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Interviewed

A slightly shorter blog post this week as I have been interviewed over on ‘Karens Different Corners’ which can be accessed here http://karensdifferentcorners.wordpress.com/2013/09/16/welcome-james-smith/

Talking about my writing has two effects 1) it reminds me that I enjoy it and 2) it reminds me to do some. So enjoy the interview (and check out the rest of Karens blog) whilst I attempt to create magic.

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Coping with loss

Once again I find myself make sorry excuses for not blogging – although since the time has been spent with my family and getting the first draft of my story finished then something had to give (OK it could have been the xbox, but a mans got to do etc!)

Anyway, I find myself with a problem and I am turning to you good people to offer advice and guidance.

There is a somber atmosphere hanging over me at the moment as I now know that I need to kill someone – quickly adding (before internet security type things have police knocking on my door!) that this person only exists in the pages of my book.

The person to be killed is not a major character, so it isn’t as if I know them as well as others, but their death will affect characters I am closer to and I don’t want them to be resentful of me. This character is also not a ‘baddy’ (as my youngest would put it) so their death is a decision I have made to develop the plot – not something that the laws of fiction say must happen. Plus, and this is just a minor point, I haven’t actually ever killed someone before so this level of planning is somewhat unnerving.

So dear reader, any words of advice (or encouragement if you’re that way inclined) – guess this post is just a delaying tactic.

OK the kettle has boiled, there is death to be dealt….

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Charity update

Two posts in one day – you lucky people (person – always unsure how many people actually read this nonsense)

I am delighted and very proud to share the news that the Short Story groups second seasonal collection has raised £56.32 for Cancer Research UK. More details can be found on the Short Story Group blog: www.shortstoriesgroup.blogspot.co.uk

Thank you to everyone who supported (and continues to support) these projects.

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Love is in the Air

After a few months of prep (for which I have to thank Vanessa Wester), the latest collection of short stories from the Short Story Group has been published (and I was the one who had that nerve-racking honour!)

This is the first book that I have published and, whilst I found the process straight forward, the weight of responsibility (it being the collective work of 12 other authors) was somewhat overwhelming. But thankfully the process is complete and the book is now available through Amazon. Sales of this book support the work of Diabetes UK so stop reading this and hit the published work tab to get your own copy. Happy reading!

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Short story managed

I have finally completed my contribution for the Short Story Groups upcoming Valentines themed collection. The working title has stuck and I am delighted to say that ‘Relationship Building’ will be available (alongside contributions from other aspiring/established authors) via Amazon on the 8th Feb.

I have also downloaded (or uploaded not sure which) the first 700 ish words of the story to the Work In Progress section of this blog. Hope you enjoy.

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