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Novellas – Why Readers And Authors Love Them

​What’s a novella? I hear you cry. While most authors are familiar with them, a lot of readers don’t know that what they are, even though they have probably read at least a few. The easiest explanation, simplistic though it is, is that a novella is longer than a short story, but shorter than a […]

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Why Crime Writers Are Such Nice People

The other day someone said to me, ‘You’re such a happy person. Why do you like writing crime?’Although my novels fit more into the psychological suspense/noir genres, crime plays a significant role in them.My reply was along the lines of, ‘That’s why I’m so happy, because I release my dark side on to the page.’M […]

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Confessions of a Grammar Nazi

Confessions Of A Grammar Nazi

I suffer from an affliction shared by many other writers. (Apart from caffeine addiction, procrastination and thinking about plots while driving and missing my exit). I am a grammar Nazi. And under that umbrella I also place misspelling and erroneous punctuation. Repeat after me please. They’re drinking their coffee over there.Wanted: man with good grammarI’m […]

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Fashion in Fiction

Fashion In Fiction – From Bodices To Bridget Jones

‘Fashion is the armour to survive the reality of everyday life.’ Bill Cunningham.I love clothes. Love looking at them, buying them and wearing them – especially when something I’ve bought feels comfortable and looks good. And if it was on sale, I’ve won the trifecta. As I’m a woman, you could say it’s in my […]

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Health risks of being a writer

The Health Risks Of Being A Writer

Danger – writer at workDon’t let anyone tell you that writing isn’t a dangerous occupation. Just last week I came perilously close to stapling my manuscript to my thumb, and yesterday I dropped my dictionary on my foot. (It’s a large dictionary and it was from a considerable height).The worst afflictions are the ones that […]

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Down the rabbit hole

DOWN THE RESEARCH RABBIT HOLE

Most novels require some sort of research. If you’re writing a novel set in a different historical period, obviously you need to do a lot of research. But regardless of what genre of novel you’re writing, things come up that you need to investigate (with perhaps the exception of fantasy, because you can make everything […]

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The Top Ten Books I Read in 2016. girl sitting on pile of books.

The Top Ten Books I Read In 2016

There’s only one thing I enjoy more than writing (and sometimes more) and that’s reading. I review a lot of the books I read on Goodreads, an online book club where readers can post reviews of books and connect with other readers. It’s always fun at the end of the year to look back at […]

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Five Life Lessons from Walking the Camino de Santiago

Since returning from my 775 kilometre trek across northern Spain on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, I’ve been asked several times, ‘Did you experience any spiritual enlightenment? Discover the meaning of life?’There seems to be a general assumption that even if I didn’t make the journey for spiritual reasons, I would have discovered some deep […]

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My mother's cookbook - recipes for nostalgia

My Mother’s Cookbook – Recipes For Nostalgia

One of the things I love about historical fiction is being transported into another time and place. As well as vicariously living a life vastly different from my own, I also enhance my knowledge of historical people and events.It’s one of the reasons I love flipping through my mother’s recipe book. She bought it soon […]

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Confessions of a Book Nerd. artoon character with glasses reading a book.

Confessions of a Book Nerd

I’ve been a book nerd ever since I learnt to read. Even before I learnt to read, as my mother read to me from the time I was six months old, so it’s all her fault.As a child, my favourite activity was to curl up on the couch with my head in a book, while […]

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