plenty of pole to stick sheets to, but having Kelly in front of me holding the camera in one hand and moving the pole upwards to keep the sheets at eye level, while clever, was hilariously funny and filming had to halt many times until we managed to get a useable version.

You can see the result on
If you’ve always wanted to write but don’t know where to start, this is the course for you!

If you never write the first sentence, you will never write ‘The end.’ (Pamela Fudge)

Friday, 21 November 2014

Reluctant For Romance published in USA

She meant to give him a piece of her mind…but lost a piece of her heart.

Yeah! Today is publication day for ‘Reluctant For Romance’ as an e-book with the American publisher, Samhain, in the Retro Romance imprint. £1.26

Carly Ray intended to march right up to Declan O’Halloran and tell him exactly what she thinks of the man whose careless driving put her mum in a Dorset hospital. But from the moment she sets foot on his building company’s work site, she’s off balance.

First of all, muddy, rock-strewn ground and power heels don’t mix. Second, the man she confronts? She’s seen those compelling, aquamarine eyes before—when he personally delivered flowers to Mum’s hospital room.

It’s Declan’s fault that Carly has to jeopardize her career to take over the care and feeding of three spoiled brothers who’ve never lifted a finger around the house. But she never expected him to offer her a job.

In spite of herself, Carly begins to fall for the kind, rugged entrepreneur. The trick will be convincing her heart she can live without him when Mum is back on her feet, and it’s time to return to London.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

An Interview with Helen Summer re: her new book Mental


Helen Summer
Summer 2013 was just stirring when my publisher invited me to write a book with the working title: ‘The Toughest, Bloodiest and Hardest (sporting) Challenges in the World’. Only trouble was he wanted it written in four months.

So my first job was to negotiate an extension. Two months was granted and I began my Internet research, discovering hundreds of events that might qualify for such a book. I needed to find a way to limit these, so decided to include only those that complimented one another and could be done as single events or combined to make others. For example, swimming, running and cycling, which together form a triathlon.

In keeping with the working title, the book should only include the toughest events, but as I hadn’t taken part in any of them, how could I know which these were? So I consulted sporting friends, who put me in touch with those who knew. This was a real coup as I was able to glean far more intimate details about events than would have been possible using only the Internet. Even better, my contacts allowed me to reproduce extracts from their blogs, and also provided photos.

This gave the book its human element – a first hand account of someone’s 140-mile lone run along the world’s highest motorable road in India or their cross-Channel swim complete with jelly fish - providing a real insight into the emotional and physical highs and lows, the mental battles, and the ultimate satisfaction of overcoming these to cross the finish line.

With each new, tougher event I discovered, I found myself shouting, ‘That’s mental!’ and jokingly told my publisher I’d renamed the book ‘Mental!’

‘I love it!’ said John, and that was that - ‘Mental!’ was born and thrust its way out into the world on 3rd July 2014.