Page 2 of 4

Interview – Hinemura Ellison

Nau mai haere mai and welcome to the Bach Doctor Press Hinemura, it is a pleasure to have you join our fabulous team, especially working on your latest project with Ted Hughes. How has that been?

Overall, I’ve really enjoyed the whole collaboration process. Don’t get me wrong, there have been many tantrums along the way – from both of us! But nothing that couldn’t be fixed with either a fresh pot of coffee or a cold bottle of bubbles.

IMG_3520

What, according to you, is the hardest thing about writing?

Sticking to the story in hand and not getting distracted by other characters and plot lines, or being overwhelmed of course by so called real life. The creative process can be all consuming.

Did you ever think you would be unable to finish your first novel?

Of course, you put a lot of your heart and soul into a book, it becomes your baby and it matures and evolves as you flick through the pages. I am lucky I have a great co-writer who has the discipline and make up to diligently plan, prepare, and lay the story out and reveal the characters in a systematic, strategic, sensical way. While I just write, write and write some more and just let the creative juices flow.

Do your novels carry a message?

Yes, absolutely, to live a life worth living and as hard as it is, to not sweat the small things. Try to live in the now and do what makes your heart sing. Be true to yourself. Have lots of fun along the way, laugh a lot, love a lot and try not to take everything so god damn seriously, as you spend a longer time dead than living, so make the most of your time now.

Is there anything you are currently working on that may intrigue the interest of our readers?

Yes, we are now working on book two in the trilogy, each book is about one of the three friends and how they see the events unfolding through their lens, this one is about Sven, the next one is Clara and the third and final (for now!) is young Freya.

What makes this particular genre you are involved in so special?

It is great escapism for those of us who get caught up in the fragments of everyday life, being pulled one way and dragged another while juggling a thousand balls at the same time. Whether it be their career, or boring job they rock up to every day to pay the mortgage, the rent, the holidays, to family commitments, to keeping up with the Jones’s and the such like.

How important is research to you when writing a book?

Very important, to keep the story real you can’t skip on the research, whether it be researching the location, the culture, the particular period, the people.

Do all authors have to be grammar Nazis?

No, I am definitely not one of those, grammar is not my strongest forte, hence getting in our fabulous proof readers to polish it up.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?

Any of the adventurous Enid Blyton series, particularly the Famous Five or the Secret Seven or even one of those fabulous school story books set in a variety of British based boarding schools for tear away girls.

What works best for you: Typewriters, fountain pen, dictation, computer or longhand?

Oh the fountain pen, and typewriters now that’s a story in itself set back in a very faraway time, the days of mini skirts, typing pools, taking shorthand or dictation from some crusty, old randy boss who was always talking to your chest. I would have to say today’s digital age with computers makes everything so much easier, unless you have a dodgy second-hand computer like mine that keeps spitting the dummy every few days and just freezes.

When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?

When I was as little as five, my first day at school, I was so ensconced in the journals we used to read on the mat, to collecting a different Enid Blyton book each birthday and Christmas, I was determined back then that writing was the way to go.

What inspires you to write?

Any excuse not to have to sit in an office, churning out meaningless emails and pages of waffle with big flash words, and vision statements and plans that very rarely get implemented. No seriously, I love my own company, and writing at home or exploring somewhere different and all the various places and people just trigger off all sorts of stories.

How often do you write?

Not enough, as I am not very disciplined and I know you must take it seriously where you see it as a full time eight hour a day job, but I am yet to get into that daily routine, but I am getting there.

What is your take on the importance of a good cover and title?

Very, very important. I am a visual person and I choose a book based on how pretty the cover is and the title, it must be something that grabs me – something I just MUST have.

Any advice you would like to give to your younger self?

Stick at it, keep going. If it feels so right, it must be the right path to be following, the right choice to make.

Writers are often believed to have a Muse, your thoughts on that?

Absolutely, my partner in crime, Ted. When we get together, or on the phone, we bounce ideas, characters and plots off each other all the time.

Thanks again for joining us and for your time today Hinemura, we wish you all the success for your upcoming release. Which is…

Oh, behave! Not long now to wait, we are just putting the final touches together now, the title coming in the next couple of days.

Aroha mai, we wait with baited breath, tēnā rawa atu koe, thank you very much for your time.

Book Release – M.W. Innes-Jones – Concealment

It is with immense pleasure and pride that we announce the release of M.W. Innes-Jones’ first novel “Concealment”.

