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Behind the Scenes Podcast Diary: Revision is My New Reality

Behind the Scenes Podcast Diary: Revision is My New Reality

I’m going to keep this behind the scenes podcast diary short and sweet and just stick to all things writing, revision, and book related. So, this week, revision became my new reality. I stuck to my goals to revise Immunity and overcame a revision obstacle. Do you struggle with revision? Do you sometimes face a revision obstacle that seems difficult to overcome? If so, then this podcast diary is for you.

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Behind the Scenes Diary: Writing Goals for October 2017

Behind the Scenes Diary: Writing Goals for October 2017

Over the past few weeks, I’ve noticed a disturbing trend in my productivity as a writer since I returned from my wedding in Australia. I’m becoming less and less productive. The reason for the decline in my productivity is simple. I’ve dropped a few great habits that served me well in the first half of the year.For the sake of productivity and developing great habits, today I’m going to share with you my writing goals for October.

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The Atlantis Plague | A Spoiler Free Book Review

The Atlantis Plague | A Spoiler Free Book Review

It seems that old habits just won't die. I finished reading The Atlantis Plague by A. G. Riddle on 10 July 2017. And, I'm glad to announce that I've finally got around to writing a review for it. This time I did manage to write down a few notes before I went on to...

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A week in the life of a writer

A week in the life of a writer

Have you ever wondered what does a writer do? In this video and blog post I give you a sneak speak at the behind the scenes, a week in the life of a writer. Yes, I share with you my working week, minus all of the boring bits.

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A Writer Writes: Writing a Cross Genre Novella

A Writer Writes: Writing a Cross Genre Novella

I’m super excited to announce that I’m writing a conspiracy thriller novella. I love reading. It’s through reading books that I’ve developed interests that have filtered through into the writing of my fiction novels. At the end of 2016, I decided to make a commitment to start reading more books within my genre. In previous years, I adopted the philosophy of reading anything that peaks my interest, and to a certain extent, I still do. But, as I finished reading The Brass Hall by Kevin Tumlinson I became interested in the archaeological elements in this book. This new found interest lead me to search Amazon for the next book in the series, The Coelho Medallion. After finishing reading the second book, I started to develop an idea of writing a conspiracy thriller novel trilogy around a female archaeologist which I’ve later named Elizabeth James.

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The Coelho Medallion | A Spoiler Free Review

The Coelho Medallion | A Spoiler Free Review

As I look back on my GoodReads account, it has been almost two months since I finished reading the Coelho Medallion and, I can still remember the story of this debut thriller novel by Sci-Fi Author Kevin Tumlinson. I have to admit sometimes it is a bit of a struggle to remember a story eight weeks later. So, it’s either a sign of old age or a sign of a great story. In this case, it’s a great story.

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The Key | A Spoiler Free Book Review

The Key | A Spoiler Free Book Review

I’ve been thinking about posting book reviews on the Behind the Scenes blog for quite some time now. I thought I’d get the ball rolling after I just finished, The Key by Simon Toyne. After finishing Sanctus, I found myself desperately searching the internet for books two and three. And, that’s how I feel after finishing The key.

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The Wonderful World of Writing and Rewriting

The Wonderful World of Writing and Rewriting

On the eve of November 30, 2016, I typed the last few words for my national novel writing month target of 50,000 words for the prequel novel, Silence. Upon the completion of this milestone, I had two manuscripts sitting on my hard drive waiting to be edited. The plan was to take December off, a well-earned break, then dive into the revision and editing process; this was the plan. It was a dream that I had every intention of following.

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Travel Vlog | Follow me around Paris

Travel Vlog | Follow me around Paris

This year I wanted to do something different with my blog. I wanted to give you a quick and honest look at the behind the scenes of the life of an author. As an author who lives in London, I have Europe practically on my doorstep. I do spend quite a few days every year travelling around Europe and the USA. And, this is what inspired me to start this Follow me around series on my new YouTube channel, Indie Authorpreneur TV. The first Travel Vlog in the series is, Follow me around Futuroscope. In this second episode, I’d love to invite you to follow me around Paris.

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2016, A Year in Review

2016, A Year in Review

I’m going to keep this blog post short and to the point. I know 2016 was a great year for a lot of people especially politically, but personally, I’ve had the best year ever. This is the beauty of looking back and seeing all of the amazing things that happened over the course of a year. So, let’s take a brief look at my 2016, a year in review.

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Novel Location Scouting and Christmas in Poitiers, France

Novel Location Scouting and Christmas in Poitiers, France

Joyeux Noël, Merry Christmas!

I’m currently in the beautiful city of Poitiers, France spending time with my fiancé Roland and his Family. And, I’m excited to announce it’s novel location scouting time! The city of Poitiers is a beautiful city located in the west of France in the region bearing the same name. It has beautiful narrow cobbled streets and beautiful houses all crushed up next to each other. The city centre looks positively medieval. If it weren’t for the small European cars, you would struggle to believe you were in the 21st century.

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I'm Amelia. I write under the pen name A. D. Hay and I'm the author of the soon to be published James Lalonde Thriller Novels. I'm the host of the Caffeine Read Write Repeat Podcast and, I'm a book coach. Right now, I'm editing my soon to be published thriller novels, Immunity and Silence. When I'm not writing, hosting my podcast or coaching aspiring authors, I love to travel around Europe with my husband Roland, drink tea, and eat pizza.
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What I’m Writing Now

1%
1% of First Draft Complete

260 of 26,000 Words

I’m currently outlining the story for an Action-Adventure Thriller Novella titled Missing featuring James Lalonde and a new character, Elizabeth James. I’m considering creating a series with her in the future. This book will be exclusive to readers of my website and will be available on Amazon for $2.99 (USD).

Silence + Immunity Update

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Revised Draft

51,019 of 60,000 Words

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Revised Draft

108,941 of 108,000 Words

Both Immunity and Silence are in the revision process and being prepared for a professional edit before publishing. These books have brand new covers, which now reflect the series.

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