April 1, 2015

I read. A lot.

I also review. I don't get paid for this (although someone once accused me of just such a thing, merely because I enjoyed the book I left a review for - go figure). I do, however, get free books specifically for the purpose of leaving a review, but only...

March 31, 2015

A couple of months ago I wrote that, for me, the jury was out when it came to Scribophile.

For those of you who haven’t heard of it, it’s an online writing critique platform, and it’s darned good! There is a paid version and a free version, and I’m not going to try to s...

March 22, 2015

You’ve published the work that has taken you decades to write, you’ve let your book-baby loose on the world, and now you sit back and watch the reviews flood in.

Only, they don’t.

Unless you’re lucky enough to be signed by a really big publisher, the odds are you will be...

March 17, 2015

This is not as weird as it sounds. Honest!

I, like many other people, get ideas at the oddest and most inconvenient of times. Very often I don’t have paper and pen to hand, and though I have my mobile phone, writing anything other than a brief text is excruciating and a...

March 13, 2015

I’ve loved books for as long as I can remember. The stories inside their covers transport me to other countries, other worlds, other universes. I am me, and not me. For the brief time I am immersed in a story, I am looking out through someone else’s eyes.

Not even major...

March 11, 2015

I’m not talking about romances, here (that’s a whole different ball game), but other genres.

Personally I don’t think it does. In fact, many of the books which have stuck in my mind, and that I remember well, have had unusual or unorthodox endings.  Gone Girl, for insta...

March 10, 2015

  I've said before that I'm a seat-of-my-pants kind of writer. I get an idea, the start of a story, a premise, and then just run with it. I know roughly what the end is going to be, sort of... maybe, but the in between bits tend to get worked out almost as they are wri...

March 9, 2015

I read somewhere that ‘readers never read the book the author writes’.

And to a certain extent this is true. Two readers will have a different experience whilst reading the same book. Each reader brings their own mix of likes and dislikes, expectations, experiences, ima...

March 5, 2015

Personally,I loathe prologues. I never read them, unless I'm beta reading or critiquing, and then my advice is to get rid of it.

Anyway, if you are thinking of putting a prologue into your novel, check out these links below - I've tried to be unbiased (and probably no...

March 4, 2015

 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...

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