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ArtsLink Newsletter – Issue 3 now available

Latest ArtsLink Newsletter

The latest ArtsLink Newsletter (Issue 3) visits Maastricht with a link to an Andre Rieu concert item, explores a little of the fascinating city of Maastricht before heading to the Rembrandt Museum in Amsterdam, thinking a little about Anne Frank and letting readers know about a new book from Nene Davies. Redhanded should be available soon.

Find the Newsletter here – http://eepurl.com/b_o3_b


Author interview – Nene Davies

Author Nene Davies

Author Nene Davies


It is my privilege and pleasure to welcome guest author Nene Davies back to my blog.

Nene, it’s a while since you guest-blogged about your writing. I know you have a couple of activities in the pipeline and a few successes behind you. Let’s start with what’s new. Please tell us your latest news.

Firstly, I’m excited to say that Distance is now available in paperback! Much as I loved having an e-book published, there is nothing quite like a real live book-book. I’m touched at how warmly this new version has been received and I’m currently in the throes of contacting various booksellers to see if anyone would like to stock it! I have a signing day booked, with Dymocks of Carindale Queensland, on 7th June 2014 and have started to approach other bookstores too. Marketing and self-promotion are rather uncomfortable yet necessary hats that authors need to wear in order to spread the word!

Distance as paperback

Distance as paperback

I’ve finished writing the Distance sequel and I’m hoping to get that published within the next few months. This book is called Further and there will be a third in the series, with the working title of Surfacing. I’ve made a start on Book 3, but to be honest I haven’t really delved into the heart of the story as yet. I’m looking forward to getting back into it!

Why did you choose FeedARead as your publisher?

An author friend recommended Feedaread to me, as she has had tremendous success with publishing two of her novels with them. I am absolutely delighted with the paperback version of Distance and really impressed with Feedaread as a whole. Any queries have been answered promptly, the site is easy to navigate and informative and the actual book is of very high quality.

For the bookshelf

For the bookshelf

What was the most challenging part about getting your book into print?

Without doubt, for me the most challenging part was the formatting as that’s definitely not my forte! However, now that the book is actually published, I’m thrilled with how it looks.

When I reviewed your e-book Distance, I felt an itch to know what happened next for the Richardson family. At that time did you have a second instalment in mind?

Yes, I felt that there was more of the Richardson family story to come and I wanted to focus on middle child Jacob, and grandmother, Helen in particular. The third book will have more to do with the youngest child, Becky. Distance followed the family’s adventures and struggles as they set about emigrating across the world and dealt with the challenges of leaving loved ones behind. Further explores the impact that dementia can have on a close-knit family, set against the backdrop of teenage boundary-testing, finding one’s feet in a new country, keeping a marriage alive – and everything in between.

The story in Distance, although about the fictional Richardsons, called on your own family’s experiences of migration to an extent. Does Further follow a similar path?

In some ways it does, yes. My own Mum had vascular dementia for the last few years of her life and we tried to find ways of dealing with what could sometimes be very worrying and unusual behaviours. However, Nana Helen’s storyline in Further isn’t a true-life account and neither are the ups and downs of teenager Jacob. As with Distance, I wrote the story from the viewpoint of ‘what if?’

How far along are you with the second volume?

The manuscript is complete and I’m now editing. I have my wonderful writer friends to thank for their honest critiques and insightful comments which are helping me to keep up the pace and flow of the story within a realistic framework. I’m stoked with how it’s looking already!

Would you think of giving a title to the series? Any ideas?

A name would be terrific, but I haven’t come up with one yet!

Completing two novels and having a third on the way within a couple of years is quite an achievement. As I know you have an eventful family and social life, I’m wondering how you manage to fit it all in.

I have always wanted to write. Being able to put ‘author’ in my passport as my occupation has been a long-held dream and it is only in the last few years that I’ve had the time and space to knuckle down and write that novel! I treat writing like a job. I ‘go to work’ in my little office and don’t allow myself to become distracted with things going on in the house around me. Afternoons are my writing time and I’m extremely fortunate to have an amazingly supportive family.

Creative marketing

Creative marketing

Many thanks to Nene for sharing her experiences. Please join me in wishing her a big success when she publishes Further, the second book of the series. I look forward to including it on my bookshelf very soon.

You can find Nene’s blog on her website http://www.nenedavies.com and her book on Amazon http://amzn.to/1jzE0Wd. Distance is also stocked by all major online booksellers.




New novel, Past Imperfect available

Novel available

Book one of the Longshadows Series

Book one of the Longshadows Series

It was such a delight at Writers Group today to see Past Imperfect on multiple screens – Ipad, Kindle, Kobo. All my colleagues with readers had downloaded it. What a thrill! It is available free on Smashwords for a short period – http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/301384


After that it was on with the business of critiquing each other’s work. We had a big load today – everyone present contributed material for comment:

  • There was the first chapter of a new novel – a sequel to Nene Davies’ first book Distance, which will be e-published by Really Blue Books next month. The new book with a working title of Further promises another great read.
  • Another was an American-based YA novel that is moving along well – in our humble opinions, quite brilliant.
  • A wonderful short story – humorous and full of characters we’ve all met and wish we hadn’t.
  • Memoir chapter of life in the 1950s in rural Australia by a young English migrant – real social history there.
  • The first chapter of a story destined for the education sector about a wartime mystery – a couple of youngsters have a project on hand to follow an emotional trail.
  • And a chapter from the end of my second novel Present Tense – set in Amsterdam after the medical evacuation of a humanitarian aid volunteer from Africa.

