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?
Patience. It was all going so well. Too well. My writing tackles difficult subjects while still trying to keep the shape of the embedded stories that resonate with readers. In my current WIP I’m looking at issues around grief and stress and what they can do. But the story is uplifting as well as a quest narrative. It’s complicated. Because of this I know […]
I needed a bridge between act 1 and act 2. The past and the present. Life and death.
Who do we think we are? What is out journey? Who do we become?
This morning I went shopping to Ashton-under-Lyne which is where Random Acts of Unkindness, my DS Jan Pearce series, is set. It reminded me of the struggles of finding time to write when you don’t even know if you book will be accepted. I have a day job as well as writing and I have a family […]
I’ve been thinking. And thinking isn’t writing, but it’s still part of the creative process. It’s also why writing a novel takes such a long time. Sitting down and writing around 90k words is one huge commitment. But while you are writing there are those light bulb moments and those moments of dread that send you rushing back to the […]
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 am very pleased to announce that Perfect Ten has now been published in paperback and ebook. I would like to thank my agent Judith Murray and everyone at Greene and Heaton for their support. Also my editor Sara O’Keefe and Susannah Hamilton, Kirsty Doole and Jamie Forrest and everyone at Corvus Atlantic Books for their […]
A while ago I saw an invitation to submit a short story to Women’s Words Manchester as part of an archive of women’s stories about Manchester. The stories were to be archived to celebrate 100 years since some women got the vote, and was supported by the Pankhurst Centre , Manchester Libraries.Archives+. Soroptomoists Europe and the Arts […]