Divided we are not

Posted Posted in 2019, Books, Change, Freedom, Hope, Identity, Life, Oldham, Perfect Ten, Standpoint theory, Stories, Storytelling, UK politics, Uncategorized, Writing

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.

#100daysofwriting 2019 Day 19

Posted Posted in #100daysofwriting, 2019, Creativity, Stories, Writer

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 […]

Pay It Forward: Best Ten Top Writing Tips I Learned in 2018

Posted Posted in 2018, Books, Fiction, Perfect Ten, Stories, Storytelling, Writer, Writing

  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 […]

Perfect Ten: What is ‘gaslighting’?

Posted Posted in domestic violence, Feminism, Feminist, Freedom, Perfect Ten, Stories, Storytelling, Writer, Writing

Perfect Ten has been read in an online book club this last week and one of the question that has been asked most is: what is gaslighting? This also raises the question of what Perfect Ten is really about. On the surface it’s about a woman’s quest for revenge on her ex-husband for his infidelity. […]

Perfect Ten GIVEAWAY!

Posted 1 CommentPosted in Fiction, Stories, Storytelling, Writer, Writing

***GIVEAWAY!*** The PERFECT TEN paperback will hit the shelves on 6th September 2018 and I’m giving away THREE Advance Reader Copies across Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! Would YOU like a copy? Here’s how you can enter: Comment on this post or Like my Facebook page and share the post – comment ‘shared’ and tag two […]

Perfect Ten: writing about revenge…

Posted Posted in domestic violence, Perfect Ten, Revenge, Social networking, Stories

To mark the release of my novel Perfect Ten I wanted to talk about how I came to write it and why I chose revenge as the theme. When I tell people that the theme of the novel is revenge there are raised eyebrows and curiosity as to what Caroline, the main character in Perfect […]

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Cover Reveal: Perfect Ten

Posted Posted in Books, Fiction, Perfect Ten, Stories, Storytelling

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 […]