I won the Mumsnet/Walker Books Children’s Animal Story Competition!

My story The Elephant Carnival reached the short list at the beginning of February and then I found out todays it’s a winner! It will appear in an anthology alongside nine other winning animal stories, which is scheduled for release in October this year. What I am most excited about is that the characters I… Read More I won the Mumsnet/Walker Books Children’s Animal Story Competition!

Dialogue tags and body language – stuck using the same old phrases?

My pet phrases are: ‘His eyes narrowed,’ ‘He raised his eyebrows,’ ‘He frowned/glared/scowled/glanced/glowered.’ Yep, I have a real thing about eyes and dark menacing brows, to the extent I ignore the rest of the face and body. How about, ‘creased his nose,’ ‘slight curve of a smile’ ‘heart thudded,’ ‘lips twitched,’ ‘face, mask tight,’ ‘fiddled… Read More Dialogue tags and body language – stuck using the same old phrases?

What does your private e-library say about you?

At the beginning of a writing course I recently attended, everyone was invited to take one item out of their handbag (we were all women) that demonstrated something interesting about their character. After rummaging for a minute through my messy handbag, crammed with receipts, many pens (most ‘borrowed,’ not working) and random scrapes of paper… Read More What does your private e-library say about you?