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Who is on the plum tree?

Tahlia Newland runs a really interesting blog site for Indies Authors. Well! I would say that. She has given me a wonderful review for Orange Petals In A Storm. I will be featuring Tahlia soon on Plum Tree Books. The follow-up to Orange Petals In A Storm, Exaltation Of A Rose, will be available shortly. Many thanks Tahlia for the great review!

About Dr Niamh

When I was a little girl (a very, very long time ago), I used to love learning new, really big words like ‘discombobulate’. As I grew, my love of words grew too, until I loved them so much, I could not stop writing them down. One day, as I was scribbling a particular word, a very peculiar thing happened. The word shouted at me, “Stop! Don’t put me there!” As you can imagine, I was shocked and nearly fell off my chair. When I recovered somewhat, I said to the word, “Could you stop shouting, please? I am not used to it.” Can you guess what happened next? No! I thought not. The word said, “I might be small, but I will misbehave if you do not use me properly. I will not tell the story you would like me to tell. I will say something entirely different!” I dropped my pen. I hoped that by dropping my pen, the word would stop talking. Alas! It did not. It carried on chitterchobbling, even after the ink had dried. I was in a pickle. I could not allow my words to run away with my story, now could I? I don’t know about you, but when this sort of thing happens, there is only one thing left to do if you prefer not to spend your time arguing. “Very well,” said I. “I will do as you ask if you will just be quiet and allow me to concentrate.” Since that day, I have been paying special attention to every word I invite into my stories. After all, a story should say exactly what it means to say and not be led astray. With love from Dr. Niamh, Ph.D in Learning Through The Imagination and Founder of Dr Niamh Children's Books. www.drniamh.co.uk

6 comments on “

  1. the secret keeper
    November 30, 2012

    her review was so detailed and insightful that I also reblogged to thesecretkeeper. it is inspiring and if I didn’t already own “Orange Petals in a Storm” I would have bought the book the moment after reading her quite descriptive and accurate review about metaphysical literature and magical realism. all of this and more Tahlia Newland wrote in her review about Dr. Niamh Clune’s book. Brava! Niamh. j.k. :-)


  2. Roisin Penzer (@rozpenzer)
    December 2, 2012

    I love Niamh’s work, she is really talented and a fantastic story teller, I couldn’t put the book down until it was finished and I am waiting with baited breath for the next instalment. Publishers should do well and read her work, why she hasn’t been picked up by the major publishing houses is beyond me. Come on publishers, it’s about time you read her work and get her signed up, she is amazing!


  3. thiskidreviewsbooks
    December 2, 2012

    What a nice review :) I have a question. What is metaphysical literature? Thank you :)


  4. ontheplumtree
    December 3, 2012

    Erik! I have described it as, when the invisible world of spirit plays a natural part in our everyday world. If you want the longer version, I have described it more fully (and intellectually) in a previous post: A Definition of Metaphysical Literature in which I explain its origins (which were in poetry).

    Metaphysical Literature is based in philosophy, but is written as simple stories…they are a way of teaching people about different aspects of reality…making them think…and doing it simply. if you would like to read more, my definition is beside this one on this blog. I know how clever you are, so you might like to read it. Today, Metaphysical Literature has morphed into Magic Realism, which is categorised as Fantasy, although, I think this is misleading as it is really much more than that.

    I hope that helps.


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