Monday, 25 November 2013
Have you ever been involved with amateur dramatics at all?
Yes! I was in a few pantomimes and plays when I was much younger.
I still get nostalgic whenever I watch any theatre production. I’m almost tempted to jump upon stage and join in! But I appreciate there’s a medium - to high risk - of me being manhandled by security. And they’d probably confiscate my Fruit Pastilles.
I do miss it though. There’s an infectious buzz about being in the theatre, and I love being backstage, it’s like being part of a huge secret. Those feelings were a huge influence when writing A Cinderella Christmas.
If you could be any stage character who would you be and why?
If I could sing... and if I could roller skate...I’d quite like to be in Starlight Express. I love the bit when the cast whizz into the audience in those crazy costumes. It’d be fun! But clearly my inability to sing and skate is seriously restricting my musical theatre career. To be fair I would be a complete liability trying to move around on tiny wheels. Grace and balance are not on my list of positive attributes.
Who would your favourite leading man be?
If it were a romantic role then I think George Clooney would get the gig. If it were more of a gritty action man role, then I’d quite like Colin Farrell please. And if my main man was solving a ridiculously complex, impossible crime, then it would have to be BenedictCumberbatch. *sighs*
Where did you get the inspiration for this story?
It all started with the cow suit. I was thinking of unusual seasonal jobs. And the back end of the panto cow popped into my head. Poor Lucy, from her very conception as a character she was already stuck in that suit. I do think she handles herself with remarkably dignity though! She does get put through the wringer a bit in the book!
What has been your writing journey?
Even as a kid I enjoyed writing, but my first attempt at writing a novel was about ten years ago. It wasn’t a great attempt. I managed an entire chapter before giving up. I’ve kept that chapter hidden away in a filing cabinet. It makes for horrible reading. After that I put a lot of time into reading books on how to write. Probably too much time! Then about six years ago I started writing regularly. A novel, then a sitcom pilot, then a few short films, then a feature film, a couple of plays, then I reedited the book...a few times! It took me until last November to even consider approaching an agent. It’s quite an intimidating thing to do. And you have to write a synopsis. That bit’s almost harder than writing the flippin book!
What do you like to read?
Humorous fiction is my favourite, but I will read most genres if they have well crafted characters and a good pace. Hmmm, looking at my book shelf now, I can see a predominance of, Marian Keyes, Nick Hornby, David Nicholls, and Janet Evanovich.
Do you write full time or write alongside a day job? If so, what do you do?
I have a freelance sales job which involves me travelling around to visit lovely clients, to have a nice natter, and sometimes a cup of coffee. If I’m given a biscuit too then I am over the moon. If someone gives me a piece of cake, it’s like Christmas day. Apparently I shouldn’t rate my efficiency by the number of coffees and biscuits I’ve consumed, but to me that’s a sign of a good day!
Writing full time would be amazing though. Think of all the coffees I could have if I were home alone with my kettle?!?
If you could meet a well known author who would you pick and why?
I would have loved to have met the late Roald Dahl. Just to say thank you. I grew up with the Twits, Witches, and Giant Peaches! He must have had the most fabulous mind.
What can we expect next from Holly Kingston?
I might try and learn to sing and roller skate so that I can audition for Starlight Express. But on a more practical note I think I’ll stick to drinking coffee and typing. I’m quite proficient at sitting down and I’m highly addicted to writing.
I’m currently half way through my next novel and I’m really enjoying the characters. Hopefully it’ll ready for human consumption very soon!
Thank you very much for all the lovely questions!
Here's the blurb about the book:
Lucy Tilley dreams of a career in show business. But this isn’t quite what she had in mind …
This year’s Cinderella pantomime is the hottest production in town. What’s more, Lucy is starring alongside Ryan Aspall: famous TV actor, sex symbol and potential love of her entire life. One teeny problem – Lucy is tripping the light fantastic as … the back end of the comedy cow. Surely nothing kills a flirty moment quite like wearing a massive set of udders?
At least she has the support of glamorous (if potentially flammable) Charmaine; a reality star diva of a Cinderella, who Lucy is completely fascinated by. But behind the fame and beauty, Charmaine is not all she seems.
With more drama off the stage than on it, and everyone wanting to be star of the show, will Lucy find the confidence to make it out of the cow suit and into the spotlight this Christmas?
