Dear Reader #10

Dear Reader,

Sometimes stories arrive fully formed and from that point on it’s a question of filling in the details, while other times ideas come in stages, over a period of time. The idea for The Olive Tree, my Spanish Civil War Saga, arrived fully formed and now I’m adding more research and filling in the details. At the same time I had an idea for a Sam Smith mystery. The emotional strand to this story arrived fully formed, but the mystery element was missing. Yesterday, while thinking about hair, of all things, the missing element arrived. For a writer, it’s exciting when these things happen 🙂

Over the past month I haven’t been actively promoting my books, but my sales have increased. How come? I think the answers lies with the past five years of promoting, particularly the past two years. For authors, the hardest part is to stimulate interest in your books. It takes time to build a readership. Therefore, my advice to authors is to build a strong foundation. Once you have done that you will attract readers.

I received fan mail this week. Unfortunately, it was intended for Hannah Howell 😱 To be honest, I’m not familiar with Hannah Howell’s books, and I’m sure she’s never heard of me. I’m not sure if having similar names is an advantage or a disadvantage. On balance, it is probably a disadvantage because it does have the potential to confuse readers.

Female bodybuilding. It’s a subject I don’t know anything about, but for my novels it’s an area of research. What are your opinions on female bodybuilders? If you are a female, why do you do it? If you are a male what are your thoughts? I would be interested in your opinions.

At the moment, I’m devouring books about the Spanish Civil War at great speed. I’m watching movies about the subject too. You will find details of these books and movies under the The Olive Tree tab on my website. The question occurred to me, why does the Spanish Civil War still attract our interest? The answer is multilayered, but one of those layers includes the fact that for people outside Spain, their governments did not force them to go to war. Many thousands volunteered and decided to fight for a principle. That is something worth thinking about and, I believe, it makes the Spanish Civil War relevant to today.

As ever, thank you for your interest and support.

Hannah xxx

3 thoughts on “Dear Reader #10

  1. I am a very firm believer in the concept that there is only ONE person in this universe that you have to satisfy and that is YOU. If someone feels that bodybuilding makes them happier, more confident and more who they want to be, then my comment to them is – “More power to you.” What right do any of us have to question other people’s decisions about their own life and likes? How presumptuous of us is it, to do so? Live and let live!

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  2. The Spanish Civil War is such a fascinating subject. It was the training ground for Hitler and Mussolini to get their troops battle-hardened before WWII. I love reading about it – it was so divisive within many Spanish families. As to female bodybuilding, each to their own, I say. I’m not a fan of the aesthetic but if that’s what woman want to do with their bodies – good on them!

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