Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Booketta's Book Blog and Safkhet Publishing present Carol E Wyer, Author of Just Add Spice

Come and join the fun!
Blog tour dates

4th November – Suzie Tullet joins Donna at  http://donnasroomforreading.blogspot.co.uk/

4th November - Carol E Wyer joins JB at http://brookcottagebooks.blogspot.co.uk/

5th November – Suzie Tullett joins Josie at http://jaffareadstoo.blogspot.co.uk/

5th November – Carol E Wyer joins Sharon at http://jerasjamboree.com/

5th November – Carol E Wyer joins Jane at  http://booketta.blogspot.co.uk/
6th November – Sheryl Browne joins Lisa at http://bookaddictedhousewife.blogspot.co.uk/

7th November – Lin Treadgold joins Lisa at http://bookalicious-traveladdict.blogspot.co.uk/

7th November Suzie Tullett joins Laura at http://lauraslittlebookblog.blogspot.co.uk/

Carol E Wyer has written award-winning novels, articles and books that poke fun at getting older.  Known for her light-hearted take on life, Carol now also tours, giving talks on 'Irritable Male Syndrome' and how to age disgracefully.

What inspired you to become an author?
Like many authors, I was inspired to write at school by my English teacher.  She pointed out to the entire class that I had a gift for writing humour.  (My mother would be the first to tell you that I was always a great entertainer with a vivid imagination.)  I spent much of young life with my nose in books.  Every school holiday and weekends I would read and read and read.  Ill health kept me in bed for a very long time, allowed me to read far more than the average young person, so it was inevitable that I would develop a love of literature.  I studied English and French literature at University, specialising in Linguistics and Camus - an odd combination, I guess.  Shortly after leaving university and settled in a job in Casablanca I began writing short stories with titles like, Humphrey and The Dustbin Cats to children and then later wrote short stories that taught children French.  I couldn't write full-time until after my son left home abandoning his bedroom which I immediately converted into an office.  That was when I decided to become a proper author and began writing humour for adults.

What was you best ever job? 
I was a teacher at a private school in Staffordshire for a while.  I loved that.  I got to wear a long black gown and looked like an extra from a Harry Potter film.  I was called a 'mistress' and was allowed to go to the Master's Study for sherry after chapel on a Sunday.  It was very 'oldy worldy' and the pupils were wonderful.  I have some very happy memories from those days and a lot of friends on Facebook who I used to teach.

Are you a pantster or a plotter?
Plotter, definitely a plotter.  A plot has to run through my head like a film.  If I don't like a scene or I don't like the ending, I stop the film and start again.  It has to run over and over again before I make notes.

If you could write in another genre what genre would you choose?
Psychological thriller.  I want to write a story with a horrible gory plot and a psycho killer, something along the lines of American Psycho author Brett Ellis crossed with Tessa.  Some days I frighten myself!

What advice would you give a yet-to-be published author?
Be patient.  Do not hurry your first work.  Take time to make sure you have edited it, had it beta-read and you are completely satisfied with it.  Don't be in a burning hurry to get it published.  Start a second book and wait.  Slowly, slowly, catchy monkey.

Just Add Spice is available now 

You can find out more about Carol E Wyer here:

Book Review
Synopsis - Dawn Ellis needs to escape from her painfully dull existence. Her unemployed husband spends all day complaining about life, moping around, or fixing lawn-mowers on her kitchen table.  The local writing class proves to be an adequate distraction with its eccentric collection of wannabe authors and, of course, the enigmatic Jason, who soon shows a romantic interest in her.

Dawn pours her inner frustration into her first novel about the extraordinary exploits of Cinnamon Knight, an avenging angel - a woman who doesn't believe in following the rules.  Cinnamon is ruthless and wanton, inflicting suffering on any man who warrants it.  Little does Dawn realise that soon the line between reality and fiction will blur.  Her own life will be transformed, and those close to her will pay the price. (Taken from Safkhet Publishing)

Review - Carol E Wyer has written several books.  You can find out more about them on her website (see the link above).  I have only read one other Surfing In Stilettos, and I have to say that Just Add Spice is my favourite of the two by far.  So funny, that I could not put it down. 

Dawn is a middle aged woman and being something like that myself, I could identify with her to some small extent.  Carol E Wyer is on top form with this novel.  Great characters who are believable and not over exaggerated.  I love the mix in the writing group.  Both Dawn's father and son are extremely likeable and you can't help but feel sorry for Dawn saddled with grumpy, husband Jim.  She does get herself into some situations and I love the relationship with the new postmistress Viv, who loves to see Dawn squirm. 

I particularly liked the idea of Dawn writing her first book within the story and found Dawn's character Cinnamon and her escapades very refreshing.  Dawn and Cinnamon ran along in parallel very well, it was good to see both these characters grow and mature.  I also liked the snippets of contributions from the writing group.  This all added to the story and made it something special.  Very funny, witty and a really good fun read.  5*

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