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My top 5 tips for writing contemporary romance

I’ve been doing a lot of research lately on what types of blog posts to write and one of the things I love to read is advice from authors. Now, I realise my debut novel isn’t out until September and I’m by no means an expert, but having begun to go through the process of revisions and edits, I’ve been learning a lot about writing contemporary romance and I thought...

Lost Words – Let’s bring ’em back!

As a lot of this blog is about writing, I wanted to write a regular article on my favourite forgotten words. You know the type of thing, those poor lost words that sit at the back of our minds, gathering dust, having been discovered years ago in literary classics like Dickens, or Austen. They are the spices of the literary world, but I refuse to let them sit in a cupboard and be ignored until...

No longer our unknown soldier

A few years ago, before I had kids, I decided to do some family history research. I’d always been interested in who my ancestors were, where they came from, and what sort of lives they lived. Thanks to Ancestry I found out a lot of information but one person always eluded me – my great grandfather. You see, my grandmother, Violet, was illegitimate. My great grandmother, Marion, had met and...

It’s A Crazy, Crazy Life!

So again I need to start with an apology. I haven’t posted in over a month and it’s all because life went completely mental! After getting my book deal and actually signing the contract (so exciting!) I’m now straight into revisions for my first book which is due to be published in September. I hadn’t been through this process before and didn’t really know what to expect but my editor is super...

Exciting News!

Sorry I’ve been quiet and didn’t post last week but I have some super exciting news… I’ve signed a two-book deal with Harper Collins’ digital imprint HQ Digital UK (@HQDigitalUK). I honestly could not be more excited. My first book will be published in September 2018 and the second one in 2019 and it has been completely life changing for me. I’ve achieved a lifelong ambition! Since I was a little...

Lost Words – Let’s Bring ‘Em Back!

As a lot of this blog is about writing, I wanted to write a regular article on my favourite forgotten words. You know the type of thing, those poor lost words that sit at the back of our minds, gathering dust, having been discovered years ago in literary classics like Dickens, or Austen. They are the spices of the literary world, but I refuse to let them sit in a cupboard and be ignored until...

What’s Your Writing Process

Sorry for not having posted anything for the last month, guys, but I was hit by this horrible flu that’s going around and was so, so poorly for ages. I’m now back to mostly full health now though and trying to get back on track. Thanks for sticking with me! The trouble with being poorly is that my whole schedule has gone completely out of the window and I wasn’t really sure what to write about...

Frankenstein Is 200 Years Old!

(Or is it more considering all his body parts were different ages?) January 2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, a classic in English literature and studied in schools throughout the UK. It’s a novel known throughout the world but rather than focus on analysing the text in this blog post, I wanted to focus a little more on the woman and how she came...

Lost Words – Let’s Bring ‘Em Back!

As a lot of this blog is about writing, I wanted to write a regular article on my favourite forgotten words. You know the type of thing, those poor lost words that sit at the back of our minds, gathering dust, having been discovered years ago in literary classics like Dickens, or Austen. They are the spices of the literary world, but I refuse to let them sit in a cupboard and be ignored until...

New Year, New Gear (And Goals!)

Hold up! 2018 is here! How can that be? Last year was my first year of being pretty much a full time writer and it shot by in a flash. I had some short stories published, which was awesome and I’ve had some requests from publishers for my manuscript, which is equally awesome (I’m still waiting to hear but will update you when I do!). On reflection I consider it to be pretty successful but I want...

The End of NaNoWriMo

So NaNoWriMo has been all about my new novel and I’m so excited to have the first draft finished! I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s a cosy murder mystery set in England in the 1950’s, in a small country village. The plot centres around a reading club who focus on murder and crime novels. They’re called The Sleuthing Club! Awesome, isn’t it! The main sleuth is a vicars daughter, called...

Winning or Losing at NaNoWriMo

I nervously began my first NaNoWriMo this month and though the idea was a little intimidating to begin with, I can say wholeheartedly that I loved it! I had my WIP (a 1950s murder mystery) all plotted out but hadn’t written a single word of the actual manuscript because life kept getting in the way. You know the thing, endless housework, sick kids etc. But thanks to NaNo I finished the 50,000...

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