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Friday, December 12, 2014

Spotlight: Tremor by Ryan Mark!

The life William knew has gone. His world has been left devastated by the Fossil War. All major governments have been wiped out and the land is now under the control of the company Terrafall. Although Terrafall's intentions seem honest, William wonders if the company will live up to its promises and stop the tremors, which have been plaguing the Earth since the end of the war. And can Terrafall really find out who is behind the recent wave of abductions?  When someone close to William disappears, he decides it's time to take matters into his own hands. But in a land that is on the verge of tearing itself apart, is it a life worth fighting for? If your world was falling apart, how far would YOU go to save it?

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Ryan Mark lives and writes in the rural county of Cumbria, on the outskirts of the Lake District. Tremor is Ryan's debut novel and is the first book in The Tremor Cycle, a Dystopian series that takes place in a world devastated by war. Ryan currently teaches in a pre-school, caring for children before they take their first big leap into primary school. He is passionate about: writing, equality and helping children learn to read. He has always loved to write and create different worlds, drawing his inspirations from his family and the place where he lives. 

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Guest Post: 
Writer’s Block aka Stumbling Block

I will always remember the comments my English Literature teacher made when handing back a piece of my course work…

‘You’re never going to be a published author,’ the teacher said, smiling, red pen in hand, ‘but that doesn’t matter, as what you’ve written will suffice.’

Although I knew the teacher was probably right due to the work being of a poor standard, I wished it hadn’t been said as it knocked my confidence, and it seemed like becoming a writer in the future was definitely out of the question.
                Becoming a writer hadn’t really registered on my list of future careers, but once those harsh comments had sunk in the likelihood of this ever potentially happening was very much out of the question for me.
                Writers face many challenges on the path to putting pen to paper, or in most cases now, fingers to keys, and this was the first major stumbling block that came into my path. After enduring this happenstance the urge to write fictional stories, or anything from my imagination, was totally lost to me, which I partly blame on the experience with the teacher.
                But, as with most unpleasant encounters, this soon paled into insignificants, and I knew I shouldn’t let it stop me from doing something I loved.
                When I started writing again, I realised that letting those teacher’s words dishearten me was foolish. It was one piece of my work and a single person’s opinion. The piece of work that I’d written wasn’t a true reflection of my writing, and was based on a question that didn’t come from my heart.
                I spent the next few years experimenting with my writing, and seeing what I could potentially create. I’d written several stories before Tremor came to life. It took two years to find that comfort zone and finally feel happy with what and why I was writing. I can guarantee that this happens to the majority of writers. And I know this might sound like a hard and time consuming process, but the overall experience is well worth the effort from what you get in return.
                Even if you feel like you can’t write, but you have the urge, give it a go and see where your imagination takes you. Like I’ve explained, I originally thought I’d never be able to write anything worth reading. But, I wrote. And Tremor is the outcome of this.

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