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 […]

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 […]

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 […]


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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 […]