I’m nearing the end of the first draft of Hidden Colours, my second novel, scheduled to be released in late autumn. The novel is set in modern day Berlin. My husband is from Berlin and we studied there together, and sometimes we dream about living there again, but that’s a story for another day. I’ve… Read More Personal Histories: A Little Boy and a Can of Coke
A very long time ago, I read Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. I’ve not revisited the novel in years – the last time was seeing the 1995 adaptation featuring Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet (and oh, how I still miss Alan Rickman) – but this week memories of it surfaced while I worked on my current novel.… Read More Sentimentalism in Fiction
One midsummer’s day, after the seasons had become muddled, I walked in hail to our local park and found a woman huddled underneath an old oak tree. She didn’t have language, but when beckoned she followed me back to my home where I fed her hot soup and told her I would provide for her… Read More My Woman – A Very Short Story for International Women’s Day
I’ve been meaning to blog for weeks, and before I knew it, over a month had passed. Blogging is like meditation for me. Like Julia Cameron’s morning pages, or journaling, or yoga. It leaves my head clearer, my spirit lighter, and I’m happier when I’m regular in my practice. If only the clock would stop,… Read More BookBub Results and Hidden Colours Excerpt
This post was originally published on Daryl Rothman’s blog. Daryl is one of those generous people on Twitter, who very soon became a friend. His own fantasy novel for young adults,The Awakening of David Rose, is available here. I really enjoyed this interview. Sometimes you need the right question to make you stumble into new… Read More On Inspiration, Surprises and the Gifts of Writing A Novel: An Interview on Daryl Rothman’s Blog
How can it be here already?! But it is, it is! It’s the launch day for my debut novel, All the Tomorrows. A huge thanks to Lane Diamond at Evolved Publishing for believing in the book, to my magnificent editor Jessica West, and D. Robert Pease for his cover art. I am so excited and… Read More All the Tomorrows – LAUNCH DAY AND BOOK READING!
This post appeared first on my publisher’s website. Look out for my favourite lines from the novel this weekend. I’ll be posting them on my Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram. Just message/tweet me a page number from 1-289 and I’ll respond with a tiny snippet. Committing to a story idea is a funny thing, at… Read More How I Researched All the Tomorrows
It’s cover reveal day for All the Tomorrows! Huge thanks to Evolved Publishing and cover artist extraordinaire D. Robert Pease, who took my jumbled vision for the cover and translated it into art that gives a sense of place, mood and genre. I hope you like it as much as I do. It’s hard to… Read More All the Tomorrows – Cover Reveal Day!
It’s almost time to reveal D. Robert Pease’s cover for my novel! One day to go. I can’t wait to hear what you think. Here, just for fun, are some of my favourite book covers of all time. What are yours? Yesterday, I posted the book blurb for All the Tomorrows. Today, I’m sharing the opening… Read More Cover Reveal Countdown and Sneak Preview of All the Tomorrows
TWO DAYS TO GO! That is, unless you’re a newsletter subscriber. If you are, you can expect to see the full cover in your inbox in the morning. But before the reveal, for those of you who have been asking me what All the Tomorrows is about, here’s the blurb. I’ve been living with these… Read More Cover Reveal Countdown and the Blurb for All the Tomorrows
I’ve dreamt about this moment for so long, willed it to happen, worked hard for it, and now it is here, I’m spinning with excitement and fear. My first novel, All the Tomorrows, is due to be released in less than three months on 6 November 2017. Three months of happy dances, but also nail-biting,… Read More Three Days to the Cover Reveal for All the Tomorrows
When I was a little girl, I dove under the covers long past my bedtime and read novels by torchlight. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to be when I left school, but I knew I enjoyed the feel of language on my tongue, words woven across the page and flowing from my fingers. At… Read More Book News!
Spring is here Here in London, spring is finally in the air. The daffodils are in full bloom. In some ways it feels like I am coming out of hibernation. The youngest member of our brood is now three months old, and during the dark and dreary winter months we’ve been cocooned inside with the… Read More Countdown to Big News
It’s been a while since I’ve shared some new fiction on this blog. My wonderful writer-editor friend Jess West reminded me recently about how we both regularly used to make time to write flash fiction, and how we particularly enjoyed Rebekah Postupak’s Flash Friday community, sadly now discontinued (although the website is still home to… Read More Rekindling the Flash Flame: A Bite-Sized Story
I wanted to write this sooner, but life got in the way. So here I am, a few days later, writing this post on the sofa bed of a tiny apartment in the Alps. Next to me, my husband is snoring. The kids have been asleep for hours. On the telly, of all things, Predator… Read More Celebrating Sustained Effort: Finishing the First Draft of My Novel
On Friday everything changed. Overnight the world had been bandaged in gossamer threads, as if a greater power had said, “Enough. Only compassion will emerge from this cocoon.” We clambered over silken fibres holding the earth together. Suspended above our heads, like baubles on a tree, were tanks, missiles and the emblems of big business… Read More Gossamer Bandages
On Fridays the toddler is home with me, and it’s difficult to find a pocket of writing time. We play, I do chores, we go out with friends. This Friday I was determined to put pen to paper. It marked the last regular round of Flash! Friday, a much loved flash fiction writing competition hosted… Read More An Unfinished Story
With the summer behind us and the kids back at school, I’m getting into the groove with the novel again. The second act of The Voyeur is going to be submitted to my online writer’s workshop over the next month. Initially, it felt unfamiliar to be diving into my novel again: the peril of taking… Read More My Roots in India
I’d forgotten how much of a balm it is to write flash fiction when time is short. I like creating a tiny world from scratch without having to commit to a longer piece. This week I returned to Rebekah Postupak’s Flash! Friday, one of my favourite online writing communities. The prompts I chose were: a knight on a quest,… Read More Boomeranging Back to Flash Fiction
This post first appeared on Indie Book Promo. A special thanks to the #MondayBlogs family: Rachel Thompson, Barb Drozdowich, Kate Tilton, Will van Stone Jr. It took the birth of my daughter six years ago for my dreams of becoming an author to crystallise. I’d always devoured books and studied literature at university but as my… Read More How I like my Women