A Drägan Duma song!

Hey everyone! 

Long time, no see! It’s been a while since I posted here, I have been very busy with everything involving my books.

But now I am on vacation and I wanted to share something awesome with you guys. Not only have I published 2 new books in the last 2 months, there is also a song that has been made for my first book series! How cool is that? 🙂

I don’t think that many authors are so lucky that such talented people from around the globe make a song about their books, so I am one happy, lucky writer!

Also, the song is in English, so you can all understand it 🙂 I hope you will enjoy it.

What do you think? Pretty cool huh? 🙂

Sending you all lots of love and hope that you are all doing well ❤

Patty

The first reactions of the proofreaders!

The first chapters of Drägan Duma – Rise of the Listener are translated, rewrited and are now being read by my dear proofreaders. 

Here are the first reactions: 

‘A beautifully enchanting tale or fantasy fit for the young as well as “the old” too! The storyline captures the reader in this parallel world to our “Outer World” with the world of “Dragan Duma” or “Dragon’s Peace,” with all the creative character names, including dragons & all the jargon/terminology associated with Dragan Duma.’

‘Awesome! Can’t wait for more! …gotta read it again. More later!’

‘Well, I am immersed and totally smitten with the 4 chapters, read them 3 times now and it just gets better. This has been so worth the wait and I just know its going to be a massive hit.’

This makes me a very happy writer! 🙂 (as you can see by the smile I am wearing) 😉

Of course, we still have a long road ahead of us but we are getting there! I can’t wait until my dragons can fly all over the world ❤

Lots of Love,

Patty

Update: The translation of Drägan Duma

And this very moment a translator is working on the English translation of the first couple of chapters of book 1 of the Drägan Duma series and at the same time on book 4 (because that’s a stand-alone).

I have received the rough version of these translations in my mail and I can’t wait to read them! 🙂 

Lets hope that the translation can convince non-Dutch publishers to give it a go so my dragons can conquer the world! 🙂 I will keep you guys posted!

Lots of love,

Patty

NaNoWriMo 2018 week 3: Busy and chaotic

The third week of NaNo is almost over!

I have been away for a weekend and enjoyed it very much! 🙂 But of course that means I had less time to write. When I returned home the week started well and I managed to catch up a bit. The story, the world and the characters are getting more and more shape.

But right now, it’s pretty much a disaster. I have a lot to do and therefore I am chaotic. With two book events and a birthday this week, I really want to spend the rest of the time sitting on the couch with a cup of tea and Netflix.

These days happen when you write, sometimes you are just not feeling it or you don’t want to write. And that’s okay! As long as you don’t let it drag for too long, you can easily take a day or two for yourself. After all, writing should be fun!

Even if you are a full-time writer like me, you will still have days like these. Especially because you also have to deal with fairs, promotion, events and signing sessions that are all fun to do but also require a lot of energy.

For me, the biggest problem is that, if I am busy writing, I can’t stand to be disturbed in my flow. I become very restless when I can’t write due to circumstances (appointments, events, even fun times with family and friends). It’s not like I would want to miss those things, absolutely not! I really don’t want to set everything aside for NaNoWriMo or writing in general.

But I do get very tired of myself sometimes because the story in my head just goes on and on and I can’t get it out. When I do have time to write again, it often does not work. Scenes are getting tangled and ideas are messy. I get stuck, as it were, and have to be rebooted.

But I have set a goal and I still intend to get there!

How are things going with you? Do you think that you will be able to reach 50k at the end of this month?

Lots of Love, Patty

 

 

NaNoWriMo 2018 week 2: Distractions

The second week of NaNo is already over.

I have not been able to write as much as I would have liked and that also shows in my word-count. I’m going to fall behind! But no reason to panic, I still have two weeks.

This week was filled with distractions and that is no good if you want to write. Last time I said that I prefer working at home because it is nice and quiet and that is the case most of the time. However, I have two kittycats walking around who occasionally require extra attention. I can tell you: it’s not great for your concentration.

