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Eastbourne book fest – come and feed your imagination

Published May 23, 2014 by Laura Crean Author

Eastbourne book fest - come and feed your imagination

It is the start of the Children’s half term holiday, the sun is shining and they are looking forward to some fun in the sun. Maybe a trip to the seaside, picnics, ice-cream, rambling in the countryside? Children should be free to explore the world around them at times like these. They need to get out of those stuffy nurseries and schools, get off of those computers and consoles and stretch their legs and imaginations, play with other children and… be free to have fun!

When I was a kid, I loved nothing more than watching the holiday kids’ TV on a school holiday morning and then escaping out to the park with my bike and possibly a book and a picnic, play with my friends or sit under a tree and read – just let my imagination soar.

What better way this school holiday to combine all of that than to come to Eastbourne, enjoy the sun and the seaside and join in the book fest festivities. Whether you are 3 years old or 93, Eastbourne book fest has it all, poetry readings, fiction readings, workshops and story time in the park for the little ones. Dust off those reading glasses, dig out the sun cream and feed your imagination…

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‘My Writing Process’ Blog Tour

Published May 18, 2014 by Laura Crean Author

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It seems I have been invited to join in with a blog tour.  I have never been a part of anything like this, so I want to thank Jean Reinhardt for asking me to participate in the ‘My Writing Process Blog Tour’.  To see Jean’s answers to the blog tour questions and find out more about her work you can visit her blog by clicking on her name in this introduction.  Since I haven’t had the time to organise any Bookish Banter interviews recently I thought I would include this post in the Bookish Banter category.

Jean: What are you currently working on?

Laura: Well Jean, you know I’m always working on a million projects at once, that’s why it takes me so long to finish anything! Procrastination is my middle name.  If you check out my novels in progress section you will see that I have a few different novels in the making.  However, I am trying to concentrate on a Young Adult book called Atlantis and the Dolphin of Knowledge at the moment, as well as a children’s book about aliens landing in the school playground and a book about dreams.  I don’t know when my next book will be published but I’m in no hurry because I enjoy the writing process, it’s my hobby, I really do get lost in the story.  I’m also a bit of a perfectionist so it might be a while – watch this space…

Jean: How does your work differ from others of its genre?

Laura: That’s quite a question.  I think I actually find writing for a particular genre quite difficult.  I have an idea for a story and I just start writing, it may turn into a science-fiction story or a fantasy story or a mix of both.  My stories usually have some kind of spiritual component because I am quite a deep person, I’m on a journey just like any of my characters, like any writer actually and those deep burning questions that are in your heart just tend to come out in your writing.  I find writing for children and young adults easier because I think I’m really quite a simple person myself.  I don’t like to read, write or watch on television any violence or sex or anything too graphic.  I think that’s why my novels are perfect for young adults as well as the older generation.  Also my work with children over the years has naturally given me the love of story telling, and that even includes for toddlers.

Jane: Why do you write what you do?

Laura: I write whatever is in me to write and usually I have a feeling that I have something to share with others.  I might not be as ingenious as some writers, but I think I have a pretty vivid imagination.  I really am there in my story, viewing it unfold as if it were a real place and the characters were real people – like a day-dream I suppose.  I just try and write what I am envisioning.  It’s an addictive thing writing, once you are in the zone.  It is my little bit of escapism from the pressures of every day life, much like reading, only I’m writing down the story as it happens – or drawing it, with the kiddies’ books.  If I can sneak in a little of my own pearls of wisdom about life, the universe and everything – well, that’s an added bonus, I just hope it inspires someone at some point.  I write a lot of poetry too, and the process works just the same for poetry as it does for a short story or a novel – if you have something to say, write it however it needs to come out.  Why does anybody write?  Because we all have something to say!

Jean: How does your writing process work?

I am a really disorganised writer.  Sometimes I try to make a plan and other times I just start writing and then just see where it takes me.  I would say being an organised writer works better, since the only novel I have published so far, my first children’s novel The Realm of the Purple Dragon was meticulously well planned.  It had to be because the story was woven around the Norse runes and each one needed to come out at the right point in the story.  The reason the second book in the series The Fire Giants and the Heart of Ice is taking so long to be written, is because it needs more planning than the first story and I need to be in a very organised place in my life to be really focussed with the planning for the book.  It will be worth the wait, don’t worry about that!  So basically my writing process is all about writing when I am in the zone and really making the most of those moments of inspiration, because I think that is when my best writing happens.  Also not worrying about how other people think I should write, because a writer’s work comes from somewhere deep and personal and only you know where it is going.

