A Very British Blog Tour – post at Authors Electric

aebritThe files that make up this blog post are a twinkle in a data farm somewhere in the US. My books are too, blades of virtual grass in the electronic territories of KDP, Smashwords, Kobo and On-Demand Publishing. (If that’s already fried your brain, Daniel Marvello will no doubt save us with a comment that makes sense of it all, and straighten out my assumptions.)

We publish everywhere our language can be read. I’m sure most of the commenters here aren’t from the UK. So I’m quite amused to be invited to A Very British Blog Tour, which aims to celebrate authors from our small isles and pin down whether our national characteristics influence our work. I never even thought about what those were; I simply wrote. Anyway, do drop in for a cup of Earl Grey.(You don’t have to drink it.)

And out of curiosity, tell me: where are you reading this blog?

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  1. #1 by Viv on March 22, 2013 - 9:14 am

    It was only because an American commented in a review about how very English one of my books seemed and how it revealed my deep love of the English countryside that I began to consider quite how niche my writing is.

    • #2 by rozmorris @dirtywhitecandy on March 22, 2013 - 9:58 am

      Hi Viv! Until I answered those questions I didn’t realise how quintessentially English my books are. Life Form Three has definitely sprung out of the English countryside.

      • #3 by rozmorris @dirtywhitecandy on March 22, 2013 - 3:23 pm

        Viv, I added you to my list of nominees. If you’re up for it, examine how Brit you are as part of the V Brit Blog Tour!

        • #4 by Viv on March 22, 2013 - 3:50 pm

          How do I do that??
          I’ve never been a part of a blog tour before!!

          • #5 by rozmorris @dirtywhitecandy on March 22, 2013 - 4:29 pm

            Copy the intro (or rewrite it like I did – you can click the links to previous nominees to see their versions). Link back to the post that invited you (ie mine) and (for this blog tour only), link back to the person who invited me (John A A Logan, link on my post). Answer the questions, then nominate a bunch of new folk at the bottom. And come back here to post your own link so we all know!
            There’s no time limit, so do it whenever it fits with your blogging schedule.

  2. #6 by raizscanlon on March 22, 2013 - 9:27 am

    Reading from Australia … But I am originally from pommyland, managed to escape. Family moved to the West Country though (ref your Brit Blog answers!)

    • #7 by rozmorris @dirtywhitecandy on March 22, 2013 - 10:00 am

      Robert, I never knew you were in Oz. I suppose I’ve never thought about where anyone might be; I see everyone with their avatars and imagine computers in writing rooms, not what might be outside the window. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. #8 by Bill McCurry on March 22, 2013 - 10:24 am

    I’m reading your blog from Dallas, Texas USA, and I have found your book to be quite helpful. Thank you!

    • #9 by rozmorris @dirtywhitecandy on March 22, 2013 - 3:25 pm

      Funny to think of my book sitting on a desk (or in an ereader) in Dallas. I have old college friends there … somewhere… it’s a big state. Thanks for waving, Bill!

  4. #10 by awriterofhistory on March 22, 2013 - 11:45 am

    Reading from Toronto … enjoy your interesting perspective :)

  5. #12 by Lindy Moone on March 22, 2013 - 11:46 am

    I’m an expat American writer (with Welsh and English blood) and a new subscriber to your blog. I read it, and write, on the west coast of Turkey. Today’s blustery view from my writing desk, if you’re interested: seagulls, stray cats, squawking, ruffled chickens, and the small fleet of fishing boats bobbing in the harbor. Swallows are expected any day now.

    Your blog is a resource I’ll definitely be sharing! Thanks.

    • #13 by rozmorris @dirtywhitecandy on March 22, 2013 - 3:29 pm

      Lindy, that sounds idyllic. Thank you for sharing your environment. Outside my study I have a residential road, red roofs, bare trees swaying in a high wind and the odd pedestrian stomping along with head bent and hands thrust deep in pockets. There’s a bite of cold in the air by the window, where the leaded lights have small gaps to the outside world. Snow is expected, apparently.

  6. #14 by Dennis Langley on March 22, 2013 - 12:58 pm

    Reading from Minneapolis, Minnesota USA. Very interesting read.

    • #15 by rozmorris @dirtywhitecandy on March 22, 2013 - 3:37 pm

      Hi Dennis! In the movies I’ve seen of Minneapolis, snow is a feature there… are you looking at white stuff?

      • #16 by Dennis Langley on March 22, 2013 - 4:29 pm

        Around a meter deep in my yard. Temps this week around -18 degrees C. I hope we start to see a thaw soon.

  7. #17 by Dave on March 22, 2013 - 3:29 pm

    I’m in the next room, darling. It’s my voice you occasionally hear calling for a cup of tea!

  8. #18 by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough on March 23, 2013 - 2:04 am

    Reading and writing from the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state. Making books more available is one of the e-book advantages at least. Prior to the current revolution (which is a very MIXED blessing) I had a few complaints from fans in other countries who couldn’t get my books. Now they can.

    • #19 by rozmorris @dirtywhitecandy on March 23, 2013 - 8:20 am

      Elizabeth, I have friends who are visiting Washington right now. As they usually reside in Oxford, that seems to be a coincidence, relatively speaking!
      Interesting that you feel the current changes in publishing are a mixed blessing. There are bound to be disadvantages, but I rarely come across writers who are bold enough to say so. I’d be interested to hear what your misgivings are.

  9. #20 by Grace Bridges on March 23, 2013 - 2:18 am

    Hello from New Zealand! I like to think my writing is a touch British also…

  10. #22 by Jennifer Grahame on March 23, 2013 - 3:34 am

    Reading your Blog in Kingston, Jamaica.

  11. #24 by . on March 23, 2013 - 7:09 am

    Roz, I totally don’t get this post. Please explain, because it made me feel sick.

    Jacqueline Chardon

    • #25 by rozmorris @dirtywhitecandy on March 23, 2013 - 8:25 am

      Hi Jacqueline! Well, this has to be the strangest comment I’ve ever received. I hope it wasn’t the text of the post that brought on queasiness. I have to admit that the visual design of the other blog is a bit violent, and the transition from one to another could damage well-tuned sensibilities. Do elaborate if you can, and I hope you’re feeling better soon.

  12. #26 by Tom Burkhalter on March 23, 2013 - 1:03 pm

    Hi, Roz,

    I read your blog from Hickory, NC. And someday I hope to visit England, so perhaps I can drop in for a cup of tea — but would it be rude to suggest English Breakfast or Lapsang Souchong?

    On a slightly different note, can one still find 86-proof Scotch in England and the Isles?

    Supposedly it’s spring but it’s still pretty chilly, and up in the mountains it’s supposed to snow, rain or sleet all weekend. We’re supposed to get rain ourselves later today and tomorrow.

    • #27 by rozmorris @dirtywhitecandy on March 23, 2013 - 3:25 pm

      Hi Tom! You would be most welcome. English breakfast and Lapsang Souchong will be provided. I have friends who are whisky aficionados, and they tell me you can get the eye-watering brews from the distilleries if you venture far north. London also has its sources. If you’re confined to the capital I’d send you to Harrods Food Hall, Selfridge’s Food Hall, Milroy’s in Soho (rare whisky specialist). And there’s also Fortnum & Mason (who were once the purveyors of a confection called Dirty White Candy, a name that so impressed me I used it as my Twitter handle).

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