British weather …always a good topic.

“A few drops of rain tapped against the window panes of the School Hall. It was a kind of polite tip-tapping as if the drops knew they ought not to be disturbing Mrs Thackray’s announcements. But before long, the polite drops had been replaced by a ruder sort and the gentle tapping became a hammering as rain lashed against the glass. Heads turned sideways to look. The rain turned to hail and the hammering gave way to a loud clacking noise like two thousand knitting needles were knitting a thousand jumpers. This got everyone’s attention, and for a short while, Mrs Thackray’s announcements were lost to the weather.”

ch: 7 Which Way Switch

This was how the weather was described in ‘ Which Way Switch ‘ obviously after years of experience of it. Cumbria is a county which gets more than its fair share of rain I suppose but that too is the reason it is called the Lake District, lakes don’t appear from drought. It’s lovely when we do have a warm and dry period though. Last Saturday was an interesting day. Thunder, lightning, heavy rain, garden flooded in places and plants flattened… then it happened all over again later. How was a cricket fan supposed to keep up with the ODI with the TV not working too?

But on the upside…no watering of the plants to do.


Which Way Switch, One week on from launch.

I have become fascinated by the comings and goings or ups and downs of my book’s  status on Which Way Switch. I find myself looking far too frequently at its various positions in the top 100 of any category it fits into. Then I look at its overall performance amongst all the books on Amazon and it feels quite disheartening.

I need to remember why I wrote the book…it was for my own pleasure first and foremost- the fact that I can write and enjoy doing it. Hopefully, other people will enjoy what I write too; that is the reason I decided to publish as an ebook first, then move on to a paperback version. The other factor though is that is was aimed at 9 to 12 -year-olds and will they be trawling through Kindle store looking for their next good book to read? Will be their parents doing the searching on their behalf? I have found that the adults I know who have bought the book, enjoyed it too when I’ve had feedback. Thinking of other success stories e.g Harry Potter books (which were originally aimed at the younger reader ) what was it that made the breakthrough to all ages clamouring for those books? Will people start queuing outside bookstores for the latest novel from my series?  Do I really want that sort of fame and fortune? My initial thoughts are: not that much…at this time. Maybe later I might change my mind. But for now…I must try to continue with the sequel to Which Way Switch and try not to peek at the ratings too often. ( ooh it’s just crept back up to number 22 in the time travel section)

Maybe another cup of coffee will help or some cakey stuff. 


Which Way Switch cover image changes, what do you think?

The Original cover image without the changes and what a difference it makes.

Boy beside green glowing switch
original image by Sharon Cash the illustrator

The cover as revised by my publisher Matador.

Boy beside old fashioned light switch
Which way should the switch be …up or down?

So interesting what can be done with online editing. Can you always believe what you see in images these days? The Loch Ness monster could be made very believable. I love the slightly nervous, inquisitive, awestruck face of Lucas. He was soon to find out why he should be nervous !