WLM Spotlight Sunday – Victoria Connelly

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Victoria Twead‎: We Love Memoirs

Morning all! Today’s WLM Sunday Spotlight author is Victoria Connelly and she is ready and waiting to answer any questions. Apart from her memoirs, Victoria has another book free today, called Irresistible You, so help yourselves! http://tinyurl.com/ntgn9wu Welcome into the spotlight, Victoria.

Judi Bedford-Keogh: How long did it take you to write the book? Sorry it is on my list but not read it yet.

Frankie Knight: off to sunday market soon so a quickie before I go – have you always written and what prompted you to write Mulberry Cottage? Was that the first one?

Alan Parks: Ahhhh I was supposed to be on SS posting duty this morning, but I stayed up waiting for the football result and slept in Sorry Victoria (Twead) and good morning Victoria (Connelly).

Victoria Connelly: Hello everyone – lovely to be here and I look forward to chatting to you all today. Judi Bedford-Keogh – the book takes place over a whole calendar year but it’s hard to gauge exactly how long it took as I made notes on a month by month basis. My novels take me about 6 – 8 months to write but they’re much longer so I’d guess about 3 months for the Mulberry Cottage books. They have lots of photos in them and that takes an absolute age to format too!

–Frankie Knight – I wrote my first attempt at a novel when I was 14 and have been writing ever since. I truly love it! And I’ve always loved ‘escape’ books and, when we left London for rural Suffolk, I just knew I’d have to write about the experience in ESCAPE TO MULBERRY COTTAGE which was followed by A YEAR AT MC.

Victoria Twead: Victoria Connelly, I know you are mad about chickens, as I am, and rescue ex-battery hens. How many have you rescued and how did you get into that?

Victoria Connelly: Hi Victoria Twead – it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. We have a rescue spaniel and I was desperate to re-home some hens but we were in the London suburbs and the husband kept telling me to ‘wait’. Well, I’d waited many years and then decided it was happening ‘now’. We got 4 at first, then 3 more and a couple of ‘posh girls’ and, after losing some of the old girls, we brought 4 more ex-bats home last Saturday. We now have 8 hens and it’s wonderful! I love watching them grow all their feathers back as well as grow in confidence. How many do you have, Victoria?

— And here’s a photo of our little Agnes who experienced freedom for the first time yesterday!

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Sue Clamp: Good morning, Victoria! What made you decide to escape to Suffolk in the first place? Was Suffolk itself a conscious choice?

Victoria Twead: Great to hear of hens being rescued, they are such fun to keep, too. We now have only three because we plan to visit Australia regularly to see my granddaughter and family.

Sharon Carter Figueiredo: Good morning Victoria Connelly I will be in and out today, just off out shortly but will catch up later. I really enjoy your postings.

Victoria Connelly: Hi Sue Clamp – I was brought up in Norfolk but never intended to come back to East Anglia but I’ve always been a country girl and hated my 11 years in the London suburbs and was desperate to escape. We were originally looking to move to Wiltshire but it just didn’t work out for us. We then delivered some of my husband’s paintings to a gallery in Bury St Edmunds and really fell in love with Suffolk – it’s beautiful countryside and the number of period properties. We feel very lucky – and still slightly surprised – to be here!

Sue Clamp: I agree about the area around Bury St Edmunds. It is rather lovely! I live in Cambridgeshire, so not a million miles away.

Susan Jackson: I lived in that area as well for a few years and love it. How many books have you written?

— I love your cover on A Year At Mulberry cottage–who did it?

Victoria Connelly: Susan Jackson – I am always stumped by this question as I’ve had different books published in different countries. My sixth novel is about to be published in the UK, I’ve had 3 others published just in Germany, and others in the US. I’ve also self-published 14 titles but there is a bit of overlap with my traditionally published books there. Of course, there are also a few unpublished books which will never see the light of day too! So it’s well over 20 – probably closer to 30 – that I’ve actually written!

— And it’s the lovely talented artist Liam O’Farrell who did the cover art for the Mulberry Cottage books – he’s here on FB so do say hello.

Cherry Gregory: Wow, Victoria Connelly, 20 -30 books that you’ve written. That’s a great accomplishment. What do your novels tend to be about?

