Character Inspiration: People You Know

Character Inspiration People You Know - Lauren Mayhew AuthorThis one may seem obvious, but I think it’s worth writing about. You don’t have to copy someone that you know completely, as that may be a bit too obvious if they ever pick your book up, but you can take certain traits from them.

For example, my first book ‘Reality is in a Dream’ has two characters that are exaggerated forms of two of my old school friends. Certain events that take place in the book involving the main character, Liliana, actually took place during my time at school. It’s quite funny, because I once had a reviewer tell me that she thought these character’s actions were not believable, and yet it actually happened to me. Continue reading “Character Inspiration: People You Know”

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50,000 Words in 50 Days – Update 2

50K50Days - Day 38 - Lauren Mayhew AuthorSo, it’s day 39 in the challenge I set for myself to write 50,000 words in 50 days, and so far I’m doing really well. There was a point a few days ago where I had no idea what I was going to write next, and I very nearly gave up. However, I pushed through, and here I am on day 39 with 39,160 words written, and I haven’t even done any writing yet today!

I’ve written the final chapter already, though I know a lot of it is going to change when I start on draft 2. Now all I need to write is the battle scene at the end. Continue reading “50,000 Words in 50 Days – Update 2”

My Year in Films – 2016

It’s that time of year again when I let you know which films and concerts I went to see in 2016. Towards the end of this year, I signed up to Cineworld’s Unlimited Card, which means I pay a monthly fee, and I can see as many films as I want per month! I’m hoping that next years list will be ten times longer than this one. Continue reading “My Year in Films – 2016”

Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey by Bob McCabe

Harry Potter Page to Screen by Bob McCabe - Lauren Mayhew AuthorHarry Potter Page to Screen – Bob McCabe – 4.5 Stars

Blurb: “Harry Potter: Page to Screen” opens the doors to Hogwarts castle and the wizarding world of Harry Potter to reveal the complete behind-the-scenes secrets, techniques, and over-the-top artistry that brought J.K. Rowling’s acclaimed novels to cinematic life. Developed in collaboration with the creative team behind the celebrated movie series, this deluxe, 500-plus page compendium features exclusive stories from the cast and crew, hundreds of never-before-seen photographs and concept illustrations sourced from the closed film sets, and rare memorabilia. As the definitive look at the magic that made cinematic history, “Page to Screen” is the ultimate collectible, perfect for Muggles everywhere. Continue reading “Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey by Bob McCabe”

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling - Lauren MayhewHarry Potter and the Cursed Child – J.K. Rowling – 4 Stars

Blurb: It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places. Continue reading “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – J.K. Rowling”

United As One – Pittacus Lore

United as One by Pittacus Lore - Lauren MayhewUnited As One – Pittacus Lore – 5 Stars

Blurb: The Mogadorian invasion has come to Earth, and they have all but won the battle for our planet. Their warships loom over our most populous cities – like New York City, Tokyo, Moscow, Beijing, and New Delhi – and no army will risk making a move against them. The Garde are all that stand in their way . . . but they are no longer alone in this fight. Human teens from across the globe, like John Smith’s best friend, Sam Goode, have begun to develop Legacies of their own. Continue reading “United As One – Pittacus Lore”

The Diamond of Darkhold – Jeanne DuPrau

The Diamond of Darkhold by Jeanne DuPrau

The Diamond of Darkhold – Jeanne DuPrau – 3.5 Stars

Blurb: It’s been several months since Lina and Doon escaped the dying city of Ember and, along with the rest of their people, joined the town of Sparks.

Now, struggling through the harsh winter aboveground, they find an unusual book. Torn up and missing most of its pages, it alludes to a mysterious device from before the Disaster, which they believe is still in Ember.

Together, Lina and Doon must go back underground to retrieve what was lost and bring light to a dark world. Continue reading “The Diamond of Darkhold – Jeanne DuPrau”

V – Voldemort

Lord Voldemort - Lauren Mayhew A-Z Blog Challenge 2016A-Z Blog Challenge 2016 – Voldemort

Lord Voldemort may seem like a strange character to have as one of your favourites, but if Voldemort didn’t exist, then the story of Harry Potter would never have existed either. I’m not sure that’s the sort of world I’d want to live in. Continue reading “V – Voldemort”

U – Unicorns

Unicorns - Lauren Mayhew A-Z Blog Challenge 2016A-Z Blog Challenge 2016 – Unicorns

I’m cheating again. The only character that I could think of that began with the letter ‘U’ was Professor Umbridge from Harry Potter, and I can’t say I’m a massive fan of hers. Actually, I would happily whack her round the face with a brick. Continue reading “U – Unicorns”

R – Ron Weasley

Ron Weasley - Lauren Mayhew A-Z Blog Challenge 2016A-Z Blog Challenge 2016 – Ron Weasley

Finally, a character that I actually have something to say about. If I have to explain where Ron Weasley is from, I only have one thing to say to you – “WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?” Seriously, I’m gonna presume that everyone knows who Ron is.

Ron, along with Hagrid, was one of those characters that I would have been devastated had they not made it to the end. He’s just the cutest character and most loyal friend. Continue reading “R – Ron Weasley”