Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Guest Post - Christmas as a Writer by Bella Osborne - Blog Tour

Hi Rachel’s Random Reads, Thank you for having me on your blog today.

My immediate response to the question ‘What’s Christmas like as a writer?’ was it’s the same as everyone else’s Christmas but now I’ve had a little think I’m maybe not so sure.

You see us writer types are a little bit ________ – feel free to insert any of the following words here:

Arty farty
Distracted by the voices in our heads

Literally every day throughout the year I jot down ideas. It may be something someone says or something I see or simply an idea that pops up out of nowhere. Whatever it is I have to write it down straight away so that it is captured for future use and not lost in the spaghetti tangle that is my frontal lobe. Christmas is no different. My husband recently picked up what he believed were Christmas gift lists that made total sense to start with…

Aunt Doris – Gardening gloves
Malcolm & Penny – Cocktail Shaker
Jack – Star Wars anything and chocolate

To then find it turns it bit odd halfway down…
Dog is an evil mastermind
Donkey burgers
Cat that looks like Hitler

All items on the second list are completely true that I have jotted down and make total sense to me!

I also try to take a break from the writing at Christmas so that I concentrate on having festive fun with my family but I don’t think my writerly brain really gets this concept. You see we never really stop being writers. I can happily walk away from the day job and switch off for two weeks and it won’t cross my mind but writing just isn’t like that. The writer’s brain keeps thinking like a writer. Ideas keep being generated, characters keep popping up in my mind’s eye and acting out scenes, the story continues even if I’m not writing it down.

So, you see, Christmas is no different. I will still have my slightly odd thoughts at unplanned times and will need to write them down on the nearest thing available. Let’s just hope that’s not someone’s Christmas card!

Have a very Merry Christmas!

Thanks so much Bella for visiting Rachel's Random Reads, always a pleasure to have you, and I really hope you can enjoy Christmas even with all the ideas whirring around! 

Part two of a cosy and heartwarming seasonal romance, perfect for fans of Trisha Ashley.

Beth is running away. With her young son Leo to protect, Willow Cottage is the lifeline she so desperately needs. Overlooking the village green in a beautiful Cotswolds idyll, Beth sees a safe place for little Leo.

When she finally uncovers the cottage from underneath the boughs of a weeping willow tree, Beth realises this is far more of a project than she bargained for and the locals are more than a little eccentric! A chance encounter with gruff Jack, who appears to be the only male in the village under thirty, leaves the two of them at odds but it’s not long before Beth realises that Jack has hidden talents that could help her repair more than just Willow Cottage.

Over the course of four seasons, Beth realises that broken hearts can be mended, and sometimes love can be right under your nose…

Willow Cottage is part of a serialized novel told in four parts, following the journey of Beth and her new life in the Cotswolds. The full book will be out next June, but for now, enjoy Willow Cottage seasonally!

Please do follow along with the blog tour, to see more from Bella Osborne

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