Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Dipping ones toe

Most authors have one particular genre that they write. My first choice would be paranormal, something a little spooky I hope with a twist at the end. My first two books A FAR REACHING DREAM and THE HIDDEN PATH HOME were just so with a romance built in. CARD SCHOOL book number three was just paranormal. A boy stuck at a boarding school discovering a few secrets of the building where he lived. However for my next book I entered the world of chick-lit. I wrote as the first person, a lady called Emily who takes us on a journey of dating at 49 after 20 years of marriage. This book will be released soon, I promise. I have talked about it long enough. The pipeline is a long one for me with a vast range of books in the idea stage and some being written as we speak. After NOTE TO SELF will be a biography about one of my oldest friends Angie as she makes the difficult and emotional journey as a transgender person in today's society.
I have also written two different series of children's books with my wife Jade who is an early years teacher. So I will leave the single genre writing to the professionals and I will continue to dip my toe into the many genre ponds.!!

You keep reading and I'll keep writing.

www.andrewmilnerbooks.com


Thursday, 8 September 2016

Oh, It's hard work !!

The best thing ever as a writer is when someone says something positive about your work. It's so easy sometimes to get disheartened when things don't go as planned... Trying to get an agent for a start it's not just hard but damn impossible. Nobody is interested in taking a gamble on an unknown writer.

Also finding your genre is hard. My first two books were both paranormal romance, the third was paranormal yet my next one which will be called NOTE TO SELF is a chick-lit. Written as first person it follows Emily as she approaches 50 and her husband leaves her. She has to get back into the dating game and after dating some strange men, she has a decision to make. Hopefully its release will be by the end of the year... I have also written children's books and I am now about to embark on a biography of a male to female transgender patient... I'm not sure sticking to one particular genre will suit me because writing gives me an opportunity to be whoever I want to be whenever I want.

I am also a trustee of a charity called Purple Owl which raises awareness of Epilepsy, a true honour as my wife founded it.
 
Anyway back to my original point someone said to me the other day; I have read loads of books, some fantastic, some not but yours are just as good as most. Compliment? I certainly think so.

Keep reading, I'll keep writing !!

Oh, It is hard work !!!!

The best thing ever as a writer is when someone says something positive about your work. It's so easy sometimes to get disheartened when things don't go as planned... Trying to get an agent for a start it's not just hard but damn impossible. Nobody is interested in taking a gamble on an unknown writer.

Also finding your genre is hard. My first two books were both paranormal romance, the third was paranormal yet my next one which will be called NOTE TO SELF is a chick-lit. Written as first person it follows Emily as she approaches 50 and her husband leaves her. She has to get back into the dating game and after dating some strange men, she has a decision to make. Hopefully its release will be by the end of the year... I have also written children's books and I am now about to embark on a biography of a male to female transgender patient... I'm not sure sticking to one particular genre will suit me because writing gives me an opportunity to be whoever I want to be whenever I want.

I am also a trustee of a charity called Purple Owl which raises awareness of Epilepsy, a true honour as my wife founded it.
 
Anyway back to my original point someone said to me the other day; I have read loads of books, some fantastic, some not but yours are just as good as most. Compliment? I certainly think so.

Keep reading, I'll keep writing !!

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Helping others

Well it's been a while since my last blog.. About a year actually. I have finished my next book but just having issues with the cover... It'll be out soon enough... However, that is not the reason for my blog. I just wanted to share with you how wonderful my wife is. Despite being poorly, she has epilepsy, she works near on full time and has set up her own charity. Purple Owl is to raise awareness of epilepsy. She's wonderful, determined and clever as well as focused and funny.. I love her immensely. I'm proud to be a trustee of this charity and will do everything to support her in it. If anyone knows someone who suffers from epilepsy tell them to get in touch to see how we can help. Email -Charitypurpleowl@yahoo.com or text/call +44 7752 128212
Funny how despite having loads of issues themselves, people still want to help others. 

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Little things please little minds


As I say in the title Little things please little minds and this was confirmed for me when I got a follow from Sian Reeves on twitter. To have followers is a compliment in itself but a famous one is amazing. I am one happy boy.
I make no secret from enjoying writing books and although the search for a literary agent continues I still enjoy creating characters and stories in my head. Granted not everyone will like them which is why as most authors do, I have rejection emails filling my inbox but my enjoyment is what keeps me going. If I didn't enjoy it I wouldn't do it. The feeling when someone says "I really enjoyed that," when they have read one of my books is amazing.

Currently I am deciding whether to re-release my first two books as one book as when I wrote A FAR REACHING DREAM I had no idea that THE HIDDEN PATH HOME would be written. Although the books were written as standalone books I have to concede that The Hidden Path Home does refer to A Far reaching Dream a little bit.
I have started writing a script for A Far Reaching Dream as I would like to approach a drama maker as I think it would make a good two part drama and I must continue with this as it's so easy to get side tracked by life.

NOTE TO SELF which will be my next book is a new genre for me but more will be said in the next few months as I prepare that one for publication and in the mean time I continue to write another one following a lovely chap who is trying to rebuild his life after the death of his wife. Everyone loves a little bit of doom and gloom sometimes, however a happy ending usually helps to combat that.

Anyway

If you keep reading I'll keep writing

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

What gives someone the right to take another life?

       What gives someone the right to take another life? We are all human beings put here to look after this beautiful world created for us to live in. It's not hard, it's not rocket science, you don't need to be super intelligent to get this concept. No matter what colour your skin is, what country you were born in or what religion you choose to practice, you are no better or worse than I am. I am more than happy to live my life side by side with my fellow human beings without question. Why then do some people live their lives to hurt other people, to force their views on others, to make other people live to their beliefs. Look, here it is plain and simple. Live your life as you want to live it without hurting one another. Plain and simple, then we can all just get on and enjoy this lovely world.


       It's a privilege to be an author, an artist or a songwriter in which you create a world safe for people to absorb themselves into and feel safe. Sure, we all get upset when reading a sad book or listening to a sad song or laugh at the comedy book written to entertain us but these are safe worlds created for us to enjoy just like the real world was created for us to enjoy. Maybe if we think of this world as a book and we just mere characters we might enjoy it more. Yes there's always the bad guy in a book but the good guys always win in the end.

More about my next book in my next blog.

Keep reading and I'll keep writing...

Andy








Sunday, 14 June 2015

There's always someone to help with the book.

Sometimes it's hard to know which direction to take the books you are writing. My concern is that I don't want to be one of those authors who people say things about like - "It's the same as his last book".
I've seen reviews of successful authors where it has been stated 'same plot as last book'. I let the idea come and then I listen to the characters because it's them who know what the story is about. Don't ever be scared to step back a bit and let the story develop, this is where you will find the best inspiration.

My fourth book has just about had its first full edit and has now been sent to an agent so fingers crossed. The character who is called Emily Matheson has led me through a difficult time in her life and I now feel that I have a friend for life with her. She is approaching her fiftieth birthday when her husband leaves her. She has had to start her life again after twenty years of marriage.

Emily made me laugh, she made me cry and left me feeling honoured that she shared her thoughts and feelings with me.

I will keep you updated with the progress of this book. 

Keep reading. I'll keep writing.