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Fictional Facts

Fictional Facts

Maybe because I started off as a journalist, the 4 W’s – Who, Where, What, Why – also frame my fictions. So who are my characters? Where do they come from? What is their story? Why should anyone give up any of her precious time to read about these folks I made up? In the […]

August 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why I Write Romance

Why I Write Romance

Three years ago, I decided to take a journey into the unknown. If you have never used bus number, ‘UNK1’ into the unknown before; try it. It’s scary, but it’s also rewarding. That particular journey which was not only important to me personally, but also to my loved ones as, three years ago my life […]

August 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Chaos to Order When Writing A Novel

Chaos to Order When Writing A Novel

I am staring at the blank screen unable to write. I am simply paralyzed by the notion of writing my first novel. My desire to be perfect, much like my desire to be organized is a strive for unattainable perfection. I begin to think about my most challenging organizing jobs, the ones that I can’t […]

August 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Inspiration for The Chalky Sea

The Inspiration for The Chalky Sea

I live in Eastbourne, on the English Sussex coast. My family  lived here when I was a schoolgirl and I decided to move back recently after twenty years in London. I have always had a hankering to move back to the sea. What I hadn’t expected was that the town had a secret wartime history. […]

August 19, 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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