Victoria Connelly: Thanks, Cherry Gregory! Some are novellas and collections of short stories so they’re quite short. Most of my novels are romantic comedies – I do like a happy ending! What do you like to read (other than memoirs, of course)?

Susan Jackson: Wow, unfortunately I haven’t read Mulberry Cottage yet–I have two books going at the moment but hope to get to it soon–I am impressed that you have written so many–how long have you been writing? I like happy endings also.

Cherry Gregory: I like historical fiction and a variety of other genres that take my fancy. At the moment I’m reading “Stoner” by John Williams. It’s fiction, but it reads like a true account of a teacher’s life. A beautiful book, though I’m not quite sure what genre it would be!

Victoria Connelly: Susan Jackson – thank you! I’ve been writing seriously since 1993 but started my first novel when I was at high school so it’s very much a part of who I am. Can’t imagine life without at least one book on the go (and it’s usually 2 or 3!)

–Ah, Cherry – somebody else mentioned that book to me recently – I shall look it up …

Cherry Gregory: Definitely worth it, Victoria.

Susan Jackson: To many Liam O’Farrell’s out there

Janet Hughes: Breakfast anyone?

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Susan Jackson: You said your husband is an artist? Does he have a web site? My husband is an artist.

Charlotte Smith: Morning from sunny Spain Victoria I like you because you’re kind to animals so I am now going to order your book!

Victoria Connelly: Thank you, Charlotte Smith – that’s made me smile!

–Susan Jackson You can find Liam here: https://www.facebook.com/liam.ofarrell.16?fref=ts

Charlotte Smith: You’re welcome, I’ll very much look forward to reading it

Victoria Connelly: and he has a website too. My husband is at www.royconnelly.com. What does your husband paint?

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Janet Hughes: I’m going to read through your thread and then I’ll be back

Judi Bedford-Keogh: Is it easier to write fiction than write about your own life?

Janet Hughes: Morning Victoria Connelly from cloudy Catalonia. I have 2 rescue dogs and two rescue cats, not chickens though I have knitted jumpers for ex-battery hens though, does that count?

Victoria Connelly: Good question, Judi Bedford-Keogh – it’s very different writing the non-fiction and I like the change but I think I prefer writing fiction because the imagination can take over and go virtually anywhere. I don’t find either hard, though. I always say that writing isn’t hard – it just takes a lot of discipline and time. It’s the rest of the business that is hard – dealing with publishers!

— Hi Janet Hughes – good to meet you and how lovely to have made jumpers for those hens! Our new girls are missing quite a few feathers but they’re lucky that they’ve arrived in May when the weather is gentler. Lovely that you’re a fellow rescuer! Would you like to get hens one day?

Janet Hughes: Yes, I would love some, but I live out in the wilds and there are lots of predators, as well as loose dogs They’d need something like a castle to live in

Victoria Connelly: That’s tricky, Janet, with predators. A good strong enclosure would be a must. Ours free-range and are well-protected by fencing but it wouldn’t be impossible for something to get in if it really wanted to.

Janet Hughes: There’s foxes, stoats, wild boar and lots of birds of prey …

Alan Parks: What you need Janet Hughes is alpacas!

–You too Victoria Connelly!

Janet Hughes: Why, do they protect chickens?

— From what you’ve written Alan, they’re alpaca trouble!

Alan Parks: They are used as herd guards. There are stories of them killing foxes that have got in to pastures. Not sure about wild boar, but I dont think they are a threat to chickens. Well, you still need some fences for the alpacas lol

Janet Hughes: I suppose that they need grazing as well?

— It’s a forest that I live in, a very large one as well

Alan Parks: Well sometimes they get some, when we get some rain. Otherwise we have to buy hay in. But they need a bit of space. Only thing in a forest is there is probably things like oleander, which is poison to them

Janet Hughes: Loads and loads of it, we have it in the garden. Very pretty it is too. The whole plant is poisonous to humans as well, even if you burn it, the fumes are poisonous.

Victoria Connelly: Alan Parks – I am very tempted. If I didn’t have a husband to answer to, I think I’d be like Noah and have at least two of everything!

