Vicky & Co. by John Pibworth – A New Play

Vicky and Co. Cover - John Pibworth - Lauren Mayhew AuthorThis may look like a book review, but it isn’t. Of course, I will be telling you how amazing this play is, but I am completely biased as John is, in fact, a friend of mine. The play is amazing though…

John Pibworth is the set designer for my theatre group, Brightlight Theatre Company. I’ve known him for just over two years now, though we didn’t properly start talking until about a year ago when he found out about my books. I’ve heard that he’s a fantastic actor, though since I’ve been a part of the group, we’ve not managed to entice him onto the stage. Maybe if we perform his play, we might be able to get him back for one final time.

I’m not sure how long ago he wrote Vicky & Co.. It was about a year ago that he asked if I could help him make it available to the general public and I was more than happy to help, though it was delayed a lot because of my commitments within Brightlight. In the end, John’s sister offered to help by typing the play up onto Word so that I could then take over with the formatting. Continue reading

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My Current WIP – Update 1

Cycles of War - My Current WIP - Lauren Mayhew AuthorNow that I’m no longer directing a play for my theatre group (which went really well), or writing blogs for the A-Z Challenge, I actually have a spare minute or two to go over Cycles of War (Working Title), my current WIP. You can catch up on all of my A-Z blogs here. If you haven’t read about Cycles of War yet, go here and here to see why it’s taking me so long to do anything and what I was up to last time I stopped procrastinating.

So, since my last post, I have managed to change the names of all the ships and I’ve even attempted to make them relevant to the country that the ships originated from. I don’t want to specify which countries are involved though. With this book it’s way too easy to offend people, so I’m avoiding being too specific, but a few vague hints are good enough. I’d love to know people’s thoughts when I finally finish it. I’ve also managed to change the majority of the names of the characters too, which I’m very happy about. I needed to get that done before I carried on with anything else. Continue reading

My Current WIP

Writing and Editing - Lauren Mayhew AuthorAlthough I haven’t done a lot of writing on Cycles of War recently (read about it here), I have been working on it in a different sense. After picking out the most obvious grammatical errors, I decided to work on the characters. I created an excel spreadsheet for this – I really do love a good spreadsheet – that detailed the characters original name, job, physical description, which county they’re from etc. Not only will this make my life a lot easier when I properly start working on the book again, it’s been quite therapeutic too.

I suffer from the usual author syndrome of ‘forgetting what my characters look like’. I’m not even joking. In one of the first editions of my first book, Reality is in a Dream, Samson’s hair colour changed mid-way through the book. He was always blond in my head, so I don’t know why he then became brown haired at one point. Having a spreadsheet to reference all of this will stop mistakes like this from occurring, I hope! Continue reading

I’ve Started Writing Again

Lauren Mayhew Author NotebookThere’s nothing worse than writer’s block, especially when you’re between projects. I know what I’m supposed to be doing, I’m just finding it hard getting round to doing it. I have so many projects in my head, but I don’t want to start too many. If I do, I’ll never complete any of them, I’ll just keep starting new ones.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve slowly been reading through the book that I wrote for NaNoWriMo. It’s got a Working Title – Cycles of War. This is what it’s been called for about ten years now, though I didn’t properly start writing it until November 2016. I finished reading the other day, adjusting a few things here and there, but not really editing properly yet. I just wanted to slowly get my way back into the world that I created. It was very eye-opening actually, as the book isn’t nearly as finished as I thought it was. Continue reading

Social Media is Killing My Mood

Social Media is Killing My Mood - Lauren Mayhew Author

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I have a lot of down time at work. It’s a reactive job. If someone needs help with something, I’ll be called out to fix the problem, or at least try – I am only an apprentice after all. However, if there are no problems, and work is a little slow, I find myself not having much to do. Obviously, this is the perfect chance for me to start working on a book, or a play, but I just don’t do it.

