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Short Story Success

As a writer it’s easy to get into the doldrums and believe that your work simply isn’t good enough to stand out amongst the crowd. If you have a book out there it’s uplifting to receive a five star review because it affirms that what you’ve written is readable and enjoyable. Your work gave someone pleasure, so much so that they took the time to reward you. When your readers are busy reading and not feeling like pressing the ‘rate this book’ button, then you need to explore other roads for encouragement. This is why I tried my hand at...

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Why I’m giving away FREE books

Am I feeling generous? Am I feeling altruistic? Probably a bit of both, but I’m also giving away my two novels as free Kindle Downloads so that I can reach out to you as a potential reader. Let’s face it, if you’ve never heard of me and never read any of my work, then why should you wish to risk your hard earned cash? The days of leisurely browsing in a bookstore are fast fading. They certainly are where I live. We’ve got a Waterstones bookstore in Guildford, some eight miles away, and a Smiths stationers and a Waterstones in...

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Understanding Jane Austen

I must admit that until recently I’ve never truly understood why everyone gets so excited about Jane Austen. To my mind her novels have always been classic romantic tales of girl meets boy. Through some disaster, usually a social disaster, girl gets torn away from boy, only to meet boy again, then live happily ever after. The end. Not so fast. This is a highly simplistic way of viewing Austen’s work. Yes, I have been naïve in my understanding and comprehension of what she is actually showing us. When I studied Persuasion at school we all mocked Louisa’s stupidity for...

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Author Interview with Legendary Writing Part 1

I was so excited when LegendaryWriting of Instagram invited me for an author interview. I’ve been following their posts for a while and they have a fabulous writing community, offering loads of inspiration for writers and generating true conversations. When my interview questions arrived they hadn’t simply churned out the same old stuff, such as ‘when did you start to write?’. They took a genuine interest in my writing and geared their questions towards me, which is pretty awesome – and refreshing. Here are the questions they posed: What do you think is the biggest mistake writers make when writing...

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Why I’m reheating a novel

When I was being published by Booktrope my writing life took a different turn than I’d envisaged. We agreed that I should build on my characters Jake Talbot and Frankie Hayward to create a series, in which Finding Louisa will be book 3. I have yet another plotline devised for my two heroes, so I could write a fourth book, but I’ve decided to set them aside for a while. My reasoning for this is simple. I’d like to pitch fresh work out to publishing houses and agents, but I feel it’ll be more difficult to attract their attention if...

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Wild Wednesday – Photo Interlude

I’m a writer, I love words, but I also take photos, mostly of wildlife and the countryside. So I thought it would be fun to share one of my recent photos from my Instagram feed. I was walking home from a nearby meadow, where I’d been chasing damselflies and trying to photograph them, when I spotted something interesting. The road opposite my home has a small grass verge and on a long blade of grass were these two hoverflies having fun. It was the most exciting wildlife expose that I’d seen all day, so even though the wind was swaying...