on vulnerability and what happens next

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram (and I hope you do!) you’ll know that last week I handed in the structural edits of my third book. What happens next is that my editor reads the book again and decides if it needs more work or not. And I sit at home hoping that it […]

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on success

This past weekend I have been reading through my freshly edited (I’ve written about my process here) third novel for the final time before sending it back to my publisher (there it is on my kindle if you want to zoom into the picture and have a sneak peak!). This book has been a hard […]

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the cult of busy

  I spend a lot of time alone. I work from home, on my own and my partner is away a lot. When I first knew the change from a more “normal” office job to this was happening I panicked. Would I be lonely? Would I get sick of my own company? Would I go […]

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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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