After 20 years in PR I decided it was time to...just write. Now, I am a published, award-winning author, developmental book editor, author mentor and partner publisher (www.ocpublishing.ca). I post thoughts on my writer's journey and share my experiences as an author, editor and publisher and highlight the books of authors I am publishing. I welcome guest bloggers and do author interviews. Enjoy my blog and feel free to comment.
I'm excited to share that today (March 31st) OC Publishing author, Apple Gidley’s latest novel, Transfer, launches. It's the 102nd
anniversary of the transfer in 1917 of Saint Croix from Danish to American
rule. If you read Gidley’s first novel, Fireburn, and want to know what is going on in the lives of the characters you came to love, Transfer
continues the story of those living at Anna’s Fancy.
Reviewers love it! “Apple Gidley’s striking new novel captivates from its very first page,”
said Jack Scott, author, Perking the Pansies. “This is adeft
and well-crafted plot, effortlessly weaving its way through the
politically-charged uncertainty of the Danish West Indies and presenting us
with such authentic and credible characters that the overall effect is
Gidley, an Anglo-Australian author who divides her
time between Houston, Texas and Saint Croix, USVI, has revelled in the cultures
of the twelve countries she has called home, but now spends most of her time in
the islands. Her European heritage and love of history spill onto the pages of Transfer,
drawing the reader in as the main characters live their lives between Saint
Croix, London, Paris and Copenhagen during a tumultuous time in history.
“When I first decided to write an historical novel about Saint Croix, I
envisaged it around the transfer to America,” said Gidley. “But whilst doing
the research I came across Fireburn, the worker uprising in 1878, and thought
it an interesting and little-known piece of history.”
As the author worked on her first novel and the characters of Niels, Javier
and Fabiana developed, she decided to separate the storyline into two books.
The sequel, Transfer, follows the lives of the younger generation as
each plays a part in the islands’ history. The characters grapple not only with
the challenges of unsettled times, but with the clash of cultures and race.
“Initially Niels is like many young people - trying to find his way.
Fabiana, on the other hand, was born to be an artist,” said Gidley.
“Reading Apple Gidley’s Transfer, will give you
detailed insight into life in the then Danish West Indies,” said Michael
Keldsen, editor of Magasinet, the magazine of the Danish West
Indian Society. “What makes the book interesting is the story it tells of a
gallery of individuals, most of them from the islands with a variety of
national backgrounds, and certainly not with an insular approach to life and
Author, Apple Gidley
Gidley’s roles have been varied - magazine editor,
intercultural trainer, interior designer, and Her Britannic Majesty’s Honorary
Consul while in Equatorial Guinea. Now writing full time, she evocatively
portrays peoples and places with empathy and humour. She is currently working
on her third novel which is set in 1950’s Malaya. More on the author and her
books can be found at https://www.ocpublishing.ca/apple-gidley.html orwww.applegidley.com.
Too many adverbs and clichés in your writing? I've got just the fix for you. by Jessica Bell Writers constantly have rules thrown at them left, right, and center. Show, don’t tell! Stop using so many dialogue tags! More sensory detail! More tension! Speed up the pace! Yada yada yada ... it can become overwhelming, yes? I used to feel overwhelmed by it all too. In fact, I still do sometimes. It’s hard enough to get the words on the page, let alone consider how to put them there. In Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird , she says that in order not to be overwhelmed, a writer needs to focus on short assignments. She refers to the one-inch picture frame on her desk and how that little picture frame reminds her to focus on bite-sized pieces of the whole story. Basically, if you focus on one small thing at a time, the story will eventually come together to create a whole. I believe the same applies to learning the craft of writing. If writers focus on one aspect of the craft at a time, t
As we approach launch day for Lynda Faye Schmidt's novel, The Healing , a women's fiction/family drama based on the author's life, we're excited to announce the blog tour schedule and introduce you to the bloggers and book reviewers who have joined the tour. The tour begins on launch day, April 23rd. Take a look, follow these bloggers and make sure you visit on the tour dates indicated (check back regularly for updates): Pre-Tour - March 2 - Thrive Global - pre-launch announcement April 16 - Fit for Joy - pre-launch podcast interview with Lynda April 23 - IndieView - author Q&A with Lynda April 24 - Canadian Bookworm - featuring a guest blog by Lynda, "What Inspired Me" April 26 - Dartmouth Book Exchange - author spotlight April 29 - Storybook Reviews - review May 4 - Help Me Sara - podcast interview May 13 - My Question Life - review and author interview June 30 - Reader's Favorite - review As new bloggers come on board we will update our
“Starting your book is only the first five miles of a twenty-six mile marathon that’s one-third of a triathlon.” APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur If you’re a self-published author or are contemplating taking the plunge (for whatever reason), be prepared for the demand of being an ‘Author-Preneur.’ Actually, it’s not a bad idea to do it even if you’re traditionally published. Start switching your mind-set from, ‘I’ve got to sit down and get a chapter done today’ to ‘I’ve got to sit down and write a chapter today AND post a tweet about my progress, share a sneak preview on Facebook, take that tutorial on how to convert to ebooks, and review the cover design proposals that are sitting in my in-box.’ There are plenty of books, blogs, websites, newsletters and videos out there on how to do it all... some helpful and others not so much. One that I would highly recommend is Guy Kawasaki’s and Shawn Welch’s APE: Author, Publisher,Entrepreneur . It takes you through the entire