An Inspiring New Year!

Hi all, I hope you had a great Christmas. With New Year almost upon us, I’ve been doing a little analysis of 2013 and looking forward to 2014. To do this, I’ve been using an amazing free, downloadable workbook by Susannah Conway – Unravelling The Year Ahead. It’s so good, I just had to share it with you.

As part of your work, you choose a word to set the theme of your year. My word is Fertilise. I chose this because I feel I planted some good quality seeds last year with my novels The Goddess Workshop and The Dare Club, and now I want to nourish them while they grow into the literary equivalent of healthy shoots and plants.

It takes some time to complete, but hey, you’re worth it, aren’t you? And I can’t tell you how fired up I feel now I’ve completed it.

Here’s the link:

Unravelling The Year Ahead 2014

Good luck, and if you do complete the workbook, let me know what word you choose and why – I’d love to know. Happy New Year!

Margaret X

www.margaretkjohnson.co.uk

What are literary characters doing this Christmas?

With Christmas fast approaching, I’ve been thinking about the characters in my novels The Goddess Workshop and The Dare Club and how they’d be spending Christmas. My characters become very real to me, and live on in my mind like friends. It’s getting quite crowded in there now, but hey, that’s good. We can have a party! In fact, what a great idea. What if the characters from the two books met in real life? Wow, that sounds like a whole new novel!

Anyway, of course the way my characters would spend Christmas would be very different at the start of the novel to the end of the novel. The Goddess Workshop is about what happens when 4 very different women – Reenie, Kate, Janet and Estelle – meet on a course described as “A Woman’s Garden of Earthly Delights.” They arrive at their local church hall to find that a giant illustration from the Kama Sutra has replaced the usual portrait of the Queen. Click here to see the full blurb for the book on Amazon.

Reenie’s house would be heaving with family, the table groaning with delicious fare, all prepared by Reenie. On the surface, everyone would be having a jolly old time, but in reality they’re all very carefully not mentioning the person missing from the table. But everyone’s thinking about him, and that means there’s something fake about all the smiles and the jokes.Image

Kate would be attempting to sleep all day, but it’s doubtful whether her cat or her best friend Geoff will let her do that. She just wants the whole season of flipping good will to be over, but by the end of the day Geoff will have her smiling, even if he does have to ply her with large quantities of Christmas spirit to achieve it.Image

Janet would be doing her very best to make Christmas perfect, with expensive table decorations and Christmas crackers. But festive cooking stresses her out, and something is bound to go wrong. Her husband Ray, will turn up from having drinks at the golf club just in time for the meal to be served up and he’ll turn his nose up at the dry turkey and burnt potatoes. Their grown up daughter will be sulky and uncommunicative because she’s just split up from her boyfriend, and Janet will be left feeling that none of her efforts have been worthwhile. Image

Estelle will spend the day alone – she’s had lots of invitations, but turned them all down. Usually she goes on holiday somewhere exclusive at this time of year, but somehow she didn’t get round to booking anything this time. She’s going to do her company accounts because business has been booming and she just hasn’t had time to sit down and do it. And later, she’s going to have an expensive ready-prepared meal. And she’s definitely not going to mope about being on her own or consider that she’s actually got a lot in common with Kate. Estelle can’t stand Kate. In fact, she can’t understand why she keeps meeting up with any of the other women. Perhaps she shouldn’t go back to the classes in the New Year…

How will their Christmases be by the end of the novel? Well, you’ll have to read the book and make your own judgements on that! But needless to say, they’ll be very different indeed.

And what about my characters from The Dare Club? I think they’d be doing some new challenges. I’ll have to give that some thought.

Margaret XX

www.margaretkjohnson.co.uk

 

The Goddess Workshop is available on Amazon.com for the greatly reduced price of $0.99 for a limited time only – from 4th December – 11th December.

 

The Dare Club is available now. Four very different people challenge each other to do scary things to try to forget about their troubles. But will it work?