Art is never finished, only abandoned. Leonardo da Vinci Creativity is something that refuses to be measured by calendars; laughs at deadlines and always begs the question, ‘Could I make this better?’ Leonardo is right, at some point you just have to walk away, but how do you know when that is? As many… Continue reading How To Tell When Your Novel Is Finished
Making art isn’t an exact science. So much is down to happenstance and luck, and I always admire authors who attribute their success to a strange marriage of dull slog and serendipity. I recently read what was, in my eyes, a near perfect novel, but during a conversation with another reader, she pointed out some… Continue reading The Perfect Book
Missy Elliot may have been the first woman to rap about flipping and reversing, but in her book, The Power, Naomi Alderman takes this to a whole new level, writing a story of gender role reversal for a new generation, that has won her The Baileys Women’s Prize For Fiction. This is such a thought-provoking,… Continue reading The Power
Too soon? Never! I’ve stumbled across so many spectacular reads this year, that I thought I’d do an end of summer review of my favourites. So if you’re looking for ideas for your next read, this one is for you. Historical Fiction GOLDEN HILL Set in 18th century New York, this is a novel that… Continue reading Recommended Reads
Big thank you to everyone who signed up to my shiny new mailing list! As you will know, I have kept my promise and you haven’t heard a peep out of me, as I’m saving myself (and you!) for when I’ve got something exciting to shout about 🙂 So, having reached the magic number of… Continue reading Mailing List Winner
Well, here it is folks – the book I wish I’d written. Unfortunately, Gail Honeyman wrote it, but it’s probably for the best as she has introduced me to one of the most original, funny and endearing characters I have ever read. Eleanor Oliphant is in survival mode and does a pretty good imitation of… Continue reading Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine – Review
In a recent article for Women Writers, Women’s Books, I wrote about the ubiquitous ‘author profile’ and whether or not this has any bearing on your readership. I follow lots of authors on Twitter and while a lot of successful authors have a devil-may-care attitude to what they share, others are quite guarded and even… Continue reading To Share Or Not To Share?