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The Story You Always Wanted to Write – A workshop

In a few short weeks I will be offering a workshop at LFest, which takes place at Uttoxeter racecourse on 18th to 21 July. My workshop was born out of my own desire. I always knew, you see, that there … Continue reading

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Present Tense, Past Perfect

Life is full of ups and downs – some days I have energy and ideas running out of me, others I have nothing but this sense of being drained and two-dimensional. At times, the pressure to manage daily life is … Continue reading

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Decisions, decisions, decisions

It is strangely anticlimactic to open the brown envelope and draw out the two sample cover art designs for my upcoming novel. The publisher has been as good as their word, and presented two different ideas. One aspect of the … 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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A writer’s retreat?

I went to view a house today, something I am considering buying. It’s a lovely little cottage, in a semi-rural village, but it feels like it is in the middle of nowhere. It’s down a lane, surrounded by trees, in … Continue reading

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Contract!

This is it – my contract for my first novel

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Signing my contract . . . .

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Editing

Today I redrafted the novel I wrote for my PhD, specifically to meet the suggestions made by an editor who saw it in its original form. Well, I say today – really, I have spent months redrafting and trying to … Continue reading

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Spring has sprung – thoughts on busy-ness

Today I woke early, with an unaccustomed feeling of lightness. Although the sky is cloudy, and the low clouds are hugging the mountains and masking the upper parts of the slope, the sky is brighter than it has been for … Continue reading

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So – what do YOU want to read?

The whole process of writing is such a self-indulgent one, in many people’s eyes, it seems. If I say I am a writer then people ask me what I have written. So I tell them, three novels, two novellas, one … Continue reading

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