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Author Spotlight: Caroline Bell Foster


Author Image - Caroline Bell Foster (2)Today, in the Author Spotlight is Caroline Bell, a successful East Midlands (UK)  author of many novels, including her recent book Feline Fix. Let us find out more about her, and her inspirational success!

  1. Please tell us a little about yourself and your books

Firstly, thank you so much for having me. I live in Nottingham, England, with my husband, two children and lady of the house a cat called Naomi.
In my early teens my family went on what should have been a six holiday to Jamaica, but we ended up staying. It took me almost 18 years for me to return to England, with long diversions through Canada and Kenya.
I like romancing and exploring different cultures. I write contemporary romantic fiction and my work reflects all that I am and my many travels.

 

  1. Can you tell us something quirky about yourself?

Hmm, hard one. I look forward to one day being called ‘The mad Cat lady down the street.’ I can belly dance? Is that considered a quirk? I love wine gums, Jamaican and Moroccan food and always always have music playing in my house.

 

  1. What is the name of your recent release, and can you tell us a little about it?

The Feline Fix, is my latest novella. It is part of the Valentine Pets & Kisses boxed set, alongside 13 other
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The Feline Fix
authors from around the world and is available to pre-order right now.
I loved writing it as it combined two of my favourite things. Romance and cats and although it wasn’t planned, it followed on from The Cat Café, although it is a stand alone novella.

 

  1. What new releases are you planning this year?

Aside from The Feline Fix, I have two full length novels.
Distracting Ace (Spring) and the follow up novel Convincing Kyle (Autumn) Both are set primarily in Derbyshire and then go over to different parts of the world. In both, I’m exploring disabilities and how people manage and are treated by others, although still very romantic.

 

  1. This blog is all about inspiration. Where do you find your inspiration from to write?

Someone once said, whatever you were doing before the age of 10 is what your were destined to be, before the noise of the world intrudes. I have two distinct memories.

The first, was seeing my name in print. It was under a photograph of myself in the Derby Telegraph celebrating Victorian Week when I was around 8 or 9 years old. I remember looking at my name, seeing the black fuzzy script and liking the feeling.
The second memory, was when I was around 11 years old. I had this crush on a boy and wrote him a love letter. In that cruel way of kids, he’d posted it on the blackboard for everyone to see! But to me, I was really proud my romantic words were actually being read! Unofficially, that love letter was my first ‘public’ works.
But I’ve always written in some capacity and inspiration is all around. I’ve learned to look at everything and everyone with a writers eye. I’ll be out shopping and see someone with an interesting face, and then match them with someone else, give them a history, and thus, a story is born. My characters are diverse and I like that I have an international fan base.

 

  1. Are you a self-published or traditionally published author? What do you like and dislike about it?

I’m what is called a Hybrid Author. I’m contracted to a publisher and I also self publish some of my own titles. I have the best of both world’s. My publisher is like family and we discuss titles and time frames and see what works for both of us.
I do like self publishing though and have a lot of fun doing it. Call me a control freak, but there is something very satisfying about being in charge of an entire project, right up to release day and beyond.

 

  1. In the current publishing era, it is known that all authors, new and established, have to do a lot of their own legwork to get their books out there to the readers. What is your best marketing strategy you have used, and did it bring in the results you wanted to see?

 Be yourself. I’m very personable online, well I hope I am (smile). I don’t spread myself too thinly across social media, and concentrate on my Facebook pages, as well as Twitter and Pinterest to ensure I have enough time to interact with people online and of course have time to write. I have found that my fans like when I do a Facebook page for a single title and when I host online parties. But mainly, I’m just me.

 

  1. Now let’s find out about some fun facts about you. What is your all time favourite novel and why?

Not a fair question as I love and cherish practically every book I’ve ever read, too many to name and most of the authors’ are now my friends.
Although, as a little girl I read the Milly Molly Mandy series and loved them and also a series about an old man who had a black and white cat. I don’t remember the name of that series but I do remember one story where he picked up the glue instead of toothpaste and glued his mouth shut. He couldn’t talk to his cat and started crying. His tears dissolved the glue and he and the cat lived happily ever after! Ah so sweet. I must have been around 6 years old when I read that.
As an adult, whenever I want time to myself I usually read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  I’ve read it countless times and still find it fascinating and entertaining.

 

  1. Who is your all time favourite author and why?

I have two answers to this. The first is longevity and who I will always read. Throughout my teen years I read every novel by Johanna Lindsey. I loved her writing style and the way she could write in various genres from historical romance, to futuristic and everything in-between. Her writing has always inspired me.
The second answer, includes all the various authors who champion diversity in not only romantic fiction, but all fiction. For years an entire demographic had been ignored by publishers and agents. I am so proud of the likes of Delaney Diamond, Brenda Jackson, Harper Miller and JL Campbell to name but a few. These ladies ignored the rules and like me, defied convention to ensure readers have a choice.

