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When The Going Gets Tough

When The Going Gets Tough

I always wanted to write. But I never quite believed that I could write my own book. Let alone publish it. My husband Marc is a firm believer that anything is possible if you’re willing to work hard enough for what you want. We had our first child in 2007 and it was the biggest […]

September 2, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
On Facts in Fiction: Sinkholes and Breadcrumbs

On Facts in Fiction: Sinkholes and Breadcrumbs

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines research as “the activity of getting information about a subject,” but every writer knows the true definition is “the squandering of eternities on the Internet under the guise of checking stuff.” Writers are a curious lot, so the invitation to explore a new city, an unusual job or a soap brand from […]

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Here, There and Nowhere

Here, There and Nowhere

As an American author, living in Britain, writing a novel about Florida, I am accustomed to existing in a semi-chronic state of dislocation. I have a mid-Atlantic accent which sounds to Brits like I’m right off the boat from Appalachia, but to Americans is pure Downton. Although 35 years of living in the UK have […]

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Girls and Trains: How a Title can impact on Sales

Girls and Trains: How a Title can impact on Sales

When I wrote my second psychological thriller, it was originally called Dead in her Tracks. My agent at the time, decided it would benefit from a better title and we settled on Girl on a Train. Now, to many of you, that might sound familiar – or does it? At least a year after my […]

August 29, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
The Inspiration behind Burnt Paper Sky

The Inspiration behind Burnt Paper Sky

It took me many years to get around to writing my novel. Years of dabbling with one idea or another, and never really taking my ambition seriously. Years of letting life get in the way. So by the time I wrote that first sentence, I was in my early forties, I’d lived quite a lot, […]

August 27, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Truths and Lies about Self-Publishing

Truths and Lies about Self-Publishing

Some say self-publishing is the greatest invention since sliced bread. Others say it’s ruining the industry. A lot of people have weighed in on this hugely popular phenomenon. Now, it’s my turn. I’ll address a few commonly held ideas and say if they’re true, or false. Self-published books are low quality. False. However, there is […]

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Writing is Just a Day at the Beach

Writing is Just a Day at the Beach

If you combined all five Great Lakes and poured them over the U.S., we’d be under 9.5 feet of water. I live less than 10 miles from Lake Michigan, the third largest lake, and almost never visit. I usually walk on familiar paths with predictable landscaping close to my neighborhood. Similar to my walking routine, I usually write […]

August 23, 2015 | By | 3 Replies More
Emily Dickinson – Breathing Life into a Legacy

Emily Dickinson – Breathing Life into a Legacy

“She was not daily-bread. She was star-dust.” Martha Dickinson Bianchi on Emily Dickinson The Belle of Amherst’s poetry lives on. It’s been almost 130 years since Emily Dickinson’s death, and yet her works are as popular as ever, with over 1,600 scholarly articles published about her poetry in the last 25 years. Yet whilst her […]

August 18, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Female Friendships in Literature

Female Friendships in Literature

Men have dominated the friendship scene in books throughout literary history. Pip and Herbert, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Frodo and Sam, Harry Potter and Ron Weasley, Romeo and Mercutio. The list goes on and on. Straight forward, no nonsense bromance at its best. Delve into the archives for a history of female friendships however, […]

August 17, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
The Novelistas – A Great Group of Writing Friends

The Novelistas – A Great Group of Writing Friends

The NW Novelistas (also known as Novelistas Ink) are a group of friends, who also happen to be writers, and meet each month for lunch, writerly gossip and mutual support. The group was founded over fifteen years ago by Sunday Times bestselling author Trisha Ashley, and as you can see from our latest books , […]

August 12, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More