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Meet the Author….It’s Virginia Lori Jennings!


Virginia Lori Jennings is a young, talented, inspiring author who lives in South Carolina with her husband, three kids and two cats. She graduated from High School at 16 and was published by the time she turned 18.

She is the author of two science fiction books and has plans in the works for two fantasy books as well. Her ideal evening is spent watching Star Trek or Eureka with her family over dinner. She enjoys playing putt putt and watching the latest sci-fi or action adventure movie. She does most of her best writing in the car as her characters prefer to talk to her while she is driving. Finding time to write down what they tell her- now that is where the real challenge is!

When she is not hanging out with her family or writing she also runs the ‘Where Writers And Authors Meet’ writers group online at or


Today, she shares with us a little more about herself, what inspires her and her writing ideas for the future.

1 How do you write? Is everything plotted, planned to perfection? Do you ever change tack as you go along or always stick to a pre-made plan?

What you have to understand about me is that I write completely different from the way I was taught in school to write. I plan everything out in my head, as though I am telling myself a story, before I ever get to the words on screen stage. I will then go back and re-tell the story to myself many times. I re-live the characters lives in my head and change up what happens in their lives each time. When I am done I have a pretty good understanding of what makes my characters tick as well as where I want the story to go. I typically only resort to outlines if my story becomes confused or twisted along the way.

2 Do you have a writing ritual? Meditation, certain cup for your tea, writing trousers?

Not really, I prefer to write on either my laptop or desk top. Most of the time I write better while the kids are at school and the youngest is down for a nap.

3 Aside from writing, what makes you tick?

My husband. We spend hours sometimes discussing different possibilities of situations, we also love to discuss politics and religion. He keeps me motivated and inspired.

Virginia is also inspired by looking through photos of space….here is the Andromeda Galaxy Photo From: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

4 If you were stranded on a desert island with shelter, food and water, what 5 items would you want with you?

My husband, a pocket knife, a notebook, pen, and a telescope because that view would be AMAZING! Typically I would ask for my cell phone or laptop but seeing how this island is deserted then there would not be any electricity.

5 On said island, what 5 books would you take and why?

Oh cool! I can take books too!!! Awesome! I’d take my bible, as my husband and I can always find new things to discuss in that. I’d also bring a dictionary, a thesaurus, A Writers Reference, and a book called Life’s Ultimate Questions. Weird yes- but this is what I do when I get bored, I have discussions and I write.


6 Off the island now, which famous person would you like to have dinner with?­

J.K. Rowling, or William Shatner, I would just LOVE to pick their brain though I am not quite sure just what I would say! My first choice would have been Brian Jacques as he was my first favourite childhood author, but sadly he has already passed away.


7 Your current writing projects?

I am currently working on a book tentatively titled ‘The Sword of the White Knight’ and another book called ‘Defenders of Madesteroc’. They are both fantasy and I am predicting that ‘Defenders of Madesteroc’ may just turn into a series!


Thank you so much Virginia for taking the time to share with us today. As already mentioned, Virginia runs the facebook page Where Authors Meet and here are further links to her and her books:


Authors Website:

On Facebook:

On Goodreads:

On Shelfari:

On Amazon:









Guest blog post by Aneesa Price


I would like to introduce you to Aneesa Price, an author I met a few months ago and who now I value as a friend.

Aneesa Price writes romance and lives it with her university sweetheart and husband. After having surmounted the challenges of being in a bi-racial marriage in the newly democratic South Africa, she now attributes her marital bliss to purposefully added spice and passionately resolved differences. After living in a variety of cities in South Africa, the cosmopolitan city of Johannesburg is the playground that she enjoys with her husband and two daughters.

Aneesa completed her internship in counselling psychology and went on to work first as a therapist and then in Corporate Finance on projects and in organizational change. This diversity in experience, coupled with her understanding of the human psyche, is translated into her writing through the creation of believable, flawed characters with the innate ability to overcome adversity.

She writes to give her readers the gift of experiencing the new and fascinating, something she strives for herself when she explores new places, reads, cooks with her kids or goes picking for antiques with her husband.
She welcomes new connections so feel free to ‘friend’ her on facebook or follow her on twitter.

