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I interview author and content creator, Esther Rabbit

Welcome to my website, whether you are a regular follower or whether you are visiting me for the first time. This blog is a real special: it’s the first interview of a series I shall be doing with authors and others active in the whole process of writing books for all those wonderful readers out there!

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Esther herself

Esther Rabbit is the Author of New Adult Paranormal Romance, Lost in Amber, Digital Marketing Specialist and Content Creator for upcoming writers.

 If you too are an upcoming author or a veteran looking to improve your skills in the industry, you might consider checking out her website, and shoot her an email if you’d like to be interviewed.

 She speaks four languages fluently and as a self-proclaimed tech-geek, Esther likes to experiment with tools of the craft on her quest to help writers in their endeavours.

  Esther Rabbit | From Words To Spellbinding Novels

www.estherrabbit.com 

 Find her around the web

Facebook * Goodreads * Twitter * Instagram

1. Tell me a bit about yourself, where you were born, where you live, what are your likes and dislikes, your background?

I’m Esther, proud Millennial, author & content creator for writers. That should sum up my resume for the writing industry. In my not-so-secret-life, I’m a massive nerd, Digital Marketing specialist and perpetual nomad. Due to the nature of my job, I can work remotely and I’m at that age where I’m taking advantage of that and traveling the world as much as I can. Loving every minute so far! I’m a fanatic of the comic & illustration industry, there’s just so much talent behind it all. I’d fit right in on that couch with the Big Bang Theory cast, lol!

2. What inspired you to be a writer? Do you have another job or is writing your job? Tell me about the other things you do.

I’m an accidental writer to tell you the truth and quite frankly, I’m glad it happened this way because it took the whole pressure off. I started writing a story which morphed into a novel and I only became aware of it toward the last stage. Digital Marketing is a fun, every-evolving field and I think that’s what keeps me on my toes when my writer cape is off. It’s hard to get bored working with so many professionals to find their niche and develop their brand. There’s a lot of creative beauty in the process. If I wouldn’t keep this part of my life a big secret, I’d be bragging with quite the portfolio. Otherwise, I started blogging on my author website for two very good reasons:

I documented the journey From Writing To Publishing Your Novel in a series of articles meant to simplify the process for the upcoming author and because I’m experimenting with all sorts of tools to help writers in their endeavours, I plan on tackling every issue one article at a time.

Promoting other professionals in the industry is another way to pay my respects to the #WritingCommunity and all those incredible people who have helped me on my journey.

I had the pleasure to interview internationally bestselling authors, indie authors, editors, beta-readers, cover designers, and if you too are in the industry and you’re reading this, shoot me an email via my author website, I’d love to interview you!

Also, if you’re looking for one of these professionals, check out the interview section on my blog and I’m sure you’ll land in good hands.

3. I see you are multilingual. What languages do you speak and what made you choose them?

My parents probably wanted me to work for an embassy, lol! My dad was fluent in three languages, so he made it a mission for his kid to start early. So I did, and I now speak four languages (thanks, Dad!). It’s a great thing when there’s so much traveling involved. Professionally too, as I have clients from all over the world and it’s a nice surprise when we can communicate in their language. I’m fascinated by the social aspect of cultural differences & all the drama surrounding this concept. How in some cultures, an empty plate is a sign you enjoyed the food and in others it’s just rude. I’ve learned the hard way that not all cultures enjoy tipping, when in my own it’s greatly appreciated. I hope I’ll always keep learning.

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Esther’s first of many!

4. Your book, Lost in Amber, is a paranormal romance. Can you explain? Say a bit about your book?

Adventure, girl power, telekinesis, atomic dispersion, you know, the usual, haha!

Joke aside, Lost in Amber: An Out Of This World Paranormal Romance is the story of three friends who get dumped/ served divorce papers the very same week. While dealing with the royal mess that is heartbreak, one of the girls, Zoey, discovers she’s been genetically altered with enhancements foreign to her world.

That’s when the adventure begins, and the romance, so watch out for that one!

Despite being a work of fiction, Lost in Amber is not far-fetched in the slightest. I tried very hard to write a story that every girl can enjoy, even if she’s not a Marvel fanatic.

5. What made you choose to write in this genre? What other genres do you enjoy?

One of my literary buddies said he imagined haunted houses and ghost stories when he heard Paranormal Romance and now I feel the need to properly explain the genre with every occasion, so ladies and gents, if one or more characters in your novel have supernatural abilities, it falls in the Paranormal genre. And if there’s a love story in the mix then you have the Romance. Another stereotype involving Paranormal Romance is that most novels belonging to this genre are very steamy or erotic. Nothing further from the truth (Twilight is a Paranormal Romance in fact). When it comes to my personal reading preferences, I enjoy mostly anything as long as it’s not 70% sad and it doesn’t involve animal cruelty.

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… and it’s out!

6. How do you go about the process of writing? Do you have a routine?

I write as much as I can every day and try to divide that time between blogging three times a week and completing my upcoming book. The secret is taking everything you do seriously. I ask myself all the time: is this the best you could do? And if the answer is no, I keep at it until I’m satisfied.

