My Latest Book! Community Service!

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Hello fellow bloggers and internet surf dudes and dudettes. As I write this I am sipping on a Leffe beer and making a roll  up. Although one should not have to find an excuse to drink and smoke mid week if they wish to do so, I actually have a the perfect excuse tonight. I have just published my second novel; Community Service to Kindle!

It has taken me exactly 18 months to write and I am finally ready to release my baby into the world. Like all mothers I am anxious about how my baby will be received and am sad to finally relinquish full control over my little monkey. People might love it, people might hate it, I could find myself called into the headmasters office at a moments notice and lectured about how socially inept my little child is, but I don’t care.

I have put everything into my book and I have had a good time doing it.

Community Service is a psychological thriller set in London. It follows the story of  Maisy Leigh, sentenced to community service after joyriding her date’s car and crashing it into a lamppost, her life is rapidly spiralling out of control when she meets Eddie. A rebellious artist with a liberal attitude towards drugs, Eddie offers Maisy the chance to esccape.

But how much does Maisy really know about Eddie and how far is she willing to go to keep him in her life?

Anyone who enjoyes reading suspense and thrillers please check it out!

That’s all for now,

Emmy x

Corrupted – Now Being Enjoyed By Readers In Iraq!!!

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I recently got sent this photo by my boyfriend who is currently working in Iraq doing close protection. It made me laugh so I thought I would share it. Iraq is being CORRUPTED! Lol.

I have heard that many of the close protection team in Iraq have read and enjoyed my book, so it’s not just for the ladies. Even hard men in bullet proof vests are loving it, but then I guess they probably need a bit of escapism to pass the time over there and what could be better than a tale of sex, scandal and suspense to brighten up their days?

Available on Kindle, check it out! xxx

http://www.amazon.com/CORRUPTED-Tale-Scandal-Suspense-ebook/dp/B00B05VVZC/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1372969166&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=corrupted+emm+yoshida

Censoring Your Novel – When Is The F Word Appropriate?

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Editing for me is the most difficult part of writing a novel. So many ideas, characters, plot lines and opinions to take into consideration that it can be easy to become obsessive when finalising the changes needed to make your book the best is can be.

One topic that has been brought up on many occassions while I have been doing book signings from various people has been the aversion many readers seem to have to swearing in a book. Sometimes I will speak to people about my novel Corrupted and one of the first questions they will ask is, “does it have swearing in it?” Admitting that yes, ‘Corrupted is littered with swear words,’ is enough to put many people off of reading my book straight away, I have found so many people who are against the use of foul language in literature that I am considering cutting most of it from my second novel that I am currently working on.

But many of the books that I love and admire have swear words dropped into the dialogue in every other sentence, classics such as Trainspotting for example, that would lose their realism and flavour if the profanities in them were cut out.

So why are people so scared of the F word? These are the same people who don’t mind reading stories about depraved serial killers, in depth descriptions on autopsys, real life accounts of abuse, violent scenes featuring murder, or fantasy/horror books featuring evil spirits, witches and warlocks and yet they are afraid of a swear word.

Does swearing bring down the tone of a book or is it in fact a realistic reflection of the language that is used in society today and has been for many centuries? To filter it out are we creating a more respectable piece of literature that is more likely to be acclaimed or are we in fact being ignorant to the human nature and culture that we are a part of?

It is obvious which side of the fence I am on with regards to the swearing debate but after discovering that so many people refuse to even read a book with swear words as they find it cheap, and claim that good writing doesn’t need foul language, is this a factor I should be taking into consideration when finishing my novel?

Is the odd swear word alright, but too many a vulgar attack of the ears to many readers? As a writer should I be sensitive to this?

I personally believe that some swear words are some of the most expressive in the English language. What other words can convey anger, social status or a character’s emotional state as much as a single swear word can?

As I filter through the dialogue of my book and try to balance the language of my characters so there is just enough swearing to accurately portray my character’s dialect and speech patterns without alienating readers, I would be extremely interested to know what your thoughts are.

