Thursday, 7 December 2017

Guest Post - What to buy an author for Christmas by Erin Green - #BlogTour via @gilbster1000

What to buy an author for Christmas – my top five wish list!

The countdown to Christmas has begun so here’s my top five goodies on my Santa list (I have been a good girl, I promise). I shall hang a woolly stocking up and hope for the best!

Number 5
More stationery. Seriously, for other women it seems to be shoes or handbags, with me this is the item that I sneak into the house under the cover of darkness hoping that husband doesn’t notice yet another Paperchase bag or a fabric covered notebook, A4 size, feint ruled, with decorative ribbon. I love the feel, the sight and most of all the smell of new stationery. I use my authorship as an excuse, of course. I say that it’s the tools of my trade, like scissors to a hairdresser, or trowel to a bricklayer…  Other stationery nerds will understand, I am not alone. The thrill of receiving a new note book, regardless of how many I have, never fails to make me happy.

Number 4
A constant supply of teabags! I am a self-confessed tea monster and consume copious amounts on a writing day. I regularly photograph freshly made mugs of tea, usually in pairs, and post them on social media as I consume them so quickly whilst writing. I think my true role in life is knitting tea into words. Three weeks ago, I actually ran out and spent 49 minutes ransacking the house in search of a hotel sachet to calm my nerves. I posted a plea on Twitter for an emergency supply and quick delivery – my prayers were soon answered. I’ve not fussy regards the brand, so I’m not difficult to buy for.

Number 3
An electric pencil sharpener like the ones they have in primary schools. I really want one of these but can’t justify the expense for a sturdy-last-a-lifetime one as I don’t hand write my manuscripts, though when I do it is in pencil (a poor attempt at justifying there). I keep promising myself that one day I will write an entire manuscript in long hand rather than type as I’m told an additional editing process occurs between brain and hand during the first draft so until then I’ll have to dream that Santa will deliver.

Number 2
An extra hour a day so I can write for longer than I do, would be appreciated. I figure that the twenty-four hour clock needs revamping, twenty-five hours a day is more rounded and would suit my needs. In October, when the clocks go back I love that additional hour so why tease me with it being just once a year. Though I hate the reversal in March! I understand the science behind it, I’m simply dreaming of a Utopia.

Number 1

An invisibility cloak. I could walk amongst readers in libraries, on trains and cafes to watch their expression whilst reading my book. I find people watching fascinating. I love the micro-expressions that occur when they are absorbed in a book, the puckering frown, the twitch of a bottom lip or the excitement in their eyes. I’d just love to linger and watch. I’ve received many messages and emails from readers but to actually witness their enjoyment would be awesome.

Hmm Erin, as much as I would love to help you out, I don't know Harry Potter personally to persuade him to hand over his invisbility cloak, but if you ever find the answer to more hours in the day please come back and share it with us all! Thank you so much. 

Genre: Romance Contemporary
Release Date: 1st August 2017
Publisher: Aria Fiction/Head of Zeus
 Flora Phillips has an excuse for every disaster in her life; she was abandoned as a new-born on a doorstep one cold autumn night, wrapped in nothing but a towel. Her philosophy is simple: if your mother doesn't want you – who will? 
Now a thirty-year-old, without a boyfriend, a career or home she figures she might as well tackle the biggest question of them all – who is she? So, whilst everyone else enjoys their Christmas Eve traditions, Flora escapes the masses and drives to the village of Pooley to seek a specific doorstep. Her doorstep. 
But in Pooley she finds more than her life story. She finds friends, laughter, and perhaps even a love to last a lifetime. Because once you know where you come from, it's so much easier to know where you're going. 
A story of redemption and love, romance and Christmas dreams-come-true, the perfect novel to snuggle up with this festive season.
Erin was born and raised in Warwickshire, where she resides with her husband. An avid reader since childhood, her imagination was instinctively drawn to creative writing as she grew older. Erin has two Hons degrees: BA English literature and another BSc Psychology – her previous careers have ranged from part-time waitress, the retail industry, fitness industry and education. She has an obsession about time, owns several tortoises and an infectious laugh!
Erin’s writes contemporary novels focusing on love, life and laughter. Erin is an active member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and was delighted to be awarded The Katie Fforde Bursary in 2017. An ideal day for Erin involves writing, people watching and drinking copious amounts of tea.
Twitter: @ErinGreenAuthor

A signed copy of the book for 5 lucky winners! (UK only)

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