I’m here today to share with you a guest post by Eve Ainsworth. Eve is here to tell you all about her favourite places to read and where she would love to write. Hope you enjoy the post.
Find out more about her book, Seven Days at the end of the post, and my review of it will be on the blog on Wednesday.
Where I love to Read. Where I long to write.
Anyone who knows me will know that I’m always surrounded with books and notebooks. My floors are littered with them, my bookshelves groaning for space. I find it hard to walk past a book shop or stationers without popping inside – and my perfect gift is book shaped.
I’m usually found reading in one of three places – curled up on the sofa, surrounded by cushions, tucked up in bed, soothing myself to sleep or sprawled in a hot, scented bah trying not to get my pages wet.
I can’t sleep without reading. I can’t write without reading. Books are just part of me and they have been since I was a little girl.
I’m not particularly adventurous when I write. Most of my work is typed up at my desk at the corner of the room. Sometimes I have soft music playing, sometimes I work in silence. I face a wall, so there are no distractions, which for me is a good thing. I also write on my laptop, very often laid out on my bed with my cat curled out beside me, pawing at the pad and causing numerous mistakes.
Interestingly, my best first draft came from writing outside. On holiday, I made notes sitting on high rocks overlooking the sea in Cornwall. The crisp breeze stirred the pages as I scrawled and the beautiful sound of children playing and gulls calling somehow relaxed me into writing pages and pages of ideas. Ideas that developed into book two.
Even better was the garden at our holiday home. Vast and green and full of birds singing, I could relax on a hammock and watch as my children ran the length of the lawn whooping with joy. With the sun dazzling my pages, I wrote more. It’s amazing how much the sunshine and relaxation motivated me to write
I watched my daughter shriek with joy on the high swing, tethered to a nearby tree and felt as happy as I could be.
It’s was thanks to that beautiful holiday that my second book developed so quickly.
So in essence, I read everywhere and any way. As long as I hive books near me, I’m happy.
But I long to write in beautiful surroundings. That is when I feel truly inspired.
This bold, compelling and topical story about bullying is told from the perspective of the bully and the bullied. You won’t be able put it down until you’ve reached the conclusion. Jess’s life is difficult enough without Kez picking on her – it’s turning school from a safe place into a nightmare. Kez has plenty of problems too but she finds comfort in knowing she is better off than Jess – or so she thinks. A hard-hitting and even-handed look at bullying and the issues facing teenagers today.