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Saturday, March 12, 2011

My Inner Ramblings

Welcome to my blog where I will pop in and give you updates on the publication of my debut novel, post pictures and quotes that inspire me and generally just come to share some of the inner thoughts that tumble around in my brain. I hope this will be a fun and entertaining area where you can all get to know me a little better.

For this first blog post I thought I'd give you a little background about me. If you have questions or things you'd like me to talk about in future blog posts, please pop over the "contact" page and send me an email - I'll be happy to answer questions.

So who is Hannah?

I'm a 29 year old social worker. I love cats, reading, writing and movies. I've been in love, had my heart broken, graduated from university, moved across the country, traveled a little (but I want to travel more) and written a book. I tend to think my life is pretty ordinary.

I'm going to be honest and come right and say that I'm nervous about my book being released, it's such a weird combination of emotions. I am, of course, very excited and humbled that a publisher wants to print something that I wrote but it's also quite scary and confronting to have my work out there to be judged and ridiculed. Thankfully, I have a pretty tough skin so I'm prepared for negative reviews if they come.

I find my inspiration from the strangest of areas. It might be a photo that I've seen, or a quote that I've read, or just an idea that buried itself in my imagination. One quote that inspires Pieces of Us is from Marilyn Monroe and I also believe it to be true in life -

"I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best." — Marilyn Monroe

Another source that is currently inspiring me is the novel - Water for Elephants - by Sara Gruen. Have any of you read it? I have been completely blown away by the powerful imagery that Sara has created. The story has inspired me to want to write visually, to allow my reader to see what they are reading.

Until next time...

Hannah xx