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Coffee chat with Druscilla Morgan - author - Like A Girl anthology contributor

Grab your cup of coffee and join me in welcoming Druscilla Morgan to my blog today for a  chat.

DL: How do you have your coffee, and what is you favourite time of the day to partake?
DRUSCILLA: I like my coffee brewed and strong, with a dash of cream.
DL: Why did you submit a story to this anthology?
DRUSCILLA: Malala’s story touched my soul, as with the plight of so many girls like her. My mother was a teacher for over 30 years and I was brought up to see education as the means to freedom and power. This anthology provided a great opportunity to reinforce that message and help a wonderful cause at the same time.
DL: As a child, is there a woman who influenced you? How did she help shape you into the woman you are today?
DRUSCILLA: There were three women who powerfully influenced me. My mother, as previously mentioned, was a driving force in my thirst for knowledge. She instilled in me a love for learning, reading and writing that has never diminished. My grandmother was also a strong influ…

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Coffee chat with Avril Sabine

Today I'm welcoming Avril Sabine to my blog for a coffee chat. Avril has had more than 30 stories published; a mixture of short stories, novellas and novels with the majority of them being novels. She has another 30 at different stages of production. But today we're here to talk about the release of the anthology where 14 authors from around the globe donated their time and stories for a charity called PLAN Australia. The anthology features authors such as D L Richardson, Druscilla Morgan, Jeanette O'Hagan, and of course Avril.


Welcome Avril.
D L: How do you have your coffee, and what is you favourite time of the day to partake?
AVRIL: I don't drink coffee unless I have no plans to sleep for a couple of days. Although that happens regularly even without the help of coffee. I tend to mostly drink water and my last coffee would have been approximately twenty years ago.

D L: Why did you submit a story to the Like A Girl anthology? (3 copies to be won - Click HERE)
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Coffee chat - Jeanette O'Hagan and writing for Like A Girl anthology




Today I'd like to welcome to Jeanette O'Hagan to my blog. Jeanette is here to talk about her writing and to launch of Like A Girl anthology. Review at the bottom of the page.

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D L : How do you have your coffee, and what is your favourite time of the day to partake?
JEANETTE: I do coffee two ways. Most days I just drink 3 cups of Moccona(milk without sugar) but I love a Mugachino on Lactose free milk when chatting with friends. The first cup in the morning often tastes the best, though enjoying one in excellent company adds an extra zing to the day.
D L: Why did you submit a story to this anthology?

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JEANETTE: I love writing stories and I’m passionate about girls and women getting a fair go in life. I can remember when I was five being devastated at getting a Doll’s Tea Set for Christmas while my two brothers got Tonka trucks. We were an inseparable trio looking for…

Colouring in version of YA novel Little Red Gem

The colouring in version of YA novel The Bird With The Broken Wing has proven popular, so I've created one for the YA novel Little Red Gem. Feel free to share with your friends. You can download a pdf copy from my website by clicking on the image of HERE.

Colouring in version of book cover The Bird With The Broken Wing

You know how you have an idea and then it becomes a BRILLIANT idea. Well, I've had one of those. Most authors do. But I actually think this is rather clever and brilliant. Colouring books are the rage at the moment, outselling fiction and non fiction books. So I had this idea about doing a colouring in version of my book cover for people's creative pleasure.

Turns out I can't do the actual cover because it is a photo and would not translate well to colouring in. But I did play around with a cover a while ago and guess what, it translates PERFECTLY into a colouring page.

So I'm offering it as a free download to anyone who would like to partake in the colouring craze taking the world by storm. You can download a pdf copy from my website HERE.


Over the next few weeks I'll do colouring versions of my other books. Feedback and Little Red Gem, plus my horror novella Poison in the Pond. I can't wait to create these colouring pages. Especially the horror one. Mwah hah…

Coffee chat and free ebook - Shatterwing by Donna Maree Hanson

 
Today's coffee chat is with Donna Maree Hanson. Welcome Donna Maree.

Donna Maree Hanson is a Canberra-based writer of fantasy, science fiction, horror, and under a pseudonym paranormal romance. Her dark fantasy series (which some reviewers have called ‘grim dark)’, Dragon Wine, is published by Momentum Books (Pan Macmillan digital imprint).  Book  1: Shatterwing and Book 2: Skywatcher are out now in digital and print on demand. She's touring with Shatterwing at the moment and its free on ebook for a limited time as part of this promotional tour.


Details on how to get a free copy of this book are at the end of the coffee chat.
D L: How do you take your coffee and what is your favourite time of the day to indulge?

Donna Maree: Coffee used to be my best friend. I’d drink lots of it, home expresso or out in cafes. I think coffee is a very social drink. It was makes having to cut down a bummer. Note I said cut down and not give up! I usually have coffee in the mornings and usuall…

Why writers always write down their ideas

One of the best tips for any writer is to always write down your ideas. That's why writers usually carry little notebooks with them everywhere they go but I have to confess that I'll use my phone or write on the back of a receipt because I don't like to add more weight to my handbag.

I'm often asked if I keep a notepad by my bedside, and I'm ashamed to say that the answer is no. If an idea is so strong it always lasts until the morning Or I just get up in the middle of the night and write it down. Sometimes I only need to write a few words and it will call forth the idea in the light of day.


But I have lots of ideas written down.

I have a folder in my filing cabinet. Inside is an eclectic mix of story ideas. Some are written on the back of business cards, pages torn out of journals, some of the pages are that lovely yellow colouring that tells me these were written while I was in my 20s. I even have cuttings from newspaper of articles that have ignited an idea. I h…