Alan Parks: Ah but they make beautiful models for painting

Victoria Connelly: They are, indeed, beautiful creatures. I’m quite tempted by goats. We’ve just bought a strip of meadow but I really think I’d get so little writing done if I took on more animals because I’d want to be out in the garden even more than I am already!

Janet Hughes: So they do Alan Parks

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Charlotte Smith: Well Victoria, thanks to you I have just hauled myself into the 21st Century and ordered a kindle! Mulberry Cottage will be my 1st purchase when it arrives this week

Victoria Connelly: What an honour, Charlotte Smith! Actually, a few of my friends have bought their first Kindles so they can read my books! You will love it! Nothing will replace real books, of course, but ebooks are such a revelation. Hope you enjoy it!

Charlotte Smith: Tried to order it in Print but not available so voila!

Victoria Connelly: We hope to bring them out in pb at some point but it’s a bit of a task with the large photos and could be expensive to buy. As a reader, I love the paperback but, as a writer and publisher, I have to choose the ebook.

Janet Hughes: Charlotte Smith, don’t forget to check out all the freebies we post on WLM

Charlotte Smith: Oh I won’t forget Janet don’t you worry

Bambi Flanner: Hi Victoria, and thanks for sitting in the hot seat today. I have Mulberry but haven’t read it yet. I had no idea you had written so many other books!

Susan Jackson: The link didn’t work for your husbands art–I just put the ones I had photo’s on my IPad of my husbands work in a photo album and they all showed up for everyone—hmm, oh well–friend me

Victoria Connelly: Sorry, Susan – see if this works for you: http://www.royconnelly.com/

–Hi Bambi Flanner – good to meet you here.

Charlotte Smith: Morning from me too Bambi!

Victoria Connelly: Susan Jackson – after your question, I’ve just done a proper count up of all the books I’ve written (only counting the ones I’ve finished!) and it’s exactly 30. So thank you for asking that – I didn’t know I’d hit that milestone!

Nancy McBride: I just awoke (7:52 AM, USA/EST) to the offer of your book, so downloaded it, instantly, to get a flavor of the day! Thank you very much! I’ll order Mulberry, too, to get a different taste of your work! Stiff cuppa joe in hand, I will read your book, today, and dip in to catch up on the chatter along the way.

— I have been feeling recently that fiction may be a good use of some of my crazy stories woven into other scenarios…I am reinforced this morning…

Frankie Knight: It’s about time Janet arrived with the coffee and brandy, isn’t it?

Janet Hughes: Sorry Frankie Knight, it’s in a glass.

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Frankie Knight: No, no, coffee must be in a cup! Just back from the market and had my coffee and brandy at the Brothel again.

Janet Hughes: Just for you Dahling

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Frankie Knight: Been reading all the posts and am amazed at the number of books you’ve written Victoria, published or not. How do you discipline yourself to do this? I have a brain that jumps around and cannot sit still for more than half an hour.

–Thank you Janet, that’s much more civilised!

— I agree with your evaluation of Suffolk, Victoria. I lived on Essex/Suffolk borders in Constable Country on a farm.

–Have to apologise for any spelling mistakes as Katykat has plonked herself between me and keyboard!

Victoria Connelly: Hi Frankie Knight – great to meet you here and thank you for your question. How do I write so much? Because I want to, I guess. I think that’s the answer to any sort of art be it music, acting, painting … you have to really burn to do it because there isn’t much encouragement sometimes from anyone (even family!) and the rejections can be relentless and brutal. Passion for your subject is paramount! How lovely that you lived in Constable Country too! We love it here so much.

Nancy McBride: For you, today… off to read your books…

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Victoria Connelly: Oh – and set yourself realistic goals eg: a daily word count – that really helps me.

— Thank you, Nancy – hope you enjoy the books!

Nancy McBride: You’re welcome… I really am going now… you all are addictive…

Susan Jackson: Yes, Victoria Connelly, that link worked–wow an artist and an author–what a fun home!!

Frankie Knight: Victoria, when I had a deadline to meet for my newspaper articles I’d leave it right until the very last minute and sit down with notebook and pen in hand without a single thought in my head. As soon as I started to write it all flowed. Problem is that without that deadline, I’ve written sweet football association since then….

Alan Parks: As you have experienced both sides of the coin, self and trade pubbed, what has been your biggest success, in your opinion?

