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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 5

The fifth and final part of my author interview with LegendaryWriting on Instagram, in which I answer the question: “What lessons did you learn writing this series that you’ll take with you into the rest of your writing career?” View this post on Instagram . – Q: What lessons did you learn writing this series that you'll take with you into the rest of your writing career? . – A: I worked alongside an American editor, who is well versed in British English. What I learnt from her is that not all people speak, or write, English in the same...

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Author Interview with Legendary Writing Part 4

The fourth part of my author interview with LegendaryWriting on Instagram, in which I answer the question: “What challenges have you faced writing the Jake Talbot series and how have you overcome them?” View this post on Instagram . – Q: What challenges have you faced writing the Jake Talbot series and how have you overcome them? . – A: I think one of my biggest challenges came when writing Visiting Lilly and needing to get the time-line accurate. I wasn’t writing flashbacks, but people in the story do constantly refer to the past and how old various people were...

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Author Interview with Legendary Writing Part 3

The third part of my author interview with LegendaryWriting on Instagram, in which I answer the question : “In the summary of Visiting Lilly it mentions time travel as a possibility. What kind of world does this take place in?” View this post on Instagram . – Q: In the summary of Visiting Lilly it mentions time travel as a possibility. What kind of world does this take place in? . – A: Visiting Lilly take place in England in the present time, our time. Personally, I don’t classify it as science fiction; I see it more as exploring the...

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Author Interview with Legendary Writing Part 2

The second part of my author interview with LegendaryWriting on Instagram in which I answer the question: “I’ve read a bit of your book and you’re very good at writing dialogue. What advice would you give to writers who want to write convincing dialogue?” View this post on Instagram . – Q: I've read a bit of your book and you're very good at writing dialogue. What advice would you give to writers who want to write convincing dialogue? . – A: The only way to write good dialogue is to be a good listener. Listen to your friends and...

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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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5 reasons to include weather in storytelling

Here in England we’ve had a pretty dynamic week – and I’m not talking about Brexit. With almost fifty percent of voters wanting to remain but the exit voters winning, I’m now living in a country divided by political opinion. It’s impossible to open my mouth and say anything without the other person having an opposing reaction to the referendum result, so it’s wiser, much wiser, for me to keep my thoughts to myself. Hence, I’m going to talk about the other British obsession, the weather. In the past fortnight we’ve had rain, rain and more rain. We’ve had floods,...

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How I use genealogy and research to name my characters

Sometimes the muse visits while writing and the perfect name for a character springs to mind. However, most of the time that pesky muse is on holiday, basking on distant shores and refusing to pack her bags and return home to help out a poor struggling writer. So, what do I do when I’m stuck for the right name? I have two main tools in my writer’s kit bag: I steal a name I do research to find the perfect name How I go about stealing a name for my character. Rest assured that I don’t walk around asking random...