Guest Post: The Accidental Author by Jane Yates

The Accidental Author

by Jane Yates

Hello, my name is Jane Yates I am a newbie indie author who has self-published two Jane Yatesbooks so far this year.

I am badly dyslexic and never used to think of myself as a writer at all. I have always been creative and an artist and it was my art that indirectly lead me onto the path of becoming a successful writer. In fact it’s all because of my fat spaniel and an incredible editor of a local paper who believes everybody can be a writer.

A few years ago I was drawing a cartoon about my then overweight spaniel, Mandy. My dream was to get my cartoon published but I did not have a clue where to start.

I emailed my very first cartoon to Sarah, the editor of Ley’s news, a community paper in Oxford UK. which is delivered to over 50,000 homes in the area.

Sarah published my cartoon and encouraged me to come on a course she was running for community journalism which was sponsored by Brookes University.

I was reluctant to go! I did not want to be a writer I just wanted to draw cartoons. A large part for my reluctance was I suffered from low self-esteem, also I was a little scared, I mean what if I had to read something out? Or worse write answers down on a board?

For a while I was transported back to when I was a teenager and I had to read out a passage in class, I stammered and stumbled with the short passage and had to listen to the laughs and jeers of my class mates.

I was scared but, I heard a nice saying which goes something like, ‘you’re not be brave in life, unless you’re scared.’

So I went on the course, partly because it was free course and had drinks and biscuits, but mostly as I wanted my cartoon to be continued.

It was a well-structured course and Sarah was an inspirational teacher, she encouraged all of the people who attended to write a piece for the paper.

So to fast forward a bit, I wrote regularly, and even had my own columns one of which was called, ‘life begins at 50.’
For this I tried new experiences and when I had run out of ideas it was suggested that I did national write a book month.

I finished my first book ‘Paradox Child’ in November 2012, but the spelling was so bad it took until June 2013 for it to be corrected. Many people started to correct it but gave up and it was Kim Biddulph who finished spell checking it.

I published it free via the Amazon Kindle website. I was amazed by the positive response, the highlight being when Jack Croxall, who wrote ‘Tethers’ wrote a review and awarded me 5 stars.

Encouraged I wrote a second book. ‘Therianthropy,’ this time edited by Katie De-Bertrand and only just published this week!

I plan to start the third book of the Paradox Child Series for this year’s national November write a book month.

So watch this space!

So if you like time travel, steampunk, magic, therianthropy and romance without the bedroom bits you will love these books.

You don’t need a kindle to read them, download the app onto your computer free from the internet.‎

Jane Yates onTwitter /  Goodreads

What a fantastic story! I was really taken by Jane’s story as it shows that if you put your mind to something, and try hard enough, anything is possible. Despite having dyslexia, Jane has shown to anyone out there with the same condition: it is possible to achieve the unthinkable!

Paradox childParadox child

Lilly’s family has an extraordinary secret, one they have kept for four generations. Lilly’s proud to be different and special. At Hallowe’en she’s happy to stay at home and cast spells with her mum and her gran rather than go out trick or treating like the other kids. At 12 years old, she thinks she knows it all.

But then Lilly becomes unsettled by odd events, like seeing the sinister man in the white shoes staring at her while she walks the dogs, and then local children start to go missing. When her mum doesn’t come back from one of her regular night-time jaunts, Lilly’s gran thinks it’s time to tell her the whole story. Lilly has second thoughts about whether her family’s secret is a blessing, or a curse…

Available as an eBook from:

Amazon UK / Amazon US

Available as a paperback from:

Amazon UK / Amazon US / The Book Depository


Therianthropy is the second book in the Paradox Child Series.
Lilly continues her time travelling adventures from the secret floor underneath The Pitt rivers Museum Oxford City UK.

There are new characters and some of the old ones that fell in the first book, make a comeback. There are new magic spell, new steampunk items, and new romance.
As well as the much loved characters Mandy and Buster the spaniels.

Available as an eBook from:

Amazon UK / Amazon US

Available as a paperback from:

Amazon UK / Amazon US


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