Today, Aneesa is sharing with you her thoughts and feelings about erotica….

Is Erotica Literary Porn?

If a book contains sex scenes does it make it erotica?

To me, the answer is no.

I write romance and recently, also erotica. With my first book I purposefully kept any descriptions of sex scenes mostly suggestive, however, with my second book, the sex scenes were more explicitly described. I did not describe body parts and the acts in detail. I did, however, describe the emotions and sensations in tantalizing depth and sex was a major initiator for many events in the book.

My first novel, Finding Promise, was not labeled as erotic. It was labeled as I meant it to be – a sweet, small town contemporary romance for adults. My intention with the second book, Coffin Girls, was not to be erotic either – it was to provide a realistic description of what occurs within adult romance, which in my book (both literally and figuratively speaking) means a description of sex. I purposefully curbed the level of detail provided. However, I was surprised (neither pleasantly or unpleasantly) when I received feedback that the book was in fact erotic. This confounded me.

I’m a firm believer that whatever the reader feels is their reality and thus true for them and so I accepted that to some, the book may seem to be erotic. This acceptance was shaken when most of the feedback I received was that Coffin Girls definitely fit into the erotic paranormal romance category. I then sat back and thought – very long, extremely hard (no pun intended *grin*).

What I was struggling with is that I had indeed read erotic literature long before the hype around “Fifty Shades of Grey” arose and as early back as when I was a university student. Back then I devoured the colorful descriptions writers such as Anais Nin and Henry Miller gave to carnal endeavors. To me, that was erotic. These classically acclaimed writers, to my mind, celebrated sex through the mastery of their words.

At this point, it may shed clarity to share my philosophy on sex in literature and other entertainment media. To me, sex is a natural activity that occurs between consenting adults and a very important one. As a romance advocate I cannot imagine a happily ever after for a couple who do not enjoy sleeping together. This is one of the many reasons I do not enjoy YA (Young Adult) reads. They seem to leave something to be desired due to the nature of the genre – like the proverbial ‘coffee without caffeine’.

I was baffled. Here I thought I was being very conservative with Coffin Girls and yet, the general consensus seemed to label it as “erotic with a bit of fang”. I then embarked on a journey to try and figure out if it indeed was erotic and if my definition of erotic was accurate or more akin to literary porn.

A series of events occurred. I read and reviewed a few newly released indie books labeled as erotic. I found that they weren’t actually erotic in my book and that Coffin Girls was indeed more explicit than they were. As I was outnumbered, I had to concede defeat. Next, I read explicit erotic short stories and here found that they made Coffin Girls look like a Disney production, which was more aligned to my original thinking. So, still in a state of confusion, I pulled out the old erotic classics and re-read them and reeled back in shock. They weren’t explicit in nature but what they were, were terribly illegal. A strong word but I cannot find any other to describe the grotesque acts I re-read in those books. Shocked and disappointed in writers I had previously looked up to, I then decided to read their journals. And that clinched it for me.

What I found in reading Anais Nin’s journal in particular was that she hated what she wrote. The erotic works she created were commissioned by a benefactor that had no desire to read ‘poetry’. They wanted cold, hard, despicable acts of sex with an undercurrent of darkness and sometimes violence. Anais (also the name of the main character in Coffin Girls – and yes, I named her after the famous writer) experienced an enormous amount of dissonance but had been compelled to write those stories because she needed to earn money. She, in short, felt as though she was prostituting her art.

This was a revelation for me and it was is what led me to realize that what separates erotica, as a masterful literary art-form from literary porn is the story and the conscience within the work. If a book contains sex that discriminates and violates unless it is part of a story then it is porn. However, if sex is part of the story, adds richness and depth to the story and is not the story in itself, then, it is erotica. Erotica does not exploit its characters, instead the act of sex provides insight into how they think, feel and behave. It is not an attempt to fulfill a reader’s more promiscuous desires but to provide the reader with a full experience of the character’s hearts and minds. Erotica is then to me, a further development of adult romance. Sex is not implied, it is celebrated along with the other emotions and behaviors that characters possess.

And so I’ve discovered that I do indeed write erotica because my definition of it has matured.