Besides, the Book Festival is here in the neighborhood tomorrow and of course I can’t resist going there for a while. After all, you never have enough books … 😉

Of course, I also have many other things to do that have to do with my work, but where I am not writing my manuscript. Preparations for events, promotion, keeping up with the sites, things for the publishing house and projects that I can not say anything about at the moment. 😉

And then we of course have the biggest culprit when it comes to distractions; Internet and Social Media. Because oh, it’s so tempting to open Facebook or Insta if you get stuck in your story. Before you know it you’re peeping around for an hour and of course you do not write a word.

Also apps, phone calls and daily things (messages, housekeeping, social contact) can take more time than you had estimated in advance. At least in my case, but I am not the best planner hahaha!

I also have been sick and that takes up a lot of energy. Energy I would rather put in my writing.

Still, I want to win NaNo this year and I will therefore have to work extra hard. That will be difficult, because this weekend I have no time to write and next week I have two book events. Hopefully I can catch up after that.

So, ignore distraction and take next week head on! What distracts you when you’re writing?

Lots of love, Patty

NaNoWriMo 2018 week 1: We have started!

We have started! At least, I have. 🙂

The beginning of the first week of NaNo 2018 went nicely. I had the notes ready for my manuscript so I could start right away. Not everything is immediately useful in the story, but that’s not really necessary. After all, we have just started and I already know that my manuscript will count more than 50,000 words anyway.

I see NaNo more as a nice kick-start than an attempt to complete a first-draft. That I worked hard also shows in the chart. (Oh, how I like that chart!)

Especially because I never have a lot of time to write in the weekend and I was sick for a couple of days so I wasn’t able to write as much as I wanted.

Because of illness I often have to take a step back and I don’t like that one bit. Most of the time I am able to fight through it but sometimes even the smallest effort is too much.

But I think that I have lived through the worst now, so I hope the rest of the month will be better. Although I try to write as much as possible, I have no reason to cheer yet. I also have a lot of appointments this month which will affect my writing hours. That’s why I tried to work “ahead” a bit, despite my sickness. Hopefully, this will be sufficient, otherwise I will have to work extra hard in the second half of the month!

I prefer to write at home, in the living room where my pc is located. Well, I can actually write anywhere, but a good seat is still very important when you sit behind the computer for a long time. Do you have a favorite writing spot?

Moreover, it is nice and quiet during the day and I can listen to my own music. My favorite writing music is Imagine Dragons right now.

Despite everything, it’s a reasonable good start of NaNo for me. How are things going with you?

Lots of love, Patty

Interviews

In the past 5 years I have done my fair amount of interviews as a writer. And I like to do them! It’s nice to tell people about your work and to show them a little bit who you are behind the books. 

Most of the interviews are through e-mail or chat, it’s easy for both parties and I like to think a bit about the answers I want to give.

Last year, I also have had an interview on the radio which was a lot of fun!

A bit scary at first, I don’t really like the sound of my own voice hahaha!

But not as scary as being interviewed on stage while you are being filmed as well.  Some people may be born for the spotlights, for me it’s quite frightening to go on stage in front of an audience.
Thanks to Bart, presenter of the show, I think that I managed pretty well and even had fun doing it. Sure was a memorable experience!

Most of the interviews I do are in Dutch, because I am a Dutch writer after all. I did, however, an interview in English for The Heroine’s Journey. 🙂

You can read that one right HERE.

Besides giving interviews, I also like to interview my fellow Dutch writers for my YouTube channel. I don’t see them as rivals because people don’t just read one book. I like to see them as colleagues and have a lot of fun learning about them and their stories. 

Giving interviews is an interesting part of being a writer, especially because I never really gave it any thought before my first novel was published. I wrote a book and it would be great if people would read it. But giving interviews and all that? It never even crossed my mind to be honest. You could say that I learned much in the past five years! 😉 There’s a lot more to the job than meets the eye.