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Dear Me On A Bad Writing Day…

Dear Me On A Bad Writing Day…

Dear Me On A Bad Writing Day, I know how you feel.  I have been there.  Your heart hurts, right?  You feel terribly, horribly inept at this writing thing.  There is not a sentence you’ve written that you are proud of.  The best ones you wrote were the darlings you had to kill. You’ve contemplated […]

February 13, 2014 | By | 39 Replies More
Good Writing is like Amber

Good Writing is like Amber

The gash in the bark fills slowly with thick aromatic resin, clear and golden; it seeps out and spills over, precious droplets that catch the light. Tiny fragments of bark and leaves and mosses, a gossamer-light wing of a fly, all are caught and enveloped as the tree bleeds sap to seal the wound. Years […]

February 4, 2014 | By | 5 Replies More
Wordsmithing: Go For It

Wordsmithing: Go For It

Words. Individually they’re just symbols on a page. Meaningless, really. But when you string them together into a sentence that conjures up feelings and images, THEN you have something. That’s what I call creative wordsmithing. We’re all capable of it if you put forth a little effort. True, some are better at it than others, […]

November 29, 2011 | By | 8 Replies More
Making Connections: Buses, Weaving and Poetry

Making Connections: Buses, Weaving and Poetry

When is the last time you sat on a bus or a train? I’m on a London bus just now. I find public transport a great place to brew and gather material for creative projects. Let me show you. The bus is a 106 from Stoke Newington to Finsbury Park, swinging round corners, barely pausing […]

November 18, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
A Journey of Souls – Why Novels Are the Most Truthful Medium

A Journey of Souls – Why Novels Are the Most Truthful Medium

The first time someone talks to you because they’ve read your novel, it is very peculiar. The novel I have just published – My Memories of a Future Life – is about a classical pianist who has to stop playing because of a mysterious injury. Her desperation and her search for a cure are the […]

September 26, 2011 | By | 18 Replies More
You Have Your Story, Find Your Voice

You Have Your Story, Find Your Voice

Have you had an experience so profound you just had to share it with others? Has a single event, or series of events over time inspired you to take what you’ve learned out into the world and make something of it? I have definitely had such experiences, and not only want to spread the word […]

August 21, 2011 | By | 2 Replies More
Celebrating Rejection Letters? Easy After Finding Felicity is Published

Celebrating Rejection Letters? Easy After Finding Felicity is Published

Rejection letters are beautiful things. I can say that now, feeling somewhat smug that my novel, the very novel for which I have said beautiful rejection letters, has found a home. That it took six years is a fact that I do my best to repress. They were six very very long years. Does it […]

August 7, 2011 | By | 30 Replies More
Pre-Publishing Fear: Before the Release of Bluesday

Pre-Publishing Fear: Before the Release of Bluesday

As I write this post, I am a few days away from the release of my first published novel, Bluesday. I’m sure all of you authors know exactly how I’m feeling right now. Churning within me is a mixture of excitement and raw, gripping fear. Excitement because what I have worked so long and hard […]

July 19, 2011 | By | 5 Replies More
The Curse of the Erotic Writer

The Curse of the Erotic Writer

I’ve been writing erotica for around six years now, five of them published. On the whole it’s brilliant. Readers appreciate the work (even if some people don’t admit to reading it!) and the community of erotic writers is fantastic. There’s no competition, back stabbing or bitchiness. Everyone is wonderfully supportive and encouraging. I couldn’t ask […]

June 9, 2011 | By | 14 Replies More
International Writers: Zvezdana Rashkovich – Dubai Wives

International Writers: Zvezdana Rashkovich – Dubai Wives

International writer and author, Zvezdana Rashkovich, writes about her multinational and traveling upbringing, and her residence in the United Arab Emirates, as the backdrop for her novel, Dubai Wives. I grew up in an eclectic mix of cultures. My mother is Croatian, my father Serbian and my stepfather, a Muslim Sudanese. Being  multicultural is what […]

May 19, 2011 | By | 10 Replies More