Oldham gets a lot of bad press, including misrepresentation from Nigel Farage this week claiming that many areas in Oldham are ‘no-go areas’. It just so happens that the venue for my author event was smack bang in the centre of one of these areas. Alexandra Park, a beautiful Victorian space in the heart of Oldham, is often pitched by racists as somewhere race war battles are in full force every day of the week.
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?
I’m starting #100daysofwriting today! I’m about 40k into a novel and for #100daysofwriting I’m working on the rest. Today I started my new notebook and plotted some different scenarios to see how they worked. Join me!
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’!
I love writing but it can be very isolating. So in 2018 I have been out and about at writing festivals, book launches and writers groups. It has been an education. Chats with authors, agents and publishers have been illuminating and there is still so very much left for me to learn. I have […]
It’s been a very exciting week for me and Perfect Ten. The official launch date was earlier in September, but the launch party was on the 21st September at Chapter One Books in Manchester. On Friday, it was reviewed in the Daily Mail! Perfect Ten has gone national! In the fantastic review in their books […]
I went to see the Rolling Stones last week at Old Trafford Football Stadium. I have been a huge fan of them since childhood when my father gave me a record player and some old records. Amongst them was Little Red Rooster and my introduction to blues and rock. It s no secret that I […]
It’s here! The cover for Perfect Ten is released this week. I am thrilled because it captures Caroline Atkinson’s anger perfectly. My publishers and the cover designer have done a fantastic job, and the tagline, RAGE BEFORE BEAUTY, gives readers a strong clue of what is to come! Thank you to everyone who has pre-ordered […]
Last week I was lucky enough to visit the Tate Modern in London to see the Pablo Picasso exhibition ‘1932 – LOVE, FAME, TRAGEDY’ I knew a little about Picasso’s life but this visit was a real education about who he was, not least how he divided his time between his wife Olga and his […]
There are a lot of questions lately about where all the working class writers are; I am here. I was born in a deprived area to parents who worked in factory and trade jobs and who had not attended university. They lived with relatives in the 1960s and saved for a house deposit. When I […]