Does swearing put you off of a novel and do you find it a cheap and easy way of showing emotion, or are you in favour of a warts and all dialogue, littered with profanities if that is the best way of capturing the characters in a story?

Please let me know and I will look forward to reading your comments!

Dorit Oliver Wolff: An Inspirational Woman

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As an author I am always looking for inspiration and one of the things that inspire me the most are the people who I meet in every day life; listening to their unique stories and their life experiences.

One of the most inspirational people I have ever had the good fortune of meeting is a friend of mine Dorit Oliver Wolff, and after hearing her speak about her experiences as a young girl growing up in the Holocaust recently to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, I felt compelled to share her story on my blog. It is one of survival against all the odds and her attitude and passion for life encourages me to follow my dreams and live my life to the full just as she does.

I first met Dorit when I went to my local writers group meeting in Eatsbourne last year. Her friendly sunny nature made me feel welcome straight away and I felt an instant affinity for her. She is currently writing a book about her life entitled, “Behind The Smile – From Yellow Star To Pop Star,” and devotes a lot of time to public speaking in schools and for charities to raise awareness about the atrocities of the holocaust and to help people to remember those sad events that happened seventy years ago. Her efforts are an important contribution to prevent anything of the sort happening in the future and to teach others about the dangers of racism and prejudice.

Dorit was still a young girl of just five years old when the Nazi regime started to spread across Europe like wild fire and by the age of seven Dorit and her mother were homeless refugees of the war, relying upon their courage, determination, and the grace of God and compassion of others to get through each day. Her mother was a brave woman who’s quick thinking helped them to escape death on many occasions and she would dress as a nurse to avoid suspicion, Dorit posing as an injured child often with bandages covering her face to hide her Jewish features. They were unable to carry any possessions with them as this was one of the easiest ways for the Nazis to identify people who were on the run. All they had were the clothes on their back, shelter that was given to them by kind strangers who were risking the lives of their own families by helping them, and they often ate food that was discarded from hotels and restaurants to live.

As a result Dorit didn’t get to have a normal childhood, she grew up surrounded by fear and uncertainty, cold and hungry, her mother’s love the only certainty she could rely on.

She was captured twice by the Nazis and taken to a sorting camp where people were held sometimes for months before being sent to work and concentration camps. Both times she was lucky enough to escape, the first occasion a kind Nazi officer helped Dorit and her mother, giving them all the money in his wallet and telling them to flee. The second time Dorit was captured she was still just seven and had not seen her mother for eight weeks. Terrified and alone, one day she was beckoned into a room by a cleaner who had a message from her mother. He instructed her to sneak out after lights out and to hide in the coal storage room until he came for her. After hours of waiting in the pitch black; cold and terrified with no concept of how much time had passed he came and smuggled her out in a laundry basket. She was reunited with her mother and despite countless brushes with death they managed to survive the one of the cruellest regimes ever known to man which killed over six million Jews.

By the time the war ended however Dorit was given just a year to live, a skeletal young girl, she had lost all her hair and was suffering from malnutrition but her love for singing kept her alive. She grew into a beautiful young woman and was eventually discovered and became a successful pop star in Germany. She never let her traumatic experiences affect her judgements of others and was embraced by the German people, the very people who had persecuted her but who had also helped her and her mother on many occasions to hide.

Dorit is a true testament of the strength of human nature and just to meet her has been a humbling experience. She has never let the trauma of her early years hinder her or hold her back in any way, she is evidence that no matter what situation you are in and how bad it may get there is always light at the end of the tunnel and life can be beautiful and is to be embraced. She has lived her life fearlessly with compassion for everyone she has met and had the faith to believe in her dreams, even when she was told that her days were numbered. I hope that hearing about Dorit will inspire you, whether it is in your own life or for your work. Sometimes real life can be so much more amazing than fiction and Dorit’s tales always surprise, entertain and motivate me.

