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Gift idea: What Tim Knows

When you want to offer just a token gift, but feel that a sugary treat is too predictable, how about an e-book? It’s straightforward to give a specific e-book on Amazon and a short story collection is a robust choice for a wide range of friends, co-workers and acquaintances.

Here’s one which fits the bill nicely: priced at a budget-friendly 99 cents in the USA, What Tim Knows by Wendy Janes is a clever line-up of six stories where each protagonist faces a unique challenge. Interestingly, all feature in supporting roles in What Jennifer Knows by the same author, but the collection stands alone as a highly crafted set. I enjoyed all the tales – Tim won my heart easily – but what impressed me most was the unique voice Janes created for each character.

As I’ve been doing with the other authors featured this week, I asked Wendy Janes to answer questions themed around my 2017 Serenity Project:

1) How do you juggle life to fit in writing time?
Not very well! I like to maintain the illusion that I’m in control of my time by writing to-do lists, but I suspect what might be more productive is to get on with stuff rather than writing lists.

2) When you feel overwhelmed, what’s your favourite trick to unwind?
Chocolate. Giant slabs of mouth-watering milk chocolate have a wonderful calming effect on me.

3) What is one tradition you love about December?
When my children were little I used to love going to their school Nativity plays and concerts at this time of year. Seeing all those little shiny faces and listening to their piping voices singing festive songs made me feel all’s right with the world. And now I have my grandchildren’s plays and concerts to enjoy.

4) What does 2017 hold for you?
I hope 2017 will be a continuation of the good things of 2016 for me – writing, proofreading, helping parents on The National Autistic Society’s Education Rights Service, nurturing friendships and family.

Hmm: chocolate and to-do lists… Wendy and I clearly have a great deal in common. Thank you for sharing What Tim Knows with us!









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4 Comment

  1. Reply
    Wendy Janes
    December 7, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Thank you for featuring What Tim Knows on your blog, Pauline. Much appreciated!

  2. Reply
    Christine Campbell
    December 7, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    A delightful post, Pauline and Wendy.
    And such a delightful book! I recommend it all the time.

  3. Reply
    Julie Valerie @julie_valerie
    December 7, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    I love Wendy’s work. Hope she’s got another title coming out soon. 😉

  4. Reply
    Wendy Janes
    December 9, 2016 at 12:44 am

    Thank you, Christine and Julie for your lovely words. Hope to be finishing the first draft of my next book by the end of the year, Julie. 🙂

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