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My New Novel

I came back from Venice last Saturday, and after four weeks away, it’s been a huge struggle to return to normality. Especially when what passes for normality for me at the moment is reading and rereading my manuscript, making adjustments, adding things, taking others out, and generally going boggle-eyed. This... read more

Readers are the cherries!

Last night I went to talk to two book groups in the darkest wilds of Little Witley. I couldn’t find the exact house at first, and when I stopped to ask, the woman said ‘Have you come for the cherries?’ I didn’t know at that stage, but indeed I had!                ... read more

The Editing Black Hole

So, I’ve been absent for a while – perhaps my longest time absent from the blog ever. The reason? Editing/rewriting/proofreading! I’ve had a couple of trips away (although I was still closeted with my manuscript in Cornwall), and a few other commitments, but generally I’ve spent my time reading, rereading,... read more

When literary invention gets in the way of character

I’ve recently finished reading ‘Life after Life’ by Kate Atkinson. It took me forever to read, not only because it’s 611 pages long, but because after a while I could hardly bear to read it. I had high hopes for it. From the praise on the front cover: Dazzling, Gillian Flynn; A... read more

Five Marketing Tips

Almost every writer I know shies away at the mere mention of MARKETING! Writers tend to spend a lot of time shut away in isolation, existing in fictional worlds. It’s daunting to emerge, blinking, into the light, and start selling our wares/ourselves. And people are no more likely to respond... read more

My Time at Gladstone’s Library

I spent a wonderful week at Gladstone’s Library in Hawarden in North Wales last week. I was lucky enough to be given a week’s scholarship, so all I had to do was write, think and enjoy these beautiful and tranquil surroundings. The photo of the library itself doesn’t really do... read more

I’ve Been Revising My Novel …

I’m conscious that February 2015 is rushing on its merry way and I’ve hardly posted here at all. Poor blog is feeling very neglected! However, I haven’t been idling away the time or out on endless jollies – since Christmas I’ve either been ill or revising my novel, sometimes both... read more

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder?

I thought it was time I put in an appearance here, even though it’s a flying visit! I don’t know if you’ve wondered where I’ve got to or not. Does absence make the heart grow fonder? Or does that other proverb – Out of sight, out of mind hold a... read more

More on Titles

This is interesting. One of my blog readers, Linda Bromyard, is a school librarian, and she tried out the list of titles from my previous blog with some of her students aged 12-14. Bearing in mind the age of the participants – so definitely not that of the intended audience... read more

Books Make Great Presents!

I love books! I love the physical experience of books – the covers, the blurb, turning the pages, the smell and touch of a book. And I love being surrounded by books – piles of them! (I suppose that’s the reason I rarely pick up my kindle.) My husband says... read more