Thank you so much Aneesa for sharing your thoughts with us. You can find out more about Aneesa’s writing by checking out her books here…

Coffin Girls:



Finding Promise:


or meet the lady herself at her facebook page…..





‘Where Writers and Authors Meet’ Blog Hop


Author’s Interview


The following questions were posed to me by Cyndi Williams Barnier as part of an author interview bog hop.  One author answers a series of 10 questions posed to them, and then tags another author and asks them ten questions.   The question ask of Cyndi and her answers can be found here when completed:


  1. Oh my, Wendy Steele’s Facebook Page is just a little too awesome and beautiful! In a few words (sorry), can you answer the question “who” is Wendy? What motivates her? We see she is expressive, interpretive and motivated not only to her but also to others! What is the ‘untold’ story?

    I’m a simple soul, Cyndi. My life has revolved around bringing up three children and making a home for them with my partner and cats. Now they are almost grown, I’m dedicating more time to writing and dancing. I dance ATS® tribal bellydance and will be teaching that style when we finally move to Wales.

  1. Why types of books do you write, what is/are the genre? Which is your favorite? (Fiction/Non-Fiction).

    The Lilith Trilogy is a work of fiction with a hint of the occult, a smattering of witchcraft and a generous dollop of spirituality. I loved writing the first book Destiny of Angels but I’m loving writing the second, Wrath of Angels, even more. The Wendy Woo Books are being launched with Wendy Woo’s Year – A Pocketful of Smiles – 101 ideas for a happy year and a happy you on 1st December and will be out in paperback by March next year. Writing non-fiction allows me to have a closer relationship with my readers, sharing my life, my hopes and my beliefs. This first book came about from helping friends and them saying ‘You should write a book about that.’

  1. Are you published? If so, whom did you use? Can you tell us a little about your experience with your publishers?

    My books are published on kindle by Soundhaven and in paperback by my own company Phoenix and the Dragon. My good friend and fellow author Peter Jones has been my guide to all things tech for a number of years now. He very kindly formats my work and sorts the covers with me. I pay him in home made food for his freezer! In return, he calls me his wise and sexy guru!

    I planned to find an agent and follow the traditional route when Destiny was first ready but, after numerous rejections and only one agent really ‘getting’ Destiny and then her ignoring my emails, I decided that as my main intent in writing the book was to share a good story, I would have a go at doing it myself.

  1. You use “Wendy Steele” as your author name, but it seems you also use a pen name for an author website. What is the genesis of “Wendy Woo”?

    All my fiction work will be published under Wendy Steele. It’s my name and, now the children are through school, I’m very happy to revert back to my maiden name. The non-fiction will be published as Wendy Woo Books, as Wendy Woo was my dad’s name for me and is very special in my heart and so the perfect, cosy name to share with my readers.

  2. How many books/novels have you written thus far and do you intend to write more? If so, what would you consider the subjects might be…will they deviate from your other writings and if so, why?

    Destiny of Angels is my first novel. The second book Wrath of Angels is well on the way to completion, though I will have a lot of editing to do! The third book in the trilogy has a skeleton plan. My fiction is character led so, although I know where the books will start and end, I have very little say about the middle! I love writing like this…I know my characters really well and they write the story themselves. I also have two short story anthologies out, Into the Flames are hot, straight talking, near the knuckle stories while Turn down the Heat are easy reading.

    Wendy Woo’s Year – A Pocketful of Smiles – 101 ideas for a happy year and a happy you will be published on 1st December with another little book….it’s a surprise so make sure you are around at the end of November to find out all about it. There are more books to come from Wendy Woo and you can find out about them on my website or on the Wendy Woo Books facebook page.

    As far as deviating from my writing goes, I have another novel, maybe a trilogy, that I started a few years back that I will go back to but it is the same genre as The Lilith Trilogy. My very first novel, never published as too long and too wordy, has a bunch of wonderful characters in it and I am contemplating turning this into serialised fiction.

    I’m always having new ideas for stories so, who knows what will come next!

  1. You seem to have numerous reflections, you’re intuitive, assertive and elemental. How do these traits influence your writing?

