As soon as I heard that a certain lovely lady had a new book coming out VERY soon (more details in a minute), I just had to hunt her down and grab her for a feature on my blog! Okay, to clarify, I didn’t hunt her down, nor did I grab her. I merely tweeted her one afternoon, but that doesn’t sound as interesting does it? ANYWAY! Huge warm welcome to Tilly Tennant on her first ever visit to The Writing Garnet! I can assure you now, it most certainly won’t be the last time either!
As I’ve already said, Tilly has a new book coming out on the 15th June 2016 called ‘The Little Village Bakery’ (Honeybourne Book 1). Want to see the cover? Of course you do!
Isn’t it gorgeous?! Luckily for you though, if this cover tickles your taste buds already (see what I did there?!), you can pre-order it for £1.99 (pricing correct as of 10th May 2016) on Amazon UK! Super excited to read this. Mmmm, cake.
Tilly has kindly written a feature for the blog, a letter to her unpublished self. Have you ever written a letter to a younger version of yourself, or even as a child to your grown up self? If you have, please let me know! So here is Tilly’s letter, enjoy.
A LETTER TO MY UNPUBLISHED SELF
By Tilly Tennant.
Listen up! I know you have this grand delusion that you’re going to be a famous singer but, really, nobody wants to hear it. You think you open your mouth and you sound like Mary Poppins. The reality is that you crack mirrors, dogs howl and small children flee. Ditch the warbling. Have you thought about writing books? You love reading, right? You love wordplay and humour? You love happy ever afters? Sometimes you get grumpy that the story you’re engrossed in doesn’t turn out the way you want it to? Well, hold the phone, because if you’d written it, it would have been exactly the ending you wanted to see. See? I won’t bull you; it’s going to be tough. Possibly tougher than one of your Sunday joints. Almost certainly tougher and less financially rewarding than singing (at least, other people’s singing). You will have to hold down about fifteen jobs for a while. You will have to work late into the night and get up at the crack of dawn to start all over again the next day. You will sit in darkened rooms on the sunniest days of the year when everyone else is out leaping in fountains and eating ice-cream because you have a deadline.
At times your kids will think you’ve left home when you’ve actually been holed up in the loft for three days crying over a plot that won’t work. There will be times when you want to throw the laptop from the nearest window, times when your characters will misbehave, times when it seems that nobody wants to buy the stories you’re peddling and when they do they only have bad things to say about them. But one day, one glorious, heavenly-choirs- massing-in- the-clouds day, someone will love what you do. Enough to hand you a contract and take you under their wing to nurture what you grain of talent you have. One day, you’ll publish that book. That’s when the adventure really begins. And in the words of a wise old(ish) Irishman: Life is a rollercoaster, you just gotta ride it. That’s my advice. So, what are you waiting for?
Love from Tilly xxx
So thank you to Tilly for sharing her humorous yet very honest letter. Also thank you to Mr Ronan Keating and his lyrics for appearing in that letter, and thank you to both of them for making the song now STUCK in head. Very much appreciated! Ahhhhheeeeeemmmmmm!
If you love Tilly’s style of writing and wish to stalk, I mean, follow her (still stalking!). Okay, scrap that. If you wish to keep updated with Tilly’s upcoming novels and singing (I jest) then you can grab her just like I did at the following links: