What was your most unChristmassy Christmas

What Was Your Most Un-Christmassy Christmas?

I’ve invented a new category for christmas called; the most un-Christmassy Christmas.Have you ever stopped to mull over all the Christmasses you’ve had, and thought about the happiest, the saddest, the weirdest or even the grumpiest Christmas?Great ExpectationsIt’s difficult for me to pinpoint my happiest Christmas, but near the top of the list is when I […]

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Finding Your Tribe

Finding Your Tribe

What does finding your tribe mean? It’s one of those buzz phrases beloved of bloggers, marketers and pop psychologists. It essentially means finding those people who have the same interests as you. People who you feel comfortable around, in order to feel accepted and share meaningful experiences. It’s a concept as old as humanity itself […]

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Where do authors get their ideas?

Where Do Authors Get Their Ideas?

Where do authors get their ideas?If I had a dollar for every time someone had asked me that question, I’d be so rich I wouldn’t need to write any more books.But I would, anyway.Authors Get Their Ideas EverywhereTo a non-writer, it must seem like a perfectly logical question, but for many writers it’s a difficult […]

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Novellas – Why Readers And Authors Love Them

Why do readers and authors love novellas? Errr…What’s a novella? I hear you cry. While most authors are familiar with them, a lot of readers don’t know that what they are, even though they have probably read at least a few. The easiest explanation, simplistic though it is, is that a novella is longer than […]

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Why Crime Writers Are Such Nice People

Why Crime Writers Are Such Nice People

Have you ever wondered why crime writers are such nice people? The other day someone said to me, ‘You’re such a happy person. Why do you like writing crime?’Why is Crime Such a Popular Genre?Although my novels fit more into the psychological suspense/noir genres, crime plays a significant role in them. My reply was along the […]

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Confessions of a Grammar Nazi

Confessions Of A Grammar Nazi

Grammar is a dirty word and I am a Grammar Nazi. There, I said it.I suffer from this affliction which is shared by many other writers. Apart from caffeine addiction, procrastination and thinking about plots while driving and missing my exit, that is. And under that umbrella I also place misspelling and erroneous punctuation. Repeat […]

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Fashion in Fiction

Fashion In Fiction – From Bodices To Bridget Jones

Fashion in fiction books and movies is a more widely studied topic than you might think.‘Fashion is the armour to survive the reality of everyday life.’ Bill Cunningham. I love clothes. Love looking at them, buying them and wearing them.Especially when something I’ve bought feels comfortable and looks good. And if it was on sale, I’ve […]

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Health risks of being a writer

The Health Risks Of Being A Writer

Being a full-time write/author is great, but what about the health risks involved?Don’t let anyone tell you that writing isn’t a dangerous occupation. Just last week I came perilously close to stapling my manuscript to my thumb, and yesterday I dropped my dictionary on my foot.It’s a large dictionary and it was from a considerable […]

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Down The Research Rabbit Hole

Most novels require some sort of research. If you’re writing a novel set in a different historical period, obviously you need to do a lot of research. But regardless of what genre of novel you’re writing, things come up that you need to investigate.Even with fantasy, although you can always just make everything up.How Do […]

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The Top Ten Books I Read in 2016. girl sitting on pile of books.

The Top Ten Books I Read In 2016

There’s only one thing I enjoy more than writing books (and sometimes more) and that’s reading them. I review a lot of the fiction books I read on Goodreads, an online book club where readers can post reviews of books and connect with other readers. I Also review non-fiction books here on this site as […]

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