If you would like to find out more about Dorit then visit her website, http://doritoliverwolff.com where you can also order a copy of her newly published booklet ‘Behind The smile.’
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and you can hear one of her songs here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_K9nm4Bs5E

Get It While It’s Hot! January Kindle Sale Of CORRUPTED

Hi everyone,

Happy New Year to you all.
It’s been a long time since I have written a blog post, life has gotten in the way, December 2013 was a whirlwind of book signings and then a family trip to Japan so I have been extremely busy and as a result pretty slack on the whole blog front.

Anyway I thought I would start off the New Year with a special offer for all you Kindle lovers out there.
My novel Corrupted – A Tale Of Sex, Scandal & Suspense is only $0.99 / 0.99 for the rest of the month.

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Corrupted is a gripping survival story that tells the story of a young student named Ria, who becomes an exotic dancer in London to fund her degree. She meets a handsome Australian millionaire at work and impulsively decides to move with him to Sydney to embark upon a new extravagant life but when she gets there her Australian dream soon descends into nightmare that will have you hooked! Dripping in glamour and suspense, Corrupted is a unique insight into a world of high class stripping and is guaranteed to keep you up all night.

Corrupted has received many 5 star reviews since its publication and if you are looking for an entertaining and fast paced book you will not be disappointed! The links are below, check it out and if you enjoy and find the time to, a review is always welcome.

Thanks and hope the beginning of 2014 has been positive for everyone so far.

Emmy

xxx

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Is It A Bad Idea To Make Your Protagonist A Bitch?

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I am currently in the process of writing my second novel and am at the difficult planning stage. Every decision I make now will be crucial to the outcome of the competed novel and I am taking all of them very seriously. Questions are racing through my mind constantly, questions like; should I write in first person or third person, should I write from several perspectives and who are my characters and what motivates them? I have written several chapters already but still can’t seem to decide; writing a book is a big commitment and I want to make sure I don’t regret a decision I have made now and have to re-do the entire book at the editing stage.

One question however seems to be at the forefront of my mind at the moment and I am struggling to decide which direction I should go down. Is it a bad idea to make your protagonist a bitch?

I want my novel to be an enjoyable to read, but I also want to enjoy writing it and there is something quite satisfying and fun about writing from a bitch’s perspective. Her thoughts are shocking, cutting and littered with sarcastic observations of the world and people around her. She has little respect for people, especially men and uses them as objects to entertain her if and when the occasion suits her.

I recently read the first chapter of my novel at my writer’s group and there was a strong reaction amongst them, some of them enjoyed it and said it was dramatic and gritty, but the overwhelming response seemed to be; who is this bitch and why does she hate the world so much? Many of them said they couldn’t read something with such derogatory sexist comments about men.

So do people really want the heroine in a book to be just that; a character they can relate to that possess a likeability factor? If the central character of a novel is essentially a good guy, does that make a book more gripping, and if a reader has no feelings for the protagonist will they care when they are beaten or cheated on or murdered, or face any other obstacles that you as a writer are planning on throwing at them over the course of their journey?

I personally find characters with a bad side more fascinating; why have they become the person they are? Being a bad guy seems to open up so many more possibilities with a character’s back history than a good guy. I mean what’s interesting about a goodie two shoes?

Please could you let me know your opinions on this subject; do you prefer your protagonist to be inherently good and would it put you off a book if you disliked the central character; or do you think that bad guys are more exciting and fun to read about? Any comments would be welcome; I would love to get some feedback on this as I think it is a pretty crucial question that will affect the entertainment value of my book hugely.

Thanks everyone! xxx

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Chapter Eight Of CORRUPTED

Watch me read chapter eight of my novel, Corrupted – A Tale Of Sex, Scandal & Suspense.

Ria Kimura is about to leave behind her life in England and move to Sydney with the man of her dreams Brad Harrison, but has she made the right decision? Tears will be shed!