 

  1. Any last inspirational words from you?

 Find the time to do what you are passionate about. New writers always say they don’t have time to write. They are in school, have full time jobs, a family and say there just isn’t enough hours in the day.
I write in the wee hours of the morning, for a few hours everyday and when I’m not writing I’m doing something writer relate, to ensure I’m always moving forward and following my bliss. Always make time to follow your bliss.

 

  1. How can we find you?

Website: http://www.carolinebellfoster.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carolinebellfoster
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cbellfoster
Newsletter: http://www.carolinebellfoster.com/#!sign-up/snde4
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3370362.Caroline_Bell_Foster
Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/carolinebellfos/
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B00GFRKRB4/
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YOU KNOW YOU’VE FOUND THE ONE, WHEN YOU CAN EXPEL YOUR GAS FREELY!


Today, I welcome a great author on my blog – Georgina Ramsey, who writes witty stories, to leave you laughing! But let’s hear from her!

YOU KNOW YOU’VE FOUND THE ONE, WHEN YOU CAN EXPEL YOUR GAS FREELY! 

I could never have imagined that one day I would be writing comedy fiction. I love a good laugh, and shamefully SLCBP! final cover (1)have both the maturity level and appreciation of smut that is probably equivalent to that of a fourteen year old boy, but I always imagined that when I tiptoed into the land where writers grow, I would tell tales of suspense and gore; you see it matched my day job so much better.

But, it never worked like that. I, somehow or other, found that when I put finger to key, the words that tapped away without any realisation on my part, were, some would say, rather droll. It turned out that I felt most comfortable writing humour, but then with a touch of self-analysis it was probably no real surprise, seen as I have spent most of my life drowning in a sea of sarcasm, thanks to my older brother, Bubs.  I also found that I liked romance more than I had ever dared let on. I had always found it a touch sloppy and terribly slushy and…oh just get a room! But, now I had a whole new appreciation for it, because I found that I enjoyed writing about the realities of love and relationships.

It’s not all hearts and flowers; for some it’s more pulmonary embolism and weeds! But, however we come together with our soul mates, I love the fact that people do just that; they come together, eventually, and it’s the stumbles and trips that they take, before they get there, that absolutely fascinates me. I think, or at least I would like to think, that’s what most of my writing portrays and it makes me smile. Turns out, I am slushy after all.

I know that in comparison to the many established authors out there, I am a novice and have much to learn, but I am keen to do just that; I want to develop my skills simply because I enjoy it. I’ve been writing since my teens and, as cliché as it sounds, it has always been a dream of mine to be able to publish; a dream that I thought would never come to fruition.

However, the new age of indie publishing has allowed this dream to become a reality; it gives authors such freedom and control, and I don’t see how it can be beaten. It is hard, really hard, to run a day job alongside an indie career, but if you put in the hours and are prepared to work your behind off, then it is possible.

‘Sex, Lies & Corned Beef Pies!’ is my first novel, and was actually born out of the NaNo 2013 competition. I never thought I would ‘win,’ but when those words flashed up on the computer screen late one night, I actually struggled to contain my emotions – although the bar of chocolate I consumed in celebration helped! I have had several novellas published prior to this, and they helped me find the genre, with which I felt the most affinity with, and they also gave me the confidence to experiment with different styles, but I wanted to write a novel so badly, yet I kept dragging my feet over it. I think I was too scared to make a start on one, but NaNo gave me the push I needed.

So, ‘Sex, Lies & Corned Beef Pies!’ may well at times have been a very painful labour, but it is my baby and I love it very much. I seem to have developed a terrible habit of falling in love with my characters and wanting to nurture them; I felt like this about Mae, the lead – she needs guidance and someone to wrap their arms around her and give her a big, squidgy hug. 

If you’re interested in the novel, it’s about a desperate, penniless student, called Mae Ophelia  Ball, who, in a moment of madness, is prepared to do anything – well, almost anything – for a bit of extra cash! She puts her moral conscience to one side, when she takes advice from the glamorous Lottie, and sets herself up as a phone sex operator, in order to earn a few extra quid. However, the glamour of a job in the sex industry soon wears off, and one of her callers, an elderly man called Bert, comes to her rescue. She soon learns that money isn’t everything, but has this lesson come a little too late?

You can download ‘Sex, Lies & Corned Beef Pies!’ on Amazon, iTunes, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble now. For Amazon, follow the link below:

(UK) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sex-Lies-Corned-Beef-Pies-ebook/dp/B00IBR1X8M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392147428&sr=8-1&keywords=georgina+ramsey

(US) http://www.amazon.com/Sex-Lies-Corned-Beef-Pies-ebook/dp/B00IBR1X8M/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1392147467&sr=8-2&keywords=georgina+ramsey

If you would like to pop over and ‘like’ my Facbook page then please do. You’ll find me at:

https://www.facebook.com/GeorginaRamseyAuthor

You can also check out my website at: http://georginaramseyauthor.wix.com/georginaramsey

Or, listen to me ramble on my blog (and also interview some amazing authors): http://georginaramsey.blogspot.co.uk/

Thanks so much for listening. Lots of love, Georgie R x

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