Susan Jackson: I sent you a friend request then you can see some of my husbands art

Frankie Knight: Victoria, where do you write? I assume on a laptop but do you have a shut-away office or sit with it on your knee somewhere/

Nancy McBride: I’m well into Cottage, loving my time at Victoria Connelly’s, and, as usual, am inspired to write blurts in-between, and then I suddenly had a thought… “Is the party I’m invited to, today, at 12 Noon or five PM?” I looked it up, and TA-DA! Its at NOON! Sheesh! @#%$**!! OK, I’ll shower, finish my veggie dish (stuffed teeny potatoes), read more , THEN go…

Janice MacLeod-Lik: When you were a kid, did you know you would be a writer?

Janet Givens: I’m so enjoying listening in, Liking those comments that I’d have made if you folks hadn’t made them at 5 am EST! Yawn. Wanted to just say that I have gone to chickens this summer, after many years of having ducks. So Victoria Connelly and Victoria Twead, I will most certainly be back with questions for you In the meantime, I too love your cover and am now happily Following Liam

Victoria Connelly: Frankie – my husband is very much like that – everything at the last minute. Comes from his years of working in TV news, I think! I always have a rough idea of what I want to write but I don’t plan things meticulously – I like the surprise of finding things out as I go along – keeps things fresh, I think. I do have a laptop which I use on holiday and hope to use when I treat myself to a summer house this year but I usually write at my desk in my study. I’m a touch typist so find it quicker to work that way. But I can write anywhere but I do like peace!

–Alan – biggest success? I think it would have to be my first novel, FLIGHTS OF ANGELS as it was the breakthrough first to be published – it was bought in a bidding war between 5 publishers in Germany and then made into a film. My husband and I got to be extras in it in Berlin which was sooooo exciting! But every book is special. I think A WEEKEND WITH MR DARCY will always be special as it inspired a whole series which is still going and I never expected that.

–Janice MacLeod-Lik – hello! I remember being very excited when I wrote a poem when I was about 6. I’d woken in the middle of the night to a scary noise and wrote a poem in my head about it and I couldn’t wait to recite it in the morning! So I guess I’ve always wanted to be a writer! Started my first novel age 14, finished my first at 22. I’ve always been writing!

— Janet Givens – glad you’ve hooked up with Liam. He’s a good friend and such a talented artist. I want to write loads more Mulberry Cottage books now just so I can work with him again on the covers!

Sharon Carter Figueiredo: Thank you Victoria Connelly, i have just downloaded your book and i am sure I will enjoy reading it.

— Just a question, I have not downloaded Mulberry Cottage as yet. You say it has a lot of pictures, so I was a little concerned that the book might not be as good in Kindle as in hard copy. At present I only have kindle and no access to hard copies. Has anyone else obtained the book in Kindle? I would really like the enjoy the pictures as well as the story.

Susan Joyce: Victoria Connelly, good morning from Uruguay! Delighted to have you with us on Spotlight Sunday. I have your book and it’s climbing to the top of my stack. Look forward to reading it and reviewing it soon. I’ll read through the thread ad get back to you with an intelligent question. LOL!

Victoria Connelly: Sharon Carter Figueiredo – no need to worry – Kindles are great for photos – if you’ve got a Kindle Fire (colour one). In fact, you can zoom into them and make them bigger. I’m really proud of the photos in the two books – we chose them very carefully (I take A LOT of pics!) so those in the books are of a pretty good quality. I’d like to see these books as hard copies but they would be much more expensive for buyers that way and take a lot longer for us to produce. Hope that helps!

Sharon Carter Figueiredo: Yes it does thank you Victoria Connelly

Susan Joyce: Victoria, congratulations on 30 books! You’re an inspiration! just checked out your husband’s paintings. Very impressive works! You must feel blessed to have a creative partner to share life adventures with. My husband is an artist and we love bouncing ideas off each other.

Judi Bedford-Keogh: when you write non fiction do you ever find that on reflection you have to leave something out to spare other peoples feelings.

Susan Joyce: Sharon, I have Victoria’s book on kindle and the photos look great.

Nancy McBride: Mulberry Cottage is the first book I’ve read on Kindle (iPad) with photos, and they’re wonderful! Who knew?

