The Letter – Kitty’s Story
Thirty-four-year-old Kitty Bennett is trapped in a loveless marriage to criminal barrister, Dan, who’s gradually isolated her from her family and friends. Until the day she (literally) bumps into her first love, the handsome and easy-going Ollie Cartwright – someone she’s done her best to avoid for as long as she can remember. Looking into Ollie’s eyes awakens feelings for him she thought she’d buried deep years ago, and he clearly feels the spark, too. As she walks away, Kitty can’t help but wonder what might have been…
Dan senses that his marriage is on shaky ground and knows he needs to win his wife round. He turns on the charm, skilfully using their two children, Lucas and Lily, as bargaining tools. But Kitty’s older brother, Jimby, and her childhood best-friends, Molly and Violet, have decided enough is enough. For years they’ve had to watch from afar as Kitty’s been browbeaten into an unrecognisable version of herself. They vow to make her see Dan for what he really is, but their attempts are no match for his finely-honed courtroom skills and, against her better judgement, Kitty agrees to give her husband one last chance. But, all-too-soon, a series of heart-breaking events and a shocking secret throw her life into turmoil…
Will she stand by Dan, or will Kitty be brave enough to take the leap and follow her heart to Ollie?
Life is anything but peaceful in the chocolate-box pretty village of Lytell Stangdale, where life unravels, and hearts are broken. Full of heart-warming moments, this book with have you crying
tears of joy, laughter and sadness.
Author Bio – I live in a village in the North Yorkshire Moors with my husband, two daughters and two black Labradors. When I’m not writing, I can usually be found with my nose in a book/glued to my Kindle, or in my garden. I also enjoy bracing walks in the countryside, rounded off with a visit to a teashop where I can indulge in another two of my favourite things: tea and cake.
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Blog: Eliza J Scott – elizajscott.com
Twitter: Eliza J Scott – @ElizaJScott1
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Facebook: Eliza J Scott – @elizajscottauthor
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THE HARDEST PART OF WRITING A BOOK
Hi Books Are My Life, thank you so much for taking part in the blog tour of The Letter – Kitty’s Story and for giving me a space on your lovely blog. I thought I’d share with you what I find to be the hardest part of writing a book. Here goes:
Coming up with ideas for a story has never been a problem for me – I’ve got A4 notebooks full of them! In fact, my head sometimes feels like it’s brimming over with them all trying to spill out at the same time! Anyway, once I get an idea, the main characters fall into place almost instantly – from their hair colour to their personality and traits. The setting follows, including what the protagonists’ home is like. I love this part; getting to know the characters, good or bad. Admittedly some sub-characters pop into my head once the story is in full flow, but that’s okay, there’s usually a space for them.
Finding the time to squeeze in a bit of writing when you’re in the middle of a property renovation, have a lengthy school run to contend with twice a day and keeping on top of a large, but messy, garden has been a bit of a challenge. Actually, it’s been a lot of a challenge! But when I’d decided to knuckle down and get my book finished, and because writing is my happy place, I was determined to do what I could to fit in a little bit of scribbling every day, no matter how small.
Self–editing my manuscript for the first time was pretty tricky as I just wanted to keep everything in it. I didn’t want to say goodbye to Lytell Stangdale and its inhabitants, but it dawned on me that I could move some of the excess story from The Letter – Kitty’s Story and redistribute it into Molly’s Story and Violet’s Story. That made so much more sense – although the manuscript was still a hefty whopper! Thankfully, my wonderful editor, Alison Williams set me on the right path and I managed to streamline the book significantly.
Formatting and all that techie stuff it involved, was something that was niggling away at the back of my mind, and I wasn’t looking forward to tackling it. But with determination and learning through (lots of!) mistakes, I managed to get it done, relieved to know it will be easier next time.
So, while all of the above were without doubt challenges during my writing process, nothing came anywhere near to being as blimmin’ difficult as writing the blurb! Argghhhh! Oh, boy, did that make my head ache! How on earth do you condense thousands and thousands of words into a few hundred and make it sound so catchy it jumps off the page at potential readers? It took me days and had several incarnations (the blurb, not me!) until I reached something that I was happy with. In fact, I had to force myself to stop tweaking it as I could have gone on fiddling away with it forever. And I’m not so sure it’ll be easier next time I have to do it.
So, as you can see, there are many challenges involved in writing a book but what, on the face of it, can appear like the easiest thing to do, actually turns out to be the hardest!