Lots of laughs, constructive comments and helpful discussions. And a wonderful lunch afterwards as four of us have birthdays just past or imminent.

I’m also posting on my new website – http://www.winfredadonald.com

Author interview – Nene Davies

Nene - author and friend

Nene – author and friend

Nene Davies, a member of the Victoria Point Writers Group in Queensland is enjoying the exhilaration of having her first novel Distance accepted for publication and is here to tell us about the experience.

1.  How did you receive the news that your novel was accepted and what did it feel like?

 I had an e-mail from digital publishers Really Blue Books letting me know that my manuscript had been accepted for publication. I was almost too scared to read the e-mail, so my daughter began to read it aloud, over my shoulder. She got as far as ‘Congratulations…’ when we both jumped up and started dancing round the kitchen, shrieking! I was absolutely bowled over and I’m still in shock I think!

2.  You chose the digital publication route and to submit to a new publisher. What led you to take that path?

 I chose the digital publication route for a number of reasons: I had sent an early draft of my novel to a couple of traditional publishers who open their doors to new authors from time to time, but clearly never got past the slush pile as I didn’t hear from them at all! In the meantime, I was noticing the rise and rise of e-books and the more articles I read about the whole e-book phenomena, the more attractive an option it seemed. The rate at which digital publishing has exploded is astonishing and whilst I would love to see my novel in hard copy too one day, I really feel that publishing electronically is the best way forward for me.

I came across Really Blue Books on social media and had a look at their website. They seemed quite different from other publishers that I’d researched, with their optimistic outlook and fresh approach. I was drawn to the friendly nature of their website and noticed that they are an Australian publisher with an interest in supporting Australian authors. Plus, they are a relatively new publisher, at the forefront of digital publishing. All of these things inspired me to pluck up the courage to approach them with my manuscript.

3.  How long did it take from your first contact with Really Blue Books until you had a decision?

 It took six months from my initial approach, to signing a contract. During that time, the publisher asked me to revise the length of the novel and this work took me about four weeks to complete.

4.  What has happened since acceptance and what is mapped out for the next few months and beyond?

 I received my e-mail of acceptance in the first week of January 2013 so it’s only been a matter of a few weeks. I have been advised that an editor will work with me on the manuscript to get it polished to a publishable standard and that publication itself will be in May of this year.

In the meantime, I am working on the marketing side of things.

Really Blue Books encourages authors to participate as much as they are able, in the promotion of their work so I am gathering ideas and approaching people regarding book launches etc. A local business has kindly offered to host a launch for me and my local council will include Distance in their e-book catalogue. I have been asked if I’d like to participate on an author panel at the library too – and of course, I said yes please!

5.  Tell us in a paragraph what your book Distance is about.

 Ten years ago, I emigrated to Australia with my husband and children and the idea for the novel is loosely based on our own experiences, though it is definitely not a word-for-word account. Distance is the story of an ordinary family from rural Wales, who face an unforeseen crisis, which eventually results in them having the opportunity to realise a long-held dream of emigrating to Australia. The grandmother in the story totally opposes the idea, refuses to join the family and pulls out all the emotional stops to prevent them leaving. Her daughter has to decide whether to go to Australia and risk losing her mother or stay, and risk losing her marriage.

 6.  What part of working on the story did you find most challenging?

 The editing! Since I’m a rambler/waffler/chatty type, I found it very tricky to revise the length of the novel by some 25,000 words. I gave myself a month and was able to complete the work in that time.

Also, as with any submission, waiting for a response from a publisher is like watching a drop of treacle spread over an entire dinner plate! It was agonising, but I do understand that it’s all part of the process.

 7.  When will we be able to buy Distance? And how will we know when it is available?

 Distance is due to be published in May 2013. It will be available on the

Really Blue Books website and through various outlets including Amazon, Google Play, Kobo and Firsty Fish.

 8.  Is there another novel in progress?

 A sequel to Distance is forming in my mind, but I have yet to commit it to paper. I’m looking forward to really getting stuck into the new project once Distance is out in the big wide world!

 9.  Tell us about any other creative projects on the drawing board.

 I love writing short stories and have recently completed a couple for possible inclusion in a forthcoming anthology of Twisted Tales by Victoria Point Writers Group. Last year, Victoria Point Writers wrote and e-published Ten Minute Tales on Smashwords as a free download and we’ve had a terrific response. This has encouraged us to write another one!

Also last year, I had a short story, Day One published digitally and in hard copy, by Writers Abroad as part of the Foreign Encounters anthology. Narrator Australia included my short story, Miss Understood on their website and in hard copy in the Narrator Australia anthology, and my story Santa’s Helper Helps Herself appeared on the ABC Open website.

 You can stay in touch with Nene through Twitter (Nene_Davies), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/nenedavieswrites) and her website/blog (http://www.nenedavies.com)



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