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Venice & The Broken Road

I can’t believe how long it is since I last wrote my blog – a combination of not writing very much at the moment, lots of other writing (and non-writing!) related activities, and a trip to Venice! Although I only managed nine days this year, the visit inevitably brought back... read more

Happy Birthday Unravelling!

Unravelling, my first novel, is six years old! Although I’ve published two more novels since then, I find it almost impossible to believe that this journey started six years ago. Copies of Unravelling on Launch Day: Since then Unravelling has done some wonderful things – lots of people have bought... read more

Don’t disturb me – I’m not writing!

I’ve been busy with writing-related things recently: helping to organise the Evesham Festival of Words, editing the file for the Festival’s anthology of the winners and shortlisted writers’ stories, compiling interviews for The Short Story, starting teaching a new ten-week course on the short story etc etc. And I’m about... read more

The Short Story

Hello everyone! I haven’t been around much recently. I could blame all the projects I’m involved with or I could blame lethargy and apathy. Or it might be a different reason altogether because I’m an unreliable narrator. I’ll leave you to decide which is the truth! Whatever the reason for... read more

‘Don’t Upset the Reader’

I’ve been conditioned since I did my MA not to upset the reader. Don’t write about unlikeable characters. Don’t write about characters doing things that most of us wouldn’t do. Don’t be too emotional. Don’t write unhappy endings. Don’t be too obvious – or too subtle. Messy situations are okay,... read more

And in other news

Haven’t written here for ages, but it’s 29th February, and if I can’t find the time to post on my blog with a whole extra day to celebrate, something’s going wrong somewhere! So, a quick catch up on a few happenings: One of my short stories has been longlisted in... read more

Five Reasons to be Happy.

Everything seems to be about lists these days: The top 100 books of all time The fifty richest people The ten items on my bucket list And a bizarre one I found: Ten sordid insights into the Victorian Opium Age. So, I thought I’d compile my own list. You’ve been... read more

Thank you!

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments and messages in response to my plaintive post last week. You are wonderful, and I truly appreciate them. Some brilliant advice, which I will try to take. And now here’s something that made me smile. I saw an offer on the... read more

2016 so far!

2016 is one twelfth over, so in spite of speeding by, how’s it going so far? Horrible! Sorry to be depressing, but I feel so despondent. I’ve been resisting blogging because nobody wants to read a string of misery, but I felt I’d neglected the blog for long enough. I... read more

Pining for my characters!

I started off the year feeling despondent. I wondered if I even wanted to write any more. It all seemed pointless. The hard work, the missed outings with friends, the long hours at the computer suddenly appeared without value. I couldn’t understand my mood. I had just produced my third... read more