November 12, 2019

I'm often asked where I get my ideas from and most of the time they develop from research I've been doing on another book.

Not so with The Colours series. I had an inkling I wanted to write about the ability to see auras, but I assumed this was going to stand on its own...

July 19, 2018

Great! Authors love beta readers. We can’t get enough of them, good ones especially.  In an earlier blog I talked about at what stage in your manuscript you might think about sending it to betas. Now let’s look at things from a beta’s point of view.

I’ve been on both si...

May 16, 2018

After doing another round of beta reading for several authors and being sent manuscripts in various stages of completion, I’ve been considering which is the best point in the life of a manuscript to send it out to beta readers, bearing in mind that an author may also b...

October 13, 2017

From starting a manuscript to completion there are many things along the way which make me smile (okay, I’m easily pleased – I know this).

The germ of the idea, that little ah ha! moment when something flits across my brain and I think “there’s a story in that”, is one...

June 9, 2017

I've been scrolling through a whole host of books, trying to find a selection to download to read on the beach. I don't normally do this quite so intensively, usually stopping after I find a novel I like the sound of, but this time I wanted at least ten new novels on m...

May 4, 2017

Author Alyssa Flowers asked me some questions about my experiences of self publishing. Here's the link to her website and the blog:

http://buff.ly/1OoKsQY

I really enjoyed reflecting on the whole process and I hope up-and-coming writers can learn from some of the mistake...

April 21, 2016

I was in a bookshop-cum-coffeehouse the other day, when I couldn’t help overhearing a conversation between two ladies at the next table. Okay, couldn’t help is an exaggeration – I was actually earwigging.

They were discussing an author who publishes erotica and trying t...

September 29, 2015

I became a published author because of Smashwords. Until I discovered their site (and that was purely by chance, if I remember rightly) I'd had no luck travelling down the traditional publishing road. In fact, I hadn't made it out of my front door!

When I realised there...

September 13, 2015

Actually you do, if you’re an author, or plan on becoming one.

Let me tell you a story. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin…

Once upon a time a would-be author decided to write a novel. She wrote and wrote and wrote, and after the end of a lot of words she sat b...

June 27, 2015

You know the rest!

My first four novels were written straight from the heart, with no real reflection involved until they came back from my beta readers. Hell, I didn't even know what a beta reader was when I wrote my first one (and second), so I had hardly any input fr...

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