on perfectionism

If you’ve read my latest book, The Things We Need to Say (it’s just 99p right now so if you haven’t now is as good a time as any – hashtag shameless self-promtion!), you’ll know that it’s about a couple, Fran and Will, who have spent their marriage trying to live the perfect life, according […]

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what is a structural edit anyway?

Follow my blog with Bloglovin   The regular reader will know from my post last week that I have recently received the structural edit for my third novel from Emily, my editor at HQ/Harper Collins. And some of you may be wondering what on earth a structural edit is!  Writing a book is just the […]

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on editing

This is what an 80,000 word manuscript looks like. When I was at university, we had to write eight 1,000 word long essays each semester. My dissertation was 15,000 words. At the time these word counts seemed insurmountable. When I was doing my postgrad, we had to write four 5,000 word long essays each semester. […]

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It’s publication day!!!

Just in case I hadn’t mentioned it, today is ebook and audiobook publication day for my second book “The Things We Need to Say”! I am so excited to put this book out into the world. It’s a little bit different from my first book but I hope my readers will enjoy it just as […]

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The books that made me

There is  difference, I think, between the books you classify as your favourite reads and those that inspired you to write yourself. One of my favourite books, for example is Stephen King’s The Dark Half – and while King has inspired me in many ways, his books don’t necessarily make me want to write (mostly […]

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On Reading, Subjectivity and Authenticity

Last week I read a book that blew me away. This only happens a couple of times a year – I read about two novels a week, most of which are wonderful, but those ones that get under your skin and make you think and make you consider your own craft as a writer only […]

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Writing with Chronic Illness

I work full-time as a paralegal in a large law firm in Leeds and I also struggle with chronic illness – fibromyalgia and endometriosis in my case. As you can imagine, writing books as well is very much a case of careful management of both time and energy. I know a lot of writers, particularly […]

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