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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 They both noted during the interview that they felt that genre boundaries are disappearing and are outdated.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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Happy New Year!

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It’s the start of a new year and I woke up on the 1st of January to find out that Random Acts of Unkindness was in the Australian Amazon top 10! I also got the news that it will also be included in the US Amazon Prime Reading Program for three months from January, so […]

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November means NaNoWriMo!

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November means Nanowrimo. National Novel Writing Month. The time when I write 50000 words in 30 days. Which isn’t novel length, and the length isn’t the only thing that’s different. I really look forward to November. It’s just after my birthday, just before Christmas and it’s usually cold. So when I discovered Nano many of […]

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Kindle Scout: the final week

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I’ve been running a Kindle Scout campaign for three weeks now. The first two weeks were great, with plenty of time in ‘hot and trending’. But week 3… Week three was both difficult and focusing. I’d exhausted all my personal contacts and had to urgently think up new strategies. I haven’t connected my day job […]

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Writing for story or writing for genre?

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I’ve always been confused about what category my stories fall into. I used to think they were ‘chick lit’ but, as I’ve written before, they became too dark. Then I thought that I would write ‘crime’. Sometimes it came out as ‘gritty women’s fiction’. Then, somehow, I wrote a speculative fiction novel. When I started […]

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What, When, Where? with Tanya Reimer

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Continuing the What, Where, When? feature of writers and their writing processes, I am very pleased to welcome Tanya Reimer, author of many speculative fiction novels, to the blog to talk about her writing life. What do you write? I am a writing addict. I will try anything in any dosage. I once had an editor […]

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November means Nanowrimo

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November means Nanowrimo. National Novel Writing Month. The time when I write 50000 words in 30 days. Which isn’t novel length, and the length isn’t the only thing that’s different. I really look forward to November. It’s just after my birthday, just before Christmas and it’s usually cold. So when I discovered Nano many of […]

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Inspiration

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An interesting development happened as I was reading through a finished novel. When the writing process is complete I edit and edit again. Edit, read, edit. This particular novel is one that has gone through several transformations until I am finally satisfied that it is finished. I start a piece of writing, be it a […]

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What, Where, When? with Heather Hill

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Continuing the What, Where, When? feature of writers and their writing processes, I am very pleased to welcome Heather Hill,author of The New Mrs D, to the blog to talk about her writing life. Hi Heather. What do you write – what are you currently writing and what made you start writing in the first […]