Guest Post – Book Blog Tour

Today I’m welcoming writer Jill Pennington to write a guest post on my blog. I tagged Jill in on a recent Book Blog Tour to tell us a bit about her writing process by answering three simple questions. In turn Jill will pass on the baton to some other writers so you can follow the progress of this Book Blog Tour.

Over to Jill:

I was recently asked to join a blog tour by my friend Tottie. Well the invitation was actually something more along the lines of:

“Can you find a window in between your complicated love life encounters, and do a bit of writing?”

So I sent my lover home to his wife and here I am 😉

1- What am I working on?

I am currently writing a sequel to my first book ‘The diary of a single parent abroad’

This is however taking a lot longer than planned as I have so many other projects on the go at the moment.

With converting a Goat Shed into a camping barn, Goat Cottage  and having daily dramas on my Italian mountain, I am not finding nearly enough time to write, but hopefully all of these projects will eventually get finished.

I am also writing a new book with two other ‘birds’, including a road trip across Europe, which will hopefully be ready for publication by the end of the year – You listening, birds?

I am also writing some material for marketing Italian properties, which is a relatively new and challenging opportunity for me.

2 – Why do I write what I do?

Well after the madness of the last 24 hours this is easy to answer.

People often ask me why I write about my life in Italy, and I say because the material is delivered daily and piles up at the back of the door, so I have to do something with it.

A friend once said more happens to Jill in a week, than happens to normal people in a year.

For example last night whilst skyping my sister in Scotland, I got a call on my mobile to tell me my car had spontaneously combusted on the way to the scrap yard.

They say you couldn’t make it up – well I don’t have to!

3 – How does my writing process work?

I have always written about life events and assumed everyone did the same. After giving birth for the first time I passed my newborn son to the midwife and said,

‘Can you hold that and pass me a pen and paper please’

She was worried!

Sometimes ideas and thoughts are coming so fast that I have to get up in the middle of the night to capture them before they escape, and I often stop at the side of the road in my car to write something down. Then other days nothing comes and I can be empty for ages. It does not worry me, I have a lot of things going on in my life and I know as long as I get it all down when it comes I can make use of it later. I have become ’Italianised’ and will not be rushed!

I nominate Debbie Oakes   and Lisa Scullard to continue the book blog tour and tell you about their writing process.
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