In a recent article I wrote for The Irish Times, I set out to examine why writers find the question ‘What’s your book about?’ so tricky to answer. Apart from filling your cheeks with air and slowly forcing it out through your mouth, what can you say about the behemoth that has taken over your… Continue reading The Dreaded Question – What’s Your Book About?
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
If I hear one more author tell me how VITALLY IMPORTANT a mailing list is, I think I’ll scream. Swear words. The bad ones. The more observant among you will notice a new pop-up box asking you to join MY mailing list – don’t run away!! This is merely my feeble attempt to jump on… Continue reading The Magical Mailing List
The other day I read a tweet about preparing for festival season. I assumed that it was related to Electric Picnic or Glastonbury, advising us to get our ‘festival on’ by donning the obligatory uniform of wellies, trilby and cut off shorts. But imagine my surprise, dear reader, when I realised the tweet was referring… Continue reading A Party Of One
Whoever said variety is the spice of life obviously knew nothing about the publishing industry. For women’s fiction (that infuriating term) it seems the pendulum has swung wildly to the opposite extreme from the nineties Chick Lit obsession, to a dark and disturbing landscape of Grip Lit, full of domestic violence, rape, child abuse and… Continue reading Tired of Trends?
Oh writers, what’s with all the judgement? And where is all the tolerance?? This week saw the anonymous letter from a ‘failed novelist’ in The Guardian in which (what we assume) a female writer described her experience of trying to get published. Years of work and emotional investment wasted, I finally gave up, to save my sanity.… Continue reading The Failed Novelist
Originally published on Swirl and Thread as part of #IrishWritersWed “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” Westward Ho – Samuel Beckett Full disclosure: I’ve never even read Beckett. However I am a sucker for inspirational quotes (if only I could remember them!). I immediately pinned this one, in the hope… Continue reading Fail Better