Donna Fletcher Crow, Novelist of British History, has written more than 50 books specializing in British Christianity. These books include: The Monastery Murders, clerical mysteries; Lord Danvers Investigates, Victorian true-crime; The Elizabeth and Richard series, literary suspense; and Glastonbury, The Novel of Christian England. She loves research and sharing you-are-there experiences with her readers.
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By Fay Sampson ~ November 6, 2013
Welcome back, Fay Sampson, with some thoughts on a topic that is never far from a writer's mind— to what extent should we let the internet invade our lives? And how can we possibly find time to write if we do all the social media we are told we should do?
Fay and I would both love to hear how our readers control this ever-pressing aspect of modern life.
Fay also reports that Beneath the Soil, the sixth Suzie Fewings genealogical thriller will be out with Severn House in February in the UK.
Fay's many devoted fans, of whom I am one, will be delighted to hear that she has also finished Blood in the Well, the third of the Aidan Mysteries for Lion Fiction, set around the holy wells of Cornwall and Devon.
And here's Fay on a recent visit to the Isle of Crete.
Now, over to you, Fay:
When I first started writing seriously for publication I realised that I would have to set boundaries. It was going to be difficult enough balancing writing, part-time teaching, family, church and housework. One of the things I wasn't going to be able to do was coffee mornings.
My friends have always been supportive about this, and recognized my need for that creative space.
But we are now into a new era. We are showered from all sides with requests to participate in social media. We are led to believe that the future of our writing career depends on this. I resisted invitations to join Facebook for a while, but then caved in. Even now, I only post occasionally, and I try to make it interesting. Yet I find writer friends who are constantly adding new messages, about trivial things. These are the digital equivalent to the casual chat one has at coffee mornings. Is there something wrong with me? When do they find time to write books?
It's the same with email groups. I've joined writers' groups only to find that much of the talk is taken up with matters that have nothing to do with writing. In self-defence, I've stopped reading them. I can't find time to do all the things I want to as it is.
And I've never gone anywhere near Twitter.
I am not usually the sort of person who is negative about innovations. I'll try to adapt to new circumstances even as the years advance. But I find myself overwhelmed by the scale of what is now considered the norm. It takes me all my time to keep up with my Inbox.
I'd like to close the study door and immerse myself in my work. I'd be happy to let the world go by and leave others to publicise my books. I don't have ambitions to keep a high profile.
Yet I may be burying my head in the sand. The profile other writers work for may be the clue to larger sales. And sales are what publishers are looking for to keep offering us contracts.
Am I just being negative, or does a writer nowadays have a genuine choice about how far to get involved?
What I love about Deeds of Darkness, Deeds of Light is that it offers the opportunity to talk about the writing experience at greater length. It's more than trivial chat.
Fay Sampson (UK) is a writer of adult and children's fiction and non-fiction, including A MALIGNANT HOUSE, #2 in the Susie Fewings series, a British Crime Club Pick. http://www.faysampson.co.uk
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