Friday, 20 June 2014

I Love Blake Nelson (in a bookworm way)

OK, so 2012 was quite late discovering U.S Young Adult author Blake Nelson (the novel was 'Girl'), but since then he has remained one of my favourite writers. He writes the kind of books that when you've finished it you have to either read it all over again, or try and find one of his books you haven't read just to get more.

For me, he is a modern day J.D Salinger (gasp!). I love his cool complex characters, I love the stories they tell, and I love the American backdrop (when I was a teen I wanted the whole American thing. England seemed so boring in comparison). I also love how easy his work is to read. OK, it's Young Adult I know, but having read a fair few of Blake Nelson's books, I know adults can get just as much out of his stories as Y.A. (I am qualified to say this since I am now 40 and have been reading (and writing) books for a long time).
Anyway, enough gushing, I have just finished Chapter One of his new novel 'The Prince of Venice Beach' and already I'm excited.
OK, so I probably could have sold him much better than I have, but honestly, he's a brilliant writer and story teller, and I love him (in a bookworm way).
*'The Prince of Venice Beach' is out now in hardback *

Monday, 2 June 2014


When I was about 12 years old my parents bought me my first and only typewriter. It was a chunky thing with a blue protective cover and I loved it.
Yes, changing the ribbon was a hassle, and yes it was a bind when correcting, and anyone who writes will appreciate the importance of a flowing train of thought, but then this was the era when even PC's didn't exist.
However, now after years of using a PC and laptop, and before that, the good old fashioned pen and paper, I do wonder how it would feel to use a typewriter again.

I recently found an article by a Journalist giving 5 reasons to still use a typewriter and 3 of the reasons I definitely agreed with - To be cool (let's face it, the old ones are the best), No electricity needed (messing about with printers etc) Aesthetics (I do love the typed font).

But really, could I be bothered to change that ribbon, make those corrections, no spell check and no back up? And what about painstakingly editing a 90,000 plus word manuscript?
I think my love affair with the Typewriter is a romantic one. I am a victim of the 21st Century yet I love the idea of my literary idols bent over an Imperial smoking endless cigarettes tortured as they try to write the next classic novel, but I am honest enough to put my hand up and say it is not something I could do, but my characters...well that's a different matter entirely.

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