authors, Q&A

Isabella Redwood – Q&A time

ebook.InTheEnd.HRToday I have the lovely Isabella Redwood here on my blog, answering a few questions about her writing and upcoming release In the End. I met Isabella over on twitter (you can find her @SophN7) and have been enjoying to get to know her.

Welcome to my blog! Why don’t you give us an elevator pitch on yourself as an author – who is Isabella Redwood? 

I liken myself to a pie chart, not because I like pie, although it is not too shabby. But because if you were to cut me open (please don’t) that is what you would find. I’m a mommy and that is the greatest percentage of who I am. My daughter is my heaven on Earth and inspires me every day. Then there is my creative side, I love to write and as an author it sets me free to live my wildest dreams and face those gigantic fears head on. I am an arts fan, anyone who attempts to walk this pot-holed, creaky path is to be placed on a pedestal and admired in my opinion. The final segment is my Columbo part. I love to discover things, piece things together and lifelong learn. From, puzzles to board games to philosophy, they all encompass who I am and I try to incorporate all the sectors into my storytelling.

Your first release ‘In the End’ is set up for pre-order now, and the days are counting down—what can readers expect from the novel?

Characters that are flawed, real and fighting to stay afloat. As in life, people don’t always do what you want them to do or expect them to do and my main character has been through the wringer. The story is told from her point of view and I hope it will keep you guessing long after you turn the final page.

I know that aside from a second book in the butterfly series, you’re also working on some stand-alone science fiction novels – what common themes might readers find between your books, despite them being written in different genres? 

The butterfly series and my sci fi novel are very different, except with one similarity and they are my female leads. They are both easily underestimated, yet the strongest women I know.

Are there any amazing books that you think have influenced your writing, or, perhaps, authors whose work you’d love yours to sit alongside? 

There are many and I wouldn’t dare to dream of us sharing a shelf as I put them so high up, I would need the BFG to reach them down. (Roald Dahl fan) There are three that I have read at different stages in my life that have stayed with me. The first is Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. I read this in one sitting, I was so riveted and it haunted me after for some time. The second is The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood, I read this book quite early on in life and it was a very unfamiliar genre at that time to me. My mum was a huge romance fan and as such our book shelves were overflowing with them. It was my first dystopian novel and was the best to open with, it certainly set the bar high for future reads. The final book is The Nanny Diaries by Nicola Kraus and Emma McLaughlin, this was the first book I read after a traumatic life event and was the first thing to make me smile again. I carried it around in my bag for a considerable amount of time afterwards. My reminder there could be light again.

Finally, just for a little fun: Taking into consideration that it takes certain ways of thinking and seeing the world to love different movies, which five movies best sum you up your personality?

I’m a huge movie fan and as I have a two year old daughter, who is the biggest Disney fan, it is only fitting I pick Disney movies.
Number one is Mary Poppins, I have the carpet bag, not only would you find the world and its wife in my bag, it is also fitting for life as a writer. No matter how many times you may think you have everything you need, looking in the bag, there is always something else to learn and discover.
Number two is Tangled, I have long hair and although I sadly cannot lasso it around to swing from, it is the hippie in me.
Number three is Pocahontas, I’m a huge animal lover and always wanted to be a vet growing up.
Number four is Cinderella, I always worry I have forgotten something, glass slippers, keys, I’m the classic double, triple checker. Even to the point of getting out of bed and going to check I turned the alarm on, despite the fact I know I already did.
Number five- The Little Mermaid, when she first gets legs and tries to stand for the first time, only to fall and keep trying over and over. I resonate that to my publishing journey and the personality traits that we all try to encompass in the literary field.

Thanks so much for having me and please do check out my book launch giveaway over at my blog on



There are many writing tools out there that are handy, but probably the one that I’m using the most is the beta of MyWriteClub.

The wonderful husband, of a wonderful writer friend created it after seeing a need in the community, and it’s really quite nifty. There are a good range of goal types to select, and an option to write in your own as well if you have a different thing you want to track. I signed up for the beta in early January, and have roped several friends into signing up as well – why not check it out?

There are still things being implemented, but so far it’s proven to be an excellent tracking tool, and a great way to keep up to date with what others are working on. It emails you when friends have updated goals so that you can cheer them on, and vice versa (or not, if you don’t want to get a bunch of emails). You can track as many goals as you want with various end points, and you can archive your goals when complete.

I love it 🙂

And if you want to add me, you can find me here.

life, writing

2013 in review

December is all but over, and as I rush to fit in the last few things I wanted to get done, and start planning ahead for the new year, it’s as good a time as any to stop and reflect on the year that was.

2013 was okay, looking back. It was a really hard year for me in a lot of ways – I admitted I was depressed, had a really hard year of study, struggled a lot with finding balance and worked on continuing to find my feet with home schooling.

There were also some good parts too – I actually got really good grades for those papers, despite not enjoying them at all, I managed to get two short stories published even though that wasn’t on my goal list for the year. I even had my baby teeth necklace make it’s way onto the cover of a book! (Yeah, I think that was my highlight lol). I attended Au Contraire and met a huge number of authors I’d previously only known online, which was amazing and inspiring and wonderful, and even managed a flying day trip to ‘retreat’ with some other writer friends. And on top of all that, I’ve made some super fantastic new writer friends, and strengthened other friendships as well.

Now that I look back on all of that, it’s actually been a kick ass year for being a writer. I owe so much to the wonderful people who are in this with me. You’re not just ‘writer friends’, your friends, and I couldn’t do this without you.

So how did I go on my original goals for 2013? It was going to be a year of ‘finishing”, and looking back, it feels more like they happened last year, but possibly because I got a couple things done really quickly. I read Perdido Street Station before the end of Jan, and finished The Artists Way before February was through. I didn’t manage to get onto Writing the Other though, mostly due to the fact that once study started, there never seemed enough time to really throw myself into the book.

Aside from those, I wanted to finish Sun-Touched and submit it, which I will be doing before the year ends, as well as finish The Way the Sky Curves (previously known as Shell and Bone, which is now the title of book two), and submit that as well. I’m not going to swing that this year, but I’m going to get that done before I launch into my last year of study.

I’m feeling a lot better about the year now 😀 It might have been hard, but there was a lot of awesome in there and I’m going to be heading into 2014 with those in mind. Onwards!