Bookish · Life · Uncategorized

One? Writing the book and tips for aspiring authors – A guest post by Jennifer L Cahill

Hello, hello! Happy Monday! Today I have a guest post from Jennifer L Cahill about writing her book, One?. It’s out now in Paperback and Kindle formats.

Why I wrote ‘One?’.


I had a very interesting experience when writing my first book. I didn’t ‘want to write a book’, I literally just sat down and started writing and the book flowed from there. A confluence of events set up the circumstances for me to start to write. From the minute I started the first sentence, the writing process was almost addictive. The story came tumbling out onto the pages.  It felt like life went from black and white to technicolour, as everything and anything could spark inspiration or add depth to the characters or the plot. It was also very much one of those ‘aha’ moments when you realise what you are supposed to be when you grow up. 

How I picked the title

I had another title for the book but as the story developed, and it rapidly turned into a trilogy, the title(s) changed. One night while I was just about to fall asleep, inspiration struck and I knew that the book needed to be called ‘One?’. It’s a very bold title, it’s a sentence, a question, a word and a number. I doubt I would have had the courage to call it that if it wasn’t for the dramatic way in which the title came to me. When inspiration strikes like that, you know that it’s going to stick. 

My writing process

I’ve outlined my writing process for my first book, the book almost wrote itself. The trilogy is trickling along in the same manner, and the second book ‘Two?’ will be out in 2020. I talk a lot about my writing process on my YouTube channel, but I can’t stress enough the importance of the magic combination of space and time to write. When you are writing you can’t do anything else so it’s important to plan and to structure your life so that you can write. Space is also very important, as books are big and messy. My writing room looked like a paper volcano had erupted by the time I had finished the final edit. It’s also really important to have a physical desk, there is only so much you can do on a laptop. When writing a book it gets to the point where you need a lot of space and you don’t want to be confined to a laptop in a coffee shop. 

My more recent projects are more planned out. I’ve been through the process once, so I know what to expect, and how much time I need for the subsequent books. 

Advice for aspiring authors

I have a writer’s tips playlist on my YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvrlsV9Ru8qEWuRp5UQUHh8lShQvsiHDv) with advice for aspiring authors, but my main advice is to simply write. It’s not a spectator’s sport. I don’t understand the concept of ‘I want to write a book’ if someone isn’t actually writing anything. It’s good to start off writing shorter things. A book can be a little overwhelming so my advice would be to start with short stories, poems or even non-fiction.

Julia Cameron’s book – the artist’s way (https://amzn.to/2X2XESL) is a must-read for any aspiring author or creative of any kind. We all get blocked sometimes, often without realising it, and this book will definitely unblock you. 

What’s next

Two?’ will be out in 2020, and ‘Three’ will follow in 2021. I’m also working on a book about where I’m living at the moment, the story is extraordinary, I’m very excited about. As a contemporary fiction writer, my aim is to capture the essence of a place and time, and I’m living in a very exciting place, at a very exciting time. 


About Jennifer L Cahill

I write contemporary fiction and try to capture the essence of a place and time in my books. Above all, my aim is to make you laugh, and hopefully learn a little, as you recognise yourself, your friends and your exes in my books. I love hearing from my readers, and you can contact me via my website, or @JLCAuthor on Twitter.

My first book ‘One?’ is about Life, Love and London, and most importantly about finding the one in the most innovative period in living history. It’s set in London with a sprinkling of Paris and New York for good measure :). It is the first book in a trilogy.

About One?

It’s London in the mid-noughties before Facebook, iPhones and ubiquitous wifi, and One? follows the highs and lows of a group of twenty-somethings living in leafy SW4.

Zara has just moved to London for her first real job and struggles to find her feet in a big city with no instruction manual.

Penelope works night and day in an investment bank with little or no time for love. At 28 she is positively ancient as far as her mother is concerned and the pressure is on for her to settle down as the big 3-0 is looming.

Charlie spends night and day with his band who are constantly teetering on the verge of greatness.

Richard has relocated to London from his castle in Scotland in search of the one, and Alyx is barely in one place long enough to hold down a relationship let alone think about the future. 

Jennifer’s social media links:

Twitter @JLCAuthor
Instagram @jlcauthor
www.JenniferLCahill.com
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18085530.Jennifer_L_Cahill
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMo65VpfqU4p1lFG68f2txA?view_as=subscriber

Book tube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvrlsV9Ru8qFLPawjOpaCPk_lAADbrFHE

Amazon links: 
https://amzn.to/2uZ9lOp
https://amzn.to/2VwKBJf

Beauty · hair · Uncategorized

5 Simple mistakes you may be making with your Hair Straightener

Simple hair straightener mistakes can massively impact your final hairstyle, your over-all look and actually cause damage to your hair – yikes! So today I am going to share some simple mistakes you may be making with your hair tool.

Using Cheap Hair Straighteners.

Using cheap/low quality hair straighteners can be damaging to your hair. They can snag, pull, have low quality plates, poor temperature control, inconsistent heat, etc. It’s worth investing in a great tool like the Panasonic hair straightener, so you don’t have to worry about any of that. I’d recommend these ones that have even heat distribution plates and an advanced stable heater.

Not Cleaning Your Straighteners

A common mistake people make is not cleaning their hair straighteners. Over time, product, natural oils, dust and debris accumulates on the plate. This is bad for the tool and your hair! You can get cleaners specifically made for flat irons or you can use a damp cloth and a drop of rubbing alcohol to help sanitise – but for product build up, I’d recommend a purpose made cleaner. Just, whatever you do, make sure that you have them switched off and unplugged before you clean them!

Not Using Heat Protector

Heat tools can be very damaging to hair, especially if you neglect to use a product that helps protect against heat. Always make sure you use some form of hair heat protector to minimise the damage caused by heat styling.

Pulling Straight Down.

A common mistake people make while straightening their hair is pulling straight down. While this can still achieve a sleek and straight look, it will also flatten any volume at the root which can result in your hair looking limp and lifeless. Instead, straighten your hair up and away from the root. instead of directly downwards.

Straightening Wet Hair.

Straightening wet hair is generally a bad idea. Yes, you can get wet-to-dry straighteners, but you’re still much more likely to cause damage to your hair and end up with a limp looking hairstyle at the end of it. That fizzle and crackle sound doesn’t sound like a healthy sound, does it? You’re literally frying your hair. The water in your hair expands as it turns from liquid to gas – steam. The water is held in the cortex by the cuticle, so straightening wet hair causes damage to the hairs cuticle as it has to escape. That doesn’t sound fun, does it?

Take care of yourself and take care of your hair. Invest in quality products that are a pleasure to use so you can look and feel great. Remember, you can also curl your hair and achieve other styles with good quality straighteners too! So have fun with it.

Do you have any top hair tips?

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