What a lovely evening and it was great to put names to faces. I meet the illustrator of The Elephant Carnival, Briony May Smith, my editor Daisy at Walker Books, thank you for your encouragement and offer to look at more or my stories. I met Justine Roberts, the CEO of Mumsnet, Denise Johnstone-Burt from… Read More Book of Animal Stories Launch Party Highlights
Last February my story the Elephant Carnival was chosen along with nine other animal stories to feature in this year’s Mumsnet/Walker Books, Book of Animal Stories. And here it is – the front cover. It’s available in bookshops from the 1st October!
A blog entry inspired by The Big Idea Competition Most ideas pop into my head when I am zoned out, lost somewhere in a daydream. There’s a lot of inspiration up for grabs in the middle distance, I can tell you, so glaze over and see what pops into your head. I have discovered the… Read More Idea Popping
My turn to write for the Writing Process Blog Tour, which is bouncing around the web at the moment. Writing this is akin to therapy. I recommend it! What am I writing? My novel is a YA murder mystery. I have written just over 60,000 words of the first draft. It has the working title… Read More My Writing Process Blog Tour
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?
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Okay it’s January. New Year. New writing resolutions. The weather is so bad you might as well be sat behind your desk trying to hit that work count. But after only a few days of diligence, your mind wanders, your enthusiasm wanes and your stomach wants sweet comforting. You are not alone. Eight out of ten… Read More Beat the winter writing blues
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?
Some of the random advice I’ve had from publishing professional during the last five years. Don’t write in first person, it’s really hard to sustain for the length of a novel. The authors of Jane Eyre and Twilight seem to have managed. Don’t write in present tense it jars, the perspective is too limited. Umm, Hunger… Read More Seriously bad writing advice
I’ve just posted the opening chapters of my novel on Litreactor, an online writing community for a critique. My novel, is called Genesis, a murder mystery set at a university near London, targeted at the girlie YA market. All submissions get rated on concept, structure, characters and dialogue. There’s a five star marking system and… Read More Litreactor Critique