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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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Why Do You Write?

Why Do You Write?

We’re giving away two copies of Sweta’s SARIS AND A SINGLE MALT this month, TELL US WHY YOU WRITE in the comments for a chance to win! How many times have you, the writer, been asked “Why do you write?” How often do we believe that we know why we write? But if you mindfully ponder over […]

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Making Fairytales – On Writing the Book I was Meant to Write

Making Fairytales – On Writing the Book I was Meant to Write

The origins of a book fascinate me. How do writers have such clever ideas? Why don’t I have them first? How dare someone write a bestseller with an idea I had five years ago and never did anything about?! (It happens to us all, right?) But when it came to writing my fourth novel, a […]

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Can You Write a Biography With Limited Sources?

Can You Write a Biography With Limited Sources?

I think most people who come across anecdotes about the seventeenth-century English noblewoman Frances Coke Villiers, Viscountess Purbeck, would find them fascinating. Commonly told stories include the drama surrounding her marriage. Her parents disagreed on who their daughter should marry, kidnapped her back and forth, until the king and the law stepped in and enforced […]

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How Speed Writing Gave Birth to My Novel

How Speed Writing Gave Birth to My Novel

When my twin daughters were about nine months old I decided to give birth to another baby. Not just any baby, but one that I created first in my head and then ultimately transferred to paper…my first novel. To my surprise I accomplished this task in a rapid ten months. Many people debate about when […]

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Too Much Research  (Or Why You Must Leave Awesome Things Out Of Your Book)

Too Much Research (Or Why You Must Leave Awesome Things Out Of Your Book)

Case Study: WHERE THE SWEET BIRD SINGS Subject: Canavan Disease Authors choose to write about a subject, location, or timeframe because there’s something about one or all of these things that makes them tick. They’re willing to spend time, often years, rolling around in the details, envisioning the scenes, researching. But if the work is […]

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Blowing Up Your Point Of View

Blowing Up Your Point Of View

POV. Point of view. I started paying closer attention to point of view when I read a few reviews criticizing master romance writer, Nora Roberts, for mixing her POVs. “Shameful,” said one reviewer. “Incredible,” wrote another. How could she? Didn’t she know any better? All because Nora had the audacity to write this: “He needed, […]

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Learning My Strengths

Learning My Strengths

Allow me to a paint a picture of the woman I was five years ago. I worked long hours at a video game company, which almost anyone who works at a video game company does (it’s a field we join from love, you see, so we’re not supposed to mind the soul-crushing overtime.) I commuted […]

July 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why I Write: Cass Morris

Why I Write: Cass Morris

“He’s hurt. We’ll have to hide him under the bushes until the king’s men pass, and then we can go find the magic that will save him.” So ran the first story I remember telling — a sequel to The Last Unicorn, which I forced my cousins to act out with me. I don’t recall […]

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