M.W. Innes-Jones has spent over twenty years working in the medical and pharmaceutical industries undertaking some interesting roles, including IT delivery. When he isn’t doing this, he writes. Along the way he has survived a 9.1 earthquake, lived in the Rocky Mountains, scuba-dived the Pacific, swam an Ironman or two, visited St Catherine’s Monastery and skied in the Alps – a lot. CONCEALMENT is his debut novel and is the first of a series of six. The next in the series he is busy moulding into form; look for this instalment, planned to be out within the next year.

Cover Concealment

Our genes: will they be our hope or our undoing?

Three centuries from now humanity has made its last stand ­– a city high in the Swiss Alps, a place of safety and security from a deadly past. This is the reality of Nathanial Paquette’s life and it has been this way for the whole of his sheltered twenty-one years. But with a knock at the family’s apartment door everything changes. Now he must face an uncertain future and unexpected truth – he is genetically altered, and what really matters is what lies hidden within his blood.

Together with eleven others, Paquette finds not only does he have to navigate the competing agendas of the city’s ruling council and a corrupt man of science, but survive the rigorous training he and his fellow recruits find themselves faced with.

It’s a world where friendships are forged, enemies are made, and death awaits – ever wanting to become everyone’s new best friend.

Concealment – book one of a six part series which follows Nathanial and his fellow internees through a world of deception and lies. Where the dark underbelly of power and science meet, threatening at every turn.

Available online now through Amazon:

 

2017 – Is This the Year We’ve All Been Waiting For?

inspirational-quotes-inspiring-quotes-potential-quotes-inner-voice-quotes-if-you-are-always-trying-to-be-normal-you-will-never-know-how-amazing-you-can-be

What challenges and goals have you set for yourself ? Will this be the year that you finally get around to writing that novel ? Are you going to put those poems into a collection for others to enjoy ? Do you need to get down to the library to start that research ? Is that night class on this year you put off the last few years that you always wanted to do ?

wise-quotes-we-all-die-the-goal-isnt-to-live-forever-the-goal-is-to-create-something-that-will-chuck-palahniuk

At the Bach Doctor Press, we have started the year editing and proofreading two projects that we hope are published later this year, with another three projects waiting in the wings. Join us and we will keep you up to date with some of our adventures and happenings as we journey through this exciting, humourous, positive year of change.

greatest-pleasure-in-life

Make this the year that you start to pull your dreams together and bring them into reality ! After all, there is only one person holding you back !

Writers Week in Wellington – Robert Dessaix on Enid Blyton

20160314_155834

Saturday night saw us gathering at the Dowse Art Museum to listen to that ‘naughty show pony’ Robert Dessaix, the Australian novelist, essayist and journalist, describe his lasting influences of a childhood reading the enchanting tales of Enid Blyton.

Robert’s flamboyant humour peppered his insightful commentary which left his audience much to ponder as he regaled us all with the themes of being transported on fun, daring adventures, winning over enemies, feasting on sugary treats and lashings of ginger beer, before returning home with Dick, Fanny and the gang.

Catch Robert if he comes to a town near you, you won’t be disappointed!

37a57b28882a710e012e7c9204944ef3

 

Bookish Problem…

12803213_10153454969098379_9035850598529934140_n

 

How many suffer from this condition I wonder? I know most of us here at the Bach Doctor Press do! What are some of your ‘Bookish Problems’?

Ted Ponders – Coffee

 

So much inspired writing takes place in coffee shops these days that you have to wonder if the global coffee culture is having an effect on how we view the world.

From JK Rowling bringing us wondrous wizardly tales to the pure evil and complex machinations of the devious criminal minds that inhabit Scandinavian crime novels, is there some ‘X’ factor in that delicious brew that inspires writers and takes them on their various flights of fancy?

Or is it the new pastime of ‘people watching’ that so many of us indulge in? Surreptitiously observing people and imagining what their lives must be like over the rim of an innocuous coffee cup – how many novels have sprung from such whimsy?

The constant chatter of the various disparate groups congregating around cheap tables sipping on their own favoured variation of that coca bean product, giving the author a continuous parade of prospective characters, with which to dwell within the pages of the tale being typed on their laptop.

Snatches of conversation and tid-bits of information overheard perhaps providing the inspiration to overcome that momentary writing block and let the fingers continue their merry keyboard dance again.

Inspired and stimulated by the caffeine muse can be all the motivation we writers and creators need, so take that coffee break without any guilt – you just never know where you and your character may end up……

20150729_151224