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I Now Call Myself A BAME Writer

I Now Call Myself A BAME Writer

I never used to call myself a writer – let alone a black, Asian or minority ethnic one. I kept my writing private, confining it to a world that consisted only of my laptop, the occasional scrap of paper, and me. When I started my first novel I knew things would have to change, and […]

August 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Going to College with a Book of Her Own

Going to College with a Book of Her Own

Some of us live our lives in Full Catastrophe. This was true for me that night in November 2000. That time between the stars and the sunrise, between our demons and our angels is a time the Romans call The Watch. We have all been there. At 3:20 a.m. How did I get here? What […]

August 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Fashion of a Doomed Queen – the Inspiration behind The Wardrobe Mistress

Fashion of a Doomed Queen – the Inspiration behind The Wardrobe Mistress

I’ve always been drawn to history because of the people. It’s fascinating to me that some people are remembered so strongly, even hundreds of years later. That’s usually how I choose what historical period I want to write about: I come across an interesting person or opportunity, and the story blossoms from there – with […]

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Writing in Disaster’s Wake

Writing in Disaster’s Wake

In January 2013, less than three months after Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast, an audience of volunteers studied the diagram on the screen. Titled “Emotional Phases of a Disaster,” the figure resembled a tremulous, lopsided W, each point labeled with a stage in a community’s typical reaction to catastrophe: Pre-Disaster, Impact, Heroic, Honeymoon, Disillusionment […]

August 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
What Makes Readers Open Their Minds and Bodies to a Story?

What Makes Readers Open Their Minds and Bodies to a Story?

A reader who believes in a story opens to it, mind and body. Novels have to work harder than films or television dramas to induce this openness; they can’t dismantle defenses with mood music and explosions. But they must induce openness, in order to get readers to climb aboard their carnival rides and stay until […]

August 13, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
The Importance Of Listening To Your Editor

The Importance Of Listening To Your Editor

I am currently co-editing an anthology of short fiction. I also supplement my paltry writers’ income with freelance editing projects. I’m not a proof reader; the edits I offer are structural, though I will pick up on any punctuation that has gone awry. Editing is something I enjoy. The idea of helping a writer to […]

August 9, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Food as an Enchanting Writing Tool

Food as an Enchanting Writing Tool

People sometimes ask me why I write about food. Is it because I love to cook and eat? I’m sure this is partially true, but of course I know there is much more to it than that. I recently watched the movie, “The Lion,” and was struck particularly by a powerful scene, which further solidified […]

August 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
Women’s Fiction Writers Association Star Award

Women’s Fiction Writers Association Star Award

If you are the published author of a book of Women’s Fiction, the Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) has a contest just for you. WFWA’s annual Star Award is the only contest in the publishing industry that exclusively recognizes outstanding published Women’s Fiction. Is this your first book of WF? Don’t worry, you needn’t go up […]

August 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
From Glossy Magazines To Novel

From Glossy Magazines To Novel

The seed for my novel Love Apples was sown during a summer creative writing course at Central Saint Martins in London. Although I’d been working as a food writer and sub-editor for women’s magazines for several years, I didn’t know where to begin with fiction; it’s one thing producing a 1000-word feature, another altogether growing […]

August 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
Getting To Know Caleb: Discovering My Own Character

Getting To Know Caleb: Discovering My Own Character

Sometimes characters reveal themselves to me after many months of work and countless drafts, sometimes they appear almost fully formed. The protagonist of my debut crime novel, Resurrection Bay, strode onto the page as though he’d been waiting impatiently for me to give him the opportunity. Caleb Zelic was a thirty-something investigator with a dry […]

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