You can follow Holly on Twitter@HollyKWriter.
You can buy this book via Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/A-Cinderella-Christmas-Holly-Kingston-ebook/dp/B00GPCZX04
Monday, 18 November 2013
I first read this book last year, but was delighted when I was contacted to say that this beautiful book had been spotted by a top agent (Judith Murdoch) and was bought by Harper Collins for their Avon Books imprint.
Solomon and Jessica have fallen in love and while Ellen works hard so that they all have a nice life, John drinks and feels sorry for himself all the time and can be abusive towards Ellen both verbally and physically. Solomon is a healing cat and his healing ways bring healing, love and promise to this family but it all gets too much for Ellen to cope with and she becomes very ill. Solomon is guided by his angel who he sees and hears and who advises him how to deal with particular circumstances.
There was such a lot of emotion in this lovely tale. The love story between Jessica and Solomon is wonderfully told and Jessica’s appalling behaviour is quite hilarious at times. To talk about a love story between two cats sounds a bit bizarre but it really works well.
The story is actually told by Solomon which takes a little getting used to, but once I did, I really enjoyed the book and found it extremely emotional in parts with some very upsetting topics throughout, yet it was an absolute pleasure to read how this wonderful healing cat had such an impact on this families lives.
At the end of the book I cried and cried. In fact, I have to admit that I sobbed but in a good way and for a nice reason if that makes sense! What an amazing book! It covers the topics of reincarnation, spirituality, angels and death beautifully. I think this would be a good book to help children understand when a pet dies and help them feel a whole lot better about that situation. In fact the way that she described when an animal dies made me think about that happening when my mom died and that made me feel a whole lot better about that too!
I’m not a massive cat fan yet this book still appealed to me so you clearly don’t have to be a cat lover to get and love this book as much as I did. It really was a delightful tale of a love story between two cats and a cat and its owner. Simply beautiful!
Sheila Jeffries the author has a lovely style of writing, very relaxed and enjoyable. The words flowed well with the pages turning themselves and I read it very quickly. I can't review this book and not comment on the cover which is just one of the most sparkliest, beautiful covers ever! Matches perfectly the magical story.
This book was inspired by Sheila’s own cats and experiences that have happened in her life and it’s a book that could be read and enjoyed by both adults and children alike.
A more recent project was a commissioned Mind Body & Spirit book called Talking to Fairies. Sheila is also an amazing artist and has had exhibitions in
You can follow Sheila on Twitter
You can learn more about her at her website www.sheilajeffries.com
Hayley has a lovely writing style which lead to me picking the book up at every possible opportunity and she takes real life experiences and writes some of them in a light-hearted way and others in a really dramatic way. She seems to take issues that I know between me and my friends we've all experienced and tackle them head-on. I did have moments when I thought she may have been listening to my friends and I when we've been chatting about everyday life! She has certainly done her research!
I shall really look forward to reading more of Hayley's work in the future.
Thursday, 14 November 2013
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Sunday, 3 November 2013
We join Emily in her toughest case yet, when a serial killer is on the loose in California, tracking down and gruesomely killing it's victims in a string of vicious arson attacks. Emily, Rick & Jordan work as a united team in an attempt to track down the killer and find and protect his targets before he strikes again.
She thrives on danger, but this time, someone has their eye on her too! Will she get to them, before they get to her?
When Jennifer asked me if I would like to review the latest book in the Emily Stone series, I jumped at the chance. I've read all the others in the series and they are brilliantly written thrillers. Within a few seconds of opening this book, I was very quickly reminded of Emily's determination, courage and highly protective personality and continued to read most of the book whilst holding my breath.
There were times when I wanted to shout at Emily because I knew she was in danger and she couldn't see it. I've always compared Jennifer's writing to James Patterson and I still think this way, yet I do think it also improves if possible with each book. Her writing is full of suspense, intrigue, thrill and mystery. You just want to keep on turning the pages even though your heart is pounding away like mad!
I could read about Emily Stone all day long. She is one hell of a courageous, independent, gutsy, tough cookie, prepared to take on the world in an effort to help others. I'd love her to be watching my back!
It would be brilliant to see this series transferred to TV. It would make for a riveting watch on the edge of your seat!
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