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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 They both noted during the interview that they felt that genre boundaries are disappearing and are outdated.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 […]

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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 […]

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Kindle Scout one year on – was it worth it?

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It’s one year ago today since my crime novel Random Acts of Unkindness was published by Kindle Press following a successful Kindle Scout Campaign. Was it worth it? The short answer is an emphatic ‘yes’! This article will look in more detail at just how Kindle Scout and Kindle Press helped my writing career. Visibility […]

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Brokenhearted

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So I got through this week. I got through it and I don’t know how. I somehow did my work and I completed my edits. I wrote a story outline and set it to my agent. All the while I was on a kind of remote control, sleepwalking through the day. Brokenhearted. You see, I […]

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My official reaction to Ian Brady’s death

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I have been asked to give my reaction to Ian Brady’s death and I would just like to say that after all the research into his disgusting crimes I thought I would be glad, but now all I feel is more sorrow for the families of his victims, especially those who will never know the […]