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Five Things I Did Wrong In My (First) Novel

Five Things I Did Wrong In My (First) Novel

Like many writers, my debut novel, Everything But The Truth,is not really my debut. I always feel like a fraud admitting that, but I am sure I’m not alone. The truth is, however latent your talent, however strong your drive, writing is a skill, and knowing how to write a book needs to be learnt, […]

March 9, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Tips For Staying Sane While Writing A Memoir

Tips For Staying Sane While Writing A Memoir

“You can do this” “No I can’t.” “Yes you can, just focus.” “I think I’m just going to go for another walk and then eat a biscuit” “Okay fine – but then back to work. You have a book to write.” “Blergh.” This was me. Having a chat with myself in the bathroom mirror for […]

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Writing The Dreaded Synopsis

Writing The Dreaded Synopsis

Some authors say that writing a whole novel is easier than writing a synopsis. I’m not sure I’d go that far, but I agree it sure as hell ain’t easy! Why is it so hard? There are a number of factors, I think. First, it seems so unfair that, having spent months or even years […]

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My Writing Process: From Idea to Published Book

My Writing Process: From Idea to Published Book

By the end of this year, I’ll have ten books on the shelves, in two genres and two separate series. Yet, every single one of them started with some kernel that excited me – a “What if” that spiraled into 60-100,000 words. For the latest book in my Profiler series, the kernel came from several […]

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Finding A Voice

Finding A Voice

Honesty: My debut novel, The Exclusives, is a psychological thriller set in an all-girls boarding school. Initially, the book was a romantic comedy inspired by the American film with Drew Barrymore, Never Been Kissed (still one of my favourites nearly twenty years on.) As I was writing the novel I was being tutored by Esther […]

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You Know More than You Think, So Trust the Process

You Know More than You Think, So Trust the Process

Just before I gave up on my master’s thesis – a sprawling social novel called Florida Pure – I sat in front of my laptop in a panic, turning to the bookshelf behind me and pulling down beloved novels, reading their first paragraphs and comparing them to mine. It was an exercise in self-sabotage. I […]

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How I Harnessed the Wisdom of My Inner Critic  and Finally Became an Author

How I Harnessed the Wisdom of My Inner Critic and Finally Became an Author

For too long, fear and blame stopped me from writing. The decades ticked by without me completing a book—something I’d wanted to do my whole life. I was immobilized by fear of not being good enough. I blamed my father for expecting perfection and critical junior high English teachers who stole the fun I had […]

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Like It, Share It, Hashtag It: How to Incorporate Social Media into Your Novels

Like It, Share It, Hashtag It: How to Incorporate Social Media into Your Novels

How many social networks have you logged onto today? One? Two? Five? I’ve been on at least eight and it’s barely noon. I’ve discussed books with people I’ll never meet in person, shared pictures with friends who live on other continents, and discovered (and pinned) a tasty-looking recipe involving sweet potatoes and figs. (I also […]

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The Challenges of Writing Women’s History

The Challenges of Writing Women’s History

When I began work on Heroines of Mercy Street I assumed that there were already lots of books on the subject and I feared that there wouldn’t be anything new for me to say. After all, everyone knew what Civil War nurses looked like, right? In fact, I was wrong on both counts. Nurses on […]

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New Writers’ Scheme

New Writers’ Scheme

It’s a truth universally acknowledged fact that, no-one ever succeeded by giving up. And that’s certainly true where writing is concerned. I would also add that no-one succeeded in writing without the advice and support of others. I’ve always been a bookworm and read a great deal as a child. It, therefore, seemed a natural […]

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