In light and shade with Elle Turner

Hidden FaceOur guest on the blog today is friend of the Write Romantics, Elle Turner, telling us how she’s got this self-publishing lark all sewn up. Over to the fabulous Elle…

Hey there lovely Write Romantics! Thank you so much for having me back on the blog. I can’t believe two years have passed already since I was last here. It’s been great to follow your individual journeys over the period – you’ve all done tremendously well.

I re-read my 2013 interview with you guys before writing this post and one of the things I said was that I was mulling over the idea of self-publishing a short story collection. Well, at some point I must have stopped mulling and taken some action because I published Tapestry, my first collection of short stories, in September!

One of the things that struck me when I re-read the interview was how apprehensive I sounded. At that time I was still breaking out into a sweat every time I submitted anything anywhere. So how did I manage to get from there to here – excitedly sending my writing out into the world?

I know with complete certainty that being a member of the RNA New Writers’ Scheme has played an enormous part100_0740. The annual deadline to submit manuscripts, the readers’ reports, the supportive community and, this year, my first trip to the summer conference have all provided a focus, friendships and the will to keep going. Writing in itself has contributed to my growing feeling of belonging in the writing world, but also the online support through my blog, twitter and other social media platforms has been invaluable. In other words, in no small measure I have all my online buddies, not least the Write Romantics, to thank for helping me get here. It’s not all been plain sailing – self-doubt, rejection, impatience and what have you – but that’s all part of life’s rich TAPESTRY, right? 😉

My collection of twelve short stories went through many titles before I chose Tapestry, but now I wonder why I didn’t think of it in the first place. The stories are a tapestry, exploring the complexities of life and love through what I hope are moving tales, whether happy or less so. I wanted to write stories about love in different guises, whether romantic love, familial love or obsessive love and took the opportunity to explore the darker, sadder sides of the emotion too. Some of the characters appear in more than one story – I wanted to see what happened to them before or after their first story in the collection. I hope, if you read it, you find you wanted that too!

TAPESTRY_front150dpiIn hope, in pain

We lose, we gain,

But always and forever

The human heart braves life

In light and in shade.

A collection of twelve short stories exploring the complexities of life and love.

Available now from Amazon

Tapestry came out at the end of September and publication day was so much fun! Again it was my online buddies who made it so and I’m more grateful than I can say to everyone who really got behind me. I’ve had some lovely comments about the stories too, so I’m very happy. J

It’s all been very exciting, but it’s back to work now! I’m looking for an agent for my books and am keen to hear what my NWS reader has to say about Book 4. I’m also planning a new project for 2016. That’s the idea anyway, but who knows what will happen? I’ll have to take it as it comes. Part of life’s rich…

Yes, OK, I’ll get my coat… 😉

Thank you so much for having me, Ladies! I hope to see you again soon and, in the meantime, happy writing!

Much love,

Elle J xx

Congratulations, Elle, the WRs are all really looking forward to escaping into your stories! Good luck with the agent submissions and the NWS news and thanks for joining us on the blog again, we hope you’ll come back next time you have some news.

Elle Turner writes contemporary women’s fiction. She lives in beautiful Scotland with her husband and two sons. She has pretty much no sense of direction, if you offer her a 50:50 she will ALWAYS get it wrong and, despite living in Scotland, she rarely manages to wear shoes that don’t leak.

If you would like to find out more about Elle or her writing, she’d love to see you at on Twitter @ElleTWriter, Instagram elletwriter or she’s on FB as elleturnerwriter




15 thoughts on “In light and shade with Elle Turner

  1. Welcome back, Elle! Lovely to have guests revisiting and letting us know what’s been happening.
    Congratulations on the publication of Tapestry…what a fantastic and apt title, I love it.
    The RNA certainly is marvellous and their NWS scheme unique. I look forward to seeing what you do next…please come back and let us know 🙂

    Helen J Rolfe.

  2. Nice to see you back, Elle! I love the look and premise of Tapestry. Gorgeous cover and great name.
    You’re right about the RNA. I owe the NWS a lot and I’m looking forward to joining as a full member in the new year.
    Your stories sound really interesting and I’ll definitely be investigating the book for myself. Best of luck for whatever you do next. xx

    • Thank you, Sharon, that’s lovely of you. Congrats on becoming a full member of the RNA – such a fantastic organisation. Hope all is well with you and thanks again for your kind words about Tapestry. 🙂 xx

  3. Hi Elle. Thanks so much for coming back on the blog. I have downloaded my copy of Tapestry and it’s great for my life at the moment, which seems to have reached new highs of mania! Good luck with the anthology and I look forward to hearing about your 2016 projects next time you visit 🙂 Jo x

    • Thank you for all your support, Jo, and for having me back on the blog! Very, very best wishes for all the exciting times ahead with your writing!
      Thank you for your good wishes about Tapestry and I’ll work hard so I can come back and see you all again soon! 🙂 xx

  4. Welcome back, Elle. Has two years really passed? Goodness me! Congratulations on Tapestry. What a stunning cover. Will have to download me that for a little holiday read. Come back soon and let us know how the agent hunt has gone.
    Jessica xx

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