Malcolm; A Hilarious Short Story By Simon Bolton

Since I have been doing my book signings I have met so many interesting and inspiring people who all have amazing stories to tell. I have also met a lot of writers who are in the process of writing a book. Simon was one of these people and he was kind enough to send me this short story; Malcolm.

During a writing class recently he was asked to write a piece about someone boring; I found it hilarious and thought I would share it with you. I hope it entertains you as much as it did me!

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He awoke in the position that he always did, lying on his back facing upwards. His eyes were greeted with their usual first image of the day – the mock brass light fitting with its peach coloured silk effect shade. Five small cracks in the plaster around the ceiling rose giving the impression of a multiple amputee spider. These were just cosmetic flaws a bit like aging lines around someone’s eyes rather than a serious structural defect, not that Malcolm had ever considered or given that any concern.

His arms were outside the duvet and by his side, he had made the decision when he went to bed at 9:45pm the night before, that due to the ongoing heat wave with temperatures in excess of 32 c most days for over a month, to fold his summer bedding back a full 75cm and to sleep with the upper button of his pyjama top undone.

He calculated that with his arms on the outside of the quilt he would gain a .002sec advantage in turning off his Phillips digital alarm clock before it chimed. As it was about to go off at 6:45am he reached his right arm across to the bedside table and pressed the off button before it could utter a sound, giving Malcolm a deep sense of satisfaction that his calculations were precisely correct. If the Phillips 2000 series radio/ alarm had senses it would probably be those of profound frustration that since being purchased by Malcolm Dibly from the local Comet store in 1998 and used by him every day since, with the exception of Christmas mornings when he stayed at his Mother’s flat in Epping,
It had never been able to give its rendition of the Big Ben chimes, its USP, Police siren or any other of the twelve alarm tunes in its repertoire. Its daily chance stymied by its owner’s timely abilities.

He folded back the corner of his bedding and gently swung his legs off the mattress and onto the floor. Sitting on the side of his bed for a full three minutes looking straight ahead, silent and motionless Malcolm prepared himself for his day, his Wednesday.

By eight minutes past seven Malcolm had washed his hands, face and corners, shaved, had his breakfast of 25gm of fair-trade muesli with honey and a banana and brushed his teeth. leaving him a full ten minutes to evacuate his bowels, rinse his hands, brush his hair, put on his summer blazer and leave his first floor flat for the two minute walk to the bus stop to catch the 7:25am loop service that would take him to outside the gates of Gosling & Hardacre engineering where he had worked in the accounts department for twenty three years.

The bus journey could vary between fifteen and twenty five minutes depending on traffic conditions which meant Malcolm always had ample time to clock on for his 8:00am start. He liked it when the bus journey was quick it allowed him time to get into his department without being taunted by all the shop floor workers who had walked to the factory along the High Road. Many a time he had to run the gauntlet past small groups of them who would call out and when they got the chance surround and intimidate him, taunting and calling him names. “Weirdo, poofta, wanker, boring twat”.

Due to the road works near the town hall Malcolm knew it would be nearly five to eight when the bus would arrive opposite the factory gates, he prepared himself to meet his provocateurs. As he stepped of the number 47 he saw the gang of persecutors opposite him several of whom had already spotted and recognised their quarry. “ooi!! Malcolm you muppet hurry up you don’t wanna be late do ya” shouted a pimply faced youth. Malcolm crossed the road and found himself immediately surrounded by the jeering mob, it’s spotty spokesman circling him like a deranged matador verbally jousting with its prey.
“Bet you never had a shag ‘ave yer?, got yer leg over, been laid Malcolm eh, eh?” inquired his acne ridden aggressor. Malcolm looked on impassively as the baying crowd howled like a pack of hyenas until they were struck with disbelief at what happened next.

Malcolm reached into the breast pocket of his blazer and pulled out his Parker fountain pen, unscrewed the lid, changed his grip to that of a stabbing position and plunged it into deep into the ringleader of his tormentors right eye, the pupil exploding in a mass of blood and ink, a purple torrent flowed down his cheek as he screamed in agony. “Boring-the act or process of making or enlarging a hole” recited Malcolm as he looked at his one eyed victim “ yes I suppose I am “ he added as he walked through the shocked crowd towards the factory entrance.

