I am thrilled to be taking part in the Out of Orbit Blog Tour! I hosted Chele Cook on the blog many, many moons ago for a previous blog tour, so it was a no brainer to host her again today! I have an excellent guest post to share with you, all about a day in Chele Cook’s life, plus there’s a tour-wide giveaway for you to enter as well!
“When asked to write about a general day in my life, my first thought was ‘well, that’s going to be boring’. In fact, my life probably quiet compared to a lot of people. I’m an introvert, and I enjoy spending a lot of my time alone. Of course, that’s a rather helpful situation when it comes to writing and spending vast quantities of time in front of a computer.
I am still at the point in my career where I need a day job to bring in most of my income. I work day to day as a Residence Assistant for a London University, so eight hours a day is spent in an office. It’s a decent job and, when the office is quiet, it gives me the chance to jot down ideas.
I’ve always been a bit of a night owl, so most of my writing gets done in the evenings once I get home from work. I’ve also always been a big fan of afternoon naps, so it isn’t strange, if I’ve been on an early shift at work, for me to nap for an hour upon getting home before I start on my second job as a writer.
Anyone who tells you writing a book is easy is lying, and anyone who tries to imply that self-publishing is the easy way out has never tried to self-publish to a professional standard. You’re regularly trying to keep up with two jobs, author and publisher, all in your free time.
I’m spending about 30 hours a week keeping up with publishing. Sometimes that will be writing, other times it’s the various stages in the publishing process including marketing and social media.
I’m currently writing 1,000 words a day of first draft and then I’m in editing, formatting, doing website design and upkeep, and marketing. I occasionally have a social life, like the writing group I go to at Big Green Bookshop in Wood Green each Wednesday, but in general, I’m a homebody. I watch episodes of my favourite TV shows between writing sprints, and when my brain is too fried, I cross stitch or knit. (I have as many cross stitching projects as I do writing ones. I suffer from Startitus!)
Sometimes, I think I’m crazy. Other times, I know I am, but I love it just the same.
One question I’ve been asked a few times by non-writing friends has been: “How do you keep up with everything that needs doing?” Well, I’m a big fan of check lists. I currently have four stuck to the wall in front of my computer: Daily word count, project progress, publishing check list, and monthly To-Do list. The monthly list is always the most crammed, and I know I won’t get everything done, but it’s a good baseline for the things I want to accomplish.
Again, some people think I’m a bit nuts for having it all written out, or perhaps they think it takes the creativity out of it, but for me, it’s the only way to keep on top of everything. When trying to fit in a full-time job around evenings and weekends, it’s great to have a list of jobs ready and to know the work that needs to be done first.
Maybe, at some point, I’ll be able to leave my day job and focus completely on the career I have wanted since I was a teenager. Perhaps, but not yet. For now, I’ll just stick to writing in every spare minute, and always trying to catch up on sleep.”
About the Out of Orbit Series
(There are currently 3 books in this series, but I’ll only share the synopsis of book number one, to avoid any possible spoilers!!)
Dead and Buryd
“You are an inmate, not a medic. You should get used to that.”
On the planet Os-Veruh, the native Veniche have endured a decade under the oppressive rule of a race of invaders, the Adveni.
When Georgianna Lennox, a Veniche medic, discovers her childhood friend has been sold into slavery, she seeks help from a revolutionary outlaw group.
As Georgianna’s struggle to save one life ignites a battle to liberate her homeworld, is she about to discover that it is better to be dead than ‘buryd’?”
About Chele Cook:
Part time author and full time fantacist, Chele Cooke is a sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal author living in London, UK.
While some know they want to write stories since childhood, Chele first started writing as a teenager writing fanfiction and roleplaying. Before long playing in other people’s worlds wasn’t enough and she started creating her own. Living in San Francisco at the time, she found a lot of inspiration in her favourite city, some of which can be found in her books.
With a degree in Creative Writing, Chele’s first novel was published in 2013. She currently has three books published: two books in a sci-fi series, Out of Orbit, and the first book of a vampire serial, Teeth.
There is a tour wide giveaway during the Out of Orbit Blog Tour! The prizes include;
A full set of Out of Orbit series in paperback and a £25 Amazon giftcard
Ten ebook sets of the Out of Orbit series
If you fancy your chances, head on over to Chele Cook’s website to enter!