— Lunch, anyone? I just finished making my little stuffed potatoes (and celery) for my friend’s picnic… Back to the Cottage…love the descriptions, Victoria Connelly!

–They are not so yellowish, they are whitish!

Victoria Connelly: Susan Joyce – Some people ask if it’s awkward or competitive having a fellow artist as a spouse but we’re different enough not to be in competition with each other but similar enough in order to understand the life of an artist. We can also make up our own timetables and take off for the day if the weather is good. In fact, we usually work right through public holidays and weekends and take a weekday off instead!

Susan Jackson: I have Irresistible you already, now I need Mulberry Cottage. Victoria Connelly, in between answers you can go to my site and look at the photo album Lew’s photo’s–they are photo’s of some of his paintings

Victoria Connelly: Judi Bedford-Keogh – good question! The Mulberry Cottage books have a few real names in them and a few made up too but I have consciously left out some things that I would LOVE to put in as I know that a lot of people might not approve. Perhaps I’ll use those things in my fiction instead ; )

Susan Joyce: Yes Victoria, we take advantage of that as well. Nice to have that freedom.

Nancy McBride: That concept works for me. Readers need to share in the fun, even if “fiction”!

Susan Joyce: Victoria, I’d love to hear more about how your book Flights of Angels happened. Did you write a script for it? Did you have someone write a script?

Jo-Anne Himmelman: Hello Victoria Connelly, just finished reading through the thread and Mulberry Cottage has attracted me soooo I have downloaded it on my Kindle. Will be my read after “Journey to a Dream” and “Dancing in the Fountain”. Too many good books here. I’ll have to give up all other activities so I can catch up!

Victoria Connelly: Susan Joyce – FLIGHTS OF ANGELS is about a young widow who starts seeing angels on her desk at work. They’re there to help her through the grieving process but are they real or just a part of her imagination? I was inspired to write this when my husband of just 6 weeks was sent into a war zone as a TV news cameraman. I panicked – I was going to be a widow after just 6 weeks. That idea sparked my character, Claudie. But, because of the angels in the book – the UK publishers didn’t want it. Fantasy = children’s books, they told me. Well, luckily, Germany felt differently about it and my publisher translated it. Then a TV company, Ziegler, picked it up in book form, got a script writer to translate it and voila! The film is very different from the book, mind! But here’s a still from the film which is pretty much how I imagined it: http://victoriaconnelly.com/photographs/filming-in-berlin/

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Victoria Connelly: Jo-Anne Himmelman – thank you! And it’s a lovely ‘problem’ to have, isn’t it? Too many books! I have books all over the house and masses on my Kindle to read. Lovely!

Becky Corwin-Adams: Good morning! Sorry I am late to the party. I had to take my dogs for a nice walk in the metropark this morning. I read and reviewed Mulberry Cottage and enjoyed it very much. Growing up, I had one pet rooster.

Susan Joyce: Thanks Victoria! I lived in Germany for years, so am proud to say I could understand the review. Sounds like a goodie. A retired German film producer is recommending I present my book at the Frankurt Buchmesse this year. Did you do a presentation for the film company?

Victoria Connelly Becky Corwin-Adams – thank you! Reviews are always very much appreciated by authors and they really help other readers to find books.

Victoria Connelly: Susan – I didn’t do a presentation and I don’t know any German but I did have lunch with the director of the company and the producer and got to be in two scenes of the film so that was pretty amazing!

Becky Corwin-Adams: Victoria, yes, I really appreciate reviews on my books, too! That is why I try to read and review for as many other authors as I can.

Susan Joyce: Congratulations! It must have been great fun. A wonderful adventure.

