Alannah Foley

Biography

Alannah Foley... aka 'The Pyjama Writer'

Author of travel tales, light cosy mysteries, short fiction, and other maverick titles that won't fall in line...

Raised in the UK, Alannah lived in her Aussie birthplace for five years in her twenties, where mozzies regularly used her for target practice. She managed to return to Old Blighty devoid of shark or snake bite, however, and currently lives in picturesque Cornwall with her cycling-obsessed partner.

As an author, Alannah writes 'across the board' and loves bringing a sense of fun to her work. Since 2011, she has published mysteries and short fiction as well as travel tales and satirical portraits about life's foibles (some still in the pot!).

Don't miss out on what Alannah's working on next – make sure you get her (pester-free) newsletter. Visit bit.ly/PJW-News to sign up (early buyers also get her books at the discounted price).

To find out more about the author & her work, visit her website at www.thePyjamaWriter.com.

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love it when inspiration hits of its own accord - although it has been known to keep me up at night!

My favourite thing to write is fiction - short stories - I love exploring the things about the characters that 'tickle' me. I really don't spend enough time developing all the ideas I have housed in my filing cabinets... I sometimes think they're like hairy monsters dwelling in a cave deprived of light that poke their heads up now and then to say, "When are you going to get round to writing me?"

I also love creating book covers - whether it's the artwork or the blurb. They're enjoyable to do in themselves, but they also pave the way for you to put your work out there as a finished product. If I work on a book cover before a manuscript is finished, it gives me increased motivation because I can visualise my goal better.

So I guess I have two great joys when it comes to writing - the journey of writing what really inspires me, as well as creating book covers and reaching the end point when you can stand back and say, "Great! That's done now and I've finally got it out!".
What is your writing process?
I'm a big one for listening to inspiration! Whenever ideas come to me, I make sure I write them down. You rarely remember them later, even though you think you will. I listen to the words that yield themselves to me effortlessly, and some time later, I sit down and spend time developing them.

With non-fiction (such as my CAMPERVAN CAPERS book), I get a 'pure inspiration phase' followed by a more practical phase in which I have to develop and organise all the inspired writing that came my way. The practical phase is heavier and more time-consuming, and I much prefer pure inspiration - but, in order to get your book out there, you have to follow through!

It's important to think ahead and plan; and it's useful to ask some questions... When do I concentrate best? What other commitments have I got coming up? When can I realistically put in some writing time (even half an hour can be productive)?... I write best in the mornings, and have realised over time that surfing the net and checking emails in the morning is the worst thing I can do if I want to actually get any writing done! So I avoid those and leave social networking-type activites till later in the day or allocate a specific day to publicity work.

At any given time, I normally nominate one project as my main work-in-progress in order to keep me focussed. But if inspiration strikes, I allow myself to add to any other works I might have going on the sidelines. Whenever I'm coming to the end of a project, I usually start thinking of what I'm going to work on next, otherwise there's a lull in which you can easily lose direction and momentum. Still, it's nice (and can be useful) to take time out now and then. You can then go back to your writing with a full tank.

I'm lucky in that I have a filing cabinet full of ideas which have just come to me without effort, so I'm never stuck for an idea. I just pull the next idea out that inspires me the most, or the one that has been bugging me for the longest time.
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Where to find Alannah Foley online


Where to buy in print


Series

Travels Down Under
Raised in England, Alannah Foley always had a hankering to return to her Australian birthplace. Then, one day, she made the leap - and got more than she'd bargained for. After spending 5 years Down Under, she returned to England. Two decades later, she found herself still there, and decided it was time to make the trip back. But would it be as she expected? And what adventures did she get up to along the way? Find out in the author's Travels Down Under series.

The Jacaranda Trail

Price: $2.99 USD.

Up a Creek Down Under

Price: $2.99 USD.
Campervan Bushman Mysteries
Light cosy-style mysteries with an edge of humour, a sense of adventure, and a hint of romance featuring Scott Chevalier, who's kinda like a young Crocodile Dundee with a campervan and surfboard. Get WIPEOUT, the series prequel, for free - see link inside each book.

Killer Climate

Price: Free!

Deathbed of Roses

Price: $2.99 USD.

Criminal Intent

Price: $2.99 USD.
Cycling Widows
Cycling Widows 1 & 2 plus The Cycling Widow's Survival Guide.

Cycling Widows

Price: $2.99 USD.

Cycling Widows 2

Price: $3.99 USD.
Campervan Capers
Campervan Capers books 1 & 2.

Campervan Capers

Price: $3.99 USD.

Campervan Capers 2

Price: Free!

