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By janedixonsmith, Mar 24 2014 06:48PM

This is my first blog post here on my author site. My passion for writing and all things bookish started when I was very small, and the ever changing world of literature inspires me every day. I was therefore delighted when fellow Triskele author Catriona Troth (Gift of the Raven, Ghost Town http://catrionatroth.blogspot.co.uk) asked me to participate in a blog tour.

1) What am I working on?

I'm currently formatting the first in the Overlord series for print. It is entitled The Rise of Zenobia, retelling the events surrounding the greatest, most threatening rebellion the Roman Empire faced. I have been writing it on and off for nearly nine years now, and finally it will see publication. I am hugely excited about this. The entire series will span about eight books.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I heard years back that you should write what you like to read, but I think I ignored that advice for a long time. My writing was, I felt, underwritten, and it has taken me until last year to realise that it is the writing style I want to read, and the writing I enjoy reading. I thought it had to be something profound and 'wordy' and over-told to be good, and I know now how wrong that was. I write like I see the scenes happening on television, watching everything happen, the colours, the sounds, imagining the smells. I don't know how other people write, but that is how I write, how I see it.

3) Why do I write what I do?

Because I am a creative. I love 'making' things. As a kid I watched Blue Peter a lot and I was always disappointed when they didn't make something that you could try at home. Remember Tracy Island? I made one too. And also I love creating a world that is mine, and that others know so little about, hanging a story on history and pulling and tweaking and moulding it into a believable version of what might have been.

4) How does my writing process work?

I used to try to write so many words a day, now I just write when I can, between the day job and the children and in between. There is no real process to how I work, I just muddle through until it's right, researching a bit more here and there, editing again and again until I think it's perfect, until I can stand back and think, hell yes, that inspires me.

Next week I have invited two authors to take part in this blog tour:

Jessica Louise Smith and, like her protagonist Evie Stone, is from the rural county of Herefordshire - famous for cider and bulls. Her debut novel, Godcorp, will be released on 04/04/14. It's a paranormal thriller with it's tongue very much in its cheek.

Outside of being a writer she works, as Evie does, for a specialist IT sales agency. She sells business analytics solutions into the major UK banks and retailers. She's also a qualified NLP practitioner, Reiki Master and has the highest score on Bop-it of anyone she knows.


Lisa C Hinsley's career has been varied, working as an architectural technician, a pet sitter, a pharmacy supervisor and most recently a carer/companion for elderly ladies, all the while writing when she can. Born in Portsmouth in 1971, Lisa grew up in England, Scotland, and America. She now lives on the Wirral, in northwest England, with her husband, three children, and four cats.

Lisa's novels Plague and The Ultimate Choice have featured regularly on the UK Amazon bestsellers charts and are now published in the USA by Simon & Schuster.