Fran Macilvey: Hello, Victoria. Just wanted to pop in and say hello and give you a virtual hug. Sundays are family days, and we are all competing for this pc, so not much time for me today, sadly. I’m really motivated to hear about your writing! You must have amazing self discipline. Can you pass on a few tips for we tardy folks who are easily distracted? Have a wonderful afternoon/evening! xxx

Victoria Connelly: Hello Fran Macilvey – lovely to meet you! I mentioned before that you have to really WANT to write. A novel is a big investment of time and there is a certain amount of slog to it in order to get those 90,000 words down. One good tip is to break things down – set yourself easy targets eg: a word count or a scene to write. Another tip for the easily distracted – get rid of the internet on your PC! I am sooo easily distracted by FB and Amazon! And tell your family and friends that writing is serious and you are NOT to be interrupted. Shut the door on them. You’ve got to treat it as a business otherwise it’ll never get done and you’ll find you’ve wasted a whole day surfing eBay and watching old sitcoms on Youtube ; )

–I’ve got to tootle off and do some bits around the garden now and check that the old hens haven’t killed the new hens but I’ll be back later this evening so keep the questions coming… x

Fran Macilvey: Hmmmm. That sounds very familiar, Victoria! Yes, shut the door and prioritise, indeed. I do want to write, but have always put it off and off. Perhaps the thing is discipline, to say, ‘okay, let’s see those two thousand words you do every day’ xxx

Linda Kovic-Skow: Wow Victoria Connelly, fascinating thread. I’m so impressed with the number of books you’ve written. How many all together? How long does it take you to write them? I hope this isn’t a repeat question, but did you study English in college?

Victoria Connelly: Hi Linda Kovic-Skow – I’ve just worked out that I’ve completed 30 books although some are novellas which are shorter. I didn’t realise I’d written so many. Novellas take about 2 – 3 months which includes all the research and editing. Novels take up to 9 months but there’s lots of overlap – when I’m waiting for my publisher’s editorial notes, I’ll be writing something else and maybe researching something else too.

Julie Haigh: Hi Victoria, I have Mulberry Cottage on my kindle and I’m looking forward to reading it. I love the cover, it’s really attention-grabbing and enticing, definitely would catch your eye in a bookshop or on Amazon. I was going to ask about that but Susan Jackson Has already asked about it earlier. I noticed that Victoria Twead had put at the top of this thread that you had your book ‘Irresistible You’ on free today so I’ve got that. I noticed it used to have a different title so I wanted to ask did you decide to rename it or your publishers etc? I know some authors are told they have to re-title books for the American market whilst still having the same book with a different name and different cover on Amazon UK and some people end up buying the same book twice. So I just wondered about this and if retitling had ever caused any problems or if you hadn’t wanted to do it if you’d been asked to?

Victoria Connelly: Hi Julie Haigh – thanks so much for getting my books and your kind comment about Liam’s cover. Titles – yes – good questions. I chose to change UNMASKING ELENA MONTELLA to IRRESISTIBLE YOU simply because I thought the original title was too clunky and that it was putting readers off. I’ve had publishers change my title too and that can be very annoying – the second book in my Austen Addicts series was originally called THE ILLUSTRATED DARCY but they didn’t like that so we named it DREAMING OF MR DARCY and that’s it’s title in the US. However, my UK publisher changed it again – this time to THE PERFECT HERO which I’m not overfond of and it has caused confusion with readers and I have had a negative review because of it. Moral: don’t blame the author for covers/titles/prices when the books are traditionally published because the author often has very little say in these matters!

Nancy Gould Gomoll: Hi Victoria Connelly. Just read this wonderful thread. Thanks for taking your day to spend with us. I was intrigued when you said you can be in the process of writing several books at the same time! How do you keep the plots all straight and switch your brain from one to the other? That takes multi-tasking to a new level for me!

Victoria Connelly: Hi Nancy Gould Gomoll – great to meet you! Yes, it can be confusing sometimes with the big novels if I’m waiting for rewrites for one from my publisher and I’ve leaped into another in the meantime. That can be strange and frustrating for a while. But I usually try and vary things. At the moment, I’ve just finished a big novel, I’ve got the first half of a new Austen Addicts on the go but have to pause whilst I await a research trip, so I’ve started another novel – the first in a new series – and I’m making notes for the next Mulberry Cottage book. I seem to cope with it – it’s my job to really and I do love it. It sure beats teaching in inner-city Bradford and taking orders as a put-upon admin assistant which were my jobs before!

Susan Joyce: Victoria, you just answered my question … what did you do before you became a full-time writer? Thanks!

