Author visit – Paula Williams

What made Paula Williams turn to crime?

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My guest today is murder mystery author Paula Williams whose books like mine are published by Crooked Cat. I hugely enjoyed reading Murder Served Cold and Rough and Deadly so I’m keen to find out more about the person who wrote them. What can I get you, Paula?

I’d love a black Americano – with a lovely squidgy chocolate brownie please

Great choice! Thanks for agreeing to answer a few questions about yourself and your writing. Firstly I was wondering, if you could be any fictional character for a day who would you choose?

If it’s only for a day then I’d like to be Scarlet O’Hara. I’d love to be as feisty as she was. But I think 24 hours in her skin would probably be enough. Oh yes, and I’d make sure she had the sense not to let Rhett Butler walk away!

What have you been…

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Firsts

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When you’ve experienced everything you’re ever going to experience, it’s time to write: THE END.

…said me, although I’m probably not the first!

I’m back home after an amazing trip to China and Tibet. I’ve posted my photos and videos on Facebook, which must mean I’m well and truly back, and you’re welcome to view them, whether or not you’re a friend of mine there.

Labrang Monastery - sculpture. Labrang Monastery

Today, I’m thinking about firsts. Yes, even at my age, there are firsts.

The first time I went to China. The first time I went to Tibet. The first time I slept nearly 4,000 metres above sea level. The first time I climbed to almost 5,000 metres. My first plane ride in which the air pressure was increased as we took off. The first video I created for one of my books:

I hope you enjoyed that. And don’t forget, this is…

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Breaking Up

You’ve seen it. Now you can understand it.

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I’m taking a break, but Martin isn’t. You can still read about him in Cultivating a Fuji.

Just before I go, here’s the interesting result of the poll I’ve been running on Twitter this past week.

Poll Result

Look at that middle number: 0%.

In other words, of those who answered the poll, not one will have any difficulty imagining what he’s like. Either you’ll see yourself in him or he’ll remind you of someone you’ve met.

Think about it. If you’re one of the 18% and see yourself in Martin, you can compare your experience with his. If you’re one of the 82%, this is your chance to look inside his head and maybe gain an understanding of what’s behind the behaviour that you’ve witnessed.

Cultivating a Fuji - Front CoverHave a great summer!

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The New Me

Poet? Me?

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“Hello, I’m Miriam Drori – author, editor and… novice poet.”

That’s how I introduced myself at this poetry reading:

I’ve never thought of myself as a poet, but I’m very proud of these poems and of the way I performed them at February’s IAWE (Israel Association of Writers in English) Parlour Reading. Perhaps I need to reinvent myself.

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Word Tip 9: Accents / Diacritic Marks and Apostrophes

What did you always want to know about Word but never bothered to find out?

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Microsoft Word Tips for AuthorsWelcome to the next in a series of tips on using Microsoft Word, geared towards authors.
Most Word advice is rather complicated and full of things you’ll never need to know.
I shall do my best to keep it simple, because you’re not stupid… just busy.
Please note: 
– Not all versions of Word are the same, but most are near enough.
– There are different ways of doing the same thing. I shall demonstrate just one (or two).

How do you write the word café? Or über? Or soupçon? Or Señor?

Word has a list showing how to write each diacritic mark. It’s the sort of list you can remember because it’s really quite guessable. Here it is: (I accessed this by clicking Help, searching for ‘diacritic’ and choosing Keyboard shortcuts for international characters.)

To insert thisPress
à, è, ì, ò, ù,
À, È, Ì, Ò…

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