Friday, 11 March 2016

Guest Post - The Five Things Joanna Lambert Has Learned From Writing - Blog Tour

1. I guess the most important thing of all is self-belief.  As a fledgling writer embarking on my first novel I was very aware I was entering unchartered territory.  I knew what I had begun was going to be a huge and probably at times, a difficult task.  I had the plot sorted but exactly how many thousand words would that translate into?  Would it be enough for a whole book? And would anyone want to read it?  This was the point where I told myself no matter what it took I was going to write this book; that yes I could do it. It wasn’t an easy journey and there were difficult moments but I kept going, holding on to my belief that I could achieve my dream of being an author.  My first book, When Tomorrow Comes was published in 2009 and five others have followed, which I guess is proof that if you believe you can do it, you will. 

2. Reading.  A writer needs to read…and not only their own genre. Reading enables you to keep up with what is currently on the market and gives you an insight into other writers’ techniques.  How they structure their work, create characters and develop storylines.  It’s also helped me when I’ve hit a flat spot in my manuscript.  Sometimes quite unexpectedly a scene in the book I’m reading will provide me the answers I need to kick start my writing again.  

3. Social Media.  This is so important.  When my first book was published I knew very little about social media.  The first thing I set up was a website and hot on its heels, Facebook and Twitter accounts so I could link it.   I now have a blog and regularly invite other writers to come and virtually chat.  This gives them exposure for their own work and in turn, I get invited back to promote my work.  Facebook in particular, enables me to link with other writers, join groups and forums and spread the word.

4. Patience.  Novel writing doesn’t always go to plan.  You begin a story but it’s not always a smooth ride.  When things go wrong, as they often do, you need to approach your problem in a calm way.   To get your writing back on track, patience and determination should be your main focus. You will do it. It will happen. Yes, I know it’s frustrating but over the years I’ve learned to become very philosophical seeing these unforeseen obstacles as a ‘mean to be’ moment.  It goes with the territory and needs to be treated as a challenge not a disaster.

5.When the going gets tough… Yes, there will be moments of frustration when things don’t go to plan. You can also guarantee you’ll suffer from writer’s block - when you have a scene to write but no matter how many attempts you make, it simply won’t come right.  Or your writing dries up completely. I guess this situation connects with No 4 above.  It’s part and parcel of the pathway.  It’s annoying but it happens.  When I find myself in this situation I simply take a step away from my work for a while and do something completely different. Because I know in doing this when I return I’ll be much fresher, see things in a completely different way and can guarantee I’ll resolve the problem.  

So to summarise, the five things I’ve learned from being an author are:
Believing in myself
Being a reader as well as a writer
Developing a good social media presence
Having patience when you hit a problem
Knowing when to step away from your work

The Other Side of Morning 
by Joanna Lambert

Genre: Romance
Release Date: 8 March 2014
Publisher:  ThornBerry Publishing

Fashion designer Thérèse D’Alesandro has recently moved into Higher Padbury Manor with daughter Felica and stepson Marco. Joining forces with Ella Benedict’s exclusive functions venue Lawns at Little Court, she is about to open a bridal boutique.

Working in London where he manages his father’s European restaurant chain, Marco has both the looks and charm to guarantee him any woman; any woman, that is, except the one he wants: Ella’s niece Charlotte. Marco knows he should walk away as she’s already involved with rock star Christian Rosetti and is the most rude and argumentative female he has ever encountered, but Charlotte has sparked strong feelings within him; feelings which despite her attitude, he senses she is also experiencing.

Recently returned from abroad and now working for her father’s record company, Lucy Benedict has discovered Christian’s guilty secrets – ones he has been keeping safely hidden from her cousin Charlotte. Determined to cause mischief and at the same time settle her own score with the arrogant star, she sets in motion a chain of events which sees Charlotte eventually beginning a relationship with Marco.

Rossana Caravello, the D’Alesandros’s newly-arrived house guest, is due to inherit the one of Italy’s premier vineyards on her eighteenth birthday. Aware they would make an excellent addition to her husband Gianlucca’s international business portfolio and eager to bring them into his possession, Thérèse sets about engineering a match between Rossana and Marco, determined nothing will stand in her way… including Charlotte.

From rural West Somerset to the glorious rolling landscape of Tuscany and the Italian Lakes THE OTHER SIDE OF MORNING is a story of love, betrayal, deception and ultimate sacrifice.



Born and raised in rural Wiltshire, Jo grew up with a love of books and a vivid imagination. As a child she enjoyed creating her own stories and reading them to her friends. College, work and eventually marriage meant writing was kept very much as a hobby. Her career as a board level PA eventually moved into management and it wasn’t until 2009 that she finally realised her long term goal of publishing her first novel - When Tomorrow Comes. 
Juggling work and writing, three other connected books - Love Lies and Promises, The Ghost of You and Me and Between Today and Yesterday - followed. They became collectively known as the Little Court Series. 

In 2013 she decided to give up full time work to concentrate on her writing. Two books have been written since - The Other Side of Morning, which finally wrapped up the Little Court Series and Summer Moved On, book one of a two-part love story set in South Devon. Although you can find her characters in glamorous locations like Italy, Grand Cayman, Bali and Australia, the core of her writing remains with village life, an environment she knows and loves. When she isn’t writing, she reviews for Hodder and Stoughton, Brook Cottage Books and NetGalley. Jo lives in a village on the eastern edge of Bath with her husband, one small grey feline called Mollie and a green MGB GT.  She loves travel, red wine and rock music. 

Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Instagram | Google+  | Website | Blog

1st Prize – Paperback (open internationally) x 2

2nd Prize – Ebook x 2

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thank you to Joanna for that lovely post. I read The Other Side of Morning last year before I became a blogger and really enjoyed it. 

1 comment:

  1. Ooh, I do adore that cover. I agree with your philosophy, Jo, particularly point five. When I step away from my work is usually when a character will say, 'Oi!' and twang me back again. Best of luck! Thanks for sharing, Rachel! :) xx


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...