Tulip sweet delight
Assortment of bold colours
Nature’s candy mix
For those of you who want to know more about Japanese poetic forms, do read my guest post on Bill Holland’s wonderful blog. Whilst there, perhaps you might like to have a go penning a Japanese-style poem of your own in “comments”.
Well, I always feel bad for the poets out there, because I feel like you get the short end of the stick on my blog. Truth is I know next to nothing about poetry, so I figure it’s better that I just stay quiet about it rather than embarrass myself.
But today you poets are in for a surprise. I have an expert in the figurative house, and her name is Sarah Potter, and she has agreed to discuss Japanese Poetic Forms with you today.
Let it never be said that I don’t care about all of you.
And now, here’s Sarah!
Sarah Potter “Waning” Lyrical About Japanese Poetic Forms
Thank you so much, Bill, for inviting me as a guest on your wonderful blog. I’m both excited and a bit daunted, as this is the first time a fellow blogger has asked me to write…
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This week, the fabulous Rochelle Wisoff-Fields has invited me over to her blog for an interview. Indeed, this is a great honour, as Rochelle is a super-talented author, whose novels I love. She’s also the facilitator (otherwise known as The Queen, the Bus Driver and the Cat Herder) of the ever-popular Friday Fictioneers, where bloggers are given a photo prompt to write a 100-word story.
It’s my great pleasure to start the year off by interviewing Friday Fictioneers regular, Sarah Potter who lives in a house on a hill, with panoramic views over the English Channel in SE England. Sharing the house are her husband, son and chocolate Labrador, all three of whom are great supporters of her literary endeavours. When not writing novels, she pens haiku and tanka poems, takes nature photographs, grapples with bindweed and snails in the garden, invents recipes, and sings mezzo-soprano.
What made you decide to be a writer?
My love affair with writing fiction and poetry blossomed at the age of eight. I could read before I went to school, which gave me a head-start with vocabulary. My mother read me lots of books as well; ones that were too advanced for me to read myself, such as The Sword in the Stone by T. H. White. Also, she…
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For those of you who didn’t know me back in December 2013, here’s my “Marzipan and Cherry cake” recipe, which my family love so much that I’m expected to bake one every Christmas/New Year. Sometimes, if they’re extra lucky, I produce one for Easter, too.
None of my family like Christmas cake as it’s too rich and heavy, but we adore the taste of marzipan, which is why I invented this cake.
Okay, it’s Christmas Eve and you’ve already bought or made your cakes and puddings, but this recipe will do just as well as a celebration cake for New Year, or as a pudding with custard and/or ice cream. So get baking next weekend and surprise everyone with this super-gooey and tasty offering.
MARZIPAN AND CHERRY CAKE
150 g sunflower baking spread at room temperature
150 g golden unrefined caster sugar
3 large eggs
225 g plain flour, sifted
1 teaspoonful baking powder
150 g natural glace cherries, halved
250 g golden marzipan, cut into cubes
demerara sugar for sprinkling
Pre-heat oven to gas mark 3 or 170º C
Prepare 18-20 cm round tin, lined with baking parchment, or…
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Last week, I visited Leigh Ward-Smith’s blog for an interview all about my quirky novels, inspiration, marketing, and what is next on my writing agenda. To read the full post, click on the link below. Whilst visiting, do have a read of some of Leigh’s wonderfully speculative short fiction, poems, and opinions about things that matter.
Sarah’s newest novel, on special Dec. 25 through Jan. 1, 2017! Check out her Kindle Count-down deal and the Audio book version.
If you’re like me, you love to pick the brains of all the book-lovers and writers you know.
To that end, I’m very nearly ecstatic to host my very first author interview here on the ol’ Wordsmithery blog. So, without further ado, please join me in welcoming speculative fiction author and blogger Sarah Potter, who recently published a new novel.
*Please note that green typefaces are for emphasis and were supplied by me (that is, Leigh).
Author walking in the wilds of the U.K.
1. Sarah, for those who might be visiting my blog and/or getting to know you for the first time, could you please introduce your own writing and other literary history, such as your own blog (and how long you’ve been doing that, etc.)?
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Last week, I had the honour of being a guest on Christy Birmingham’s wonderful blog. It was such fun meeting a whole load of new bloggers and having the chance to interact with them.
