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August 5, 2019

I was at a family thing this weekend. I don't have a lot of family, but my husband does. He seems to be related to most of Ireland. There was general chat about general stuff, and then one of my sister in laws asked me if I'd marked exam papers this year or if I'd stop...

April 25, 2019

There, I said it. 

Social media is not for writers. 

That covers all writers, unpublished and published.

There was a time a few years ago, when getting on twitter and building a following was seen as the most important thing you could do to boost your career. Unpublished...

November 12, 2018

Writing sex is really difficult. No, really. It is. (I can hear those of you at the back snickering. Stop it). If you've ever had a go at writing it, you'll know what I'm talking about. There's so much to get right, and so much that can go wrong, not to mention the fac...

November 9, 2018

I've never been a great believer in writer's block. I've always thought of it as more of an excuse than a real thing, something used by the same people who talk about the muse and claim that their characters talk to them and that they have no control over what those ch...

July 30, 2018

I've seen this question asked in a few different places over the past few weeks - on twitter, in facebook writing groups, on a writing forum I am a member of. Twitter of course did what twitter does - someone asked the question from a place of innocent curiosity, a cou...

May 10, 2018

I went to a thing this week, a writer's meet up that happens once a month in a town close to me, where a group of us (all published) talk about what we're doing and how things are going. It's a very mixed group, mostly non-fiction writers, so it's very interesting (par...

May 4, 2018

A long time ago, when I was at college doing my A-Levels, I had an English teacher who was really crap. I'll call him Tim Tambers (his name wasn't actually Tim Tambers, and apologies to any English teachers called that). If you're not from the UK you might not be famil...

April 27, 2018

Here is it, at last - the cover for the second book in the second species trilogy, Deep Blue. It will be released on the 19th of July, so not long to wait, and you can preorder it on amazon here

This was an incredibly difficult book to write. I know second books often...

April 7, 2018

There's been a thing doing the rounds on twitter this week with regards to a thing called Pitch Wars. This is a (primarily American, I think) contest where you can win a crit of a full manuscript from an agented author or someone who works within publishing. It had bee...

March 29, 2018

I went to a thing this week, which is one of the things I am trying to do more of this year. I haven't actually really been able to leave the house and do things (other than taking my kids to school and going to Tesco) in several years. Severe endometriosis is the gift...

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