Interview for Vision and Verse

Interview for Vision and Verse

The author Carol Ann Kaufmann interviewed me for her blog ‘Vision and Verse’ and I’m delighted with what she has done. Thank you Carol!

Click here to take a look –

Interview with Kerry Postle on Carol’s blog

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Radio Interview

Radio interview

Today I gave my first radio interview.  John Darvall interviewed me for BBC Radio Bristol and he asked me about teaching and writing. Very informative , especially for me, as it dawned on me why I wrote what I wrote and the connection it has to teaching.

radio programme

The interview with me starts 2 hours 5 minutes in (after the Michael Jackson track).

Being a victim and working through it was key to why I put pen to paper in the first place, and I chose to tell Wally’s story because I wanted to show how she struggled with, yet overcame, the obstacles in her way.

 

 

Inspiration

Many hours I spend on the internet are, it’s true, wasted.  I look without ever really finding what I’m looking for. Most of the time I can’t remember why I was on there in the first place.

However, I recently stumbled across this gem –

http://thehistorychicks.com/

It’s a website dedicated to famous women from history.  Absolutely fascinating. It’s run by two women. They post podcasts too. Please take a look at their site as it’s been such an inspiration and when I find something special I think it’s important to share.

So, here’s to the History Chicks!

Publicity

A 24/7 article  on The Artist’s Muse has just appeared by Joe Melia and I’m genuinely delighted with it so thank you 24/7. Unfortunately the article suggests there’s a happy ever after. Can’t be accused of including any ‘spoilers’!

Living Learning English has also uploaded a post on their  LLE FACEBOOK page and so thank you to Kate at LLE too!

LLE

Reviews

The First Rule of Write Club

Writers fall into two categories when it comes to how they handle bad reviews, according to Asimov there are “those who bleed copiously and visibly at any bad review, and those who bleed copiously and secretly at any bad review.”  Well, I always expected to fall into the former camp. What I hadn’t counted on was that I would simply bleed at any review, good or bad. Oh dear…

Reading reviews can be cruel. I’ve only ever allowed 1 person to look at ‘The Artist’s Muse’ prior to publishing (publishers aside), and then that was in carefully chosen chunks.

And so, if I was that ridiculously afraid of letting others have a look at my work before I submitted it, what possessed me to think it would be all right to expose my work to scrutiny by people I’ve never even met? Let them read it? Review it? What indeed.

Yet here I am. Googling my name every few hours. Waiting for those reviews to come flooding in. Eager to read them. I’ve done the same search so many times that Google runs a routine check on me to see if I’m a robot. I’m not.  And I still keep checking.  Suffice to say I’ve not got soaked in the deluge of copy generated by the reading of my superbly well-crafted, thought-provoking, insightful novel. The comparisons with Donna Tartt and Tracy Chevalier are yet to be made, the references to Marcel Proust still to be discerned. Could take a while.

I know that you can’t please all of the people all of the time (that Sarah Perry’s wonderful Essex Serpent scores 3.5 out of 5 on Amazon laughingly tells me that).  But it would be good to be able to please some.

So far I’m clinging to a few kind words thrown in the direction of my book which the publisher has thoughtfully selected and chosen to share with me ( though I secretly imagine the mountain of negative criticism they’re struggling to conceal). And up until this morning I hadn’t managed to track down any ratings, despite my almost clinical sweeping of the internet for signs (more checks for robots).

Now I have it. My first rating.

It’s fine. Could be worse.

But could be better.

I tell myself I should be relieved. The mark the reviewer has given me is really very respectable. But I’m not. The sulky prima donna within feels like waving the mark in the air with disdain – an exam result awarded by an examiner who ‘clearly’ (my internal voice screeches with indignation while little heels tap up and down in my brain) doesn’t know the subject. I want to talk with the reviewer. Ask her why she marked me down.  Was my writing that bad? Did she hate my novel so very much?

Blood turns to vitriol in my veins as I see that she gives books with titles like ‘Debbie likes it Doggie-Style’  (hopefully this actual title does not exist  but  you get the drift) a ‘superb 5 stars’…As for books with titles along the lines of ‘Cute Claire’s Cornish Cupcake Club’, well there aren’t enough stars to express the reviewer’s stratospheric  enthusiasm for this type of literature. Which makes everything seem somehow so much worse.

And then it dawns on me – first rule of write club: Let readers read. When your novel’s out there you have to let it go.

Besides, worse is surely waiting. You can’t please all of the people all of the time. And the rating was not bad.

Although that doesn’t stop me wanting to know what the reviewer didn’t like. I’ve got another novel to write after all and I’d like her to love that one.

So, dear reviewer/reviewers, if you have any constructive comments to make I  would be delighted to receive them as I woefully overlooked, what I’ll now call, the second rule of write club (though it truly should be the first),and that is,  listen to feedback.  I don’t intend to make the same mistake again. And thank you so very, very much for reviewing!

The Artist’s Muse blog

This is my very first post! And I’m so pleased that I’ve managed to get this website together. It’s taken me AGES as I’m not the most tech-savvy of souls. And it’s still not ready for public consumption as I’m not sure if I can show the paintings I’ve referred to in the novel. I’ve contacted the galleries concerned to find out and now I’m waiting for their answer. I’ve read that most of the works are in the public domain so it shouldn’t be a problem. Fingers crossed!