Friday, 12 June 2015

Spotlight on Alison May – Midsummer Dreams

Today is the e-launch day for my friend Alison May’s brand new romantic comedy, Midsummer Dreams. She asked a few of us to post about dreams in celebration and gave us three questions to answer.

I had a dream…

I had a dream when I was a teenager that I would one day have a book published. I wrote my first novel when I was fourteen and although I haven’t achieved publication yet, I'm working very hard towards it. As a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s scheme for new writers, I get to send off one novel each year for a critique by a published writer. As I type, I am 93% through my final read of this year’s novel and hope to post it off today or tomorrow. An event both exciting and scary – will the reader think it is any good, or is it back to the drawing board?

I wonder how many people reading a novel even think about how many hours go into the production of the book they are holding? I’ve been working on my novel “Who is Harry Dixon?” since the beginning of November. Wish me luck with it, as I wish Alison luck with her new release.

I had a nightmare…

The nightmare is to put in all of this work and never be published, but then I think I will get to the point where I self publish if that happens. So, I won't allow my nightmare to happen, or be scared by it.

My dream for the future…

As for most writers, I guess my dream for the future is to write books that people want to read. A best seller would be wonderful, but right now I’d settle for my work in print with good reviews.

I’m sure Alison May would like a few good reviews too. You can download the kindle edition of Midsummer Dreams here:

About Midsummer Dreams

Four people. Four messy lives. One party that changes everything …

Emily is obsessed with ending her father’s new relationship – but is blind to the fact that her own is far from perfect. 
Dominic has spent so long making other people happy that he’s hardly noticed he’s not happy himself. 
Helen has loved the same man, unrequitedly, for ten years. Now she may have to face up to the fact that he will never be hers. 
Alex has always played the field. But when he finally meets a girl he wants to commit to, she is just out of his reach. 
At a midsummer wedding party, the bonds that tie the four friends together begin to unravel and show them that, sometimes, the sensible choice is not always the right one.

Those blogging today, if you want to check out their answers to the questions, include:-

Sheryl Browne
Janet Gover
Bernadette O’Dwyer
Linn B Halton
Helena Fairfax

Join in with discussions on Twitter with the hashtag #MidsummerDreams and on Facebook.

Good luck with the book, Alison. The cover is lovely.

If you’d like to share your responses to the three questions, please post them below.


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  2. Hi Morton, The RNA's new writers' scheme is a really good place to help that dream along. It did mine. Good luck anne stenhouse

    1. Apologies for not having replied before - I've had my head down finishing my NWS submission. Posted now - yay! Thank you for your best wishes. Mx

  3. That writing scheme sounds amazing. I must now search for a SF one. Congrats to your friend!

    1. Thank you, Gwen. I've just finished this years submission - a lot of work! Don't know if other writing organisations run such a scheme, but if your SF has any romance in it you would be eligible to join. Good luck. Mx