SLOUGH WRITERS - The Editorial - Author at large in Windsor Area

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Monday Evenings! Needless to say Nina is the far more photogenic one of the team N.W but Whyle can prop up the bar better.  Read below.

Author Clare Whyle Talks To Slough Writers (2016-09-28 11:58:10)
Monday 26 September saw us enjoy the visit and talk by Clare Whyle who is part of the duo who write under the name Nina Whyle. Their Latest creation is My Disorganised Life (The 'Dis' part of Disorganised should be crossed through but not on this website - see picture.) It was an excellent evening with Clare dealing with our questions with loads of humour and honesty (and patience! - some of us have the knack of making questions far longer than any answer could possibly be!). And she was almost the last to leave the bar after. Good girl!
Clare Whyle writes because she loves the process, working in tandem with her long-standing friend Nina Bowden. 'Nina is a kindred spirit' said Clare, 'I don't really understand how but the writing just happens naturally between us. Where Nina is far better at plotting, dialogue, driving things on and cutting my flights of fancy, I'm sarcastically comedic, love developing the eccentric character and writing the descriptive.'
In the partnership nobody has a final say in how the book will go. 'It's really basic, we pass the manuscript back and forth between us. I write in pink and Nina in blue. And we absolutely slaughter each other's darlings. But if there's a bit you really like you try to sneak it back in later.'
Clare said that both writers have to supress their ego and learn diplomacy. What comes through when Clare speaks of Nina is respect and it obviously goes both ways. They trust each other to make decisions that benefit the work and never the individual.
So far they have sold 27,000 books but they are not rich authors although they are on their fifth novel. Clare does not mind having the books categorised as Chic-Lit. 'Women's fiction is the biggest market and it gives you freedom to go where you want and do anything with the characters as long as there's a happy ending. We have fun. Sex scenes are an absolute hoot.'
The writing duo live in Berkshire and Devon, but talk on the phone at least once a week. 'We have long rambling girlie chats and we know each other's lives intimately. This helps because we can avoid putting on pressure about the writing when one of us has other challenges in life. Sometimes we even talk about the book!'
At one time the couple reached number ten in the UK charts and had their hopes set on perhaps reaching the number one spot. 'What actually happened,' said Clare, 'was Fifty Shades of Grey and we were knocked off the top ten.'
Clare describes herself as a black romantic. Her preference would be for a black comedy with a sci-fi setting and a strong Thomas Hardy mood. When the two are not being Nina Whyle they focus on screenwriting and Clare admits to a passion for film.
'Pushing a screenplay is much tougher than publishing a novel on Amazon,' said Clare. 'The film business works on the old boy network where it is your contacts in the industry that count in getting a project developed.' Nina has a successful background as a film editor but even with her contacts in the business nothing is guaranteed.
Mike Pearcy


We were generously invited to give a talk at Slough's writers club evening, a very active and lively group which has been congregating for over 40 years on a Monday. And what a great way to spend a Monday evening, surrounded with lovely, interesting, enthusiastic people from all walks of life who also love to write - from plays and poems to manuscripts and novels.
Terry who's a comedy writer, and sometimes creates jokes for a ventriloquist really got my mind ticking. I thought that was funny in itself, do you write for the puppet or the person?
Their group tasks do sound like a lot of fun. So drop in and join up if you're in the area.

Thank you all at Slough's writers for making 50% of N.Whyle feel so welcome, I thoroughly enjoyed it, and it made me realise how lucky Nina and I are in our partnership, especially when Mr Kibble asked 'who gets dibs on the first line of the book?'
We've never actually thought about it like that, must be why we work so well together!
With... Special thanks to Mike and Terry who instigated the whole 90 minutes of my ramblings :)

If you want to sponsor something very worthwhile and have fun while you're about it, they are trying to save the Burnham Library, have a look and book book book... a little bird tells me the food was good too. We need our libraries, don't let them disappear. E-books are great but the sanctuary of a library is irreplaceable.


Monday, 19 September 2016

When you come down in the morning and gage how many quick pints did they have?! Just a couple...
A lot of modern art must be born this way!

New Book V 1st. Book #Chicklit

Manolo's clipping the heels of Mr Disorganised Life! A bit of inside competitiveness from our novels, Fighting Love might Pop through too? I wonder what Harry would make of Poppy?

ENJOYMENT on ECONOMY - My Disorganised Life

Thursday, 15 September 2016

All you need is £1.99 and a few spare hours. Feet up in the garden, make the most of our Indian summer and would you like to share your time with these characters? Lord Battenberg - at inebriation junction; Gudrun the minuscule sex therapist; Jet the sound engineer; Kimberly the one you love to hate and her 3 fluffy yap-balls; Adam and Eve (the trodden one); spiteful Brian; intriguing Alastair; Rock of a friend Lucy, last but not least, hot, hot, very hot moody Jake. Reality bites in fake reality!

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The Golden Age - Paralympics

They are an inspiration for us all. When tragedy strikes these dedicated people develop the midas touch. I can't even play ping pong on 2 legs let alone on wheels. Team GB have been mesmerising, marvellous and proving miraculous feats are possible no matter what life throws at you. Big RESPECT from the Nina Whyle team.
Cockcroft world record, beat that, well she did!
BRAVO to you all.

Running. Week 20

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Took my new Brooks trainers for a run this morning and of course it stands to reason that my calf muscle gets crippled with a muscle cramp and I am forced to stop at 4.61km. I then had to hobble all the way home.

 And yet, I've been doing so well with my running. Managed 16km (10 miles) three times over August but it's like September is saying, "Oi Oi, let's not get too cocky." I have no idea why I got cramp this morning or how to prevent getting cramp in the future. I guess I will have to see what Google says. I've also have a niggling left knee cap, which started in September so perhaps it is time to ease off a little, do a few shorter runs before aiming for another 10 mile run.

Because the 10 miles runs aren't easy and running for 2 hours still feels unnatural (thank goodness for music shuffle). But I'm doing it and I running further than I ever thought possible 20 weeks ago. I should make 'No Pain, No Gain" my motto from now on.

TGIF - Kardashian Free post!

Friday, 2 September 2016

Just because we haven't for a Whyle!

Loving those Canadians with MDL
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  • And good evening Team GB...
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    Have a splendid read this weekend:)


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