I have access to a manuscript that I wrote for NaNoWriMo 2016. (Read about my NaNo experience here.) I’m really proud of what I managed to write, but I’ve barely looked at it since NaNo ended. It’s not that I’m lacking in ideas for it, I have ideas spilling out of my head, I just can’t get round to sitting in front of the computer and writing. Continue reading

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from Lauren Mayhew Author

I hope you all had a fantastic night last night and that you’re not suffering too much today! May the partying continue throughout 2018..

2017 was a mixed year for me, as I’m sure it was for a lot of you. There were lots of highs, but just as many lows. I truly hope that 2018 is a bit more peaceful for everyone.

To start the year on a positive, I thought I’d give you all a treat by offering up the Liliana trilogy for only 0.99 on Kindle! Click on the book name to be taken to it on Amazon.

Reality is in a Dream – FREE
Mourning Memories – FREE
Eternity Begins – 0.99

This will be the last offer on these books for a while, so snap them up while you can. The offer ends midnight 5th January. I’ve got lots of other projects in mind which I’ll be sharing with you soon, I hope!

Now go and make 2018 the best year you’ve ever had!

Until the next time,
Lauren x

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Book Trailers – Are They Worth It?

Lauren Mayhew Author - Liliana TrilogySo, now that the Liliana Trilogy is complete and out there for all to read, I often wonder if I should be doing more in the way of marketing.  (Links to buy them here.) I don’t have a lot of money to spend – correction – I have no money to spend on marketing. I need to save all the money I can on buying a house one day, so my books often take a back seat. I live in the UK, and buying a house right now is damn near impossible.

Something that a lot of authors seem to do is create a book trailer. It’s a great idea if you think about it. You can embed a video on any website, put it on YouTube and all other social media platforms, and anyone can view it. It’s the perfect way to get people interested in your books. Continue reading

Play-Writing – How Hard Can It Be?

Masks with the theatre conceptWriting a stage play is a lot harder than I initially thought it would be. I knew it was going to be a challenge, as it’s the complete opposite of writing a story. It’s all dialogue and no description. In my novels, the dialogue is probably the bit I struggle with most. So why am I writing a play, I hear you ask. Because I like to challenge myself. If you don’t challenge yourself, life gets a bit boring.

So, I’m writing a murder mystery set in modern times. Normally, I have a title before I even start writing, but not for this one. The title has evaded me so far. I usually use a line of text from the story itself as a title, but no-one has said anything yet that’s catchy enough. That’s a little worrying now that I think about it.

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A Month Full of Drama

A Month Full of Drama - The 39 Steps - Lauren Mayhew AuthorSo, other than the new job, and the release of ‘Eternity Begins’, I’ve got other excuses for being so terrible at updating my blog. The main reason, is my Amateur Dramatics group. I’ve been a part of Brightlight Theatre Company since March 2016, and I’ve loved every minute of it!

From April this year, until now, I have been part of three different productions within the group, and it has pretty much taken up all of my time. In April I found out that I got the part of Anabella Schmidt in ‘The 39 Steps’. Even though it was a small part, taking up only the first 10 minutes of the play itself, it was a massive challenge, as I had to try and perfect a German accent. Everyone says I did a good job at it, but I’m still not sure. I took my camera with me for the dress rehearsal, and I managed to snap a few good ones, with the help of my friend Sarah whilst I was on stage. We performed this at the end of September.

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Eternity Begins Release Day!

Eternity Begins Cover - Lauren Mayhew AuthorIt’s finally here, the day that the Liliana Trilogy comes to an end. Book 3 in the trilogy is out today, and it’s only 0.99! (Find it here.)

The first book in the series, Reality is in a Dream can be found here for 0.99 too! AND, Mourning Memories, Book 2, can be found here for FREE! So, if you fancy getting all three at once, it will cost you 1.98. Not bad, eh?

Eternity Begins is probably one of the best things I have ever written, and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.

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