Hello my people! Wow, I’ve really abandoned this blog of late. I could blame, you know, the global pandemic and stuff, but the real reason is that I’ve been saving all my writing for my new book (which I am SUPERDOOPER excited about!!) It’s a slightly different genre, no history or magic, but lots of… Continue reading First Draft – Fourth Novel – Feeling Good
I wrote a short story! girl in the middle And you can download it, for free, on whatever device you use. Nook ~ Kobo ~ Kindle ~ Apple Now, don’t labour under the misapprehension that I wrote this during lockdown. No siree. All I’ve done during lockdown is watch Poldark (because… I’m really interested in 18th… Continue reading girl in the middle
Reading reviews can be a bit of an emotional roller coaster. The warm and fuzzy feeling when someone has connected with your characters; understood what you were trying to do and are happy they bought a ticket to your show. The shock and anger when someone dismisses your work, casually labels it ‘boring’ or the… Continue reading Don’t @ Me
Credit: Enrique Meseguer I love gothic novels. Everything from Edgar Allen Poe to Laura Purcell, Bram Stoker to Carlos Ruiz Zafon – I find the blend of dark romanticism, ominous characters, decaying grandeur, curses and the supernatural simply irresistible. My favourite novel as a teenager was Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Set on the desolate… Continue reading Betwixt – A gothic short story
I read a great thread the other day on Twitter by author Leigh Bardugo about how, as authors, we tend to perpetuate the myth of glamour and success that surrounds the magical business of getting published. Take it away Leigh! It’s time to talk about success and ambition. Let me be clear: Everyone has their… Continue reading White Lies
Some of us have dreamed about writing a bestseller for a long time. A part of me was terrified when I published my first book. Would I be able to handle the fame that came with it? I mean, of course, I anticipated the critical acclaim and the validation it would bring, but the success… Continue reading How Long Does It Take To Write A Bestseller?
Well, I didn’t win the Costa Book Award, which is the first of today’s problems, but at least one of my favourite novels of last year – The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – did, so that’s some consolation. Now before I delve into the dark and murky waters of #WriterProblems, I have to preface… Continue reading #WriterProblems ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Out of every 100 copies of my book sold, approximately 2 people will leave a review. At least that’s what the statistics say, but empirical evidence shows that it is far less. The fact is that most readers don’t see the connection between leaving a review and improving the book’s visibility on Amazon or Goodreads. … Continue reading What Is A Review Worth?
You know that old cliche – you don’t have to be crazy to work here, but it helps?! Well, welcome to the book business my friend. In the style of Joni Mitchell, I’ve looked at publishing from both sides now – well, three sides to be precise, a triangular perspective with lots of 90 degree… Continue reading Why Writers Are 100% My Type On Paper
I sometimes wonder what kind of advice would have helped me five years ago, before publishing my first book. Or if I would have heeded any of it. With that in mind, here’s a little checklist for anyone starting out on their writing journey… Get a good chair. I have done my best to ignore… Continue reading So You Want To Be A Writer…