Virtual Blog Tour

Hello and welcome to my very first Virtual Blog Tour. I was invited on this tour by the lovely Lysa Wilds from Welcome-to-my-circus-but-I-wouldn't-have-it-any-other-way who I met only recently. I happened to stumble upon her blog through the #AllAboutYou linky and read a really touching post about forgiveness. Lysa is a lovely person who tries to stay positive even at the most trying of times. Thank you for inviting me Lysa.

If you don't know what a Virtual Blog Tour is I'll try and explain. Basically it's a tour around blogs where bloggers get to answer four simple questions about blogging and invite and introduce other bloggers to the tour. It's a great way of making new friends and discovering new blogs to read.

I have to say that when I received the email from Lysa inviting me on the tour I was quite surprised. We hadn't really spoken but she told me she read my blog and liked it, I was very flattered. It's lovely to get a bit of a confidence boost every now and then!

Onto my four questions...

1.  What am I working on?

A lot of things all at once, or at least it seems that way. My main 'work' is my novel, which I work on sporadically. It's a crime novel involving a female detective and making sure that I get facts right and procedures down properly is proving to be a lot more difficult than I thought it would be. The blog keeps me going and I try to blog as often as I can, although sometimes the novel takes up all my time.

2.  How does my work differ from others of my genre?

The blog is a bit of a mish-mash of thoughts and includes stuff about my writing, daily life and my children. My blog is different because of my words, my tone, the way I see things. We're all different after all and my opinions will differ from someone else's.

As for the book, well, it's written by me for a start. I think all books are different in their own way, given that they're written by different authors and each one has their own voice. A writer's voice is unique to them and should come across in their writing, I hope I can achieve this with mine.

3.  Why do I write/create what I do?

The blog gives me a chance to share what our family enjoys and the everyday things that wind me up. In a world that has opened up so much in recent years I think it's wonderful to be able to share the SAHM part of me with other women that are going through exactly the same things.

My book is more of a compulsion. Sometimes I can do nothing for months on end and other times I will work on it hour after hour. I always come back to it, pictures will inspire me for a scene and I'll do nothing but write. It allows me to be someone else for a while and experiment with certain personality traits. It's an escape from everyday life.

4.  What is my writing process?

With blogging it's random, I can be struck with an idea and suddenly want to write about it. Or me and the kids will have been out and I'll want to write about that. I don't really have a 'process' when it comes to blogging, it just kind of happens.

The book is slightly different because it's about crime so I have to be in a certain mood to be able to make much progress. I have to have props/pictures to look at for inspiration and I have to plan what I'm writing about, which scene comes next and what the characters are going to say.

Now that I've answered my questions I would like to introduce you to a couple of lovely bloggers.

First of all say hello to Maddy of Writing Bubble. Maddy and I connected a while back when we both took part in #Prose4T, a linky that allows us to showcase our creative writing. She is currently working on a book and writes poems and short stories which she publishes on her blog. Some of them are very entertaining! Maddy often blogs about finding the time to write while taking care of three young children, something I can definitely relate to!

It has been really great connecting with someone who understands the struggle of finding the time to write while taking care of the kids. Other writers can understand about writer's block but only a SAHM trying to be a writer can understand the fight between wanting to write and having to take care of children and home.

Given that it's the middle of the summer I had real trouble finding someone else to take part. They're all on their holidays! Shocking I know. As a last minute attempt at finding someone else to invite I contacted a facebook group I'm part of and someone replied. The lovely Louise Smith came to my rescue and said she'd love to take part. I breathed a huge sigh of relief!

You can find Louise over at Confessions of a Secret Shopper where she blogs about a range of topics including reviews and shopping. She comes from my neck of the woods, a little village outside Mansfield, Nottinghamshire and has a lovely family. Louise has just started a new linky called Social Sunday, a social media link up and yesterday was her third. It looks popular and it's one that I'll be linking to in the future. Why not stop by and say hi?

And there you have it, we've come to the end of this part of the tour. Stop by Maddy's writing bubble and Louise's Confessions of a Secret Shopper on 11th August to learn a little more about these lovely ladies.

Thank you to Lysa again for inviting me, I've loved it!


  1. Morgan ~

    You are very welcome I am glad you enjoyed it. I enjoyed reading this blog post and getting to know a little bit more about you.

    Your book sounds like so much fun to work on! I would love to read it once you are finished with it.

    Thank you again for taking part in the Virtual Blog Tour! I am so glad it was a positive experience for you.

    ~ Lysa

    1. Thanks Lysa.
      I really enjoyed writing about my love of writing and it's great to learn a little more about our fellow bloggers isn't it?

  2. It's lovely to learn about how other writers create content, so thanks for sharing and good luck with the book.

    1. Thank you Izzie. It's really great to be able to share this stuff and I really do enjoy my writing. Thank you so much for stopping by. :)

  3. Great post - I'm always interested to hear why and how other writers write Your book sounds really interesting - i look forward to reading it one day! Thanks for inviting me to the tour and for the lovely write - up here. Xx

    1. Ah Thank you Maddy. The book has been really interesting to work on so far, I hope I can keep at it enough to finish the thing! Looking forward to seeing your post. :)

  4. Aww thank you for the lovely write up sweetie :D Sorry I'm so late commenting - we headed out for the day!

    I want to wish you all the best with your book and don't forget to let me know when we can read it!!

    Louise x

    1. Thank you for taking part! I hope you had a lovely day out, that's what these holidays are for after all.

      Thanks for the best wishes for the book and I'll be sure to let you all know when it's finished. xx

  5. Great post my dear. Your book sounds interesting, and hard work with all the research! I can totally relate to having to be in the mood to be able to write it. Mine is a self-help book and not the kind of writing that can be achieved all day every day either :-)

    1. The research can be a bit of a killer sometimes, a lot of complicated science stuff.
      It's definitely not possible for me to write every day, I wish it was! Self-help book eh? Is it hard to write or does it come naturally? I imagine that's a little different from writing fiction. :)