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Shelagh Watkins is writer, editor and publisher at Mandinam Press. She is the author of two novels, Mr. Planemaker's Flying Machine and The Power of Persuasion. She published the anthology, Forever Friends, in 2008 and a follow-up anthology, Forever Travels, in 2010. Shelagh set up Published Authors groups on Facebook, LinkedIn and Goodreads. She is also the administrator of publishedauthors.org.


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Shelagh Watkins The challenge of creating an imaginary world that will captivate readers is the best thing about writing. Every writer sets out to create a world that…moreThe challenge of creating an imaginary world that will captivate readers is the best thing about writing. Every writer sets out to create a world that will be as vivid in the minds of readers as it was in the mind of the writer, but not all writers succeed in doing so.

Since they cannot read a piece of their own work with the same fresh eyes that readers do, it is difficult for authors to assess their own writing. Even leaving the work unread for several weeks or months doesn't erase the storyline. You can't say to yourself, "I wonder where this is going?" Your mind doesn't try to work out whether a passage is a hint of something to come or not. Re-reading a last chapter that neatly draws together and explains all that went before, you can't feel the same sensation that a reader does -- rewarding, satisfying or disappointing. Also, the bits you get real enjoyment out of are the passages you enjoyed writing not the bits you enjoyed reading; that's for readers to decide, which becomes the real challenge for the writer: to write something that is as enjoyable to read as it was to write. (less)
Shelagh Watkins We've all been on the receiving end of a request from friends to listen to a new piece of music in the expectation that we'll love it as much as they…moreWe've all been on the receiving end of a request from friends to listen to a new piece of music in the expectation that we'll love it as much as they do. Often, those who gain a great deal of pleasure from any form of entertainment feel a desire to share that enjoyment with others.

Unfortunately, readers rarely share the same kind of enthusiasm for works of fiction by unknown authors and, although new writers may be engrossed in the process of writing, this doesn't spill over to readers. Enjoying the whole process of writing a novel is no guarantee that readers would love to read the novel if only the author could get it out to them.

I say unfortunately because many writers start to write the novel they want to write and then try to attract the interest of a publisher, which leads to an endless stream of rejection slips and disappointment.

New writers, who know their characters inside out and could recite the plot backwards, have to be aware that no novel they have read before or since can conjure up such vivid pictures as those in their own minds during the writing phase. That's the joy of writing. The special ingredient is being able to convey that to readers. Only readers can tell us if we have managed to convey the story and evoked images in the readers' minds that create a magical world full of action and adventure.(less)
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Forever Friends
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Mr. Planemaker's Flying Mac...
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Susan Whitfield, author of three published novels, Genesis Beach, Just North of Luck and Hell Swamp, interviewed Shelagh Watkins on her blog on Monday 12th October:
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(My Hero, My Dad) I enjoyed your story – “My Hero, My Dad.”
The tribute you gave your Dad was most thoughtful and deserving. While reading the story, there were things you did in your youth that reminded me of the s
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I wrote this novel in 1998, but it took another ten years to appear in print! It was on the list for Wales Book of the Year 2009.

I received this message from one of my readers:

"I read your book some weeks ago and hope you do not mind, put some though
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message 17: by Shelagh

Shelagh John wrote: "Hey Shelagh ...

Long time no communications - love the interviews.

Not sure how much you know (age and forgetfulness go hand and hand), but I fell in love with a Myspace friend and moved to Tenn..."


Hey John,

How are things? I remember Monkey Love and how you met your new love! How's the writing going? Would you like to be interviewed?


message 16: by John

John Allen Hey Shelagh ...

Long time no communications - love the interviews.

Not sure how much you know (age and forgetfulness go hand and hand), but I fell in love with a Myspace friend and moved to Tennessee. Life is good and I am a survivor.


message 15: by Liane

Liane Spicer Thanks for the friendship, Shelagh! Greetings!


message 14: by Shelagh

Shelagh Mike wrote: "Thanks for your Goodreads friendship.
I hope Mandinam Press won't be too long before accepting subbmissions again.
Mike Brecon"


We'll see what the New Year brings for Mandinam Press!


message 13: by Mike

Mike Brecon Thanks for your Goodreads friendship.
I hope Mandinam Press won't be too long before accepting subbmissions again.
Mike Brecon


Elizabeth Bennett Hey Shelagh, thanks for letting me know about the authors page. Will be sure to check it out. Have a good week......

Take Care,
Elizabeth


Shalonda Williams Hey There, Just stopping by to say hi and to let you know that I added "Forever Friends" to my goodreads authors listmania. I hope that all is well.


Shalonda


message 10: by Jeannie

Jeannie Faulkner Barber Hi Shelagh...what an awesome name! I'm sure I'd mispronouce it *smile*. Thanks for adding me as a friend.
Blessings,
Jeannie


message 9: by Ilyn

Ilyn Ross Hello Shelagh,

How are you? Thank you for accepting my friend-request. I wish you a Healthy, Happy, & Prosperous 2009.

Please visit these groups when you have a chance: Happy & Brainy Group, To the Glory of Man, and Reason Reigns. Have a marvelous weekend. Warmest regards.


message 8: by Chase

Chase Von Hey Shelagh and good to connect with you here as well:)

Hope you are doing wonderful:)

Love and light you:)

Sincerely,

Chase:)


message 7: by Roger

Roger Cottrell Hi Shelagh,
Thanks for the friendship on Goodreads,
ROGER


message 6: by Aine

Aine MacAodha Hi Shelagh, good to see you here, the world is surley getting smaller, I hope you are well,
Take care, Aine


Bradley I hope you are having a good day! =)

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Donald James Parker Hi Shelagh,
I thought I invited you but maybe not (I probably had reached my limit when I did it). I hate that about this site. Thanks for inviting me!!
Don


message 3: by Tammy

Tammy Wish I could've submitted for the anthology.. Maybe next time... Congrats to you and all the other writers. Your hard work putting this book together, I'm sure is greatly appreicated..


Tammy


message 2: by Tammy

Tammy Hi Shelagh,

Nice to see you here... Thanks for the friendship invite.

Tammy

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