It is very hard to get motivated when you are working from home in lockdown. Keeping a routine kind of helps. My daily schedule now involves getting up, having copious cups of strong, black coffee, then getting myself and my toddler washed and dressed – if I stayed in pyjamas all day, this would send a subliminal message to my brain to switch completely off! I then check and respond to work emails while simultaneously trying to entertain a toddler and deal with the builders fixing the back wall of our house, which was overgrown with an invasive species of ivy. We then go out for our daily exercise at the local park and if the weather is especially nice, I will work in the garden while the babe plays up until lunchtime. That leaves my lunch break and late afternoon from 3pm onwards for writing time – if Netflix doesn’t get the better of me first!

Chipping away at untitled work-in-progress sequel to Gods of Avalon Road!

Chipping away at the untitled sequel to my debut novel from Blossom Spring Publishing, Gods of Avalon Road! 

Writing-wise, I have been motivated to chip away at my sequel for Gods of Avalon Road. The much-needed kick up the bum came in the form of recent positive feedback from readers to say that they couldn’t put it down and to ask if there would be more in the series. Just what a despondent-writer-with-lockdown-blues needs to hear!


About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has written four novels, including award-winning ghost horror, The Blue Man, as well as three poetry collections. Her writing confronts the nature of self; her novels feature main characters on a dark psychological journey who have a crisis of identity and create a new sense of being. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry. In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing literary journal with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from publishing pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary lad, a voracious reader of sea monster books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

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