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. 

Welcome back to Talk of the Town, a weekly link-up I am co-hosting with Shaz from Jera’s Jamboree. We’d love you to share your book related blog posts with us.  Please visit my Talk of the Town page if you are unsure of how a link-up works. We are looking forward to reading your blog posts.

I’ve received some fantastic book post during the last couple of days. Thank you so much dear publishers! As part of today’s TALK OF THE TOWN post, I am sharing my next few reads with you.

ALL OUR WRONG TODAYS by Elan Mastai

This book is a little out of my comfort zone (it’s a cross over a few genres – from literary fiction to science-fiction and a few others), but as soon as I read the description for this book, I was utterly compelled and eager to give it a go. I am currently reading this book and am about halfway through. It’s amazing!! I will be sharing my review in the coming weeks.

LOST for WORDS by Stephanie Butland

It was the tagline of this book that drew me in straight away: “You can trust a book to keep your secret… Plus, the cover is gorgeous (I can’t share it on here yet, as it has not been revealed, but keep an eye out on 19th February :-)). I cannot wait to start reading this book.

When I Was Invisible by Dorothy Koomson

I’ve heard quite a few positive things about Dorothy’s writing, but so far, I haven’t read any of her novels so I am very excited to be delving into this one soon.

The Good Daughter by Alexandra Burt

This novel is definitely one of my most anticipated reads for 2017. I’ve read Alexandra’s debut, Little Girl Gone, last year and was absolutely blown away by it. Such an amazing, compelling and thrilling read. I cannot wait to find out whether The Good Daughter will live up to my high expectations.

Which books are you reading next?

TALK OF THE TOWN is sponsored by Black and White Publishing who kindly support a monthly giveaway. Everyone who tweets with the hashtag #ToTT will be entered into this giveaway for either a single book or a book bundle.   The giveaway might be paperback (UK/ROI) or digital (UK/ROI/INTL).  The winner will be randomly selected using Tweetdraw and books will be sent directly from Black & White Publishing. If you are sharing my weekly post please include @bwpublishing if possible. Thank you :-). January’s winner is Suzie (@suzannawriter). Congratualtions!!

Showcase book of the month: The Last Day I Saw Her by Lucie Lawrie.


 

Welcome back to Talk of the Town, a weekly link-up I am co-hosting with Shaz from Jera’s Jamboree. We’d love you to share your book related blog posts with us.  Please visit my Talk of the Town page if you are unsure of how a link-up works. We are looking forward to reading your blog posts.

I didn’t manage to do any reading this week. With a brand new baby in the house (who very much likes staying awake during the night), I try and catch up on sleep whenever she is sleeping during the day. I love these newborn days though – there is nothing better than to look into the little person’s face and be overcome with absolute pride and joy.

For this week’s #ToTT, I wanted to  share this exciting event with you. I won’t be able to attend, but maybe that’s something of interest to you? On Monday, 13th February, four romance writers will get together at Tottenham Court Road Waterstones in London and discuss the Romance genre; how it has evolved over time – the impact of feminism and self-publishing – and where it is heading now. Audiences will also be offered a free glass of wine upon arrival. The four writers are: Isabelle Broom, Sarah Morgan, Nicole Cornick and Jean Fullerton. They will be interviewed by Fanny Blake, books editor for Woman & Home. More details for the event can be found here.

TALK OF THE TOWN is sponsored by Black and White Publishing who kindly support a monthly giveaway. Everyone who tweets with the hashtag #ToTT will be entered into this giveaway for either a single book or a book bundle.   The giveaway might be paperback (UK/ROI) or digital (UK/ROI/INTL).  The winner will be randomly selected using Tweetdraw and books will be sent directly from Black & White Publishing. If you are sharing my weekly post please include @bwpublishing if possible. Thank you :-).

Showcase book of the month: The Secret Life of Lucy Lovecake by Pippa James.

Welcome back to #TalkoftheTown, a weekly link-up I am co-hosting with Shaz from Jera’s Jamboree. We’d love you to share your book related blog posts with us.

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and a brilliant start to the New Year. I need to apologise for my lack of blog posts lately, but I do have a perfect excuse. We welcomed our second daughter on Monday. We are all doing well and very much enjoy our new family setting. My oldest daughter couldn’t be any prouder of becoming a big sister. She adores our new addition and literally does not let her out of her sight.

From one exciting bit of news to the next: Talk of the Town has a new sponsor, Black & White Publishing. I am a huge fan of this publishing house and have read so many great books and have discovered a wide array of new talented authors. Shaz and I are so pleased and cannot wait to share more details with you over the coming weeks.

About Black & White Publishing

Black & White Publishing was founded in 1999. Since then, they’ve grown into one of Scotland’s leading independent publishers with over 300 books in print across a variety of genres. Committed to publishing the best books from the most talented writers in the UK and beyond theyproduce an extensive range of titles, including general non-fiction,  biography,  sport and humour,  as well as selected fiction,  young adult and children’s books.

Each month, we will introduce one of their new releases to you. This month the chosen title is The Secret Life of Lucy Lovecake by Pippa James.

Daisy Delaney’s life is pancake-flat. A talented baker and passionate lingerie specialist, she has wound up with no one to bake for and a career that hasn’t proved successful. But when she starts a delicious relationship with famous French author-chef, Michel Amiel, everything begins to look a bit more exciting.
 
That is, until Michel’s bestselling cookbook is knocked off the top spot by newcomer ‘Lucy Lovecake’. His outdated recipes slide down the charts while the popularity of Lucy Lovecake’s new dating cookbook is rising like the perfect sponge.
 
