I’d like to welcome Harmony Kent to my blog today. Harmony is another author I met through Twitter and the Rave Reviews Book Club. She’s a very nice lady and a very good author. It is my pleasure to host her on the RRBC Spotlight Author blog tour.
Hi there! This is the third day of my RRBC Spotlight blog tour. You can find details of all my stops here.
Even after I had my leg amputated, back in 2010, I continued to be in great pain, and have required various medical procedures since then. I am waiting for some further work to be done on my spine at the moment, in an effort to try and reduce the daily pain and debilitation I am living with. Throughout all of this, the single thing I am always able to do, is to sit and write. For that I am so very grateful.
As soon as I had finished my first book, The Battle for Brisingamen, I started on my second book, The Glade. I didn’t have the luxury of jumping straight into writing another book when I finished this one though, as I had a lot going on in my life. I had an initial procedure on my spine to try to alleviate some of the pain in my amputated leg, then moved house—which involved having to get major adaptations done to make my new home wheelchair accessible. Not to mention having to do a major edit on my first book—as well as making changes to ‘The Glade’—I felt overwhelmed at times, and it was all I could do to keep my head above water.
One thing that helped a lot during this trying time, was discovering Rave Reviews Book Club. I was reading an article on Bette A Stevens’ website, and I followed a link she provided. The club is the only place I have come across that offers so much support, and friendship. My recent ten day spot as Book of the Month was incredibly uplifting, right at a time I needed it. And, now here I am in the spotlight seat!
I am a great believer in ‘paying it forward’. That is, if someone does a good turn, then make sure you pass it on, and do a good deed for someone else. Ever since publishing my first book, I have been acutely aware of how difficult indie authors find it to promote themselves and their work. I geared up my website to offer guest posts and reviews, in an effort to help. But, this was nothing, compared to the scale of what I can achieve as a member of Rave Reviews Book Club.
Very soon, I joined the Tweet Support Team and signed up as a Spotlight tour host. Then I joined the Governing Board, as Administrative Assistant, and I am so honoured to be able to help support the club in this way. It is yet another way I can ‘pay it forward’ and pay back.
I now also offer editing and proofreading at very discounted prices, as I know that most indie authors don’t have a lot of spare cash hanging around. Yet, to get your book edited is one of the most essential things an author needs to do. I have come across so many indie books that would have been brilliant, if only for some editing know how. This situation has led me to begin work on my first non-fiction book, Polish Your Prose (Essential Editing Tips for Authors), which will be published later this year.
Occasionally, if I feel an author has been ultra-supportive of other writers and is a generally good person, I will offer my services for free. If I didn’t need to eat, I would work for free all the time, but even I have to accept that that isn’t realistic. I have learnt and developed such a lot since I first began writing, and it makes me very happy to be able to pass this knowledge on, in any way I can. It is another way I can ‘pay it forward’.
It is interesting the path my life has taken. And, despite disability and pain, I am the happiest I have been. I find writing incredibly fulfilling, yet that is nothing compared to the pleasure of seeing my fellow authors succeed. And, in RRBC, I feel I have found a wonderful community of like minded folk.
Elemental Earth (Book 1 of The Mysteries)
Young Adult Fantasy Fiction
“You turned the god of gnomes into a garden ornament?”
Sarah looked closely, but couldn’t tell if her dad was annoyed or amused—perhaps he was both …
Whilst 15 year old Sarah may be struggling to regain her feet, after being ripped from her everyday mundane life and ending up in a whole new dimension, she still knows how to have a bit of fun along the way. The Earth Elemental isn’t the only one whose feathers she manages to ruffle, and it’s only been four days. Meanwhile, her best friend is missing, and big trouble is brewing. She soon has a lot more to worry about than what happened to her phone or iPod, or even how much of an idiot Caleb obviously thinks she is.
Elemental Earth is the first book in The Mysteries series, and is aimed at Young Adults. Even if you’ve already reached an age where the young ones might call you ‘old enough’, if you’re still young at heart then you’re bound to enjoy these books just as much as the next—err—younger adult.
Age aside, perhaps we should be more worried about what further havoc Sarah’s antics might be about to wreak on the universe as we know it? We’d probably all be sleeping a lot more soundly if she’d only stuck to applied maths and the odd pillow fight. But no, sadly the lure of the proverbial rabbit hole proved just a tad too much. And now she’s taken the plunge, there’s no turning back.
Look out for tweets @harmony_kent, and follow my blog: http://harmonykent.co.uk to keep up to date with new book releases, promos, cover reveals and sneak peeks. Feel free to connect—I’d love to hear from you.