I enjoyed that – thank you for the chance to chat about my writing Jean.  Here are some links for my work and of course you can explore my blogs as a lot of my writing comes in blog post form.  I will think very hard about which other authors I will invite to carry on this tour and post their tour posts here on the Bookish Banter when they hop on board the tour bus…

Links:

Laura’s Amazon Page

Lulu Profile

Goodreads

Facebook

Twitter

The Well in the Garden

 

Children of the Dawn – by Laura Crean

Published December 27, 2013 by Laura Crean Author

Children of the Dawn - by Laura Crean

Taken from –
http://www.amazon.co.uk/A-Lifetime-Reflections-Laura-Crean/dp/1447866207/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1388163440&sr=8-1&keywords=Reflections+of+a+Lifetime+by+Laura+Crean

Published November 19, 2013 by Laura Crean Author

The perfect stocking filler – the kids will be so hooked they might let you have a lie in Christmas morning so they can finish the book 😉

Rainbow Rune Reading Room

I thought I would give you a little taster of The Realm of the Purple Dragon…

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After a whole week of sitting in bed with no visitors and a finished Viking project sitting neatly on her desk, Ellenor began to feel rather bored and lonely.  She had never in her young life been on her own as much as this, and not even the latest console game could cheer her up as it really was no challenge to Ellenor, ‘the console kid’.  She was, after all, the number one console wizard and having nothing else at all to do all day meant she had finished the entire game by three o clock.

She had rescued the princess and set the Dragon Realm free from the evil sorcerer who had enchanted them and now she was even more bored and lonely.  Ellenor started to feel something else she had never…

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Bare Hands

Published November 15, 2013 by Laura Crean Author

Bare Hands

With bare hands I sweep away the cobwebs of my life,
They hide the truth and cover the space restricting the view.
With bare hands I dig up the bones of my mistakes,
The dirt becomes embedded beneath my finger nails,
Marring their perfect, painted form.
With bare feet I walk the path of my ancestors,
Learning from their memories that every cobble counts.
With bare feet I feel the dusty road and negotiate each obstacle
That looms up in my way,
each one a lesson in humility.
With bare chest I expose the home of love,
And with an open heart I share each broken vessel.
I invite you with a bare hand to touch my heart
and make it whole once more.
With bare hands held out and open
I extend my hand in honest friendship,
And with bare hands we join with one another
In a chain of unity that circles the earth
Like a halo of heavenly hands,
Each one a link of love and lessons learned.

© 2012 Laura Crean

Taken from the book ‘Picture Perfect – Poetic Reflections’
http://www.lulu.com/shop/laura-crean/picture-perfect/paperback/product-20320938.html

Vision – choice of retailer – decisions! Decisions! So much choice!

Published November 13, 2013 by Laura Crean Author

Vision - choice of retailer - decisions! Decisions!  So much choice!

Just a quick note to say apparently you can now order my new book ‘Vision’ from Waterstones – although it looks like it takes a little longer to get to you than if you order it directly from Lulu Press – so… not sure why it would take that long but…the option is there 🙂

http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/products/laura+crean/vision+-+space+between+the+universes/10122059/

Although it is on a book release SALE over at Lulu so I know which option I would choose 😉

http://www.lulu.com/shop/laura-crean/vision-space-between-the-universes/paperback/product-21242382.html

coming soon… (I hope)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Vision-Between-Universes-Laura-Crean/dp/1291586415/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1384333971&sr=8-1&keywords=Vision+-+Space+Between+the+Universes+by+Laura+Crean

Book Launch Date…

Published October 6, 2013 by Laura Crean Author

Hello everyone. I am tentatively setting my book launch day for “Vision – Space Between the Universes” for Friday 18th October. You can join my Facebook event here –

https://www.facebook.com/events/705867676108037/

You don’t have to buy a book to join the event – I appreciate the creative and emotional support too – although if you buy a book later that would be nice too 😉

Please come and join in in my excitement at launching this book that is very close to my heart. It is a book of poetry, prose and short stories – set on the shoreline of my consciousness and asking the question “What is vision and how can we use it to see our place in the world more clearly?”

The secret kiss is a poem from the book and is basically sets the scene for The Space Between the Universes. I am hoping to create a new video for the launch day that will feature another poem taken from the book.

I will leave this post with a quote from the book…

“What is reality? What is the soul? What is God? What are the processes in our brains that ‘do’ all this experiencing? Are we just biological machines with the accidental side effect of ‘experiencing self-awareness’ that leads to us labelling such things as the soul, spirits, heaven, angels, aliens, God or gods or goddesses? Are the senses just mechanical? Or is there more to it than that? Are our sensations and perceptions linked to the ‘unseen’, not yet understood realms that I call ‘the space between the universes’?”

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