    I’m not sure about assertive! As storytellers, I think all our life experience has a part to play in our writing. I write the books I would like to read so there are descriptive passages, for instance, that create an atmosphere, especially during the magical scenes while in other places in my work, the dialogue may be cruel, rude or harsh and some of the sex scenes, erotic but the writing should reflect the characters and the situations they find themselves in.

    So, my life influences my writing but as the characters write the book, I’m not sure by how much.

  1. It appears that you very much like animals, they have, and they do indeed have importance in all our lives. Do you consider them totems or simply our loved little ones? Do they play a part in your books?

    Yes, I have huge respect for all living creatures and there will come a day when I shall officially be the mad cat woman! Can’t speak about other animals but cats have their own personality and we treat them, in our house, as part of the family.

  1. After looking at your website, it appears you are assertive in many aspects, and you have numerous personal reflections on certain traditions. Which ones are the most dominant in your personal life and in your writings?

    There’s that word assertive again! I will let you into a secret…I was petrified of blogging when I started so my friend said to me, ‘be yourself’ and I took that great advice. I started sharing quite ‘me’ stuff and to my surprise, people enjoyed it! I’ve maintained that profile with all my social interaction on the net and hope that if you met me in the street you would recognise me.

    If I had to name one aspect of myself that’s most important in my life and my writing it would be my affinity with nature.

  1. Which other authors do you like or read?

    I’m waiting on a big birthday (which is nearly here!) when I hope my family will have taken the hint and bought me a kindle so I can catch up on all the wonderful Indie books out there! My favourite author is Terry Pratchett. He is a master storyteller.

  1. If you marketed/advertised your books, what have you learned and what recommendations can you give?

    Well, I’ve tried! Because the publishing industry is going through changes every week, just like the music industry before it, it’s hard to know if what you are doing will work. My main aim in the seven months I have been marketing my work has been to get to know other authors and writers. I started big, joining every group and trying to be everywhere but now, I have a few groups I give my time to and a great group of close knit authors who work for and with each other. ‘Where Writers and Authors Meet’ has been a fabulous help to me! Virginia is a star, so patient, kind and a fount of all knowledge while all the other authors are supportive…and we have a giggle.!

You can find all my books on Amazon via my author page:

Or pop over to my facebook pages:


My interview questions are for Patrick Perry and you can find his answers here:

Here are the questions I sent to him:

1 How do you write? Is everything plotted, planned to perfection? Do you ever change tack as

you go along or always stick to a pre-made plan?

2 Do you have a writing ritual? Meditation, certain cup for your tea, writing trousers?

3 Aside from writing, what makes you tick? Tell us 5 things about yourself we probably don’t know.

4 If you were stranded on a desert island with shelter, food and water, what 5 items would you

want with you?

5 On said island, what 5 books would you take and why?

6 Off the island now, which famous person would you like to have dinner with?­

7 Your current writing projects?

8 Other published work and links….







Blog interview with Malika Gandhi


Today I am blog sharing with Malika Gandhi…. you will have to check back to Malika’s blog on another day for mine as she is still reading Destiny of Angels!

Malika lives with her husband and two sons in the East Midlands, UK. She is a homemaker and in between caring for her family, she writes her books and dabbles in a little painting too. She loves to experiment with different mediums, such as oils, acrylic and watercolour.

Malika was born in India but moved to London when she was two, where her father was already settled. She travelled with her mother and brother.

Malika has lived in London, studied in Southampton and moved to Leicester after her marriage, which is where her husband and his family live. A girl moves in with her in-laws after marriage, at least for a short time.

Malika loves to watch movies, visits art and history museums and is curious about the universe.

Malika shares with us her writing rituals and her five favourite desert island books. Enjoy……


1. How do you write? Is everything plotted, planned to perfection? Do you ever change tack as you go along or always stick to a pre-made plan?

I write at night, mostly from 9pm – 11pm or later of I can do it. I begin writing from a plot draft which is always rough, see – it changes as I move along the story and the plot is never what it was!

I believe pre-planning is a step onto the platform of writing. It is a starting point and as we write and re-draft, edit etc the plot is more likely to change. In my case, it always does!

2. Do you have a writing ritual? Meditation, certain cup for your tea, writing trousers?

My writing ritual is, writing in my PJs and under the covers. It is the only place where I can stay away from distractions like the TV, DVD and food. I also put on some music, but that is when I am typing. I write long hand and then type it up. I hate the typing up bit and the music makes me carry on.

