Speaking at a Book Group

This morning I spoke at a book group meeting. The members of the group had read my debut novel, Take Me to the Castle, and they invited me to come and speak. They wanted to discuss the writing process and the background to the book. It was an interesting experience for me as an author … Continue reading Speaking at a Book Group

Interview with Author and 1000words Editor, Natalie Bowers

I met Natalie when my short fiction piece, North Norfolk Coast, was published online in 1000words at the beginning of July. 1000words publishes flash-fiction of up to 1000 words in length, written in response to an image. I have been impressed with the site and the quality of the work for a while. Natalie's response to my … Continue reading Interview with Author and 1000words Editor, Natalie Bowers

Don’t Be Afraid to Throw Away What Doesn’t Work

I have a pair of shoes that are so comfortable I hardly feel I'm wearing them. But they are falling apart, to the point that they really need to be thrown out. This morning a new pair arrived at the door. I ordered online to save time shopping, and to spend more time this week … Continue reading Don’t Be Afraid to Throw Away What Doesn’t Work

Step Away From The Vehicle

Step away from the vehicle - and put your novel in a drawer This is the final piece of advice I wanted to share with you from Zadie Smith in this series on writing wisdom. When you finish your novel put it in a drawer for as long as possible. A year or more is … Continue reading Step Away From The Vehicle

Chekhov, Short Stories and Goals for 2013

This year has been a whirlwind of editing, marketing and publishing for me, a year where I started to build a platform and an internet presence as a writer - something which is a necessity for both traditionally published and self-published writers. It might sound familiar to many of you, but if I tell you … Continue reading Chekhov, Short Stories and Goals for 2013