September 8th 2020
WOW! What a week!
After 3 years in the writing and another year of collaborative preparation Diane Chandler's third novel, Only Human, is out in the world. Setting off on its own journey away from its author, as every book does, Only Human now takes on a life of its own as its future is largely decided by fate & fortune. The omens are good.
We had our first 'in the wild' spot at Waterstones, Kensington High Street.
In the afternoon we were with Chiswick Buzz TV filming for The Chiswick Book Festival Online's event Too Close to Home? Rachel Schofield found time in a busy week co-hosting Channel 5's morning breakfast show with husband Jeremy Vine, to chair a fascinating interview with Rosamund Lupton and Diane Chandler about the craft of writing settings for their novels. Rosamund's latest book is the Sunday Times top 10 bestseller Three Hours.
You can see the whole interview as part of the all-online festival on Saturday, 12 Sept, 12 noon-1pm.
Here is the exciting full programme of events from 10th - 16th September: http://www.chiswickbookfestival.net
It's free to join any session but a charity donation is requested and much appreciated. The link to join is next to each event and there is 'catch-up' on YouTube.
Meanwhile online, the STELLAR Blog Tour was beautifully concluded by Linda's Book Bag.
The book blogging community did us proud, with so much fulsome praise and love for Diane's novel, and even ourselves as publishers, over a 9-day run. The book's Amazon and Waterstones pages are already populated with the best feedback any author could hope for.
Finally, after a busy busy day, there was a (necessarily) small, socially distanced, garden party for Diane's local friends.
Being Anne opens the Only Human Blog Tour, Read the original post and more about Being Anne, here.
Last week (after careful study of the SD rules) we held a socially-distanced garden party to announce the winners of our Blackbird/Diane Chandler CWWL (Creative Writing Workshops London) summer creative writing competition.
Rain & thunderstorms were predicted but luck was on our side and it turned into the most beautiful, balmy summer's evening. Several writing students who'd taken one of our online courses met for the first time, others who had met at our CWWL kitchen workshops were reunited.
We were restricted by numbers at the socially distanced party, but hurrah for, and many thanks to, Chiswick Buzz TV, for filming the prize-giving and the winners reading extracts from their works. We look forward to sharing in due course.
Many Congratulations to the winners :
FIRST: Elle Spencer TANDA LULA
SECOND: Clemily Martin THE ROAD TO ITACUIAXA
THIRD: Alison Targett AUTOMATIC
FOURTH: Ricky Cibardo THE WAITING ROOM
...and to all who entered. The standard was incredibly high.
The entry fees were divided amongst the winners, £50.00 1st, £40.00 2nd, £30.00 3rd, £20.00 4th.
Special thanks to the InterSaga Chiswick literary agent Anna Klerfalk for being our guest judge, and to Maddie Chandler for administering the entries so that all were judged anonymously.
These workshops will continue online in September.
They are suitable for both beginners and more experienced writers who feel in need of a creative boost. They are interactive, so you get a chance to do writing exercises and read your work in the pacey 1-hour slots.
If you feel shy there is no pressure to speak or share.
Workshops are stand-alone, take one and see. If you enjoy it, sign up for more.
They cost just £15.00.
More details and Eventbrite booking: smarturl.it/start-writing
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Only Human by Diane Chandler
Every betrayal has a consequence... one family... one summer... one woman
The Bonds are, seemingly, a tight family unit, until one fateful summer when the temptations of lust and love come for
Tiger mum Anna, who gave up her career to build the perfect home life in London's leafy Chiswick, is shocked to the core when she discovers that her husband of 20 years is having an affair.
Her daughter meanwhile is transforming into a tricky teen chopping at the apron strings.
Then Jack walks into their lives. Sophie’s first boyfriend is a breath of fresh air for the whole family, and Anna gradually discovers new purpose for herself.
But when more deceit creeps in, tensions soar, and Anna is propelled through a tangled web of secrets and lies towards a devastating climax.
Publication date: 8 September 2020
Ebook £3.49 Pre-order 99p/99c deal:
Cover artwork by Maddie Chandler
Cover design by Bookollective
JULY 1st 2020
REISSUE OF TANYA'S DEBUT NOVEL THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE (2013)
'Manages to combine a sensitive subject with Black Country Humour.' 'WATERSTONES LOVES', WATERSTONES, WALSALL
'A wonderful poignant and witty story.' JILL FRASIER, Founder and Director of healthcare charity, KISSING IT BETTER
Life as the single mum of a child with learning difficulties is tough... but it gets so much harder when puberty hits.
To single mum Izzie's alarm...
...all her daughter Jaya, 18, wants from life is to get married and have babies.
This creates a moral dilemma for Izzie:
How can she continue to protect her daughter whilst at the same time letting her go?
In the small Midlands town where they live, there is little prospect of meaningful employment or continuing education for Jaya. So, Izzie wonders, would finding a 'suitable husband' via an arranged marriage for half-Indian Jaya be so crazy?
But when Jaya falls head over heels for a teaching assistant in her college's Special Educational Needs department, a disastrous sequence of events are set in motion.
Life for Jaya and Izzie is turned around in ways that nobody could ever have foreseen.
"The lightest, most entertaining, of reads on a serious dilemma facing many parents of teens wth learning difficulties, single parent or not." GOODREADS
"This is not like any other novel I have ever read. It tackles major taboos head-on, but the author does it in a way which is so sensitive and witty, you wonder why they were ever taboos at all!" GOODREADS
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Moondance author Diane Chandler hosts a Chiswick Buzz TV online ZOOM Book Club. Words with Wine on Wednesday in W4 is every other Wednesday at 6pm.
Sweet Sorrow by David Nicholls was the book under discussion last Wednesday, 3 June: amzn.to/2z4pAzv
Diane was joined on the panel by script editor Ruth Hunter, literary agent Anna Klerfalk and Blackbird's Stephanie Zia.
We were thrilled to be joined by the author David Nicholls for the last 40 minutes of the book club.