7. And what about your next novel? Can you give us any clues about what it will be about?

Predictably, Found in Amber: An Out Of This World Paranormal Romance is the sequel to Lost in Amber, and the action picks up where we left off, exploring interplanetary politics and a corruption scheme of cosmic proportions following the adventures of Zoey, Sam and Emma. If all goes well Found in Amber: An Out Of This World Paranormal Romance will be released in 2019. Contrary to my expectations, writing book two has been a lot more difficult than writing my first novel. Maybe because this time around, I felt really aware I was writing a book. Maybe because Zoey and Jasper have to define their relationship and figure out if they’re really on the same side of things. All in all, thank you for reading me. This has been such a glorious learning curve and I’m grateful for each minute. I wish you all the very best with your endeavours.

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To Greenwich by boat!

It seems ages since my Rotary pal Chris F and I met up for breakfast at the Civil Service Club and then went by Thames cruiser to visit Greenwich. Our main aim was to see the restored ceiling and wall paintings of the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College. The Hall is one of the most important Baroque interiors in Europe. Designed and painted between 1707 and 1726 by Sir James Thornhill, who won a competitive tender to execute the work, it represents the moment when the United Kingdom was created and dominated the whole of Europe. We could do the same again with the right Brexit deal!

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Part of the restoration: William III and Mary II at its focus
Here is an amazing part of Thornhill’s work. Now restored with the aid of a £8m lottery grant it looks as if it could have been painted yesterday. What a contrast to the grey, shabby, flaking rendition I saw not many years ago.

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Chris trying his skills!

Just below the Hall is a more modest little marvel: this bowling alley which has been part of the Royal Naval College since the 18th century. And here is Chris trying his hand! He’d let go of the bowl before I took the picture and almost got a strike!

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We stopped by at the brewery on our way back to the boat and I couldn’t resist taking a picture. There was an earlier brewery on site and this is now one of the hundreds of microbreweries in our great city!

I’m giving you a copy of ‘Return to Madrid!’

I’ve still got copies left to give away! So please get in touch if you want one. You can e-mail me on gordonl.thomas@gmail.com. Go on!

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Yes, I’m giving away 15 paperback copies of my latest novel, Return to Madrid!

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Is there a catch? No! I’ll even pay the postage! But, I would expect any lucky recipient to review the book on http://www.amazon.uk and http://www.amazon.com.

If you think you’d like to participate, email me at gordonl.thomas@gmail.com or message me on twitter @GordonLThomas with your postal address and I’ll send you a brand new, hot-off-the-press paperback copy.

I’ll send them on a ‘first come first served basis’ so if you want one, you’ll need to move fast!

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I’m giving you a copy of ‘Return to Madrid!’

Yes, I’m giving away 15 paperback copies of my latest novel, Return to Madrid!

9780995677838small
The cover

Is there a catch? No! I’ll even pay the postage! But, I would expect any lucky recipient to review the book on http://www.amazon.uk and http://www.amazon.com.

If you think you’d like to participate, email me at gordonl.thomas@gmail.com or message me on twitter @GordonLThomas with your postal address and I’ll send you a brand new, hot-off-the-press paperback copy.

I’ll send them on a ‘first come first served basis’ so if you want one, you’ll need to move fast!

Sorolla at the National Gallery

My pal Chris and I went to the exhibition on Wednesday. It was even better the second time around and of course better to go with a friend who knows a lot more about art than I do!

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On Friday, I had the privilege of visiting the exhibition of sixty or so paintings by this Spanish master. You may know that his full name is Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida, that he was born in Valencia, lived from 1863 to 1923 and was married to Clotilde by whom he had a son, Joaquin and two daughters, Maria and Elena.

I knew little about the artist before being overwhelmed by many of his outstanding paintings. The range of subjects, moods and his use of colour – in particular white – is incredible. Diego Velazquez is my favourite artist so I was delighted to see that a number of Sorolla’s works built on those masterpieces of Velazquez. One of most obvious is a nude (1902) of Sorolla’s wife which has its origins in the Rokeby Venus, one of the nine Velazquez’s on display at the National Gallery.

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Two more days of signing!

Yes, the two other days of book signing at WHSmith’s great store in the Centre Court shopping precinct in Wimbledon were great fun. I so enjoyed chatting to the many people who stopped by to ask more about my books and/or to by one (or better still both!)

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As seen on Mums Net!

One kind lady, who bought one of each of my books (‘Return to Madrid’ my latest, and ‘Expulsion’) even put this article up on Mums Net about my signing event. So thank you, Julieta Capitani!

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Aisha, her daughter, Sarah, and me!

This lady bought a copy of ‘Expulsion’ because she wanted to learn more about the Moslem history of Spain in the 17th century. She had the smart idea of taking this selfie of this little group!

Other people I met over the two days included two surgeons, one based in London and a retired general surgeon who practiced in Edinburgh. His daughter, whom I also met, was also a surgeon who did research on cures for cancer. I also met a lady from the USA and her granddaughter of about 18 years who lived in Colliers Wood. Another lady lived in Madrid and I told her about the Sorolla exhibition at the National Galley (featured in my blog of last week). She had a great love of this amazing artist.

