Bryony Allen

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Where to begin? I have always enjoyed writing, ever since I was a child and can’t remember a time where I haven’t wanted a book in my hand. I did a degree in English and Drama at Roehampton University and ended up doing a PGCE at the Cambridge University, Homerton College after which I embarked on a career in teaching. I’ve been doing this ever since. I read excessively, all sorts of novels by different authors; my favorites are Ian Rankin, Ruth Rendell and Daphne du Maurier but I’m always finding others. That said, writing is a passion for me and I really enjoy the creative release it can give. “Mystery, Deceit and a School Inspector” was published in 2006 with UK Independent publisher Pneuma Springs (you can read the first few chapters for nothing here on CN). I now also write to appeal to the darker side of the teenage/young adult mind. My second work titled OTOLI for Young Adult readers went through redraft here on CN with the help of readers feedback. This book was published by Pneuma Springs on 28th April 2011. I’m now researching and writing for other projects for both Adult and Young Adult readerships. I look forward to touching base with you all.

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    John Haines posted a message to Bryony Allen Lovely jubbly, you are (figuratively speaking only!) of leathery/stubbly-like chin, like me, and ...Lovely jubbly, you are (figuratively speaking only!) of leathery/stubbly-like chin, like me, and that's good. I can't say I've met such accomplished communicators at just 13, but, on reflection, maybe there are some/many. Doesn't matter to my reading the tale though, will read it all, and enjoy it if the start is anything to go by. All the best with the release. John (more) and earned+3
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    Bryony Allen posted a message to John Haines Hi John, I have no issues with your comments at all; you are free to mention anything. The dia...Hi John, I have no issues with your comments at all; you are free to mention anything. The dialogue in the book has been researched quite excessively from both a personal level from my experiences as a teacher of varying age ranges as well as that from my own teenage children and their friends/peers. In fact the last group were very helpful during the creation of the story as they were able to keep me current with the way teenagers talk these days. I'm not sure what circles you move in as far as your exposure with teenagers goes but it certainly is a very changed world to what many of us have to compare back to with our own teenage years. The published book due out in Spring 2011 also has a much larger areas in respect of Alice and Jenny and regarding Kieran I have given him a much larger presence to what exists in the novella sample here on CN. As mentioned earlier, I'll be taking this version of the story down in the near future as we approach publication date and replace it with sample reading chapters taken directly from the typeset book once I receive the files from the publisher. Given that I'm under a publishing contract I can't really say anymore than that, other than watch this space! I'm really pleased with the final book as are the publishers and I hope to encourage many teenagers out there to read much more than maybe some of them do. Best regards Bryony (more) and gained+3
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    John Haines posted a message to Bryony Allen Hello, Bryony, a little further on now, but, and I hate doing anything like this, but I always th...Hello, Bryony, a little further on now, but, and I hate doing anything like this, but I always think being straight is the best thing for all writers. I think Keiran communicates and conducts himself a little beyond his years. I don't know too many 13 year olds who are or could be so fluent in banter, perhaps a good confident 15 year old, but not one so young. I know this may not match other feedback, but that's just how it popped out to me. Cheers. John (more) and earned+3
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    Bryony Allen posted a message to John Haines Hi John, Welcome to CN and also thank you for adding the current sample of OTOLI to your libra...Hi John, Welcome to CN and also thank you for adding the current sample of OTOLI to your library in addition to the very kind review so far, I'm glad you are enjoying it. The book is actually being published this year (should be Spring time I think) by UK Independent publisher Pneuma Springs as per my notes here on CN about the book. I will be taking the current version down at some point in the near future but will certainly add some free sample chapters of the published book once it's out there in the global market place. The published book is a novel and adds quite a bit more to the story than what exists here at the moment. I'm quite excited about it all to be honest! Best regards Bryony (more) and bagged+3
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    Bryony Allen posted a message to Alan Baker Hi Alan, No problem on my part reviewing ' The Feaster from the Stars'. I really enjoyed the b...Hi Alan, No problem on my part reviewing ' The Feaster from the Stars'. I really enjoyed the book and for me it was even better than 'The Martian Ambassador'. I have given what was really my honest opinion of the story and the writing. I looked at removing the comments regarding the typo's in the review now that you have made the corrections but I can't see a way to re-edit the post. I doubt it's a major concern but if it bothers you that they are still there maybe Oli Brooks and team can remove them. Are Snow Books going to publish this one too? I sincerely hope so. I will of course keep you updated regarding OTOLI's publication, publisher is busy sorting the book cover and copy editing/type setting I believe. Yes also pleased to Ardie's book is gathering momentum, will be good to see it breathing and living in the published world. Bryony (more) and bagged+3
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    Alan Baker posted a message to Bryony Allen Hi Bryony. Thank you so much for your wonderful review of The Feaster From the Stars. I'm so glad...Hi Bryony. Thank you so much for your wonderful review of The Feaster From the Stars. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. And thanks also for spotting the typos! It's surprising how easy it is to miss them, even after several proof readings. I have now corrected them and re-uploaded the book. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. By the way, I'd love to hear how you're getting on with your publisher. Ardie seems to be doing well with his - how are things coming along with OTOLI? Thanks again, Alan (more) and bagged+3
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    THE FEASTER FROM THE STARS: A Blackwood & Harrington Mystery
    Bryony Allen reviewed THE FEASTER FROM THE STARS: A Blackwood & Harrington Mystery, An interstellar marvel , and earned+10
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    Alan Baker posted a message to Bryony Allen Interesting point about mainstream publishers' marketing budgets, Bryony. The sad fact is, howeve...Interesting point about mainstream publishers' marketing budgets, Bryony. The sad fact is, however, that unless you're a big name author (or a celebrity with a bit of tat to flog) they actually spend very little on marketing (or so I'm given to understand from various sources - including my own non-fiction book sales!). Their budgets seem to be geared towards pushing high-profile titles and authors while virtually ignoring the mere mortals. Of course, they would argue that it's the major bestsellers which provide the revenue that allows them to publish lesser-known writers; but even that's becoming more rare these days. I'm very glad that you and Ardie have got deals, and I sincerely wish you the very best of luck with your publishers and your titles. Long live the indies! (more) and received+3
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