For a long time, I’ve been trying to find some balance in my writing life. A balance between finding enough time for my passion and stopping it bleeding into family time. A balance between creating words and reading them. A balance between consuming story-telling in books and story-telling on screens. A balance between my words… Read More Finding Balance and Genre News
Today, there’s a bottle of red wine at the ready on my counter because I’m celebrating the launch of Hidden Colours, my book about an imaginary immigrant circus in Berlin. Yusuf’s story is about compassion and grief, and how a little kindness can have a big impact. What a whirlwind it has been writing this novel… Read More Hidden Colours is Finally Here!
Those of you who follow me on social media may have heard me talk about Hidden Colours, my next literary fiction novel. It has now seen my wonderful editor’s magic pen and is due to be released in early December. I’m so excited and nervous to see it make its way in the world. Hidden… Read More Cover Reveal – Hidden Colours
When I was twelve years old, sleepovers were a giddy affair of crumpled clothing, whispered secrets and superhuman effort forcing sleeping bags back into their cases. Then came a run of horror movies and it seemed no adults really had oversight over what we watched. I expect we were very sneaky. In quick succession, we… Read More From Fear to a Love of Clowns
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
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
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
Following my post on how writing challenges can help you make the most of your writing time, I decided to put my money where my mouth is and share some of my flash fiction with you. FLASH! FRIDAY Here’s my entry (and the photo prompt) for yesterday’s Flash! Friday competition hosted by @postupak: Freedom They… Read More Flash Fiction: One Old Challenge and One New