Julie Haigh: Yes Victoria, I remember when crime writer Richard Montanari said he was told by his publishers he must have a different title for the American market and some reviewers on Amazon down marked him rather than reviewing the book content when really it wasn’t his fault at all. Very tricky situation. I’ve just had a quick scan through Mulberry Cottage and I like the diary format and you’re right, there’s some lovely photos in there and they translate really well to the kindle fire/iPad. Can’t wait to read your books and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day in the spotlight/hot seat!

Victoria Connelly: Thanks so much, Julie! I have so much fun choosing the photos for the books although my husband culls quite a few of them. He’s very particular!

Julie Haigh: Bradford? Were you in Bradford in Yorkshire before? It’s very near where I am- in Huddersfield. And Bradford’s very different to the idyllic sounding Mulberry Cottage!

Nancy McBride: is this Bradford you’re discussing the one near Bath?

Nancy Gould Gomoll: Yikes! I am trying to download the 1st and 2nd Mulberry Cottage books and am struggling. I don’t have a Kindle but do have a Kindle app on my iPad so I download to that. I can bring up the books in the Kindle format but it is not giving me an option to buy! Frustrating!

Nancy McBride: I’m a bit off kilter with my English geography, but took a house boat up the Bradford canal once… lovely… I can just see it now, me living on a canal boat with chickens!

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Julie Haigh: Yes it could be Bradford on Avon I suppose Nancy McBride?

Nancy McBride: I see a coop on top, not too high because of the bridges… then a floating raft yard for them to “run”..

–With all of you Ex-Pats, I see a novel sprouting starring ex-pat chickens on the raft of life…

— AM I PECKISH? AM I NEEDED TO ROOST OR NEST? HAVE I JUST BEEN RELEASED FROM A SLAUGHTERHOUSE? AM I STEEPED IN COTTAGES AND CHICKEN LORE?

Nancy McBride (I’m OK, now…, don’t worry your feathers…)

Victoria Connelly: Julie – yes: Bradford, West Yorkshire. I lived in Skipton for a while and taught around Yorkshire. Nancy – are you still having trouble getting the books?

Julie Haigh: Skipton is nice, much nicer than Bradford anyway.

Nancy Gould Gomoll: yes I am still having trouble Victoria Connelly

Nancy McBride: Nancy Gould Gomoll, are you having trouble downloading UK books, Stateside? If so, I’ve figured it out. Let me know…

— I find that to keep the Amazon.com bookmark open on your browser. Click on the book offered, go to the Amazon.co/uk site. copy the title, THEN open the Amazon.com (US) site, pop it in the blank, and click. Is this at all helpful?

Fran Macilvey: Thanks for some really interesting answers, Victoria Connelly, you have helped me to understand a bit more about the publishing process. My first book has been traditionally published and there is still a lot I don’t know about the process. I find that the experts expect one to know a lot, without explaining it, so there is always catching up to do. xxx

Nancy Gould Gomoll: Thanks Nancy McBride. I wrote down your method of transferring books from UK to US and that is most helpful. This problem is getting a kindle book onto my ipad. I think I have it now though. Have to do it on my laptop not on my ipad! Will give this a try!

Nancy McBride: I, too, have an iPad I read my Kindle on it.. It helps if I download them as I mentioned, on my laptop browser, then open in the kindle app on my iPad. On the home page, look down at the bottom and there is a switch: CLOUD/DEVICE. Go to DEVICE and the book cover will be there with an arrow. Click on the arrow, and it will download from cyberspace to your iPad, thus accessible. (I hope.)

Nancy Gould Gomoll: Just got both books successfully delivered to my iPad Kindle! Yea. Thanks for the help. Look forward to reading all 3 of your books that I ordered today, Victoria Connelly!

Susan Joyce: Go Nancy Gould Gomoll!

–Victoria Connelly, time to walk dogs here. Many thanks for answering so many questions. Great to get to know you. Thanks for being with WLM today. It’s been delightful and insightful! Have a lovely evening!

Nancy McBride: Must be 10ish in UK…so my thanks, too for the lively, and, as always, diverse discussion, Victoria! I learned a lot!

Susan Joyce: Victoria, thanks too for the free book. I look forward to reading several of your titles.

Sue Clamp: I just downloaded the freebie too, thanks Victoria. Thanks for being a great Sunday Spotlight author. I’m really impressed with your prolific writing output!

