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‘Saying I Will’ – the Story Behind The Story

I’ve got a confession to make, dear Readers: I keep things from you. You see – and I’m sure I’m not alone in this – my story ideas tend to come from things that happen to me. And as many … Continue reading

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“Is it the Grammar?” On getting the critique of my novel back

Two things have happened recently: 1) I packed my bags and went on a tennis holiday to Greece (and managed not to fall over. Hurrah!) and 2) I’ve had the critique of my novel back. Eeek! To be honest, I … Continue reading

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The Force of 15 Minutes

While I was on holiday last week (hence no blog post!), I was perusing the books on my kindle, as you do and I re-read a handy little book that I bought some time ago – The 15 Minute Writer: … Continue reading

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Ditching The Kindle (& another free-to-enter novel competition)

The Daily Mail Penguin Random House First Novel competition Whatever your feelings about the Daily Wail Mail, there’s no denying that, every so often, they run a nice competition for us writers. For this, the latest one, they’ve joined forces … Continue reading

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Festival Frenzy! (and some free competitions)

Right, I have quite a lot to say (and as we’ve just re-named Wednesday, ‘Winesday’, I’m doing it with a glass of the pink stuff by my side), so are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin… That title is something … Continue reading

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Give it up for ‘Up Lit’!

The last few books I’ve read have all been quite ‘dark’ and serious, dealing with nasty things like blackmail, abduction and murder. In fact, one of them – Lisa Jewell’s psychological thriller ‘Then She Was Gone’ – made me cry … Continue reading

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How to Kickstart Your Writing (After a Break)

We’ve had the best day of the year so far today. You too? Sunshine! Temperatures over 20 degrees! I wore (long) shorts for the first time and swapped my woolly hat for a jaunty cap. Finally, finally, it feels like … Continue reading

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