And Then She Shines: A Collection of Novelettes by Helen Libby

Genre:  Contemporary Women’s Fiction

Tour Dates: 1st – 7th November 2020

Publication Date: 1st November 2019

Standalone Novel

Estimated Page Count: 200


On self-doubt and the difference between writing fiction and non-fiction:

I began my self-publishing journey by writing novelettes, but upon getting a puppy in 2016 I began to think about writing a book to help prepare new puppy parents for, what I found to be, an overwhelming experience.

I have to say that I find writing non-fiction easier than writing fiction. Firstly, I can write non-fiction in an orderly fashion, whereas writing fiction involves me writing scenes in no particular order, which later have to be pieced together, a bit like doing a jigsaw. I don’t really have a plan. I know the theme, I sometimes know the ending before I start writing (though not always), I know the setting, but that’s about it. I scribble down all my ideas and work my way through them.

Secondly, I feel more confident about my non-fiction books. That’s because I’m writing about my experience: it’s what happened to me. Even if, for example, readers of the books about my dog have a different experience with their puppy, my experience is still valid.

I’m less confident where my novelettes are concerned. I know they’re not everyone’s cup of tea. Not everyone likes short fiction for starters. I’ve mostly received good feedback about them, but there’s been the odd less favourable review. It doesn’t seem to matter how many good reviews I receive, it’s the negative ones which stay with me. I don’t think I’m alone in this respect; I think other authors would agree they feel the same about reviews.

I am becoming more confident though because with the first anniversary of the release of And Then She Shines coming up, I decided to approach Rachel (of Rachel’s Random Resources) to enquire about a book blog tour. Whilst I have tried to promote my novelettes as best I can in the past, I think it’s fair to say I’ve done more marketing for the books I’ve written about my dog. Now it’s time for And Then She Shines to (ahem) shine.

I was told the minimum number of bloggers needed for a tour to run was five, and I would have been thrilled to have five people take part, but as it turns out, the blog tour is full, with twenty-one book bloggers taking part. I was so excited when I found out, but the fear quickly set in regarding what the reviewers would say about the book. But I’ve had to gather up my courage because if I want my work to get noticed, and I do, I’m going to have to put myself out there, so this is me, doing just that.

I use different names by the way, for fiction and non-fiction, because I want to differentiate between the two. Helen Libby is a pseudonym, which I use for fiction. That said, as my middle name is Elizabeth, and Libby is the pet form of Elizabeth, it’s not a million miles away from my real name, Helen Edwards. I use this name for my non-fiction books.

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