Books

The Story of My Story: Perfect Ten

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Now January is over and done I’m starting to look forward to 2018 even more. In case I hadn’t mentioned it, I have a novel out this year! Perfect Ten will be published on the 6th September 2018. As you can imagine, this is very exciting for me, and I’m going to start at the […]

Creativity

Adele’s song and writing a novel

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So what does Adele’s song ‘Hello’ have to do with writing a novel? Apart from the fact that her music is fabulous and that she collected her MBE two people in front of me, I don’t know much about her. What I do know is that her song ‘Hello’ achieves what all writers want to do: identify […]

Novel

My Top Ten Books of 2017 (in ten words each)

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2017 was a strange year as I spent more time writing and editing than reading. Even so, I did manage to keep up with the Goodreads Book challenge. No one wants to read a long review, so here are my Top Ten books of the year in ten words each. So, my favourite book of […]

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Literary Fiction or Genre Fiction: who decides?

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I’m not the first to write about this subject and I won’t be the last, but watching Neil Gaiman and Kazuo Ishiguro debate genre fiction piqued my interest in genre boundaries. They both noted during the interview that they felt that genre boundaries are disappearing and are outdated. Recently an author on Twitter or Facebook […]

Storytelling

Writing workshops – are they worth it?

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Writing can be an isolating experience. The writing process is rarely collaborative at draft stage, yet this is a time when input can be invaluable. But where can writers get the kind of experienced input that will improve their work? Workshops There are many kinds of writing workshops offering a range of experiences: the learning […]

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Introducing my new website…

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It’s time for Perfect Ten. My new novel will be out early next year and I’ll be posting glimpses of it here over the coming months. I’m really excited about this novel as it sees a departure from the police procedurals I have been writing for the DS Jan Pearce series and a step towards […]