Books

Up a Creek Down Under
Series: Travels Down Under. Pre-release—available February 1, 2019. Price: $2.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
Bothersome insects, delightful creatures, and the man who transforms potholes from deathtraps to works of art... Meet these and more in this humorous, informative & reflective travel tale. After twenty years off the mosquito menu, the author returns to the Land Down Under. But is it what she expected? And what adventures does she get up to along the way? Find out in Up a Creek Down Under!
Sardines Might Fly
Price: Free! Words: 27,380. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
Could air travel GET any worse? Stinky passengers, kids with the power to split eardrums at fifty paces, backed-up restroom queues, and faulty coffee machines that can short-circuit the plane's electrics? With horrors like this to contend with, the trip from A to B can feel more like an epic voyage from A to a distant Z – especially when you're packed in tight like sardines for over twenty hours.
Present Tense, Future Perfect
Price: Free! Words: 8,150. Language: British English. Published: May 6, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Fact meets fiction in this short story based on the life & work of Daphne du Maurier. Plagued by doubts as to whether her novel-writing will ever succeed, Daphne is at a low point. When she discovers a potion that promises the power to magically steal her away from her present plight, she feels she has nothing to lose. Join Daphne as she takes a chance and stares into the face of destiny…
Tales from Corny Cove
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,510. Language: British English. Published: November 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Holiday » Humorous
Life in a Cornish paradise… What could Possibly go Wrong? When Henry & Margaret move down south to run a campsite, it turns out that 'living the dream' sometimes involves dealing with a few nightmares too! A series of 5 fun feel-good reads set against the backdrop of the delightful Corny Cove.
Harvest the Sun
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 20,460. Language: British English. Published: November 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Holiday » Humorous
Tale #5 in the Tales from Corny Cove series of fun feel-good reads... Henry and Margaret fear their place in paradise is in jeopardy when they receive the news that a huge solar farm may be built on their doorstep. But will their voice be heard, when the obnoxious red-bearded farmer next door is set on making it all come to pass?
No Bed of Roses
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 16,000. Language: British English. Published: November 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Holiday » Humorous
Tale #4 - The Tales from Corny Cove series of light-hearted novelettes... With the imminent arrival of the judges for a campsite flower competition, Henry and Margaret are hotter than ever on cleaning up the degenerating doggy-doo situation. But do they stand any chance of success with the unruly Mrs Gladstone roaming around on site?
Cornish Hospitality
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 16,860. Language: British English. Published: November 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Holiday » Humorous
Tale #3 in the Tales from Corny Cove series of fun feel-good reads... Captivated by medical romance books set in Cornwall, Margaret can only dream of how wonderful it would be to be swept off her feet by a handsome young doctor. But when she finally meets one, she begins to wonder whether a life of passion is all it's cracked up to be.
Fly in the Ointment
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 16,780. Language: British English. Published: November 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Holiday » Humorous
Tale #2 in the Tales from Corny Cove series of fun feel-good reads... When a top-notch customer like the retired air marshal turns up on site, it seems that things are looking up. Sadly, the dishevelled Mr Chigwell lets the side down by tramping around each morning looking like he's drunk. However, as events unravel, Henry and Margaret discover that appearances aren't quite what they seem.
Beastly Encounters
Price: Free! Words: 17,350. Language: British English. Published: November 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Holiday » Humorous
Tale #1 in the Tales from Corny Cove series of fun feel-good reads... After a busy Easter start to the season, Henry relaxes with his newspaper only to discover that the murderous Beast of Bodmin Jail is on the loose. But with a brutish, jealous camper running around on site, Henry isn't sure who his biggest threat is.
Criminal Intent
Series: Campervan Bushman Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,760. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective
A light cosy mystery... From the moment Scott and his film crew arrive at a camp for young ex-offenders in Wales, they're bumping into quarrelsome hot-heads and bullies. But as more strange goings-on ensue, it's clear to Scott and his sidekick crewmates that something deeper and more sinister is afoot. But what exactly is going on and who is involved? Find out in Criminal Intent!
Deathbed of Roses
Series: Campervan Bushman Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,090. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
A light cosy mystery... Arriving in the Lake District to film the Campervan Bushman TV show, Scott Chevalier and the crew's plans are put on hold with the death of celebrity gardener, Simon Sinclair – a man bristling with charm, ambition and good looks. At first, Scott is under the spotlight as a suspect, but was it the infamous Lakes Killer, or was the man's murderer a lot closer to home?
More Money than Sense
