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Writing About War

Writing About War

While researching for my novel, Someone Else’s Conflict, I found myself asking a number of interesting, sometimes disturbing, questions about my decision to set the backstory in the 1990s Croatian conflict. During the conflicts following the break-up of Yugoslavia, the war in Croatia was gradually overshadowed by the shocking events in neighbouring Bosnia-Hercegovina. While I […]

July 4, 2015 | By | Reply More
Leave E.L. James Alone Already

Leave E.L. James Alone Already

Recently I was part of a group discussion with some fellow authors on the topic of whether we – as women authors – should publish a bad (or even mediocre) review of another woman author if we don’t like or appreciate her book. If your 3, or 2, or 1-star review will lower the overall […]

July 1, 2015 | By | 25 Replies More
How To Ignite Your Creativity, The Artist’s Way

How To Ignite Your Creativity, The Artist’s Way

Do you ever feel as if your creativity needs a boost? You may know Julia Cameron, the author of The Artist’s Way, is a multi-talented artist and bestselling author respected for her simple and structured approach to helping artists across disciplines discover and nurture their creativity. Ms. Cameron’s belief that each individual is innately creative […]

June 30, 2015 | By | Reply More
Why Am I Terrified To Launch A Book?

Why Am I Terrified To Launch A Book?

When I hear people say “no one is talking because they’re all glued to their smartphones and computers” I totally disagree. In the world I live in I’m connecting with more and more and more people globally and IRL (In Real Life for those that don’t know). I’ve been at yoga workshops and had people […]

June 28, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More
How The Writing Community Shaped Me

How The Writing Community Shaped Me

The publishing world is one of the biggest learning curves I have ever faced. Two years ago, or thereabouts, I grabbed a tatty old notebook that my kids kept stealing pages from, and a part chewed pen and I began to write. I really didn’t know what I was doing, but I have learned a […]

June 25, 2015 | By | Reply More
How Expressive Writing Can Improve Your Emotional and Physical Health

How Expressive Writing Can Improve Your Emotional and Physical Health

Human beings have been expressing themselves through the written word as far back as B.C. 5500. Today, people of all cultures write for many different reasons; they send texts and emails, write novels, research and write theses, jot down notes, record life stories and send postcards. But how many people have learned to use writing […]

June 22, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Learning From The Greats: Edith Wharton

Learning From The Greats: Edith Wharton

I’m all over Edith Wharton these days. I can’t get enough of her. Back to Edith in a moment. A few years ago it was Balzac who held a headlock on my heart. I went to Paris, meandered down crooked streets and labyrinths of alleyways in order to find his house. Just as I was […]

June 21, 2015 | By | Reply More
Song of the Sea Maid and Prehistoric Women

Song of the Sea Maid and Prehistoric Women

My second novel, SONG OF THE SEA MAID, tells the tale of Dawnay Price, an orphaned girl in London in the 1730s who stumbles upon the good fortune to find a benefactor and be educated. It is clear from her earliest days – lying on a hard bed and counting windowpanes, multiplying them in her […]

June 18, 2015 | By | 3 Replies More
You’re A Bestselling Author? Prove It!

You’re A Bestselling Author? Prove It!

When can you use ‘Bestselling Author’ on your book covers and in press? I recently posed this question to one of the writer’s groups of which I am a member. I was not expecting the amount of discussion this question ignited. Many authors feel that you should not consider yourself a bestselling author until The […]

June 16, 2015 | By | 9 Replies More
My Writing Journey So Far

My Writing Journey So Far

Words. I’ve always loved them. As a child writing was my first obsession. I wrote funny little stories, poems and letters. Mostly to my Nan, as she was my inspiration, my encourager. As a teenager I discovered how to lose myself in books, and reading replaced writing. Being the second of four children, with only […]

June 13, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More