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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Practical Advice from Lorna Peel

Meet Lorna Peel, author of Only You! 

Lorna Peel lives in County Sligo, Ireland, and when she’s not writing, she researches her family history. She’s had some pretty varied jobs, including Tour Guide, Professional Genealogist, Bookseller, and Census Enumerator, but she thinks she’s going to enjoy being an author best of all.

A bit of advice from Lorna Peel to the young, aspiring authors! 

Practical Advice for Beginning Writers

Write about what you know. It sounds obvious but there’s nothing worse than reading a novel full of mistakes and/or sloppy research.

Don’t allow yourself to get discouraged. I know that is easy to say, but if you get a rejection from an agent or publisher, send out another query right away. 

Have a notebook, Dictaphone, or gadget to hand. You never know when inspiration will strike!

Try to write regularly but also take regular breaks and try not to drink too much coffee! I tend to write more in the evenings and late at night. I’m not a morning person and I find that I am more alert at that time of night.

Try and finish a writing session on a cliff hanger. This will make it easier for you to pick up from there again.

Try to put a finished work away for a time so when you return to it you are reading it with fresh and more critical eyes.

Be prepared for the fact that not everyone will love your book, and don’t get involved in a slanging match online with someone who has posted a bad review. Some of these slanging matches have gone viral on the internet and you don’t want to get a reputation as a primadonna! Read and digest the bad review, but don’t respond.

Take a look at Lorna Peel's novel Only You

Jane Hollinger is single, divorced, and the wrong side of thirty – as she puts it. Her friends are pressuring her to dive back into London’s dating pool, but she’s content with her quiet life as a genealogy teacher.

Robert Armstrong is every woman’s fantasy: handsome, charming, rich and famous. When he asks her to meet him, she convinces herself it’s because he needs her help with a mystery in his family tree. Soon she realizes he’s interested in more than her genealogical expertise. Now the paparazzi want a piece of Jane too.

Can Jane handle living – and loving – in the spotlight?

You can also check out her book's trailer at :