So thank you once again, Ashley, the manager of the store and his staff, Kelly, Rosalind and Rafael who helped and encouraged me the whole time I was there. I sold 38 books in all over the three days. I was pleased and so was Ashley!

Signing TODAY and TOMORROW at Wimbledon WHS!

Hello everyone!

I did a book signing yesterday at Wimbledon WHS at Centre Court and met some amazing people. The former Chief Constable of Kent, Michael Fuller stopped by and bought a copy of ‘Return to Madrid’. What an interesting character, the first ethnic minority cop to reach the rank of Chief Constable. He recently published ‘Shoot the black one first’, the touching story of his struggle to the top. We had a long chat in which I explained my role on ‘the other side of the law’ hahaha at the Home Office.

A lady whose grandson worked in California bought ‘Return’ and Expulsion (for the bargain price of £16!). He loves Spain based novels, it seems. I also talked to an author of ‘grunge punk’ whatever that is! A lady from the Portugal bought ‘Expulsion’ for her dad, bless her.

These youngsters were great fun and wanted their photos taken with a yet to be famous author! Who was I to stop them?

So thank you Ashley the manager for letting me do another signing and his staff, Kelly and Rafael for helping me.

And I’m back today and tomorrow if you’d like to pop along, if only for a chat! There from about 11am to 4pm with a 1pm break for a spot of lunch at Costa!

 

Return to Madrid

Hello again followers and visitors to my blog! I said I would update you about my latest book, as I was progressing towards getting it into print.

… and here is the cover, designed by Rohan Renard (www.RenardDesign.com)

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The cover!

I hope you all like it!

I’m expecting the actual books to be delivered from the printer next Wednesday. So if you’d like a signed and dated copy please let me know. It will cost £12.70 including postage and packing.

Sorolla at the National Gallery

On Friday, I had the privilege of visiting the exhibition of sixty or so paintings by this Spanish master. You may know that his full name is Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida, that he was born in Valencia, lived from 1863 to 1923 and was married to Clotilde by whom he had a son, Joaquin and two daughters, Maria and Elena.

I knew little about the artist before being overwhelmed by many of his outstanding paintings. The range of subjects, moods and his use of colour – in particular white – is incredible. Diego Velazquez is my favourite artist so I was delighted to see that a number of Sorolla’s works built on those masterpieces of Velazquez. One of most obvious is a nude (1902) of Sorolla’s wife which has its origins in the Rokeby Venus, one of the nine Velazquez’s on display at the National Gallery.

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Huge Sorolla poster at entrance to exhibition. Shows a detail from a picture of Clotilde (left) and their two daughters

Another clear tribute to Velazquez is the Portrait of Ralph Clarkson (1911), a Chicago artist, which is set against a background of the Infanta Margaret Theresa in ‘Las Meninas’. Yet another is Jose Echegaray (1905) the Spanish Nobel Laureate for literature in a black coat against a plain, light grey background. It harks back to the portrait of Pablo of Valladolid in which Velazquez uses a similar contrast between subject and background.

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Another advertising poster! Not surprisingly, photography in the exhibition is prohibited

One of the most moving of Sorolla’s works exhibited here is Sad Inheritance (1896) which portays a number of disabled boys, moving with the aid of sticks, who are bathing naked on the Balvarrosa beach near Valencia. They are supervised by a priest dressed in black. It is a sorrowful scene and Sorolla vowed he’d never paint anything like it again.

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An excerpt from Running along the beach (1908) in another poster

I’ll also mention The Smugglers (1910) which shows a group of boatmen bringing their stolen booty on shore. The models for this picture must have braved the perilous slopes of the picture! Surprisigly, Sorolla extended this canvas by about a third, to the right, presumably for dramatic effect. If you look closely, you can even see the join!

Sadly, he died at the age of sixty, following a stroke, in the garden in which he painted the famous study of his wife and daughters. He was an uncompromising genius and I hope this brief article inspires you to see the exhibition. If so I may see you there. I’m certainly going again!

 

Return to Madrid – the blurb!

I promised something new this week about Return to Madrid, my up-coming novel. Here is the blurb, just a taste of what awaits the reader:

It is 1685 and autumn in Madrid. Life there is bad for men but much worse for women. Recently widowed, Francisca needs a new purpose in life. With the odds heavily weighed against her, she decides to investigate the mysterious death, sixteen years before, of her bright and gifted son, while at university. Did he die of some undetected illness? Did he commit suicide? Or was he murdered?

Disguised as mother and son, Francisca and her friend Inés leave Madrid to challenge the staff at Juan’s college, twenty miles away. How can these two women solve this cold case? How will they discover what happened and who can help? What dangers are lurking? Surely, any evidence will be destroyed or lost, after so long… or will it?

This fast moving thriller shows how unyielding determination can help unravel puzzling events of the past. It demonstrates how new friendships can blossom from the smallest of buds.

I hope it will draw you in!