I am kicking off the blog tour for Teresa F. Morgan’s newest release, Meet Me at Wisteria Cottage, today. As part of the blog tour stop, Teresa has kindly written a short piece about her writing process.

My writing process by Teresa F. Morgan

I suppose I’m a bit of a seats of pants writer. I’m not great at plotting, I tend to find my best ideas come to me as I type.  I know A needs to get B etc. And I know what certain scenes I want in the storyline, but the rest really does flow from my head, down my body and out my fingertips. I have to type too. I can’t write the story, only jotting down notes. But even then, I like to put my notes into OneNote. The more I write, the more characters develop too, so I find myself going back through the novel to edit these titbits in. 

 Unfortunately I can only write part time, as I work Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays, so I’m left three days midweek to crack on with the writing. If real life doesn’t get in the way too much, I make sure I write these days. 

I have from about 9am until 3pm while the boys are at school. I can’t write for a whole six hours – it would cripple me (I suffer with RSI – repetitive strain injury) – and there is housework (boo!) and a budgie, Rio to attend. 

A lot of writers give the advice of writing 1000 words a day. I just can’t do that, especially because of the days I’ve worked plus at weekends I want to make sure I enjoy life. It’s where we get our inspirations from after all. Living is research! 

Therefore, I’ve set myself a target of 3000 words a week. This is doable for me, and I’ve worked out that a 90,000 word novel (which is approximately what I write) should take me 30 weeks to generate a first draft. So that’s my aim! Some weeks I’m getting more than 3000 words, so it’s all a bonus. 

If I put too much pressure on myself I’ll make myself miserable and stressed about the day to day stuff. I want to aim to get a book written a year, and this word count target makes it achievable.

About Meet Me at Wisteria Cottage

After her house is set on fire and her love life is left in tatters, Maddy Hart can’t believe her luck when a friend offers her the temporary haven of Wisteria Cottage. Overlooking the turquoise blue waters of the Cornish coast, the fresh air feels like a fresh start for her and her broken heart.

Peeking out of the cosy cottage windows, Maddy’ssurprised to see her gorgeous but insufferable neighbour Harry Tudor has been employed to landscape the garden. But as the wisteria winding its way around the cottage begins to bloom, an unlikely friendship starts to blossom…

About Teresa F. Morgan

Teresa F Morgan lives in sunny Weston-super-Maretrying to hold onto her Surrey accent where she originates from.

For years she persevered with boring jobs, until her two boys (and a budgie called Rio) joined her nest. In an attempt to find something to work around them, and to ensure she never endured full time boredom again, Teresa found writing.

Family holidays in Cornwall have lead to the scenic Cornish coastline and the city of Bristol being the back drop for Teresa’s novels.

She’s at her happiest baking cakes, putting proper home cooked dinners on the table (whether the kids eat them or not), reading a good romance, or sitting at her PC emptying herthoughts onto the screen.

Teresa loves writing contemporary romance, stories with a touch of escapism and creating heroes readers will fall in love with.

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Make sure you check out the other stops on this tour for more exclusive content from Teresa. 

There seems to be a bit of a pattern emerging here as that we take our monthly siblings pictures on our bed. It’s not that we haven’t been out and about lately, we certainly have, but our baby girl is always fast asleep. Sleeping in the pram seems to be her most favourite spot for naps. We’ve been to the zoo at least 3 times since she’s been born, but so far she has not seen one single animal!

We have been loving this Easter break. Not having to rush about in the mornings to get ready for school has been lovely. Every morning, I’ve left my two girls to cuddle in our bed whilst I got up to prepare breakfast for us. They are so cute together!! Our older girl is such a proud big sister who has so much patience and time for her little sibling.

Up until today, we’ve been spoilt with beautiful sunny weather which makes it so much nicer for days out. We’ve met up with friends, been to the zoo and went on an Easter Egg Hunt at a National Trust property. Our older girl loved following the hints and clues to earn her Cadbury Easter Bunny, all while our littlest lady was fast asleep in her pram :-).

 

The Me and Mine Project

Ever since our oldest daughter was a baby, she has loved her time in the bath. Over the years, we have collected numerous bath toys or sometimes various shampoo bottles that we cannot get rid of as they’ve all been given names and are dear to her heart (Yes, she does have a lively imagination :-)).

We have recently been sent a few bath toys from Vital Baby in order to put them to the test. These made an immediate positive impact with our daughter, The first evening she tried them out, we couldn’t get her out of the bathtub for a good hour as she was happily playing with these new toys. 

There really is a lot to love about these bath toys. First of all, they are extremely versatile. The Swim Rings can be used as single floats, be attached to form a ring or a long train. Our littlest daughter is completely fascinated by the vibrant colours of the bath toys. I know that when she is old enough for the big bath, she will also get hours of endless fun out ot these lovely toys. We also thought that the quality of these bathtub friends is excellent. We have had many squirty toys that were quite hard and therefore made it near enough impossible to get all the water out when taking them out of the tub and drying them. We had to throw many of these out as they started to mold on the inside. These Vital Baby Bath Toys, however, are a lot softer and so far we have not had any problems emptying them.

Our verdict: These toys have been a huge hit with our daughter and we would highly recommend them.

Disclaimer: We were sent the Swim Rings and the Stick and Slide Toy for review, but all thoughts and opinions are entirely our own. 

 

 

And just like that, we are already in month 3 of taking pictures of our two girls together. The last four weeks literally passed by in a blur! We’ve all been hit by colds and coughs and we are starting to get slight cabin fever. I cannot wait for the weather to start warming up so that we can get out and about a little more. Our garden is still so drenched and soaked that it makes it near enough impossible to spend some time out there.

Our baby girl had her first lot of immunisations a couple of weeks ago. She was such a good girl for the nurse. Mummy not so much. I probably resembled a nervous wreck, but I cannot help it. I hate everything to do with needles!!

March is a great month for us. Our big girl turns 5. How did this happen so fast?? She is so excited and hasn’t really talked about anything else for months.

The relationship between my two girls is getting stronger by the day. Our baby girl might be crying her eyes out, but as soon as she sets eyes on her big sister, she instantly quietens down and usually gives her a huge smile. At the same time, our older girl adores and is completely besotted by her sister. She is always by her side, cuddling her and talking to her. I know she gets slightly frustrated by the fact that they cannot play together just yet, but this time will come all too soon anyway!!

Just looking at this month’s pictures, I couldn’t be any more in love with my two perfect girls.

The Me and Mine Project

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Showcase book of the month: The Uncommon Life of Alfred Warner in Six Days by Juliet Conlin.