It was two minutes to eight and already 26c Malcolm noted looking at the thermometer on the wall next to the clocking on machine, perhaps he would undo two buttons on his pyjama top tonight he thought.

How To Get Your Book Stocked By Retailers – One Of The Biggest Hurdles Of Self Publishing

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One of the biggest challenges with self-publishing a book is getting it into stores. For most authors, seeing their book gracing the shelves of a bookshop for the first time is one of the biggest thrills of getting your book published, but when you have self-published your book it isn’t usually a straightforward process. I am still working hard at getting my book, Corrupted stocked by more shops in the UK and have encountered a few hurdles along the way. I hope this post helps anyone who is about to go about introducing their book to retailers and it will hopefully give you ideas of how you can achieve your goal.

Step One: Get Your Book Stocked By A Wholesaler

If you are serious about getting your book stocked by book shops one of the first steps towards achieving that is to get it stocked by a wholesaler. In the UK there are several to choose from, but I opted for Gardners. They will keep a stock of your book and distribute it to any shops for you, including Amazon. Prepare yourself though as it might take a while to get paid from distributors, but if you want to be taken seriously then this is an important step. Gardners stock Waterstones, WHSmiths and many other retailers.

Step Two: Research The Buyers

The next step is to find out the names of the buyers for each of the companies you want to approach. You want to find out who is in charge of buying from your genre and get their contact details. Prepare an email introducing your book, remember to add information about your wholesaler, target market, any publicity you have had, book signings, anything that will support your application to be stocked by them. Attach your book cover image, a press release and email it to them. Follow up your email with phone calls, it may take a while to get through to the person you need to reach as they are very busy and in meetings quite a lot, but don’t give up. When you do finally get them on the phone, remember that first impressions count and treat your conversation as a sales call. Be succinct and explain why your book will sell, as quickly as you can. Hopefully they will ask you to send them a copy of the book.

Step Three: Be Patient

There is a fine line between being persistent and being annoying! Give the buyers the opportunity to evaluate the book but make sure you follow up when you can to get feedback and find out their decision. They are busy people so they will not appreciate being pestered but they will have so much to do you don’t want them to forget you either. Be polite, friendly and keep your fingers crossed. I found when I have approached buyers often they will automatically ask you who your publisher is, if you are self-published then make sure you tell them about the 4000 downloads you have had on Kindle in the last few months, and everything you are doing to promote your book. Showing you are pro-active is very important.

Step Four: Don’t Give Up

It is very frustrating that quite often there is one person working for a company who is the gate-keeper and has the power to make or break your books success. If your book has been accepted by the head buyer then congratulations, this is just the beginning, once you’re in with one major retailer it will start to become a lot easier for you to get into more. If however you’re book is rejected then don’t lose faith, gather sales from book signings, events and with your e-book and through Amazon. Approach shops individually and offer to do a signing to support your books sales. I have so far managed to get my book into about 10 WHSmith stores and 5 Waterstones, as well as many indie bookshops. Continue to build relationships with the managers and aim to re-approach the buyers with all of this added information to support you. Keep trying and eventually you will see your book in many more stores and maybe one day really soon, it will be in the charts! Good luck and I hope this helps you!

P.S, in case you wondered Corrupted isn’t number one in the UK book charts yet, I took a photo of it in the number one spot to motivate me. It is the screen saver on my phone at the moment and it inspires me every time I look at it!

Watch Me Read Corrupted – Chapter Seven

Here’s the next instalment from my book Corrupted. In Chapter Seven Ria is preparing to leave behind her family and everything she knows and move to the other side of the world with her new lover, Brad Harrison. The story is just about to really take off now. I hope you enjoy listening to Chapter Seven and I will see you soon xxx