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Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Authors: Home (minus Away) Wasted Blog Tour

I have the great pleasure of participating in Nicola Morgan's blog tour for her new novel Wasted.

Here is the summary from the Wasted blog:
I can't wait to read this. It sounds so dramatic!
WASTED – when danger, passion and chance collide…


Jack is obsessed by luck. He lets the toss of a coin rule his actions, whatever the risks. Chance brings him Jess, a beautiful singer who will change his life. But their luck won’t last for ever, and soon the stakes are high. As chance and choice unravel, the risks of Jack’s game become terrifyingly clear. During a night of heady recklessness, suddenly a life hangs in the balance, decided by the toss of a coin. In the end, you, the reader, must choose whether to spin that coin and determine: life … or death. Will you risk it? Will you accept the consequences? In real life, you’ll have no choice.
Here is a little info about Nicola:
"Nicola Morgan is an award-winning author for teenagers, with successful titles such as Fleshmarket, Deathwatch, Blame My Brain and Sleepwalking. She prefers to forget that she also used to write Thomas the Tank Engine Books... When she's not writing, she loves speaking in schools, and at festivals and conferences in the UK and Europe, She also enjoys messing around on Twitter or her blogs. Nicola blogs for writers at http://www.helpineedapublisher.blogspot.com/ and has set up a special blog about her brand new book, Wasted - you can join the activities and contribute in lots of ways at http://www.talkaboutwasted.blogspot.com/".
 
Nicola kindly agreed to participate in my feature and so I hand over to her to show you all about her life as a YA UK author.
 
Thank you, Becky, for inviting me to do this! It’s such a great idea and so different.



Hello, from lovely Edinburgh! I’ve just moved house so I’m in a state of some upheaval, which I will try to disguise, though I reckon it’s a pretty good excuse for all the mess. (Note to anyone wanting to invite me to do a school talk or whatever and worrying about the distance: I have the use of a flat in London, where my daughter lives.)



Anyway, back to Edinburgh. First, I thought I’d show you my OLD study, about two miles away. It had a lovely view of lots of people’s gardens. I have (had) two desks – a boring, messy one and this circular one. The great thing about a circular desk is that you can vary the view. I look out of the window for fiction writing and at the wall for non-fiction. (Did I mention that I’m a bit weird?)




And here’s the same study all packed up. The exercise bike paints a false picture of my life, but there it is, accusing me of neglect.


The first thing I did with my new study was paint it the same colour – a fab aqua. This time the view is just OUR garden! *swoons with pleasure* (And there’s the circular table in the garden, tempting me out.) The garden is 50m long, which is, frankly, about 45 metres more than I really want to deal with, but gardening is good thinking and plotting time. (Is that why a garden is called a plot??)


An amazing thing about this flat is that when you walk through the gate at the end of our garden, you’re straightaway in large communal gardens just for our two streets and then you go through a gate onto Calton Hill. I haven’t got used to this. Every time I walk through that gate I am blown away. (Almost literally – this is Scotland, after all.) This is a pic of part of Calton Hill, which has amazing 360 views all around Edinburgh – I can’t believe that I walk to this through my garden! And yet it is in the very middle of Edinburgh. Mad.


Walking the dog is thinking time for ideas, too. People ask authors where we get ideas and I usually say, “the dog”. Well, I go for a walk with no idea and come back with one, and I didn’t talk to anyone else so what other conclusion is there? The pic below is taken from the top of the Pentlands towards Edinburgh. You can see Arthur’s Seat, a dead volcano, just to the right of the centre – that’s pretty close to where I live.


Journalists like photographing my dog. And they seem to want her to go on the sofa. She pretends that a biscuit is required for this. (She’s lying – she’ll go on the sofa easily.) As you can imagine, journalists are among her favourite people.


I’m not even allowed to use my lovely new study at the moment because my older daughter is sleeping there until her flat is available. (So, how did I get the pic of my desk, you ask? I kicked her out and cleaned the desk…) So, here’s where I work right now. Can you spot the Green&Blacks chocolates? A present today from my lovely agent! Mmmmmmm.


Finally, I’ve remembered that I’m supposed to be mentioning Wasted. Note to self: “When someone is kind enough to let you visit on a blog tour, mention your book, you silly woman.” This pic also shows some books that have managed to find shelves, and the hand-painted champagne glasses and mosaic table dating from the days when I seemed to find time for those hobbies.


That’s it! I hope you enjoyed the glimpse into my home. Now, I’d better get back to some unpacking. Or possibly a walk into those gardens first… Just for ideas, of course.



Copyright © Nicola Morgan 2010

Wow, Nicola your home looks amazing and to be on the doorstep of such great open spaces must be incredible. Thank you so much for sharing your life as a writer with us.
I can't wait to read Wasted but I must admit changing your life at the flip of a coin does freak me out a little but it is also secretly quite thrilling.

Be sure to check out the Wasted blog here. You can also follow Nicola on Twitter @nicolamorgan.

7 comments:

Ebony McKenna. said...

Hi Nicola,
Your home looks disgracefully tidy. Oh, I get it, these are the photos before you unpacked all your boxes . . .

Wasted is sitting on my bedside table. It's my pressie for when I've finished the revisions. I'm on the home stretch! Not long now :-)

brizmus said...

What a great feature! I love that color aqua that she used.
I'm looking forward to this book as well.

Christina/Book Addict said...

I agree! This is a great feature. Those pictures are amazing. What incredible views! I am jealous. I will have to check out this book- sounds really interesting! Thanks for sharing this!

I Want To Read That said...

I love this feature! And the doggie is so cute!

Lauren said...

This feature is so much fun, especially for naturally curious (read: nosy) people like me. Loving all the bookshelves, and that fantastic view from the writing desk.

Nicola Morgan said...

Thanks, Becky, and thanks to all of you for your comments. Sorry I didn't reply yesterday but I have been in London and travelling about and had infuriatingly fragile internet connection. GRRRR. I do not react well to being detached from the internet for long (like more than five minutes...).

Anyway, it was a lovely feature / interview to do and hats off to Becky for coming up with the idea!

Happy reading, all. Nx

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Awesome pictures :)