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Sending the Elevator Back Down

Sending the Elevator Back Down

Several years ago, I heard an author say that when a writer “makes it,” it becomes his or her job to send the elevator back down for those waiting their turn. It was a great way to encourage authors who’ve made it to the other side—who got the publishing deal or who’ve seen their book […]

December 10, 2016 | By | Reply More
Awakening the Muse Through Meditation

Awakening the Muse Through Meditation

Many of us know the nature of meditation is to sit and relax, focus on one’s breath, and clear the mind, but I’ve found meditation can do just the opposite for creativity. By that I don’t mean I meditate to stress out and create a web of random thoughts, but rather to open a calm […]

December 9, 2016 | By | Reply More
How Book Reviewing Influences My Writing

How Book Reviewing Influences My Writing

Before I published my books, and before I understood the importance of book reviews for an author, I always tried to leave a few sentences on Amazon and Goodreads about my reading experience. I’m a great believer in leaving (and reading) reviews for restaurants, holiday resorts, hotels, and other products, so why should books be […]

December 8, 2016 | By | 3 Replies More
Letting The Story Open The Door

Letting The Story Open The Door

I love short stories. Reading them, writing them, choosing them for Literary Orphans, the online literary magazine I have the privilege to spend time with. In many ways, although I’ve written two novels and am half-way through a third, I feel that short stories will always be by home, and first love. The submitted pieces […]

December 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
Sticking with It

Sticking with It

When my contemporary YA novel, Wesley James Ruined My Life, hits bookshelves next July I will be 42 years old. Forty-two is not old (at least, I like to think it’s not!), but it did take me a bit longer than some to land a book deal. There are examples of authors who hits it […]

December 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
Writing the Unthinkable

Writing the Unthinkable

When I first started to write, it was to escape. I longed, like a snorkeler, to slip beneath cool waters and linger below the surface of another world. Bangkok was a city burning on its fringes with protests, and I began by invoking these sights and smells. This grew into a novel, a portrait of […]

December 6, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Reaching Back and Recovering Women’s Voices

Reaching Back and Recovering Women’s Voices

My passion is bringing women back from the past. I wrote Wilde’s Women when I realised that (male, for the most part) biographers had largely ignored the brilliant women who helped make Oscar Wilde the man he was. That’s why, last Saturday, 26 November, having spent two intensive days sitting in a lecture theatre in […]

December 6, 2016 | By | Reply More
Why It’s Important To Write -and Read- Romance and Erotica In An Age Of Plentiful Porn

Why It’s Important To Write -and Read- Romance and Erotica In An Age Of Plentiful Porn

He’s one of my oldest friends, and so, when the words come out of his mouth, I first think I’ve misheard him. “Excuse me?” I say. And he says it again, and I ask him to repeat it, again. No, that’s what he actually said. “How do your parents feel about your new career as […]

December 5, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Walk a Mile In Your Characters’ Shoes

Walk a Mile In Your Characters’ Shoes

“Write what you know.” Apparently, it was Mark Twain who gave this famous bit of advice, with which, to be honest, I don’t always agree. As a writer of historical fiction set hundreds and thousands of years past, it’s impossible to truly know what happened in those times. I don’t really know if all the […]

December 5, 2016 | By | 4 Replies More
How To Hook Your Readers From The Start

How To Hook Your Readers From The Start

Leave it to the French. Earlier this year La Prixe de la Page 112, a French literary prize inspired by a quote from a Woody Allen film, announced their shortlist. The winner? The best page 112, chosen by jury, of that year’s new French releases, the contention being that by page 112 the editor and […]

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