Perfect Ten

Cover Reveal: Perfect Ten

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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 […]

Marie-Thérèse Perfect Ten

Angry Women: Picasso and Amazon Reviewers

Posted Posted in Books, domestic violence, Feminism, Feminist, Fiction, Identity, Identity construction, Love, Narrative, Novel, Perfect Ten, Uncategorized, Writer, Writing

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 […]

Manchester

Let me tell you about love. Let me tell you about Manchester.

Posted Posted in Fiction, Hope, Life, Love, Manchester, Stories, Storytelling, Writer, Writing

On this day, when Manchester wraps its arms around those who need it, I’m sharing a story I wrote last year for Womens Words MCR about my relationship with the city. ‘Let me tell you about love. I lived in Oldham as a teenager, before I knew love properly, but regularly travelled to the city […]

Impostor syndrome: a working class writer and the scenic route

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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 […]

Flawed Mothers in Fiction – or are they?

Posted Posted in Creativity, Feminism, Feminist, Fiction, Stories, Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writer, Writing

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? […]

The Story of My Story: Perfect Ten

Posted Posted in Books, Feminism, Feminist, Fiction, Perfect Ten, Revenge, Writer, Writing

Now January is over and done I’m starting to look forward to 2018 even more. In case I hadn’t mentioned it, I have a novel out this year! Perfect Ten will be published on the 6th September 2018. As you can imagine, this is very exciting for me, and I’m going to start at the […]

Crime writing and how I arrived here…

Posted Posted in Crime writing, Fiction, Narrative, Storytelling, Writing

Like most people, I started writing at school. Then I didn’t give up later on. Likewise, reading began at around five years old and I continued. So when I decided to write novels I thought I had a fairly good grounding. How difficult could it be? Not so easy, it turned out. I began writing […]

Am I in your novel? Truth and lies…

Posted Posted in Fiction, Novel, truth, Writing

Another popular question, particularly from friends and relatives, is: ‘Am I in your novel?’ The answer is: maybe. Not a single one of my novels or short stories is based entirely on a real person. However, inevitably, because of my own experiences and memories, filtered through my imagination, some characters might have elements of people […]

Change is good…

Posted Posted in Change, Fiction, Manchester, Philosophy, Psychology, Storytelling

It’s been a funny couple of weeks with a couple of u-turns. The most significant was my return to fiction writing. I decided on a change of genre and wrote a psychological thriller – they say write what you know! I ‘d had a big break from fiction writing because of disillusionment with the publishing […]

Book Review: A Kind of Intimacy by Jenn Ashworth

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A Kind of Intimacy is a deep, dark journey into the mind of Annie, an unreliable narrator of her own tragic story. Annie is a morbidly obese twenty-something with, it seems at first, a failed marriage behind her and a mood of unrelenting optimism. We join her as she moves into suburbia and makes an […]