The Grand Blog Tour arrives at the House of Dreams!

I’d like to thank Katina Wright for inviting me to take part in the Grand Blog Tour this week. I love Kat’s blog because it’s a joyful celebration of creativity and it’s very pretty. Here’s the link Wright Story

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Everyone on the Grand Blog Tour has to answer four questions, and they’re every writer’s favourite questions to answer.

 1. What are you working on?

I wrote a children’s book about writing years ago and always intended to do one for adults some day – that day has come! I’ve got lots of fabulous contributions from my friends in the Scattered Authors Society, and absolutely no quotations that I’ll need to get permissions for (this is why)

I think this book will sit really well alongside ‘Writing in the House of Dreams’ so I hope to publish it in the New Year, a few months after that one comes out in September.

2. How does your work differ from others of its genre?

It’s hard to say, considering that my work covers lots of different genres, but doing something different feels important to me. There wouldn’t be any point in writing something someone else has already written.

When I wrote my bullying books they were – and as far as I’m aware, still are – the only self-help books that focused on psychological self-defence, helping children to deal with high levels of anger and fear in bullying situations, to maintain their self-esteem and overcome any feelings of shame. When ‘Bullies, Bigmouths and So-called Friends’ came out in 2003, the Independent reviewer asked, ‘Could this be the first self-help book for children?’

With my dream book, I didn’t want to do a dictionary/interpretation kind of book because there are already so many books of this kind on the market. I wanted to tell my own dream adventures and offer some practical writing activities that could give others a glimpse into how each dream experience feels, even if they don’t recall their dreams. I don’t think anyone else has done this but even if they have, my own story and the exercises from my ‘House of Dreams’ workshops are obviously unique.

I think my writing book will be different too – as ‘How to be a Brilliant Writer’ was an unusual writing book for children, but I never talk about my work-in-progress. Sorry!

3. Why do you write what you do?

I write to entertain, but also to share ideas that have made my life feel richer. I love new challenges so I choose projects that are going to stretch me and take me into unfamiliar territory.

4. How does your writing process work?

I’m allergic to timetables and routines so I found the years when I was having to fit my writing in around school and playgroup quite challenging. These days it’s completely organic. When I’m at the pondering, pre-planning stage I might spend days at the beach or tramping over the moors. When I’m actively sorting out a plan, I like to take power naps because I find things organise in my mind while I’m asleep.

Once I start the actual writing I can work 24:7 because I never know exactly how the book is going to be and I’m excited to find out.

Then finally, when I’ve finished my first draft, my redrafting works in a nice steady nine to five kind of way, and as soon as I’ve send the MS off to my agent, I crack open a bottle of bubbly.

Now it just remains for me to take the Grand Tour forward to other blogs I think you might love. They’ll will be joining the tour on the 5th May.

Abi Burlingham is a children’s author I’ve got to know over the last few years through blogging and social networking – I’ve never met her but I think of her as a friend. Her blog is about art, life and writing, which is a great mix as far as I’m concerned. here’s the link

Carolyn Hughes writes about recovery and emotional healing on her blog called The Hurt Healer, which has a following of thousands. Like Abi, she’s another friend I’ve never met 🙂

Tessa Hillman has a really unusual blog called Yoga Stories where she offers stories on demand. She’s a good friend I actually have met, and meet up with from time to time.

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15 thoughts on “The Grand Blog Tour arrives at the House of Dreams!”

      1. Thank you so much for inviting me to join the Grand Blog Tour, Jen. I am relishing the planning of my response, and the homework I am put in to other people’s blogs.
        Tessa x

        1. Blog tours and awards are lovely ways of finding out what blogs the bloggers you follow enjoy – it feels expansive and celebratory somehow x

  1. I can relate to so much of your writing process, Jenny, especially your dislike of routine and holistic approach to writing. Thank you, too, for giving me the opportunity to hold the baton!

  2. I love the diversity of your work Jenny. Your children’s books have been thoroughly helpful to and enjoyed by both of my daughters, and I find your blog posts on dreams and creativity inspiring.
    Looking forward to reading your new book and thank you for inviting me to take part in the Blog Tour 🙂

    1. Hi Carolyn – I’m delighted to hear that your daughters like my books 🙂 and I always enjoy your comments here on the blog. Really looking forward to reading about your work next week on the grand blog tour – your blog is phenomenal x

  3. Thank you Jenny for joining the self-interview blog hop – I knew you would have interesting answers & you did :-)! I shall keep an eye out for your new writing book which, with all your experience, is bound to be a must-read. I like the idea of your power naps helping settle your ideas in your mind. Now when I need to nap for health I can see it as a ‘productive nap’ as well – thank you for that. I shall check out the blogs you’ve passed the baton to. And I shall create a link to this post on my Wright Story facebook page.
    Thanks for joining in & for your kind words/intro.
    Kat 🙂 xx

    1. As well as productive naps I have working walks, Kat. The life is the work! Thank-you for passing the baton on to me – I love this kind of blogging connections 🙂 x

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