Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Friendship - Guest Post by Linn B. Halton

Guest post

Friendship ... a word that covers a whole host of very different relationships

In celebrating Suze and Anniek's first anniversary of the launch of With Love For Books, I thought I'd talk about the very personal friendship we have forged. Our relationship goes back a lot further, but I remember the day I received the email with the link to the new website and the enthusiasm that came across was heart-warming. The excitement was very real.

We met on social media a number of years ago because of our shared passion for books. Now, for me, I think that's a very special type of bond. I don't think any of my non-online friends share my passion, or understand it. The perception, generally, is that I'm mad spending so much time sitting on a writing stool, as it can't be a 'proper job'. But Suze and Anniek spend as much time READING, as I spend writing and editing!
 
We are friends sharing the maddest and, I believe, best interest in the world. One where we get to escape into a new environment virtually every single day ... I think it's very special, the bond between a reader/reviewer blogger and an author, but even more so in this particular case. Suze and Anniek don't just read and review, but they have supported and championed and Tweeted and shared the love for the books I write. They are professionals in what they do and whenever I have a new book out (and I've had a few ...) I'm anxious until one, or both, have read it and I read the review. Their reading list is so prolific and diverse that for me it's a true marker of whether I'm continuing to up the bar and keep my readers interested. What has also amazed me is how they have grown their year-old website so quickly and with such success. But that's down to hard work and motivation, of course, but anyone in pursuit of a passion will understand that once you are hooked you just can't help yourself.
 
I often imagine them reading while they are cooking, while other family members are watching TV ... as I find myself making notes while I burn the pizza and ... you get the picture! I appreciate every single review I get, but it's always a thrill when I visit With Love For Books because they get to the heart of a story. I'm constantly finding surprises in their reviews. Ways of looking at my stories that often don't even occur to me. As professional readers that's where their expertise comes into play and it's upon that I rely as a very important guide to how readers in general will react. But I also cherish their comments and here is just a small example:
 
 
Their support is unstinting and much appreciated and if they ever need anything, then I'm there! Delighted to celebrate milestones and join in on the fun promotional ideas they dream up. They understand that authors need to be writers, self-promo gurus and available across all social media platforms twenty-four-seven. Well, that's not the case, of course. Once the writing is done, most of us have a huge mountain to climb in getting our books out there and spreading the word to even have a chance of being noticed. And, of course, there are times when we are writing or editing and have to step back from the social media scene because there aren't enough hours in the day. But even when I'm away and missing things, these two wonderful ladies always email me as they know I love to get involved.
 
So when I say, hand on heart, that a lot of my readers have been directed to my books because of the With Love For Books team, I really mean that. Their support has meant everything to me and the fact that it continues is a blessing. So here's to you both, Suze and Anniek - I can't thank you enough for what you do for me and, by now, thousands of other authors. As your website grows from strength to strength it just confirms what I have always said - it's all about READER POWER.

Congratulations and your success is so well-deserved. I will always value our very special friendship!

Linn x
 
About Linn B. Halton


I write heart-warming stories about life, love and relationships. Above all it’s about the feelgood factor, as isn’t everyone simply chasing the dream of a happy life with the one they love? And dreams do, often, come true but in real life it’s seldom a case of everything instantly falling into place. So I write about the journey …

Which genres do I write in?

Well, when I write I don’t think about genre at all. Everything I write is about relationships, so love will always be a key component.

Labels can be misleading and certainly the stories I’ve written in which there is a touch of the paranormal are, for the most part, based upon my own experiences. So it’s more fact wrapped up in a fictional tale. I don’t write fantasy, although isn’t all fiction simply the fantasy of a writer’s mind?

The psychic experiences I’ve had since a very young child are a real part of my life and while I’m privileged to see/feel it, I know many others choose to tune out. That doesn’t stop anyone wondering ‘what if?’ though and because the incidents are real I know many people read those little bits within the wider story and can connect.

I also like to write from several of the main characters’ points of view. I’m fascinated by the way in which two people hear the same thing and have two very different interpretations. It’s what causes arguments and disagreements in our daily lives and add into the mix the fact that people often won’t share their emotions … and that’s why I’ll never run out of stories to tell.

For those who like labels: romance, psychic romance, chick lit, women’s contemporary fiction – but the aim is still the same, an interesting and ultimately feelgood read.

When I’m not writing my husband and I are serial house movers and love getting hands-on with the renovation work. My background in interior design is a passion that will never leave me! We love going for walks in the Forest of Dean, which is now our home after spending most of our married life in Bristol. It’s a very spiritual place and for me it felt like coming home. I love taking photographs and seem to capture quite a few orbs as I snap away, something I find comforting. I feel blessed to be able to spend my working life writing and it’s only the wonderful readers and reviewers who have made that happen ~ for which I am eternally grateful!

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Books by Linn 

9 comments:

  1. Thank you Linn for writing such a beautiful post, I have tears in my eyes and a big smile on my face at the same time!

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  2. We've been friends in cyber space for such a long time, Suze, that I can't really remember when we first met! Both your reviews, and Anniek's, reflect your passion and hard work. So often I've read your reviews for my books and thought 'wish I'd had that before I did the blurb' because you both always astound me by showing me some element I've glossed over. Or even missed ha! ha! Hugs to you! Lxx

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  3. Such a wonderful post. I'm hopeful I'll make some new friends. Been on my own for some time now.

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    1. Well, you've come to the right place, Laura. Suze and Anniek have a lot of fans and people who come back time and time again! Wishing you the best and a year of new friendships!

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    2. I hope you'll meet some great friends this year Laura! Suze and I started out as penpals. There are plenty of websites where you can find penpals. Perhaps this could also be a great start to find awesome friends. Our friendship began on paper and Suze and I just clicked from the very beginning. She's like the sister I never had. I'm wishing you a blessed 2017! xxx Anniek

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  4. Thank you so much Linn for your beautiful words! I feel blessed having you as a friend. You are an amazing writer and I hope you have a lot of inspiration for even more great stories. Have a beautiful year lovely! Xxx Anniek

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  5. What a lovely post Linn and I have also been introduced to you through Suuz.

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  6. This is just beautiful, your friendships & shared love of the written word is very inspiring <3

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