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From a dodgy film, to blog, to author website

My online journey to this author website has been an interesting process, starting from nothing then step-by-step finding my way via my first WordPress blog. Read more about my journey in this article at the Society of Author’s blog. The Society of Authors has 9,000 professional writer members, and has represented the rights of authors for more than 100 years. Members range from well-known novelists such as president Philip Pullman [below] to professional writers such as textbook writers, academics, non-fiction authors, broadcasters, illustrators and translators. I think the annual membership fee of £95 is money well spent. Particularly good value are the SoA’s training courses, two of which I attended during the development of my blog and website. Other benefits include the society’s Author magazine, sponsorship of prizes, networking groups, and an online searchable database of authors. To read more about my website on the SoA blog, click here. For the benefits of joining the UK’s Society of Authors, click here.   ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby [UK: Beulah Press] Buy now 
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Categories: Book Love and Book publicity.

My favourite book blogs – part 2

Part of the pleasure of reading a good book, is identifying the next one. That’s why I love book blogs. A month ago I gave you the names of a few of my favourite book blogs, here’s part 2 of that list. It is a list changing every day as I stumble upon blogs for the first time. If you have a favourite book blog, please let me know. I am always on the lookout for a reason to buy more books! Cleopatra Loves Books was one of the first book bloggers to follow my writing blog in its early days. Cleo Bannister’s blog remains a firm favourite. I ALWAYS discover new books I want to read here. Cleo costs me a lot of money! Since Corri van de Stege retired from a career in education consultancy, all she has done is read and write. The result is her blog 51 Stories, no listing here but a conversational style which draws you in. And she doesn’t ignore the classics or older books, she reviews as a reader reads, choosing the next book she fancies from the pile. No blog tours or cover reveals here, just a gentle meander through the bookshelves. Follow
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Categories: Book Love.

Why I started blogging… with thanks to Pineapple Express

Christmas 2012. I googled myself one day, as you do. It was some time since I’d done this, the last search had yielded results including freelance articles written for magazines ranging from The Bookseller to Furniture News, Allergy magazine to What Mortgage? This time: nothing. Well, not quite nothing. I have a very unusual surname which means there aren’t many people out there called Sandra Danby for me to be mistaken for. Except one entry was repeated. Click here to see it. Sandra Danby is a character in a movie called Pineapple Express. Once I’d got over the shock that my name was deemed glamorous enough to be a character in a film, I started to get worried. Exactly what sort of film was it? Something about the title suggested it might be a little saucy. Actually it isn’t, it’s an action/comedy/crime movie about a process server and his marijuana dealer who go on the run after he witnesses his dealer’s boss murder a competitor. The film stars James Franco and Seth Rogen, so it can’t all be bad. My part is played by actress Jeanetta Arnette [below], it’s a small part, basically she just has some papers served on her and
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Categories: On Writing.

The Parliament Award… no it’s not what you think

No, I am not running as a Member of Parliament. I do not have the patience, I blush and say ‘um’ too much when public speaking, and I am not good at dissembling. So I make things up instead and write about them. This is an award about loyalty but this time it is my loyalty being recognised: as a reader of blogs and supporter of writers! I love reading about writing and reading, of course, but also photography, cookery, travel and my favourite sport, tennis and I regularly read blogs written by writers in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand, Taiwan, India, France, Holland, Germany, Spain and loads of other countries. My thanks go to Karen Oberlaender at My Train of Thoughts for nominating me for this award. Karen is a confessed book addict who reads… and reads… and reads. The Rules for this award are as follows: First, display the Award on your blog; List a few things that make you a loyal member; Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog; Nominate at least five well-deserving bloggers whose loyalty and love you value and consider part of your Parliament and Pack; for
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Categories: Book Love and On Writing.

Thanks… the Dragon’s Loyalty Award

This award is a little different from those which are awarded by fellow bloggers for the editorial content. Instead, this award is nominated by bloggers to their loyal readers, as a thank you for their support throughout the year. And I have to thank Steve at Gardening in Greenwood for this nomination. I can’t remember how I found my way to Steve’s blog, but I love the way he shows the progress of his garden projects, from nothing to completion, if completion ever exists in gardening terms. I think the post that sticks most in my memory is the one about the plants that have died, and which he misses. So, thanks to Steve. Now, a brief mention of The Rules for this award, which are:- Thank the person who offered it to you and link to their site. Display the award on your site and write a post about it. Present 15 or so other bloggers with the award and let them know about it. Write 7 things about yourself. List the Rules. Accordingly, I nominate these 15 bloggers, loyal readers of my blog, who have given me the encouragement to continue writing from the early days when I was averaging
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Categories: On Writing.