3. Aside from writing, what makes you tick?

I love to sketch and paint and when I am not writing, that is what I do. I love the smell of newly sharpened pencils and the drag of the led across a new page, creating a magnificent sketch. When I paint, I work with oil, acrylics and watercolours and enjoy the freedom it gives me to express myself and in a way, it is meditation itself.

4. If you were stranded on a desert island with shelter, food and water, what 5 items would you want with you?

1. A book that I could read over and over

2. A photograph of my family

3. Pencil case items (does that count as one?)

4. A writing pad

5. A sketch pad

5. On said island, what 5 books would you take and why?

1. Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows – it’s always great to read a winning story

2. Twilight – I love the intense love scenes between a vampire and a girl

3. Little Women – for the wonderful story of four sisters

4. Jane Eyre – I love the tale of a simple girl in the 1900s

5. Freedom of the Monsoon – to prove to others stranded, that I did write a book!


6. Off the island now, which famous person would you like to have dinner with?

Jackie Chan – he is so funny!

7 .Your current writing projects?

I am writing a continuation of Freedom of the Monsoon, with the working title of Petal. It begins with the after affects of the Quit India Movement – the Partition of India and the formation of Pakistan.

There are two main characters. Anjali is from 1947 and is running from murderers. She is rescued by a man, whom she falls in love with. Then, there is Arianna and she is from 2012. She lives in London and her best friend loves her. She goes to India for a cousin’s wedding, to find another man who falls for her but also to discover a hidden secret. These two characters are linked.

This book is historical, yet contemporary with a paranormal twist.


Thank you for sharing on my blog Malika. You can find Freedom of the Monsoon here… – Amazon UK – Amazon USA – Malika’s publisher

Catch up with her at one of her websites…. – About Me, My book and Everything else – The Unicorns’s Book Reviews

Or on facebook or twitter….



Happy 1st Birthday!


It’s been a year since I started blogging …..and since I joined the internet community.

To say I started with excitement would be a whopping great fib but now, one year on….it’s how I feel now!

I’m a nature girl,  a girl of the country, the mountains and the sea….how could I fit into a community that was based on pixels and posts and, more importantly to me, making friends?

I’ve always been odd, never really fitted into the ‘norm’ so my resistance to the internet was based on fear….no one would accept me.

And that’s been the hardest thing…being me. I made a pact with myself that while interacting, I would always be me so, if you met me in the high street and stopped for a chat after only having ‘met’ me online….I would be the same person. I’m an honest injun.

I’ve met fabulous people with oodles of talent and the experience has enriched me. Time spent online I originally saw as detracting from my day but now, the support and friendship I have gained inspires me as I write and work. I’m no longer a struggling writer on my own, isolated by my chosen career but instead, I’m part of a much bigger picture.

Once I felt accepted, I wanted to take part and ***The Amazing Karmic Sharefest*** was born. There are fabulous reviewers, technical advisors, interviewers and marketeers, willing to interact and offer their skills online but I had no experience to bring to the party so, I brought myself and offered to share in a spirit of love and kindness.

Once a month, I opened my page and myself to support and spread the word about others, mainly authors but also artists from other fields….and the word spread. Since beginning the Sharefest with a ‘fans of fans’  range of less than 2,000 people….the spirit of sharing has spread to over a quarter of a million people! I’m now asked if ****The Amazing Karmic Sharefest*** can be borrowed for other events….I’m well chuffed!

Then came ***The BOB Bonanza***, a promotion event for writers to promote the most important parts of their book….the cover and the blurb on the back. By inviting writers and readers to the page….everyone benefits.

Blogging is much easier as you start to get to know your audience. At first, it felt indulgent, slightly self-obsessed to write my musings and feelings…thousands of people were doing it far more eloquently than me but now it’s about sharing, just like writing stories….. you have a story to tell that is important to you and you want to share it with as many people as possible.

