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Ash, by Alys Einion

This week I am pleased that my next novel, Ash,  has been nominated for the Guardian Not-the-Booker Literary Prize. Being on the Longlist is a real honour, so thank you to the person who nominated me.  https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2018/jul/30/not-the-booker-longlist-vote-now-to-decide-the-2018-shortlist?CMP=share_btn_link Ash has been a labour … Continue reading

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That Watershed Moment

That Watershed Moment We all have them in our lives, the moment when something changes. The moment when the catalyst appears and is activated. The moment when everything shifts. Sometimes we are aware, at the time, that this is a … Continue reading

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My Funny Valentine

My funny Valentine I wonder if it has always been the case that love is the focus of most fiction. Creative, twisting plots, thrillers, tragedies, romance . . . all seem to be focus on the concept of love. Getting … Continue reading

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The Books in my Life – Old Favourites are Old Friends

I don’t know how it is for other authors, but my love of writing stems from my love of reading. I devour books, like a greedy child grabbing for second and third helpings, and like a child, I have little … Continue reading

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One Month to Go . . . . . !

Well, today marks one month exactly until Inshallah, my first published novel is released. Today the publishers told me they are pushing the button to start the print run – making my longest held dream a reality. I can’t wait … Continue reading

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Writing Tasks OR Its harder to write short chapters.

After a couple of weeks drowning in deadlines and assessments, I have finally had a chance to draw breath and catch up with myself. I love my life but sometimes it seems as if everything happens at once, and this … Continue reading

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The Elusive Story . . .or the One that [almost] Got Away

Back to work with a vengeance after more than two weeks off, I find myself inundated by the mundane, and at the same time, creatively inspired in new ways, a frustrating paradox of responsibility and the wish for freedom. During … Continue reading

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The story that must (never?) be told

I don’t know about other writers, but for me, for over two decades, there has been one story I’ve been trying to tell, one way or another, a story that won’t go away. It’s rooted deep inside me, a part … Continue reading

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Dreams and Disasters

Do all writers dream? I don’t know. Certainly, I dream a lot – long, technicolour dreams with full surround sound, dreams where I cannot escape the feeling of being chased, or watched, dreams of people, places, houses. A recurring theme … Continue reading

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Life and Writing

I can’t imagine any woman writer not feeling that, sometimes, life gets in the way of writing. I have all the best intentions – I will get up early, get the laundry out of the way, shut the door on … Continue reading

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