As Daisy teeters on the brink of love, how can she ever tell Michel that she is the mysterious Lucy Lovecake? Could he ever forgive her for finishing off his career? And more importantly, does Daisy even want to be with a difficult, egotistical, down-on-his-luck Frenchman just as her career is beginning to take off? Especially when she has some other very interesting offers…
 


Welcome back to #TalkoftheTown, a weekly link-up I am co-hosting with Shaz from Jera’s Jamboree. We’d love you to share your book related blog posts with us. Please visit my Talk of the Town page if you are unsure of how a link-up works. We are looking forward to reading your blog posts.

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I am so pleased to be welcoming Laura Briggs to the blog today. Laura’s Christmas release, A Christmas in Cornwall, is out now. Laura has kindly written a guest post about Cornwall for my blog readers. Cornwall is somewhere I always wanted to visit, but have never gotten round to doing so. Oh well, one day for sure!

Five Things I Learned (and Love) About Cornwall
(Guest Post by Laura Briggs)

I love England. And I love Cornwall. Sadly, however, I’ve only been to England once (on a school trip, actually), and wasn’t lucky enough to visit Cornwall during my stay. So when I began writing about it in A WEDDING IN CORNWALL, I realized all my knowledge of it came from ‘Doc Martin’ and the hit series ‘Poldark’! So I did a little … then a lot more …research while writing, and learned more about one of England’s most beautiful and most unique counties, full of culture and history. So here are five of the ‘fun facts’ I learned that found their way into A WEDDING IN CORNWALL, A CHRISTMAS IN CORNWALL, and the upcoming third book A COTTAGE IN CORNWALL.

#5  Heath — One of Cornwall’s Native Plants

Heath is as quintessentially English as the moors … but I had always pictured it in THE SECRET GARDEN’s Yorkshire world, and never knew that it was one of Cornwall’s native, rugged flora, nor that it was protected. But I learned all this and more when I wrote the first cliffside encounter between Julianne and Matt. Cornwall is full of beautiful wildflowers, so choosing a plant was hard, but I chose heath because it seemed like such a perfect representation of Cornwall’s character. And, maybe, a little bit perfect as a representation of Julianne herself!

#4 The Cliffs

The coasts of Cornwall are breathtaking. Even if you’ve only seen pictures, like I have, the beauty of its shores can really be mind-blowing. Until I began this book, I had only a vague idea (Doc Martin, remember?) so much of A WEDDING IN CORNWALL’s coastal beauty was originally inspired by other parts of England…but when I began visiting blogs and websites by Cornwall’s natives and visitors, the Cornish reality began to take form in my head. The view of the shore and the sea factors into every story somehow, and feels almost like another story character to me now. I even named the manor house in honor of it, in fact (the original name — that’s another story).

#3 Oggies

Meat pies are a Cornish specialty, and residents have very decided opinions on what constitutes a quality ‘oggie,’ I learned! I tried to describe their favorite tradition as best I could when writing the scene in Charlotte’s shop, and it definitely made my mouth water as much as Julianne’s did. The only thing better than reading Cornish opinions on English pasties is watching pasties being cooked on The Great British Bake Off.

#2 The Cornish Tongue

Ah, Cornish! Not an easy language, as I learned from a little research. It has ties to other languages — it has spelling difficulties that make one’s head spin and pronunciations that my American tongue simply can’t attempt. But I made my best attempt to include a little of it in the story because Cornwall just isn’t the same without its language, as I’ve come to understand. Village names come from it, boats and landmarks are called by its tongue, and local phrases and slang are derived from it. In A WEDDING IN CORNWALL, the village name is taken from two common Cornish/Old Welsh words (the spelling is a little imperfect, as I’ve since learned!) Julianne and Matt visit the famous Lowarth Helegan gardens, whose name means ‘Willow Tree,’ and even Rosemoor Cottage has a reference point in Cornish.

#1 Troyls

It’s a running joke in the story — Julianne’s confusion over the traditional Cornish evening of music and dance, which comes up yet again in A CHRISTMAS IN CORNWALL. To me, a troyl seems like the Cornish version of an Irish ceili, although I’ve also learned that it served as a traditional festival or celebration at the end of the fishing season in different parts of Cornwall. And you even sense a little kinship with Scotland in the fact that kilts are sometimes worn by the men (hence Julianne’s blush over indulging in a little mental picture of Matt in attendance).

From the ‘Lizard’ to the flavor saffron, I’ve learned far more about Cornwall than the ‘fun facts’ I just named from the first book…and what I’ve learned since then found its way into the Christmas sequel, and into the third book I’m releasing in January (where I learned a little more about a famous Cornish tourist spot, and about springtime in Cornwall). I hope the world they helped create will help readers escape to a little part of Cornwall, even if they’re as far away from it as I am!

About Laura

Laura Briggs’ first stories were written in crayon about a rooster named Henry–but she was pretty young at the time, so it’s understandable. She eventually graduated to writing more complex plot lines and characters and writing her stories on a laptop. She tends to write stories with a romance theme, but as a reader she has a soft spot for mysteries, including those by Agatha Christie and Mary Roberts Rinehart. She also enjoys books by Jane Austen, Anne Tyler, Amy Tan, and too many others to name. In her free time, she likes to experiment with new recipes and tries to landscape her yard (a never-ending project).

Author Website: http://paperdollwrites.blogspot.com/

Twitter Account: http://bit.ly/1ME9ivJ

Facebook Page: http://on.fb.me/1JjeMoI

Thank you so much for visiting today, Laura.

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