I’m my marketing man’s nightmare.
Fiona McIntosh is a prolific and extremely popular Australian author and also, I think, something of a superwoman.
Since 2001, she has released over thirty books covering a number of genres and which propelled her into something of a household name. She was born in England but calls the Clare Valley of South Australia her home. Bryce Courtenay recognised something in Fiona that subsequently took readers by storm. I wanted to find out what it was and so I’m pleased to welcome her to my blog today…
I originally opened a Pinterest account as an adjunct to my persona as a writer. The general opinion was that it was a perfect way to give one a brand and to give one’s books a visual dimension. So when I set up my account, I gave it a purely medieval focus – looking at many aspects of medieval life.
Yesterday, I wrote a post called Missionary Position, a post about a writer’s aims, which was introduced to the world of the writer by acclaimed commentator Joanna Penn. It occurred to me that the questions Joanna asked were perfect for the Big Red Chair which hasn’t appeared on the blog for quite some time …. being re-upholstered as it were.
When I began this blog, in November of 2009, I can remember thinking Help! How do I get anyone to read anything, let alone subscribe?
I began with absolutely no confidence in myself and thus I thought it best to hide behind the odd name ‘mesmered’. It seemed apt as in my books, the Others that inhabit the pages use a mesmer to enchant mortals and in a subliminal way, maybe I was hoping to enchant readers.