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Falling in Love with the Enemy

Falling in Love with the Enemy

After the end of the Second World War, my aunt married a German whom she had met before the war began. They were deeply in love but, for obvious reasons, the marriage sent shock waves through my family and no doubt through his. It must have taken all their determination and courage to weather the […]

June 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Getting Past the Opening: Where to Start your Novel

Getting Past the Opening: Where to Start your Novel

We sit in front of the keyboard, poised, with an idea for a book spinning in our head, and find ourselves afraid to start. After all, we are aware we have one paragraph, or three at best, to capture the attention of the reader. What do we do? My friend and mentor, Elizabeth Searle, offered […]

May 11, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
From Publisher To Writer

From Publisher To Writer

  It was a long held dream of mine to write a novel. In fact I attempted it several times before finally realising my dream. The problem was I never truly believed my writing was of any merit thus resulting in many unfinished manuscripts, which were unceremoniously consigned to a drawer that was rarely opened. […]

March 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
A Woman Fakes Her Death on 9/11: The Story Behind the Story

A Woman Fakes Her Death on 9/11: The Story Behind the Story

They say you need to be able to summarize your novel with one, solid sentence. I’ve always had a hard time with that. I feel the need to go into paragraphs of description, with lots of “First this happens and then this happens…” Then, in 2009,  I stumbled upon the kind of idea that has an […]

October 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
How a Smartphone Camera Can Jumpstart Your Writing

How a Smartphone Camera Can Jumpstart Your Writing

Both the camera and creative writing offer us a lens into our humanity. Every story is a snapshot of a time, place or person, and every photo has a story to tell. For me, photography and writing have always gone hand in hand.  They are the push and pull of my daily routine, the way I […]

September 4, 2016 | By | Reply More
May The Story Sing

May The Story Sing

When I sign copies of my debut novel, The River Witch, I almost always say, “May the story sing for you.” I’ve never stopped to really wonder why those words came to me or what they might mean, except that I have a love of music. While I was on book tour, I asked the […]

September 2, 2016 | By | 6 Replies More
When To Call It Quits

When To Call It Quits

Starting a fresh manuscript is always an exciting thing for me. The possibility of the blank page. An idea that makes my heart beat faster. Characters chattering away in my head, telling me their stories. Those are the moments I want to hole myself up in a cabin in the woods, just me and my […]

August 30, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Look Away. You Don’t Want to See This.

Look Away. You Don’t Want to See This.

He narrowed his eyes…with downcast eyes…her eyes darted to the window…she found him with her eyes…her eyes glistened with unshed tears…he blinked in surprise…she stared in amazement…he focused on the ground. Do you see the theme? These phrases are only a handful of the many I found in the rough draft of my work in […]

August 21, 2016 | By | 10 Replies More
Writing Adventure Stories For Children

Writing Adventure Stories For Children

Writing for children, it has been said, is just like writing for adults, only much harder. So why would anyone attempt to write a novel for 8 – 12 year olds? I started by mistake. I’d loved the stories my Dad had told me, and being Irish, he spun some really good yarns. He had […]

August 17, 2016 | By | 4 Replies More
How To Build A Character

How To Build A Character

If you type ‘how to build a’ into Google, you’ll be given the options of shed, fence, house, website. (I don’t think it will be too long before ‘girl’ is added to the list due to Caitlin Moran cornering this part of the literary market.) All of these options give guidance on construction and the […]

July 20, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More