K C Murdarasi is a writer from Glasgow, Scotland. She is a graduate of the University of St Andrews, where she gained a first in Ancient History. Since then she has been a perplexed missionary, a bored secretary and a harried nanny. She has been writing professionally since 2007. Her first novel, Leda, was published in February 2012. Since then she has written two books for the Christian Focus Trailblazers series for young people, Augustine: The Truth Seeker and Patrick: The Boy Who Forgave. She currently lives near Glasgow with an aggressive budgie.
What is your writing process?
Sit down at the computer to write. Check emails. Act on emails. Think "I'd better not check social media." Check social media. Get hungry / thirsty - take a break. Return to computer and repeat until blind panic at lack of progress sets in. Write. Get into the flow. Be interrupted by phone call.
In extremis I go out to coffee shops - I'm much more productive there!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I wish I could say it was by sipping champagne in my mountaintop villa, but in fact I'm a bit of a jack of all trades, so I'm usually working. I babysit my gorgeous nieces, do Albanian to English interpreting, and work for online clients doing proofreading, editing, survey design and analysis.
I do find time for a lot of reading though, and I enjoy handicrafts like crochet. I also enjoy watching films, and I recently treated myself to a Cineworld Unlimited card :D
This is not a foolproof guide to making publishers sit up and take note, and it doesn’t guarantee you a six-figure advance. But if you have a book, an idea for a book, and you’d like to try getting your work published, but you have no idea where to start – this little guide is for you.
When Albania plunges into the violent Chaos of 1997, Leda and her best friend Suela find themselves on the run together. In the wild mountains between Albania and Greece, Leda will be forced to rely on her faith alone. Will her God come through when it matters most?
Have you ever wondered...
If your boss disappeared, would anyone notice?
How do you know your organisation really exists?
What's the company policy on screaming?
Office Life (and Death), a collection of sharp, funny short stories for anyone who has ever worked in an office.
The Train will Never Stop
on Aug. 16, 2011
A fun reworking of the traditional "old sea dog's tale", with many of the cliches of the genre playfully relocated to a modern-day Scottish seaside town. It deals with the fate of the Marie Celeste, introducing a mysterious force with a taste for Scottish beer, which is still around today. Could the blood-chilling fate of the Marie Celeste await you the next time you hop on the shuttle train to Edinburgh...?
How I Sold 1 Million eBooks in 5 Months
on Aug. 01, 2012
The advice in this book, if followed closely, would probably lead to success in epublishing - I don't doubt that. However, it's really aimed at people who are prepared to write what the market demands rather than what they want, treating writing very much as a business venture. That's not me, and I expect it's not a lot of people, even if you do want to make money from your writing. My other main criticism is that the key marketing tool, the loyalty tranfer blog, sounds next to impossible to get right.
Despite that, I have been trying to put some of his advice into practice, and the book did make me pull my socks up a bit more about marketing.
If you're prepared to go all out, as John Locke did, then this will be invaluable. If not, for whatever reason, it's useful, but you might be better off reading something more conventional by Mark Coker.