Have we ‘Made it’?


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When I was young, I often imagined what it would feel like to ‘Make it’. You know… that state in ones career or ambition where they can say “I made it!”

The question is, what exactly is ‘it’? Is it recognition, fame, wealth, happiness and respect? How does one measure those things? It was only yesterday that it hit me. “I already made it”. In fact, most of us have!

One of my dreams was to release at least one book in my lifetime. I currently have seven titles available, and yes I don’t have worldwide stardom and a billion pounds, but I made my initial dream come true. “I made it”.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that we should stop going further. However, it’s nice to pause along this journey we call life and appreciate the things we have achieved. Our younger selves would be proud of where we are today.

Ricky Baxter

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What kind of writer are you?


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So, my online book tour for my title: Gideon and the Crimson samurai is about to reach its end. The last stop saw my novel being reviewed by Hot Choco and Books. The feedback was great and insightful. One of the interesting things they mentioned, was something others have highlighted. I am referring to the use of profanities.

Yes – underneath this seemingly bubbly and colourful tale of mine lies a slew of curse words. This was intentional of course, and I actually find it helps to bring a greater sense of passion and emotion when certain characters are under stress. Even when reading other books, I tend to lean towards titles that throw in a curse word or two. It makes me feel excited when seeing it – especially in the heat of a fight scene. However, as much as I love this addition to certain novels, it’s also worth understanding that not everyone shares the same welcome to such inclusions.

Through this journey of writing and self-publishing, I am discovering more and more, what kind of writer I am. Thanks to the many honest reviews, I have realised that I am a fiction writer of profanities.

I feel somewhat fulfilled by this realisation – as though I have learned and accepted something about myself that has always been there. Writing truly is a wonderful thing.

So, what kind of writer are you?


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Fictional Interview


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So – Gideon, my main character from: Gideon and the Crimson Samurai, recently got interviewed by a blogger called: Random thoughts from a tech nerd.

Although Gideon is a fictional character, I felt that I was watching my own child in the spotlight.

I wonder. What exactly do my characters mean to me? Are they merely different sides of my personality or fictional offspring to take after me?

For the full interview, click here


Romantic Interview


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The great thing about interviews, is that it gives me the chance to look deep inside and reflect. For the most part, I write without questioning my pupose for doing so. Don’t get me wrong, I know why I am doing this, but it’s not always easy putting it into words.

I hope I got my point across in my recent interview with Romance Reviews!😅

See for yourself here


Amazon page: here

Tour page: here

Facts about a writer


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Being a writer is a tough job. Writing to your heart’s content isn’t as wonderful as many would have you believe.

For those who know the truth, writing can be a tough job – forcing us to make life or death decisions (for our fictional characters of course).

Another sacrifice is the ability to function in the mornings, after writing all night. Yes, I am one of those night owls. Thank god for coffee!


For more facts about myself, head to Ziggy’s reading corner. where I reveal even more facts about myself!

Amazon book page: here

Book Tour Bliss


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Hi again friends!

Thanks to Books Unleashed, my online book tour is exceeding my expectations!

As many of you know, part of the self-publishing journey is getting your material out there. Book Tour companies are a godsend!

Follow my journey and tour dates, here!

Ricky Baxter

Amazon page: here

Delish and Yummy Interview!


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Greetings all!

So my next online tour destination took me to Delish and Yummy food and books – a great blogger that asked some good questions about the characters of my title: Gideon and the Crimson Samurai.

See the full interview here!

To see the full book tour date, go to Books Unleashed

Amazon book page here

Ricky baxter

Author – Blogger – Dreamer