Who am I?

I’m a Keen and aspiring writer. Writing allows my creativity for words to evolve. I venture in Fiction and Young Adult, specifically, Science fiction, Dystopian, Thriller and Horror.

This little corner of the internet is for all things writing. The main areas of the website are Important updates, which speak for themselves. Rambles which, again speaks for itself, it’s me rambling. Wordies, which are short stories and snippets of my writing here and there, and, Reviews.

My favorite Author Tag #whosemyfav

Hello! It feels like it’s been a while since I’ve written properly on here because recently I’ve been sharing the Chapters for Detective Mentis. They’re still coming but they will slow down now. I only have a few more that are already prepped and I haven’t yet started writing others. So, for now, you will have to cope with me.

Everyone has a favorite Author, even if you don’t write you will likely have a favorite Author. Anyone who says they don’t just haven’t found theirs yet. So, who is mine?

Well for this post I decided to create a favorite author tag #whosemyfav. I have no idea if this has done before, I would assume so as it’s not that creative but I figured it would be the easiest way to talk about my favorite Author while also encouraging others to do the same with the questions below. Enjoy!

Christina Henry

Some Facts
  • Christina Henry is an author who is mostly recognized for her Black Wings Series,
  • Christina lives with her husband and son in Chicago.
  • She enjoys novels and books of similar categories, including zombies and samurai.
  • She is very keen on long-distance running, which is an activity she enjoys on a regular basis

courtesy of https://www.bookseriesinorder.com/christina-henry/

Do they have a website?

Yes- http://www.christinahenry.net/

Do they have social media accounts?

Yes, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads 

How did you first find them?

I can’t remember if my husband bought me the first book or if I may have spotted it when it came out in a bookstore.

How long have you liked them?

She’s not actually been my favorite Author for that long. I would say maybe a few years now since I read ‘Alice’ which is a dark, twisty story based upon my childhood favorite, ‘Alice in Wonderland’.

Why do you like them?

I love her ability to turn stories into some dark and thrilling with plenty of suspense and twists, both terrifying and gory. She’s a huge inspiration to me as a writer.

The biggest inspiration

Turning things into something dark and sinister. A very creative play on words.

Your favorite book

‘Alice’ the first Alice book is amazing. I couldn’t put it down and want to read it again soon. Probably the darkest book I’ve ever read and it was so good!

Your least favorite book

Out of them all, I would say ‘The Mermaid’ I still love it greatly but out of all the stories I care about Mermaids the least.

Most recent or current read

Currently reading ‘The Mermaid’

What did/do you think so far?

I’m loving it so far. Really enjoy the love story at the beginning and the idea behind the museum and people after her.

What I’m looking forward to?

I can’t wait to see what other stories she creates a dark version of. Beauty and the Beast or Snow White would be amazing. I would also love more in the ‘Alice series’

What I want to read

I really want to read the books she first became famous for which is the ‘Black Wings’ series. They’re supposed to be really good so I’m excited to give them a go and read some of her short stories.

If you like this post feel free to copy the questions and answer them yourself. Let me know in the comments if you do as I would love to read others and also remember to hashtag your post with #whosemyfav

Writing – The Hard Parts And Hates

1. It never stops
Once you adopt that writer’s mindset, it doesn’t stop. You could be watching a film, doing your business on the toilet, eating at a nice restaurant with your family. It makes no difference. You will have random thoughts about ways to fix a storyline, things to add to a character’s development or plot at all the times of the day.

2. Procrastination
You never realise how many distractions there are around you until you sit down to work on your book or even a blog post. Technology is an obvious distraction but I’m talking about that plus others. Others like the sun shining through the window, your own hunger because you forgot to eat lunch. Sometimes, my own thoughts will distract me from thinking about another book or plotline for something I’m not working on right that second. Sometimes it’s really easy to write but most of the time it can feel like the world is working against you.

3. Getting it down on paper
Picture this, you’ve just imagined the most amazing plot line, characters and pretty much much of the story down to the little details, but, writing down is a whole other order of business. Describing what you imagine can be half the work in writing. It can take endless amounts of reworks, drafts and edits to get it to sound how you imagined.

4. Revisions and Drafts
The best feeling for me is when you finish writing a book, unfortunately, that’s only the beginning. Writing the first draft is the easy part. It’s the revisions, drafts and edits that are killer. Overhauling the whole book, taking chunks out here and there, putting chunks back in, checking for grammatical errors, punctuation. It takes so long and it makes you want to pull your hair out. You can have your book written in 3 months but it might take you another 6 months to a year to get it ready for publishing.

