I am absolutely delighted to announce that my new novel, How to play Dead, will be published on 7th November in ebook and paperback by Corvus Atlantic Book. I can’t wait for you to meet Ria. She’s watching over them. And he’s watching her… Ria Taylor is everything to everyone. Wife and mother, the centre […]
Subtext is implicit. Subtext is a gradual understanding of meaning behind the text that develops as the story unfolds. Subtext can be something we turn to when we have nothing else.
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.
The mass market paperback of Perfect Ten was released this week and WH Smiths, Asda and Sainsbury’s have agreed to stock it.
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?
My novel Perfect Ten is number nine in the Feminist Critique category again. It was previously a bestseller in that category along with Naiomi Alderman’s The Power and Mary Beard’s Women and Power. So what makes my psychological thriller about revenge feminist? I am always interested in what people who read Perfect Ten have to […]
From little acorns… Thinking is underrated. The last few days have added depth to the theme of the novel and allowed me to chart the characters journeys on my plotting chart. I was finally able to write the connecting piece that joins the last scene to the next critical scene and act 2. My goal is to […]
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’!
In conjunction with Oldham Libraries I’m bringing NaNoWriMo to Oldham. If you want to write your novel with us during Worldwide National Novel Writing Month in November sign up as follows: – If you’re not already a member, sign up here https://nanowrimo.org – Make your ‘Home region’ Europe: England: Elsewhere – Find the forum thread ‘Welcome to Oldham’ and introduce […]
A couple of weeks ago my daughter rang me at work and asked me if I would like to do a podcast for Forever Manchester. She is an ambassador for them and has contributed a podcast herself, and she thought it might be fun. I thought I would find out a bit more about Forever […]