inishing the first draft of a novel is a great feeling. You have worked on the story, lived with the characters and in their world for a significant amount of time – but what’s next?
My novel Perfect Ten is number nine in the Feminist Critique category again. It was previously a bestseller in that category along with Naiomi Alderman’s The Power and Mary Beard’s Women and Power. So what makes my psychological thriller about revenge feminist? I am always interested in what people who read Perfect Ten have to […]
From little acorns… Thinking is underrated. The last few days have added depth to the theme of the novel and allowed me to chart the characters journeys on my plotting chart. I was finally able to write the connecting piece that joins the last scene to the next critical scene and act 2. My goal is to […]
I’ve got ONE SIGNED COPY ONLY of the trade paperback of Perfect Ten left to giveaway. When the mass market paperback is released with a different cover this will become a ‘limited edition’!
In conjunction with Oldham Libraries I’m bringing NaNoWriMo to Oldham. If you want to write your novel with us during Worldwide National Novel Writing Month in November sign up as follows: – If you’re not already a member, sign up here https://nanowrimo.org – Make your ‘Home region’ Europe: England: Elsewhere – Find the forum thread ‘Welcome to Oldham’ and introduce […]
A couple of weeks ago my daughter rang me at work and asked me if I would like to do a podcast for Forever Manchester. She is an ambassador for them and has contributed a podcast herself, and she thought it might be fun. I thought I would find out a bit more about Forever […]
I am very pleased to announce that Perfect Ten has now been published in paperback and ebook. I would like to thank my agent Judith Murray and everyone at Greene and Heaton for their support. Also my editor Sara O’Keefe and Susannah Hamilton, Kirsty Doole and Jamie Forrest and everyone at Corvus Atlantic Books for their […]
With reviews coming in thick and fast for Perfect Ten, I wanted to dig a little deeper into Caroline’s character and her choices. Right from the outset, from my submission to agents and then editors, there were worries over Caroline’s choices about getting revenge on her philandering husband Jack. Would she be sympathetic enough? I intentionally […]
I’m pausing my very serious book posts to reveal an amazing fact about myself: I am Madonna. Many of you who know me through my day job or through writing will probably think that I am the furthest from Madonna that you could imagine – serious, studious and sober. But ask the people who have […]
While Perfect Ten is a psychological thriller, it also has a serious core where the main character Caroline is the victim of abuse. At the centre of this is her isolation because no one believes her. I wanted to write about this being believed, which has become a prominent part of the #metoo campaign and […]