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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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. […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more