Victoria Connelly: Thank you so much, everyone! Do come and friend me here on FB if you want to be inundated with photos of ex-bat hens! Here’s another one of our new girl Agnes from today – she’s really getting the hang of this sunbathing business!

Photo#11-Agnes

 

Sue Clamp: You’ll be inundated now!

Nancy Gould Gomoll: Thanks for a wonderful day Victoria Connelly. Loved reading all the conversations even if I wasn’t joining in much. Am excited to read your books. I am also so glad you are rescuing chickens!! Good girl!!

Gramma Lupcho: I was traveling today so missed you. How did you start rescuing hens?

Terry Bryan: Thanks so much, Victoria Connelly. I’m sorry not to have chatted today…traveling…but so enjoyed reading the thread.

Cherry Gregory: Thanks for a fascinating thread, Victoria. Apologies for not joining in more, my mum was visiting, but I’ve enjoyed reading all about your writing, your hens and your artistic husband, What a creative couple you are!

Victoria Twead: Victoria Connelly, thanks so much for a great Spotlight Sunday interview! When you have a moment, please let me know the names of the two you’ve chosen to win ecopies of A Year at Mulberry Cottage. Difficult choice, I know!

Victoria Connelly: Oooh, another question – Gramma Lupcho – I’ve always loved rescuing things. Started rehoming ex-bat hens in Feb 2011 when we were in the London suburbs (think ‘The Good Life’!) and brought them with us to rural Suffolk where we have added to our flock over the years. I love them!

–So lovely to chat to you all and answer your questions. Thank you, Victoria Twead and Alan Parks for inviting me to be a part of this lovely friendly group and for hosting today. And … the winners … Frankie Knight and Cherry Gregory – hope you enjoy the book!

Cherry Gregory: Oh, thank you so very much Victoria. I’m so looking forward to reading it.

Janet Hughes: CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS Frankie Knight and Cherry Gregory!!!!

Photo#12-Hooray!

 

Nest morning …

Julie Haigh: Well done Frankie and Cherry!

Victoria Twead: Congratulations Frankie Knight and Cherry Gregory! I shall send now before I forget.

Frankie Knight: O.M.G! Thank you so much Victoria! I was sad that I was unable to join in more but wasn’t feeling 100% yesterday. I do love these chats and thoroughly enjoyed reading all the posts I missed yesterday…. Thank you again….

–Have to say Janet, you are even more OTT than I am….

Sue Clamp: Congrats Frankie and Cherry!

Charlotte Smith: Well done Frankie and Cherry

Linda Kovic-Skow: Wow Nancy McBride you’ve certainly led an interesting life. Thanks so much for sharing. I love your illustrations and and I share your love for otters (as long as they don’t steal any salmons from my cooler while we’re boating in the San Juan islands in Washington).

Nancy McBride: Linda Kovic-Skow, I am in that area a few times a year!!! My daughter is in Seattle. I’ll be vacationing with friends, there in the San Juans, in September. Recommend any place to kayak?

Susan Joyce: Hooray for our winners! CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS Frankie Knight and Cherry Gregory!!!!

June Collins: Love the San Juans. Used to live not far from there. Had a view of them in fact.

Nancy McBride: June Collins, any recommendations for funky places to stay and kayak?

Linda Kovic-Skow OMG Nancy McBride We’ll be up there in September too? Wouldn’t it be a hoot if we could meet up for a glass of wine? I’ll private message you:)

Nancy Gould Gomoll: Congrats Cherry Gregory and Frankie Knight!

Gramma Lupcho: We were traveling today so I missed the live questions, but I love all the info…Linda Kovic-Skow, my teen years were spent in Washington state, the Yakima valley to be exact. We had friends on Whidbey Island and visited summers. Frequent visits to Washington and Oregon (where my brothers lived) have kept the love of that area prime in my heart!!

Linda Kovic-Skow: Ahhh Gramma Lupcho it’s such a lovely area. My brother still has our family home on Whidbey Island – right on the beach! We love summertime there, but we’re tired of the rain. Excited about becoming “snow birds” – Arizona in winter and San Juans in summer.

Nancy McBride: My daughter and family are in West Seattle, and summer in Hood River. Lovely, all!

 

 

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