Sunday, 12 June 2022

☀ Summer Picnic with Jaffareadstoo ~ Pauline Morgan

Jaffareadstoo is delighted to welcome you all to our Summer Picnic

Summertime is here

I'm delighted to welcome Pauline Morgan to our Summer Picnic 

Welcome, Pauline. Which favourite foods are you bringing to our summer picnic?

A variety of sandwiches, such as, cheese & pickle, egg & cress. strawberries & apples, celery & sliced carrots to go with various dips. Not forgetting the cupcakes.

What would you like to drink? We have white wine spritzers, locally brewed beer, traditional Pimms, sparkling elderflower cordial or a thermos of tea or coffee?

A glass of Pimms will do nicely.

Where shall we sit, by the pool, on a beach, in the garden or in the countryside?

It’s a beautiful warm sunny day in the countryside is my idea for perfect picnic.

Do we have a wicker hamper, tablecloth and cutlery, or everything in a supermarket carrier bag?

We often use our faithful wicker hamper containing a crisp ironed red and check gingham tablecloth, cutlery and condiments - plus, glasses and napkins.

Which of your literary heroes (alive or dead) are joining us on the picnic today?

It would have to be Maeve Binchy if she was still alive? I would love to pick her brain about plotting a new book. What’s her tip for writing memorable characters?

Do you have favourite place to have a summer picnic?

It has to be the open countryside away from busy roads. My idea of heaven, surrounded with butterflies, babbling brook lots of lovely birdsong.

Do you have a summer music playlist? And if so will you share with us a favourite song or piece of music that makes you feel happy?

The Beatles, Here Comes the Sun.

Which summer read are you bringing with you today?

It would have to be my latest women’s fiction, Secrets under Spanish Skies.

When you are writing do you still find time to read for pleasure? And is there a book you would like to read but haven’t had time for …yet!

Yes, I love reading especially at bedtime. I adore the author Trisha Ashley as I’ve read a few and would love to continue reading a few more.

Where do you find the inspiration for your novels? 

Inspiration for future books could from an item that intrigues me, a place, a person’s unusual name and even a location. I sometimes use photo prompts.

Have you a favourite place to settle down to write and do you find it easier to write in winter or summer?

I could write anywhere. Once I sit in front of the keyboard my fingers take on a mind of their own. Again, it doesn’t matter whether it is persisting with rain or the sun is splitting the skies it doesn’t interfere with my writing.

When writing to a deadline is you easily distracted and if so how do you bring back focus on your writing?

I panic with deadlines and try not to let the latest excitement of a TV soap-opera get in the way. If I give-in to distraction then I would play soothing music to focus on my task in-hand.

Give us four essential items that a writer needs?

I use a note-book for plotting the story. A laptop is a must for me and a copy of the New Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors. The last important need that works for me is an excellent freelance editor.

What can you tell us about your latest novel or your current work in progress?

My latest work in progress is a standalone Christmas book called Christmas Time at Lily’s Bar. I’m working on the edits from my freelance editor who is the pair of extra eyes that neatly pulls the story together.

More about Pauline

Pauline is a retired housewife, originally from Lurgan relocated back to a village in Co, Antrim, N. Ireland, six years ago.

She started her writing career in the early 1980s while undertaking an Access Course. After that, the love of reading books and writing essays became a massive part of her life. Pauline is honing her skills in creating the genre of women’s fiction. Her career path has varied, including running her domestic agency and weekend housekeeper for the gentry.

Her early writing skills have become stronger by engaging with online writing groups. Lots of advice, tips and manuscripts critiqued. Once she felt confident, Pauline forwarded her work to agents and publishers. Soon the rejections were popping into the inbox. Finally, Pauline decided something was missing from her writing abilities and found a new writing club online. After joining a new group, she started writing competitions, sent short stories to various magazines, and successfully published. Not forgetting trying her hand at writing poetry was published online too.

Last August, Pauline submitted a complete manuscript to a new eBook publisher. Unfortunately, she completely forgot about it until an email arrived the following month offering her a book deal.

Pauline’s eBook The Ballynoon Friendship Circle, women’s fiction published in May this year. Already great five star reviews have been recorded on Amazon and Goodreads.

To add to Pauline’s success, she has signed a further two-book deal with the same publisher. Her second book Secrets under Spanish Skies published 17th March 2022. The third book Christmas Time at Lily’s Bar to be published later in 2022.

Pauline writes under her name. All Ebooks are published by SpellBound Books Ltd, is available and soon in paperback. Kindle formats on Amazon worldwide.

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Moya moved from Dublin to Nottingham when she was a teenager and met Kevin. But, after they were married he became increasingly controlling and her only solace was in attending Spanish and book-keeping night classes.

When Moya finds out Kevin has cheated on her – worse still, re-mortgaged their house to support his now pregnant mistress, she is devastated and left broken hearted.

At an all-time low, Moya’s oldest friend suggests she join her in Spain. Taking a leap of faith, Moya decides a fresh start in a new country is just what she needs.

But upon her arrival a prediction by a Spanish gipsy’s unnerves Moya…

๐™„๐™จ ๐™ˆ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ค ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ข๐™ฎ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง๐™ž๐™ค๐™ช๐™จ ๐™‡๐™–๐™ฌ๐™ฎ๐™š๐™ง ๐™–๐™ก๐™ก ๐™๐™š ๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™ก๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™จ๐™š๐™š๐™ข๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™—๐™š ๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ˆ๐™ค๐™ฎ๐™– ๐™–๐™—๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™ช๐™ฅ ๐™‹๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™๐™ค๐™ง๐™–’๐™จ ๐˜ฝ๐™ค๐™ญ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™Ž๐™š๐™˜๐™ง๐™š๐™ฉ๐™จ ๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™™๐™š๐™ง ๐™Ž๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ ๐™Ž๐™ ๐™ž๐™š๐™จ.

Pauline, where can we follow you on social media?

Twitter @paulinemorgan56

Thank you for being our picnic guest today.

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