5. Reading is research
Once you become a writer you get a writer’s brain, like I was saying at the beginning, it never stops. That includes reading I’m afraid. If anything reading is the worst for getting your writing brain going for obvious reasons. You compare, critique and get ideas for your storylines from others works. Reading becomes your research. You will enjoy the books you read but you can’t sink into the pages like you once did.

6. Marketing
Once you’ve written your book, gone through a crazy amount of drafts and revisions, you finally get to publish it. But, now you have to spend the rest of your life marketing that book alongside working on others and every new book you release is just another to focus on marketing while writing another…see where I’m going with this? It’s endless. Plus…you also have to know how to market your books and who to market them too which can be a challenge in itself. With the number of marketing tools we have to hand, the options are endless which can make it tough making decisions.

If this put’s you off ever trying your hand at writing then fear not, I have an obvious post coming up about the things I love about writing because despite the annoyances involved, I love writing.

Reviews – The good and the bad over recent years

I thought I would discuss some of my favourite books and authors and some that just didn’t hit the mark. It’s something I will be keeping up with in future posts. Due to this being the first, some of these books I’ve not read for a long time, never the less, they still deserve a place on the list.

WARNING, there may be spoilers. I have done my best to keep my opinions and comments about each book quite vague in terms of the nitty-gritty details of the stories but some spoilers are unavoidable as a part of the context.

Christina Henry
If you enjoy dark storylines, gruesome discoveries and stories that delve into the rabbit hole of mentality and the perspectives of the ‘villains’ then you will love Christina Henry’s works.

Alice–  Alice in Wonderland is my all time favourite story which started in childhood. My obsession hasn’t lifted and I even now have a tattoo so when I spotted Christina’s Henry’s Dark Version of the childhood story I didn’t hesitate in buying and delving into the pages and I’m so pleased to say that it went above and beyond my expectations.

The dark themes within grasped me from the first page. Alice’s struggle with her mentality and the cruel darkness of the world and the people in it make this an amazingly addictive read. I have read this one and the second and loved both dearly but the first book definitely left more of a mark.

It certainly gives a very real insight into what it’s like dealing with mental health issues and how strong-willed people can be in the direst situations. Christina Henry’s writing style is creative, diverse and addictive.

Lost Boy – Another wonderful read by Christina Henry is the ‘Lost Boy’ another dark tale but this time of Peter Pan and the disturbed mind of a child who wants young boys to stay on his island and play with him. This kid is less young and innocent and more sadistic and memorable which makes the twists and turns all the more satisfying.

I love the calm, strong and loving nature of the main character and his connection to Charlie and the need to look after him. As the story progresses you really get a good feel for what it would be like on the island and how doubtful the boys can be of Peter. It’s interesting to see the roles played and makes for a wonderful character development and a surprisingly sad ending.

I’m very excited to get hold of some of Christina Henry’s other books. I love her dark side and she is a big inspiration for me as a writer.

Veronica Roth – The Divergent Series
So, by now you probably know about the Divergent films and may have read them yourself so it’s probably no surprise to see it on the list and because of that, I’m not going into too much detail as you probably already know everything I have to say. Unfortunately ‘Divergent’ got a little hidden by the prevalence of ‘The Hunger Games’ which I also like greatly but I’ve honestly always preferred Divergent in comparison. I watched the films before reading the books and in a way, I’m pleased I did it this way round.

It was nice to read about the things the films missed out, all the little extras that make you love the story and the characters all the more. The storyline is explained well which makes it a great book for the younger generation but its still a great read for the old folk. It’s gripping, romantic and an overall action-packed series that only gets better the more times you read it.  It’s a good go-to book when you’re struggling for something to read.

Carole Mathews
Carole Mathews is a well known, successful author with plenty of books under her belt now. Generally, they have a romantic comedy theme that she is so good at writing and makes it seem so easy. They make a great, fun and stress relieving read that is easy to get into and enjoy throughout.

The Only Way Is Up – Carole Mathews has a huge range of lovingly crafted reads full of humour, heartbreak, and romance. ‘The Only Way Is Up’ is one of those stories that snippets of has stuck in my head and I will randomly think about when going about my everyday life. The storyline follows a woman who hits rock bottom and loses everything. They had money, a house, anything you could ever wish but then they lose it all and have to move into a derelict house in a rough area.

It will make you think a lot. It will make you question your own life but gives you a lot of positive vibes in the process. Its fun loving and a great uplifting book. The power of seeing someone pulling themselves up from rock bottom makes for a very impressive read that will make you consider what’s important.I love the character developments, their habits, flaws, inner turmoils and all the fun-loving comedy in their lives.

A Compromising Position – This is the first book by ‘Carole Mathews’ that I read. It’s the one that made me love her writing and books for a good go-to heartthrob. It’s not as strong of a storyline as ‘The Only Way Is Up’ but it’s an older book so her style as a writer has likely adapted, changed and developed over the years. No matter though, it’s still a book I find myself reaching for every now and then.

