49 Days In 1988: Week 25 – Answers From An Unexpected Source

Author, poet, and journalist, Mary Smith on Hugh’s Views and News

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London – July 15th, 1988

I spent most of the night worrying about the meeting I had with Jake, as well as worrying about whether I should contact Douglas and share all the news of what’s happened to Jake. Of course, Jake may well have already told Douglas everything, but that got me worrying about what if he hasn’t? Talk about getting myself into a tizz.

To my surprise, I woke up this morning knowing exactly what I should do. It’s a strange thing to have to write, but I got all the answers from a dream I had last night that contained my Grandmother. When I saw her last Christmas, she was showing the first signs of a strange illness that my mother didn’t want to talk about…

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An interview with author Sally Cronin

Nice interview! I love knowing that Sally would live another 38 years with the love of her life and wants to get closer to wildlife.

Joy Lennick

Sally CroninThank you very much Joy for inviting me over for an interview… it is a great pleasure.

Where you born and what was your first memory?

I was born in Wickham, a village in Hampshire, not far from Portsmouth. My parents lived in a house that my mother grew up in from about the age of 8 years old. Her step-father was the village butcher, with a shop in the main square. We went to Ceylon, as it was called in those days, when I was 18 months old for two years, and my first memories were of noisy monkeys. Small macaques lived all around us in the forest, and they would come into the house at any opportunity to thieve food, my father’s cigarettes and my mother’s jewellry. I also have vivid memories of the scents and sunshine, and I remember swimming at a very early age in my…

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Book Of The Month – Donkey Boy & Other Stories – By Mary Smith @marysmithwriter

from Hugh’s Views and News

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After a month’s break, welcome back to my book of the month feature. To kick us off for 2018, I’d like to welcome Mary Smith to my blog. Over to you, Mary…

Thank you so much, Hugh. I’m truly honoured and excited to be here on your brilliant blog.

What’s the name of the book?
Donkey Boy & Other Stories, which, as the name implies is a collection of short stories.

#books #shortstories #authorsTell us a little about the stories and the characters.
I’d have said there wasn’t a connecting theme but author Margaret Elphinstone who provided a testimonial for the back of the book describes the characters as ‘disinherited by mainstream cultures’, and I’m happy to go with that.

There’s the donkey boy of the title story, a young lad in Pakistan, who is confronted by a moral dilemma and there’s a visually impaired man in a residential home in Scotland…

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20 Marketing Tips for New Authors

This is a good read for all authors, new and not so new…:)

Watching the Daisies

The day your first book is published is incredibly exciting, but you now have to market and sell it…

“20 Marketing Tips for New Authors” is based on my own steep learning curve. The majority of these tips are FREE.

Begin with an E-Book

Consider having e-book format only for a few months. This will allow you to gatherreviews which you can include on the inside cover of your print copies.

It is also well worth investing in a good book cover. It will pay dividends.

I launched “Watching the Daisies” on 14th November 2016 with Amazon Kindle, and enrolled in KDP Select for six months – to create free deals and Kindle countdowns.

On 12th April 2017, I launched my print copies on Amazon’s CreateSpace. When my six months had expired with KDP Select, I distributed “Watching the Daisies” to all the other major online bookstores via

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