I am an author of two books and several blogs. Writing is more of a compulsion than anything as I get older and I can feel the centrifugal force of the dreaded screenplay sucking me in. I’m resisting so far.
In 2011 I began writing a blog as I transitioned from dyed hair to silver sister. Once I’d made the journey, I stopped writing, then stopped checking my blog. I looked at it again only recently to find that I’d had 16000 hits, most of which I was entirely ignorant about. I’m now posting regularly on there again about life as a (relatively young) grey haired person. Please check out some snippets from TheGreyMatterWithAli on that page and the full blog on the link there.
In 2012 I self published my first novel, Hollowshore. It got a great reception and got through to the second round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. I have put some excerpts and the Infrared images I used for the book cover on the Hollowshore page. I published under the pen name Alison Olive last time…
…Not this time! I have just completed my second novel, Down From London which is published for Kindle, click here DOWN FROM LONDON. In order to develop an audience, I have been blogging as one of my main characters – the infuriating C.K. Blaine. Visit his blog here livingthedreamdfl. DOWN FROM LONDON has been very warmly received and currently has sixteen 5 star reviews on Amazon.
Boring as this might sound, I’m also a bid writer and have written successful funding bids for European Funding (Erasmus Programme) and Heritage Lottery. If you have any need of someone for project development or Creative Consultancy in terms of a written bid, I’m yer gal. I was the Audience Development and Education Executive for Screen South for 5 years and regularly ran funding panels and assessed funding applications. In fact, I worked directly with over 50 film festivals a year in the South East. I know what kind of writing gets a project funded. Cinecity Film Festival is an excellent example of a very high quality, regional festival that attracts significant inward investment to Brighton through tourism and it’s international links. Funding for festivals now is either through Creative England or the BFI.