Good morning, bloggers!!
I’m always so excited to have special guests visit my blog and today is no exception. Please help me welcome things very talented author, Rave Reviews Book Club’s newest “SPOTLIGHT” Author………HARMONY KENT.
Hi there! This is the fourth day of my RRBC Spotlight blog tour. You can find details of all my stops here.
As with my ‘real’ life, my writing life has been full of ups and downs, twists and turns. And definitely not always easy. The lessons I learned through my injury and disability, have stood me in good stead for my writing obstacles too.
After I had first Published ‘The Battle for Brisingamen’, I learned about ‘split-infinitives’ and ‘comma splices’, as well as a few other technical things. However, it wasn’t until I had published ‘The Glade’ that I learned about what constituted a passive writing style, and how to cut out extraneous words. This was a steep learning curve for me, but a valuable one. So, having discovered there was a gap in my writing know-how, I embarked upon an editing course. I also heavily revised both my books. This all took a lot of time and energy, but it was so worth it.
The publication of Elemental Earth shows my strongest writing yet. It also makes me feel like a ‘proper’ author! Silly, I know, but I kind of worried I might be a no-hit-no-wonder with only one book out there. Two made it a bit better. Three is the cherry on top. Especially as I have three more in the pipeline already.
I didn’t give up. That’s what really matters. Not how many books I have out there. I learned where I needed to improve and set about doing it. No fuss. No messing. I am doing the same with my physical situation. I am not what the medical professionals call ‘an established amputee’, as my mobility remains limited due to high pain levels. I have tried everything I, and they, can think of. Now, only one option remains: a spinal procedure to block one of the major nerves into the leg. This is taking a number of procedures, actually, and isn’t without risk.
I have learned not to pin all my hopes on success, whether that be mobility wise or writing wise. I have to base my happiness and contentment on something more enduring, and more sure, than that.
I might reach a point where I am unable to walk at all. I am fine with that. Obviously, I would prefer it be otherwise, but I can live with it. I might reach a point where I stop writing. Just now, that possibility seems harder to accept! But, I may not always have the brain function I have now.
I mustn’t compare myself to other, more ‘able’ people. I mustn’t let my self-doubt win the day. Because I only have myself, when it boils down to it, and if I can’t accept myself exactly as I am, I will be in a real mess. Whether it’s my books, or my life, I can only do my best and then let it go, knowing that I have put my utmost into it. Yes, there are folks who are skinnier and prettier than me, who can walk and run and do all sorts. Yes, there are folks who can write a better book than I can, especially in this genre or that. I don’t need to be threatened, nor inadequate. What I can be, is inspired.
“You turned the god of gnomes into a garden ornament?”
Sarah looked closely, but couldn’t tell if her dad was annoyed or amused—perhaps he was both …
Whilst 15 year old Sarah may be struggling to regain her feet, after being ripped from her everyday mundane life and ending up in a whole new dimension, she still knows how to have a bit of fun along the way. The Earth Elemental isn’t the only one whose feathers she manages to ruffle, and it’s only been four days. Meanwhile, her best friend is missing, and big trouble is brewing. She soon has a lot more to worry about than what happened to her phone or iPod, or even how much of an idiot Caleb obviously thinks she is.
Elemental Earth is the first book in The Mysteries series, and is aimed at Young Adults. Even if you’ve already reached an age where the young ones might call you ‘old enough’, if you’re still young at heart then you’re bound to enjoy these books just as much as the next—err—younger adult.
Age aside, perhaps we should be more worried about what further havoc Sarah’s antics might be about to wreak on the universe as we know it? We’d probably all be sleeping a lot more soundly if she’d only stuck to applied maths and the odd pillow fight. But no, sadly the lure of the proverbial rabbit hole proved just a tad too much. And now she’s taken the plunge, there’s no turning back.
Look out for tweets @harmony_kent, and follow my blog: http://harmonykent.co.uk to keep up to date with new book releases, promos, cover reveals and sneak peeks. Feel free to connect—I’d love to hear from you.
Find out more at: http://www.harmonykent.co.uk
4Wills Author Page: http://4willspublishing.wordpress.com/our-authors/author-harmony-kent/
Thank you for stopping by today!! I hope you enjoyed our special guest. I highly recommend you rush over to Amazon and get your copy of ELEMENTAL EARTH. And please show Harmony your support by checking out her other Spotlight blog tour stops at http://ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com/spotlight-authors/.
Until next time………………Happy Reading & Reviewing!!