Imaginings of Italy


Writing is a wonderful thing. Reading is up there along with it too. Since I’ve been able to hold a pen, I’ve written.  Since I’ve been able to figure out that those letters thrown across the page were actually words and meant something, I’ve read.

I truly believe that such things can not only broaden one’s vocabulary, but their horizons too. I’m the perfect example – I’ve had a bestseller, travelled, met amazing people and written for the movies. It’s an amazing feeling when people you’ve never met tell you something you’ve written is their favourite story.

So, I am more than happy when I can pass this love for the written word onto others, particularly children.

Last Thursday, I was invited by the wonderful Miss Harding of Italy class at Ormiston South Parade Academy, which my own daughter attends, to give a literacy workshop. The school genuinely is a fantastic establishment. We moved our older daughter there (she’s since moved up to senior school) from one where she was having numerous issues. She began to flourish immediately with their positive attitude towards learning.  My youngest, there now, is enjoying the same experience.

I was delighted to be asked, of course. I was a little unsure what I might talk about. My books, obviously, but what else? What could I bring to them that would engage and inspire their imaginations?

After chatting about my work and my achievements, which I hoped would give them some aspirations and see that it’s good to follow a dream because they do, sometimes, come true, we worked together on a story. When I say we worked together, that’s exactly what happened. In turn, they wrote it, line by line. I guided them and the energy displayed by the children was so infectious. The enthusiasm, a delight. Many were practically jumping from their chairs with their hands up to offer the next line and the next and the next. I was so very proud.

I’ve been told that they spoke afterwards about how I inspired them. That’s quite humbling.

I have said that I’ll take their work and write it into a story myself. I will indeed but, in the meantime, here’s what they came up with. The title is theirs.

Power in Need by Miss Hardin’s Italy Class

Jess, the Red Queen, stole a super delicate shoe. It was a magic show. It took you anywhere you wanted. It takes you to a dark place but she thought it took you to a nice place.

She landed in dark place under the sea with dark spiders.  There was a figure that made an orb. They destroy all the world and blow it up. The final ingredient is a human soul but a powerful one. A ritual had to be performed. He wanted revenge so the people had to fly out. He needed three ingredients. The first one is a broken bone, rotten pizza, uranium 192. The figure lurked in the underworld with the spiders by his side.

Jess had to escape. She found a decoy so she found clothes to make it look like her for the ritual. The spiders went after the decoy while Jess was escaping. The figure created an unidentifiable creature to catch her. She was stealing the orb and she fell into a trap.

She wanted to warn the villagers that the ingredients were at her castle but they didn’t believe her because she was horrid. She took it to her castle to destroy it. The figure and the spiders captured her. She is in danger so she doesn’t break out. While he sets up the ritual, after an hour or two, the creature that the figure summoned came to rescue Jess.

At the last minute the figure realised that the uranium has gone. Only Jess knew where the uranium was kept, so the figure forced the creature to release her so she can help the figure find it. Jess leads the figure down to the basement while the creature was locked in the dungeons. Jess pours the uranium on him after finding it is his weakness. The she takes the orb, running away.

Now she has the power she always needed.

As you can see, the children of Italy class have a wonderful imagination. Both Miss Harding, a lovely person and talented teacher, and I were left open mouthed by their suggestions. I’ve been invited back next year and I can honestly say I can’t wait.


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The robots are rebelling! Run for the…!

Oh wait.

No, it’s fine. I think. 

OK. Try again. The robots are uprising, but not in reality – as far as I know. But, over on Wattpad’s Tap app platform, there’s a new story series! 

If you swipe for the story categories, you’ll see Robot Uprising. Drop into their and you’ll find a host of brand new work but fantastic authors, all related to robots (and technology) gone wrong! 

Included in the collection is a story by me entitled Give You My Heart. It follows Ben, unlucky in love, who tries out internet dating. Things don’t go quite according to plan… 

You can find Give You My Heart here: Give You My Heart


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Happy Birthday Harry Potter

Twenty years is a long time. It’s like, pretty much, two whole decades, isn’t it?

Yes, twenty years. So much can happen in that time. Here’s just a handful of the advances we’ve seen – some epic, some useful and others just cool:

·   Stem cell research

·   Tivo

·   Genome sequencing

·   Smartphones

·   Large Hadron Collider

·   Mars Curiosity Lander

·   Flat screen TVs

·   WiFi

·   Bluetooth

·   Xbox Live

·   Social Networking

·   Wearable technology

Amazingly, many of these things feel like they’ve always been here. What did we do without WiFi (well, I can remember <shudder>)? One thing not listed above, among many others of course, is something I can’t actually believe is celebrating its twentieth birthday today. Or should I say ‘his’?

Mr. Potter, please step forward!

Yup, the mighty Harry Potter is twenty years old today. The Philosopher’s Stone was released on this day back in 1997. I’m shocked at this. The Potter phenomenon shows no sign of dying out (thankfully) and is, in fact, gaining momentum. With theme parks, attractions and new films in the same universe – I’m looking at you Fantastic Beasts – Harry Potter continues his world domination.

