An Editor’s Nightmare by Anneli Lort +Giveaway #BlogTour

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When it comes to writing I’m not a planner. I’m an editor’s nightmare! It gives me a feeling of excitement not knowing how it’s going to end and I believe I do my best work when I sit down and write without an outline. This is NOT the way my editor would like me to write but it works for me.

It gives me a feeling of excitement not knowing how it’s going to end and I believe I do my best work when I sit down and write without an outline. This is NOT the way my editor would like me to write but it works for me. The idea for The Sweet Spot came to me almost five years’ ago and I wrote the first draft within four months. It was rubbish. It then took me another two years’ to get around to the second draft and a further six months to write it. I

The idea for The Sweet Spot came to me almost five years’ ago and I wrote the first draft within four months. It was rubbish. It then took me another two years’ to get around to the second draft and a further six months to write it. I realised I needed to add a great deal more dialogue for my characters to become truly four-dimensional. This is what I found the hardest part of the whole process. A writer friend gave me a very good piece of advice before I started the second draft. She told me to write my conversations and then record myself reading back what I had written. It became clear very quickly that her advice was sound. Saying something you have written and hearing it back gives you a different perspective on what the reader will actually take away from a conversation.

A writer friend gave me a very good piece of advice before I started the second draft. She told me to write my conversations and then record myself reading back what I had written. It became clear very quickly that her advice was sound. Saying something you have written and hearing it back gives you a different perspective on what the reader will actually take away from a conversation. To demonstrate how difficult I make a life for myself, I wrote Sebastian’s ‘Piers Morgan’ interview first and the prologue last. I deleted a whole storyline between two characters at the end of the second draft and had to go back and re-edit the rest to make sure there was no mention of either of them or their story – they are now in book two! I also had to go back and add six link chapters where there were holes in my story. Had I written in chronological order I would have saved myself a lot of time and heartache.

To demonstrate how difficult I make a life for myself, I wrote Sebastian’s ‘Piers Morgan’ interview first and the prologue last. I deleted a whole storyline between two characters at the end of the second draft and had to go back and re-edit the rest to make sure there was no mention of either of them or their story – they are now in book two! I also had to go back and add six link chapters where there were holes in my story. Had I written in chronological order I would have saved myself a lot of time and heartache.

The cast of characters in The Sweet Spot lived in my head for a very long time before I managed to get them down on paper. Life and work got in the way of my author aspirations.  Once I started writing, each character developed in a really natural way. I wanted to make sure the interaction between them was genuine and honest and to do that I had to see where they would take me. I always say my characters drive me and not the other way around.

I develop chapters and have full-blown conversations with characters in my head when I’m walking my dog.  We go out on marathon walks twice a day and rarely bump into another soul. This gives me time to switch off from life and let my mind wander.  I usually get home and start writing straight away so I don’t forget anything.

I’m often asked where I write. My answer? ‘Wherever my dog is’!  When it’s warm and sunny I write in the garden. It’s very peaceful here. When I’m inside I sit in my comfortable armchair with my feet on a footstool and the laptop on my knees.  This is NOT the way my editor would like me to write but it works for me!

~ Anneli Lort

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The Sweet Spot by Anneli Lort

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The Sweet Spot is a classic love story with a sexy, modern edge, set in the sleepy West Country village of Appleton Vale, and in the glittering world of professional golf.

Olivia escapes London to overcome memories of heartbreak and moves to Appleton Vale to ghostwrite the autobiography of Sebastian Bloom, former world number one golfer, and global icon. But he doesn’t make things easy for her; Olivia is not ready for a new relationship and fights her feelings for Sebastian.

Their story comes to a head at the most prestigious golf tournament in the world, The Open Championship, where Sebastian’s return to form sets up an explosive clash with his lifelong rival, Troy McLoud. 

As the lives of Olivia, Sebastian and the residents of Appleton Vale interweave, passions flare and the stakes rise.

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Publisher: Creativia

Publishing Date: July 4th, 2017

Series: Appleton Vale, 01

Genre(s): Contemporary, Sports

Page Count: 303

Language: English

Cover Artist: Louise Mizen Ferguson

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Anneli Lort lived with a charming cast of characters in her head for a number of years before she found the time to sit down and bring them to life in the Appleton Vale series. Once she put pen to paper her imagination was free to create a character driven world of contemporary romance that is both heartwarming and engaging.

In a public relations career that spanned more than two decades Anneli worked closely with elite professionals at the highest level and with some of the world’s biggest sporting companies. With this came an access-all-areas pass to the greatest sports events on the planet where she saw for herself the tension, drama and emotions that were played out behind the scenes. While TV audiences around the world watched the sporting excitement unfold, she was there to witness first-hand what really happened before and afterwards – the untold stories the rest of the world never got to see. This is the rich and enviable background she brings to her debut novel – The Sweet Spot.

Anneli lives in a village much like her fictional creation – Appleton Vale – that is nestled against the foothills of the South Downs. She spends her days working in brand communications, writing, walking her dog – Hector – and riding her New Forest Pony Henry. The dog shares the house; the horse has his own rather spacious accommodation.

Anneli is currently writing the second novel in the Appleton Vale series – The Country Club – which will be on sale in December 2017.

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To celebrate the release of her bestselling debut, The Sweet Spot, Anneli is giving away a £20 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner. For your chance to win, enter via the Rafflecopter below. The contest closes at midnight EST on September 8, 2017, and is open to entrants worldwide.

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