A Guest Post From Author Lizzie Chantree!

As many of you know, I’m a recent member of Rave Reviews Book Club. As an indie author, I am always on the lookout for new ways to connect with readers, and fellow writers. This week I am delighted to share a guest post from Lizzie Chantee, a fellow member of the RRBC. She’s highlighting her latest novel, a modern fantasy/romance called Finding Gina. Check it out!


Weird writing habits

by Lizzie Chantree

I sometimes wonder if other authors have weird writing habits. Do you? I know I do! I love to write on A4, green, lined exercise books, with a beautiful pen my husband gave to me for my birthday. It has my name inscribed on it and is so comfortable to write with. I also have a small cabinet next to my desk in my studio, which is where I keep my bubblegum drawer, (don’t tell my children!) I love bubblegum.

Some authors, like Mark Twain , George Orwell and Marcel Proust, have been know to lie down to find writing inspiration. Others set word count targets, write on index cards, use a certain colour of ink like Lewis Carroll, walk around, colour code notes, or compose poetry in their head whilst on horseback, like Sir Walter Scott. This does make my bubblegum drawer seem rather tame, but as I’m a tad clumsy, it probably best I keep both feet on the ground!

With my most recent novel, Finding Gina, I hand wrote the original manuscript in A4 books and now it has been published, I can’t wait to unwrap a new exercise book and begin the whole process over again.

Excerpt from Finding Gina:

‘Sorry!’ apologised the woman, eyeing the handsome man on her doorstep. ‘We had the music on and didn’t realise you were here. This little munchkin heard the door and got to it before I could stop her. So much for all of the stranger danger talks I have given her.’ She raised her eyes to heaven in exasperation and sat the wriggling child on her hip with a stern look, which made the sides of the girl’s mouth wobble in uncertainty and her eyes become wary, when she realised she had done something wrong. Her mother gave her a swift kiss on the top of her curly head and lowered her to the ground in the hallway. ‘I’m hoping you are Lewis?’ she said jovially, beckoning him to follow her into the open plan lounge and kitchen at the back of the house. ‘I’m Hannah.’

‘I am,’ smiled Lewis, winking at the child as she tried to hide behind her mother’s legs, before darting off into the garden with the biggest dog Lewis had ever seen. ‘I really appreciate you taking the time to see me.’

‘I was curious to see if you could find her,’ she said simply, casting a glance at her child who was trying to dress the poor dog up as Cinderella.

Find out more on the book’s Amazon page!

Follow Lizzie Chantree on Social Media:

Twitter handle: @Lizzie_Chantree

Facebook address: https://www.facebook.com/lizziechantree/

Website address: https://www.writewithsydney.co.uk

Any additional means of contact: Blog: https://www.lizziechantree.com


26 thoughts on “A Guest Post From Author Lizzie Chantree!

  1. Thanks for this insight into your writing process, Lizzie! You are a very unique person and I thoroughly enjoyed interviewing you live on the RAVE WAVES “Bring On The Spotlight” show and reading your “Look Who’s On The Shelf With Nonnie” yesterday. Thanks for hosting, Fionna!

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  2. Great post, Lizzie! I don’t have any weird writing habits though I do set myself time goals, which is usually to write for an hour before I take a break. Your bubblegum drawer sounds awesome 🙂 Thanks for hosting, Fionna!

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    • I used to stick post it notes on everything! Now it’s easy to write notes in our phones, but I still enjoy the creativity of writing by hand, with a beautiful pen. The only problem, is I then have to type the whole manuscript up afterwards!


  3. Kudos for doing it the old-fashioned way Lizzie! 😀 My weird habit isn’t that weird really, but it has potential sometimes depending on the characters… I’m not always happy writing dialogue as I like it to ‘sound’ like you’re overhearing a natural conversation, so I got into the habit of reading them back to myself ‘out loud’. It has to be out loud so I can hear the mistakes properly. When people are around this has to be whispering out loud, but if I’m on my own I do it properly – including the accents… 😦 That’s where it gets weird – for Milele Safari my ‘African’ accents sounded a little more exotic (in a bad way) than I’d imagined! Think eccentric old lady muttering away to herself… 😉
    If I ever do an audio book it most definitely will NOT be me doing the narration! 😛

    Thanks for inviting us over to your lovely blog Fionna 🙂

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    • Lol! I have heard many times that reading dialogue out loud is a fabulous way to check if the words sound ‘real’ and flow properly. I think it’s brilliant that you include accents Jan. This I would love to hear! Thanks for joining us and for your endless support.


  4. Hi Lizzie, I’m thoroughly enjoying getting to know you through this Spotlight tour. Your creativity is awesome! Thank you Fionna, for hosting Lizzie.

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  5. I enjoyed reading your writing process, including bubblegum! I used to have to write out everything I wrote, but then I had a heck of a time reading it later. I enjoyed finding another blog I am starting to meet everyone slowly.

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