Price: Free! Words: 6,630. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Baxter may be stinking rich, but he has no concept of money - and he’s oh-so-gullible! When he squanders his dwindling millions buying the Tower of London from a con artist, it’s the last straw for his long-suffering accountant. Determined to change, Baxter sets off on a quest to do just that!... But will he have the sense to decide on the best course of action?
Killer Climate
Series: Campervan Bushman Mysteries, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 49,770. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective
(4.00 from 1 review)
A light cosy mystery… With an enviable campervan-surfie lifestyle & a handful of bush skills under his belt, Aussie Scott Chevalier heads to England to film the Campervan Bushman TV show. When things hit rock bottom & the director dies, no one suspects it could be anything but an accident. But as the evidence begins to mount, Scott realises the cold English climate isn't the only killer around.
The Cycling Widows 3 in 1 Collection
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 78,160. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Bicycling, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire
"A Light-Hearted Antidote to living with Cycling Obsession, this collection is the Ultimate Gift for the Cycling Widow!" This is a collection of three satirical books dedicated to the new or seasoned Cycling Widow who has to cope with her spouse's cycling obsession on a daily basis. A box set full of musings, insight and humour, it includes: CYCLING WIDOWS 1 & 2 and a 'lifeline' Survival Guide.
Cycling Widows 2
Series: Cycling Widows. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 39,170. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Bicycling, Nonfiction » Biography » Sports biography
CYCLING WIDOWS 2 The Trials & Tribulations of Living with an Obsessive Cyclist Do you live with an obsessive cyclist? Then find out how to deal with topics like bike porn, fetid laundry, and the Curse of the MAMIL – all these & more are deftly tackled in this long-awaited sequel. Brought to you by the author of The Cycling Widow's Survival Guide & Cyclopathic Tendencies.
The Cycling Widow's Survival Guide
Series: Cycling Widows. You set the price! Words: 18,990. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Bicycling, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire
THE CYCLING WIDOW'S SURVIVAL GUIDE A Satirical 'Lifeline' eBook for the New or Seasoned Cycling Widow If you're a Cycling Widow, desperately wondering how to survive living with an obsessive cyclist – Fear not! Here are your answers! Designed with the new & seasoned Cycling Widow in mind, this satirical survival guide incorporates a handy Revenge Toolkit and dedicated Agony Aunt column.
Cyclopathic Tendencies
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,010. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Welcome to Masterton Training Facility… where breeding the perfect cycling athlete takes on a whole new meaning! Hopeful Tour de France contender, Mark Bradley, arrives at Masterton Training Facility to train alongside hero riders like Larry Legstrong. When the team manager pressures him to take drugs, trouble ensues and he finally discovers a deeper conspiracy. But will he live to tell the tale?
Campervan Capers 2
Series: Campervan Capers. Price: Free! Words: 12,770. Language: British English. Published: July 4, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Camping & RVing, Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
(5.00 from 1 review)
The Ongoing Adventures of a Campervanning Couple... With a first year of adventures under their belt, the campervanning couple embark on another year of mini capers. In this sequel to Campervan Capers, the author continues to blend travel tale with humour and practicality as she and her partner explore more sights (and sites) after the maiden year in their camper.
Campervan Capers
Series: Campervan Capers. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 50,350. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Camping & RVing, Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
(4.00 from 1 review)
CAMPERVAN CAPERS A Couple's First Year Exploring the World of Campervanning... What do you do when you've got itchy feet but don't want to uproot your life? Buy a campervan! At least, that's what this couple did... Campervan Capers follows a capering couple through their first year of owning a camper, & blends travel tale with humour whilst also addressing some of the more practical aspects
The Jacaranda Trail
Series: Travels Down Under. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,990. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
THE JACARANDA TRAIL - A Journey of Discovery Down Under... Would you just sell everything, ditch your plans and buy a ticket to the other side of the world? In her twenties, the author did just that – and got much more than she could ever have bargained for ...
The Intrepid Adventures of Ralph Ingleton
Price: Free! Words: 6,990. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Listening to his grandfather's exciting travel tales, young Ralph dreams of becoming an adventurer himself some day... Bravely pushing the bounds of exploration. Venturing into uncharted territory. And going where no Westerner has gone before. However, as an adult, Ralph's imagination can sometimes get him into hot water. A light-hearted tale with a twist or two.
Cycling Widows
Series: Cycling Widows. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,520. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Bicycling, Nonfiction » Biography » Sports biography
(2.50 from 2 reviews)
CYCLING WIDOWS Lifting the Veil on Living with an Obsessive Cyclist Written by a long-suffering Cycling Widow, this is a satirical look at the world of cycling, and might just save a few marriages – as well as many a bike from being fed into the garden mulcher. A 'must read' for fanatical cyclists & Cycling Widows alike.

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