Yet again, many thanks to Christy for making me feel so welcome in her blogging home, and to her followers, too 🙂
I am pleased to give the blogging stage to author Sarah Potter today! I first connected with Sarah a few years ago, through her blog Sarah Potter Writes. Since then, I have enjoyed following her publishing career as well as reading the poetry and short stories she has shared on her blog.
When she released a new book of juvenile fiction titled Noah Padgett and the Dog-People, I wanted to have her over here to talk about the writing process and learn more about the book. So, without further ado, here is Sarah.
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Thank you, Christy, for inviting me to guest post at your wonderful blog, to talk about publishing and my latest novel, plus offer some tips on finding writing inspiration.
By nature, I’m an eccentric person with a quirky, exceedingly British sense of humour who doesn’t find it easy to conform; thus it’s…
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I’m thrilled with this review of Desiccation from my fellow blogger, Cee Tee Jackson. Thank you.
And yesterday, the same novel also received 5 stars and a fab review on Amazon.com. Thank you, Rochelle.
(The only reason I took so long to read this book is that I was reading a couple others at the same time ….. and the baseball season started!)
I loved this book. The cover shouted ‘B-movie’ and ‘Sixties’ so that drew me to it straight away.
I would say that initially I struggled to keep up with the number of characters being introduced, but that could also be because as I mentioned above, I was reading another couple of books at the same time. Whatever, the storyline and characters soon settle down and the plot develops.
What I love about this book is that it is a ‘light’ fun read, never really straying too far from that B-movie feel, but at the same time it is spine-tingly dark.
Sarah Potter has written this book in such a manner as…
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A second Jamie Noble Frier interview, this time by Dave Farmer. For those who don’t already know, Jamie is the super-talented artist who illustrated the book-cover for Desiccation and has now created another superb one for Dave’s apocalyptic zombie horror novel The Range.
Here’s the link for those who missed my interview of Jamie, which asks him completely different questions than Dave’s one, so there’s no overlap. https://sarahpotterwrites.com/?s=Jamie+Noble
The photo above, dear blog reader, is of Jamie Noble Frier, the legend who crafted the new cover for The Range. Every so often I see a certain style captured in a photo and think: “Wish I could pull off a cool look like that.”
But no. I make do with a picture of me in a hat or a flashy waistcoat instead, smiling awkwardly for the camera.
Ah well. I’m a writer. I don’t get to look cool.
But the artists (those who grab the reader’s attention by the balls before they know squat about the story) have a sort of obligation to look cool.
Although…I guess I could grow my hair a bit. Get some cool shades? Rock up somewhere, read a book, look nonchalant, and everyone will know I ooze creativity from my style alone.
Nah. I’ll stick with my hat. I’m cool in my own head…
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Yay, my blogging and writing friend Dave is going on an adventure next year. He’s climbing Africa’s highest mountain, which is also the highest free-standing mountain in the world. By free-standing, this means that it’s not part of a mountain range. The purpose of this great expedition is to raise money for the Zoological Society for East Anglia (ZSEA).
To find out more about the amazing conservation work the ZSEA does worldwide and learn some more about Dave’s plans, do take time to read his full post. I can guarantee you will find it inspiring in all sorts of ways.
See that big mountain? In January 2017 I’ll be climbing it! Not on my own of course, that would be insane. I’m going with two friends from work, together with a group of explorers who aim to raise funds for the ZSEA, Zoological Society of East Anglia
I’ll get this out of the way right now – I am insanely excited about this! More than I have been about anything for a long, looooong time!
And I mean jumping up and down with a lifetime of Christmas days and birthdays rolled into one kind of excited!
My legs are jiggling up and down right now as I write this!
(After months of planning, fund raising, training and the climb itself.)
Okay. I need to calm down.
Two weeks ago…
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This week I’d like to introduce Sarah Potter, who is stopping by on a blog tour for her recently-released novel Desiccation. When I was growing up, reading girl’s boarding school stories, such as Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers and St. Clare’s was very popular, though they were far beyond the experience of those of us who read them. So I was immediately absorbed by the world Sarah has created, but also surprised, entertained and maybe a little scared…for this is like no boarding school story I’ve ever read before. Now over to Sarah…
Many thanks, Andrea, for inviting me to guest on your wonderful blog, my second stop on my virtual Book Tour.
I always think of Harvesting Hecate as a treasure trove filled with seasonal delights and the magic of Mother Nature. In my novel, Desiccation, a violent breach in the planet’s equilibrium occurs as a result of a…
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