I remember going to see the first film. It was at a small, three screen cinema in my home town of Grimsby. The only time I’d seen that amount of enthusiasm for a film there was when Tim Burton’s Batman came out. My friends started queuing for Gotham’s finest at 8am. I and another friend joined them at about 1pm – we were covering for them at the training centre we were all meant to be at. For Harry Potter, it was a scene so many times more impressive. I don’t believe the staff there had any real idea of what to anticipate. I had pre-booked the tickets so had to join a certain queue. Those who hadn’t were in another line. The problem was,because there were so many people, the lines crossed (don’t cross the streams!). The staff had no real idea who had paid and who hadn’t. They just needed to get them into the screen.

I also remember reading the first book. I had a copy from the US, where it was called The Sorcerer’s Stone and had ‘jello’ in. Of course, for those of you across the pond, this is normal. Way back then, the world was a much smaller place so it was a bizarre occurrence for me.

So. Harry Potter has shot the lovely J.K. Rowling through the stratosphere and well done to her. She has shown us mere mortal writers that you can come from nowhere and conquer the world. Or at least your own fears.

Harry, happy birthday. 

J.K Rowling tweets…

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Tap Your Own Ending

Dare you go down into cellar? If you do, then you make the rules, thanks to the latest innovation from Wattpad’s amazing Tap app!

If you haven’t heard of it yet, TAP is an app from the Wattpad team that redefines how you read stories. Do you find it difficult to fit in the time to read a story. Do you get so far then are unable to revisit the chapter for weeks due to life getting in the way?

If so, TAP may well be the answer to your escapism dreams.

The format turns a tale into a text. You delve into the minds and lives of two or more people chatting to each other by phone. As it’s name suggests, you go through the conversation by tapping an area at the bottom of the screen thus revealing the next message. And maybe the best part? You can generally read the whole thing in five minutes! Yup!

You might think that’s fairly limited,but I have to disagree! The range of stories on Tap is amazing. You have horror, romance, Fanfiction and so much more. And now, you have the ability to make the story your own. 

Wattpad have introduced Choose Your Own Ending!

That’s right! As you make your way through the conversation, you are given choices. Open the door or climb the ladder. Eat the pasta or throw it in their face. You decide. 

In the case of my latest Tap story, you… Well, I’ll let you discover for yourself. Suffice to say, there’s a zombie in your cellar. Maybe the last one. And you just have to investigate…

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Announcing the pre-order of Snow!

One cabin. Sixteen stories of forbidden love.

SNOW: Stories of Forbidden Love anthology is officially LIVE! 

The #SnowAnthology is only available at $0.99 (or equivalent applicable cost in your locality) for a limited time, so pre-order your copy before it’s too late!

This book will only be available for this price for a little while, so grab it while you can.  I’m excited to be included – my story, Wings, is one of the stories in there.  And of course, I’m still working away at stories on Wattpad, and there’s more coming later in the year, so if you do grab it, let me know.

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Get your copy at a discount here:

Don’t forget to add the anthology to your Goodreads reading lists! Just click here.

About the book:

With an online audience of over ONE MILLION combined followers and hundreds of millions of reads on their stories, the SNOW anthology showcases talented Wattpad authors from around the globe.

Journey into the woods where you will discover a cabin surrounded by snow, filled with secrets…

The SNOW anthology features sixteen original novellas and novelettes in multiple genres, including Young Adult, New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Urban Fantasy, Supernatural and Paranormal.

Brought to you by USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR Kelly Anne Blount and available for a LIMITED TIME ONLY! Don’t wait for the snow to melt before you uncover these stories of love, loss, and self-discovery.

Check out the incredible list of authors participating below and click on the links to connect with them on Wattpad!

Kelly Anne Blount – @KellyAnneBlount

Gabriela Cabezut – @GabyCabezut

Megan DeVos – @styleslegend

Rachel Meinke – @knightsrachel

Noelle N. – @hepburnettes

M.C. Roman – @MCRomances

Delilah Mae – @_HakunaMatata_

Gavin Hetherington – @GavinHetherington

Shaun Allan – @ShaunAllan

Lindsey E. Lippincott – @Red_Assassin

Lucy Rhodes – @Lucyface

R. Diamond – @rdiamond89

Sarah Benson – @SarahBensonBooks

J.M. Butler – @JessicaBFry

Debra Goelz – @BrittanieCharmintine

Neilani Alejandrino – @sweetdreamer33

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Choices on Tap 

This week, #Wattpad revolutionised the way we think of stories with the release of Tap. I was pleased to be among the first authors to have my work featured on the app. If you haven’t tried it out yet, give it a go. You’ll be surprised at how much you can be drawn in to a story based purely on a text message conversation!
Here’s Choices, one of my own. David is forced to make a choice. A deadly one.

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