Destiny of Angels was published on kindle to be shared and was made availabe as an eco-printed paperback to share further. Two short story anthologies are on their way….stories I wrote after being moved or inspired and I want to share these too. Wendy Woo’s Year – A Pocketful of Smiles – 101 ideas for a happy year and a happy you is well underway…… ideas I’ve used, and still use, to bring sunshine and smiles to my life….and soon to share with you.

One year on, I’m doing what I do best….writing and sharing. Thank you for joining me on my journey and I look forward to standing with you and looking back on another year of sharing.


A big surprise – I received The Inspiring Blog Award!


A huge THANK YOU goes to Amber Dane for nominating me for this award!  Visit her blog at and find out more about this fabulous author.

It’s a great feeling to know your words have been enjoyed and appreciated by others.

To fulfill my part in accepting this award, here are 7 things you may not know about me.

1  I learned to play the piano and read music when I was four…..the same age I learned to read words.

2  I modelled in a Smartie advert!

3  My favourite author, and one who I return to when I want to be inspired to write beautiful prose, is Terry Pratchett. His clarity, economy and storytelling ease always makes me smile.

4  I attended my first dance class……. at the age of 40!

5  I love to write with a fountain pen on a big fat pad of A4 paper. I always have two pens ready to write……my fountain pen from my A levels which has blue ink and a bright red Waterman filled with black ink.

6  When we move to Wales, it will be my eight move….. and furthest from my original home.

7  I drive a green Subaru Forester which includes the letters NDP which sums up my life…… Nearly Damn Perfect!


Now to nominate the blogs of others for this prestigious award. All the following have made me smile or opened my eyes to things I didn’t know…… the envelope opens…… and the nominees are……

Peter Jones

Irina Serbina

Vivienne Tuffnell

Vikki Thompson

Mark Barry

Heather Powers

Della Galton




Guest Post – Ten Thousand Sales Later


Fifteen months and 10,000 sales after its initial release,  my friend and fellow author Peter Jones releases the second edition of his best-selling self-help book How To Do Everything and Be Happy. To say he’s pleased might be something of an understatement. Tell us more about it Peter…

Who’d have thunk it. It’s probably a little under two years since I first penned the opening chapter to what became How To Do Everything and Be Happy. And now, all these months later, a revised an updated version of the book, featuring new sections and reader feedback, is released today.

For me, the most exciting part of this re-launch is the fact that it’ll be available in an entirely new format – audio!

The audio version is part of a three-book deal that I signed with audible – the internet’s largest supplier of spoken word audio entertainment – back in February. This was a very exciting moment for me, not least because I myself have been a long time member of audible and many of the books that I’ve “read” over the years have actually been read to me whilst I’ve driven to and from various places of work. Some authors don’t feel fully-published unless they can pull their book from a shelf and riffle through the pages. Bizarre though it may sound I feel the pretty much the same about what my mother describes as “talking books”. Having my book available in all three formats feels like a significant achievement.

From today you’ll be able to download the second edition of How To Do Everything and Be Happy from audible ( | .com),  and hear the book “read by the author” (in other words, me)!

It’s all very exciting!

Download ‘How To Do Everything and Be Happy‘ NOW, for FREE!

As a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who’s supported me over the past fifteen months, I’m offering the new version of the ebook FREE, from amazon ( | .com), for your kindle enabled reading device for a limited period. Yes, you (and your friends, family, neighbours, co-workers…) can download the book for nothing – but you’ve got to be quick! Download the new version of the book from amazon ( | .com) on (and around) the 8th, with my sincere and heartfelt thanks.

In the meantime, Happy Reading – and here’s to the next ten thousand sales 🙂


Find out more about the book How To Do Everything and Be Happy at How and visit Peter at his blog;



While working on our house last week, getting it ready to go on the market, as I applied gloss to the third door that evening, a thought struck me, first in the head and then in the heart…..I miss writing! But what is it I REALLY miss?

– that feeling of excitement as the blank page fills up with ink and my characters play out another chapter of their lives?

– watching a new writing idea emerge as bubbles and lines on the page, linking into a diagram as a story unfolds?

– only having ten things to check on my list after a day of editing?

– sitting scribbling, then crossing out and rewriting for hours until, finally, I’ve got it and the words flow of their own accord?

I miss all of the above, but mostly, I’m missing time for me and the part of my mind that has to write.