Emily’s story about her boyfriend posting pictures of her in the nude online is one of both shock and believability. You feel sympathy for her character from the beginning and with the help of her friend you get to see how amazing her strength is. It’s an amazing character development that often has me laughing out loud.

Ransom Riggs – Tales of the peculiar
This book was bought for me as a gift and I’m so glad it was. It’s become a book I’m very fond of and will go back to again and again. This book takes the form of Riggs giving his versions of Fairytales he’s created. The format is wonderful and very creative. They’re such easy, yet addictive reads.

Whether it’s Wealthy cannibals who dine on the discarded limbs of peculiars or the story of A fork-tongued princess. Each story is completely different to the other but many hold dark elements that can be gruesome, scary and mysterious all in the space of a paragraph. His writing style is invoking of your worst nightmares. Fun, inspirational, creative. Its all most like reading a book version of Black Mirror with all of the darkness and unexpected twists. It’s amazing and worth picking up if not just for the amazing style of the front cover itself.

Eoin Colfer – Artemis Fowl
The first book is by far my favourite in the series but they’re all amazing. A criminal mastermind named Artemis, Butler his companion and bodyguard, Holly the Elf they kidnap for gold. The storyline is amazing and each book offers something unexpected.

The descriptive nature of technology, the mysterious nature of the ‘Fairy Police’ and the characters natures make this an adorning read that you will want to share with others.

There are touching elements throughout that remind you that Artemis is indeed a child such as the story behind his mother’s wary sanity and his missing father which only adds to his development and just loyalty to his character and the plot entwined in the pages.

Meg Cabot – Avalon High
Now, this book is definitely aimed at teens but I think its one of the few books I read as a teen and have continued to read again and again through my life. I know what happens in each story and much like my love for Shrek or Friends, I can probably spout off many phrases and sentences from the pages. But do I love it any less? Nope.

It’s a romantic teen fantasy that follows the life of Elle Harrison after her move with her parents to Annapolis. There she meets a boy and his friends and soon things start to go wrong and take a somewhat darker turn. From the romantic scene in the Park to the heroic nature of Will and demonic nature of his brother. There are plenty of characters to love, some to hate and others to loathe and wish you were more like. It’s definitely a feel good, happy book that is a quick and pleasant read.

Sarah Morgan – Angels in the Snow
I loved the romantic scenes, the not so shiny hero in armour and the harrowing lady in need of help. I loved all those vibes. Unfortunately, I just lost love for it whenever the roles were changed and the first person camera was switched from Stella to Daniel consistently throughout. I kept getting a little lost and found less commitment from the Author in Daniel’s role. It was never as in-depth or as descriptive in my mind. I thought it would have been perfect without the Daniel side of things as I was so in love with Stella’s viewpoint and her character development as a whole.

Fay Keenan – The Second Chance Tea ShopHeartbreak at the beginning with Anna losing her husband, I felt for her character straight away and really wanted her to be happy. Equally so I loved the development of her relationship with Matthew and the snippets of there children, the dog, a handsome brother and committed friend throughout. I loved it until the ending. *Spoilers* So, he cheats and she forgives him. I understand why it was part of the story and it was very gripping, what I don’t like is that it felt a bit rushed at the end, between Anna finding out and then her making up with Mathew with a Kiss. Again, I understand why it would happen this way but I just didn’t agree that her character would have so easily forgiven a cheating man when she lost her husband.  She found out about the cheating, struggled to forgive and then forgave him and wandered off into the sunset all within 3 chapters. A little too unforgiving compared to the rest of the book in my opinion.

Lucy Diamond – The Beach Cafe – This was a generally a good book. I enjoyed reading it but never felt like it was a strong contender for some of my favourites in the first place so maybe it never had a good chance at winning my heart. I would recommend it but in my opinion, it was a little dragged out and predictable. As soon as she saw the child in need of help or met the guy you knew how it was going to end up which meant the rest of the book was just the middleman that you had to push out the way to get to the ending which you already knew about. It was just a bit meh.

It could have been so much better and much more enticing so it was a real shame.

It’s strange how I’ve reviewed and recommended quite a few romantic comedies. Unlike my love for reading this genre, I have no passion for writing the genre. I love writing things that dig into your bones and makes you question life whilst hiding behind a cushion. Since becoming a writer I have definitely started reading a lot more thrillers, horrors and books with an overall dark theme. Next, on the list are a few Stephen King novels so keep an eye out in the future for another post. 

Of course, these reviews and recommendations are only my opinions so you may not agree with me. What do you agree with and what don’t you? Is there anything I need to read? Let me know in the comments below.