Heidi Swain shares her writing tips with budding writers.
I think the most important thing is to just keep writing. The more you practice, the better you’ll get. Push yourself to find the time and make the commitment to write every day and don’t abandon projects before you’ve written or typed The End. Every piece of fiction, no matter how short or long will have tricky patches but you have to work through them otherwise you’ll never learn how to finish anything.
Nell and Van meet as children when their parents fall in love, but soon they are forced worlds apart. Five years later, they find each other. Their bond is rekindled and new feelings take hold, but once again they have to separate. For the next two decades, fate brings Nell and Van together every five years, as life and circumstance continue to divide them. Will they ever find true happiness? And will it be together?
Paige Toon is back with another rollercoaster of a story that tugs at the heartstrings as one couple battle against all odds to be together.
The story is seen solely through the narrative of Nell, a young woman who reflects back on her life as her one big love called Van is constantly taken away from her.
Nell first met Van when their parents started dating and moved in together. As the years pass, they become close friends but when Van’s mother is tragically killed in a car accident, Van then moves to Australia to live with his father and so begins the couple’s turbulent relationship.
At fifteen, Van returns home and that’s when the couple’s feeling develop towards each other, moving from friends to potentially boyfriend and girlfriend, they struggle with guilt and secrecy, especially Nell as everyone thinks of the two of them like brother and sister.
As the story progresses, we regularly see the pair of them get close to the being a couple but with Van living in Australia and Nell living in the United Kingdom, there’s always so many complications and distance between the two of them.
I genuinely loved this story. Both Nell and Van are sweet and heartwarming characters, I really wanted them to get their happy ever afters and found it so frustrating that so many things stood between them and everytime they thought that they were getting somewhere, it would all be harshly snatched away. Their stolen moments together make for bittersweet reading, that it was hard not to also fall in love with the young couple
Like Paige’s previous novels, nothing is ever straight forward and there are many emotional rollercoasters along the way. Sweetly written and quite the heartbreaker of a story from the start, ‘Five Years From Now’ is a poignant and tender story about love, soulmates and the heartbreaking difficulties of finding love at the wrong time.
You can buy Five Years From Now from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.
What the back cover says –
What happens if you meet the RIGHT person at the WRONG time?
Nell and Van meet as children when their parents fall in love, but soon they are forced worlds apart.
Five years later, they find each other. Their bond is rekindled and new feelings take hold, but once again they have to separate.
For the next two decades, fate brings Nell and Van together every five years, as life and circumstance continue to divide them. Will they ever find true happiness? And will it be together?
‘One day, maybe five years from now, you’ll look back and understand why this happened…’
Can’t wait to read this one!
You can pre-order Five Years From Now from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 17th May 2018.
What the back cover says:
Marnie Salt has made so many mistakes in her life that she fears she will never get on the right track. But when she ‘meets’ an old lady on a baking chatroom and begins confiding in her, little does she know how her life will change.
Arranging to see each other for lunch, Marnie finds discovers that Lilian is every bit as mad and delightful as she’d hoped – and that she owns a whole village in the Yorkshire Dales, which has been passed down through generations. And when Marnie needs a refuge after a crisis, she ups sticks and heads for Wychwell – a temporary measure, so she thinks.
But soon Marnie finds that Wychwell has claimed her as its own and she is duty bound not to leave. Even if what she has to do makes her as unpopular as a force 12 gale in a confetti factory! But everyone has imperfections, as Marnie comes to realise, and that is not such a bad thing – after all, your flaws are perfect for the heart that is meant to love you.
‘The Perfectly Imperfect Woman’ is the heart-warming and hilarious new novel from our queen of feel-good fiction – a novel of family, secrets, love and redemption … and broken hearts mended and made all the stronger for it.
You can pre-order The Perfectly Imperfect Woman from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 22nd February 2018.