Did you know that The Countess of Lovelace was the mathematician responsible for the very first algorithm? She’s the one we can all blame when our books are foundering in the choppy rankings on Amazon. How do I know this? Because I was researching SOMETHING COMPLETELY UNRELATED! Many writerly souls have been lost on the… Continue reading The Black Hole of Research
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
Come away, O human child! To the waters and the wild With a faery, hand in hand, For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand THE STOLEN CHILD William Butler Yeats This poem has been knocking on the door of my subconscious for quite a few years now and I’m proud… Continue reading Come Away
It’s been almost a week since The Story Collector was released and I think I’ve finally dragged myself out of my post-launch stupor! How to even begin to explain to you, dear reader, what this week has been like. It has been a mixture of utter joy, trepidation, excitement, anxiousness, exhaustion and elation. Let’s say… Continue reading Book. Launched.
Sound the 30 days to launch klaxon!! It’s just T minus 720 hours until my new book, The Story Collector, hits bookshelves and I’ve decided to draw up a helpful list of all the things I should be doing during this final phase of publishery and book launcherism. Panic. I’m particularly good at this and… Continue reading What To Do Before Your Book Launch
A book is a heart that only beats in the chest of another. Rebecca Solnit A very strange thing is happening as my new book, The Story Collector, takes its first tentative steps into the world. Advance review copies are winging their way to people and for the first time in my… Continue reading The Author Is Dead, Long Live The Reader
With the Oscars coming up, I’m reminded of one of my favourite speeches by composer Michael Giacchino for (coincidentally) one of my favourite animation features, UP. Of all the things he could have said, he spoke about the pervading myth/belief that doing something creative is a waste of time. Sure, we honour those at the… Continue reading Be Creative – It’s not a waste of time
It’s almost 2018 and you know what that means? The Year of The Story Collector!! No other books will be published this year, well, none that matter anyway 😉 And what’s more, I have my date (which oddly makes me feel like I’m getting married). The Story Collector will be available to read on… 14th… Continue reading 2018 – New Year, New Book
As most of you will not have noticed at all, because you have your own lives, I’ve been taking a bit of a break from social media. And it has been good. While most writers talk about taking a break from writing, I’m talking about a break from being ‘visible’, ‘out there’ and ‘switched on’. … Continue reading A Writer’s Holiday
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?