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 […]

What would Margaret do? Meeting my literary hero Margaret Atwood

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Late September I went to the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester to watch Margaret Atwood in conversation with Erica Wagner. Flashback to six months previously when I had seen the tickets go on sale and hovered in excitement over the ‘buy’ button until exactly 10am and then feverishly filled in the space in my diary, and […]

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 […]

Alan Garner, books and me: growing up in other worlds

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I never could have imagined how opening books as a child would have an effect on the rest of my life. Long before I heard of Tolkien’s Hobbit, I went hand in hand with Alan Garner’s Colin and Susan to Alderley Edge in the pages of The Weirdstone of Brisinghamen. I would have been about […]

Countdown week – meet the Connellys

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The Connellys are inspired by the criminal families that often rule over housing estates and communities. They don’t commit crime in person, but have a legion of hangers-on who are their proxy. Sean Connelly is the ringleader and the successor to his father, Frank Connelly’s criminal Empire. Mr Connelly Snr was the founder of The […]