The Road to Publication: My Book Deal Moment…

Posted Posted in Creativity, Novel, Storytelling, Writing

It’s Christmas 2016 and I’m making list and checking it twice – a list of literary agents. It’s taken me two years to write my latest novel Perfect Ten and now, after much polishing and reading, it’s time to send it out to try to get a book deal. I’m no stranger to submitting novels […]

Madonna at 60

Posted Posted in Facebook, Feminism, Feminist, Freedom, Hope, Identity, Identity construction, Menopause, The 'Me' Project, Uncategorized

I’m pausing my very serious book posts to reveal an amazing fact about myself: I am Madonna. Many of you who know me through my day job or through writing will probably think that I am the furthest from Madonna that you could imagine – serious, studious and sober. But ask the people who have […]

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 […]

Impostor syndrome: a working class writer and the scenic route

Posted 1 CommentPosted in Books, Creativity, domestic violence, Feminism, Fiction, Identity construction, Perfect Ten, Uncategorized, Writer, Writing

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 […]

Find the good… #findthegood

Posted Posted in Depression, Hope, Life, Perfect Ten, positive thinking, Uncategorized

Life is stressful for lots of people at the moment. The endless gloomy weather we have had in the UK has underpinned a general feeling of dissatisfaction, if the news headlines and social networking sites are anything to go by. In my own life, I am emerging from a bittersweet year when I got my […]

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 Β I […]

What, When, Where?

I’m interested in how people write, what makes them do it and where they do it. So This page is dedicated to Β the What, When, Where? of how people write. Look out for interviews with writers about what they do and how they do it! What, When, Where? with Amanda Saint Continuing the What, Where, […]