Creativity

Flawed Mothers in Fiction – or are they?

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To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th, from today until the end of March I’ll be writing articles about ‘flawed’ women in fiction. As a psychologist and as a woman, I have never warmed to passive women in fiction. I see them as a foil to the ‘bad man’ and isn’t that too easy? […]

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 […]

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 They both noted during the interview that they felt that genre boundaries are disappearing and are outdated.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

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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 […]