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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 […]

Adele’s song and writing a novel

Posted Posted in Creativity, Identity, Love, Novel, Psychology, Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writing

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 […]

What would Margaret do? Meeting my literary hero Margaret Atwood

Posted Posted in Creativity, Identity, Novel, Psychology, Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writing

Late September I went to the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester to watch Margaret Atwood in conversation with Erica Wagner. Flashback to six months previously when I had seen the tickets go on sale and hovered in excitement over the ‘buy’ button until exactly 10am and then feverishly filled in the space in my diary, and […]

Excerpt from new gripping crime fiction novel Random Acts of Unkindness…

Posted Posted in Creativity, Identity, Love, nanowrimo, Novel, Psychology, Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writing

Random Acts of Unkindness is now published by Kindle Press! The people who nominated on Kindle Scout have already received their free copy and the reviews are coming in. For anyone who hasn’t got their copy yet, I’m posting the first chapter – if you enjoy it you can get it here CHAPTER ONE  I […]

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 […]

Kindle Scout day 10 update – social networking

Posted Posted in Creativity, Identity, Novel, Storytelling, Writing

It’s day ten in the Kindle Scout house and things got a little bit crazy when I realised that I would have to move out of my comfort zone. The first week was a ‘getting to know you’ experience where, for most of the week, I languished in ‘hot and trending’. I uploaded my novel […]

Being creative: abstraction: the personal and the public

Posted Posted in Creativity, Identity, Novel, Storytelling, Writing

I read and watch a lot of online content from other writers about their creative lives, and sometimes a piece of footage resonates. I’ve been writing for a while, and I’ve written several novels, some of which, on reflection, I would never show to anyone else as they form part of my learning curve, some […]

Storytelling and Change

Posted Posted in Change, Identity, Identity construction, Storytelling

‘All great changes are preceded by chaos.’ – Deepak ChopraEven as the eternal optimist I have to admit that the times, they are a changin’. I’m interested in storytelling, not just the written word on the page, but as a narrative psychologist, spoken-word stories of everyday lives. The key to good storytelling is the listener, as […]