How to Self Publish – Tips from Harrogate Crime Writing Festival

A few weeks ago, I went further north than I had ever traveled before. Well, almost. I was later reminded by my mother that the Lake District is in fact not the Peak District and, also, really far away from us in the south. (I was young, car journeys always felt long.) Anyway, my second-furthest-north-ever…

Writing – How to Establish Your Characters

A few weeks ago, I took part in a ‘Writing Characters’ workshop. Developing your characters thoroughly is a really interesting way to get stuck into your creative writing, and you can even find that, if you establish your characters well enough, they may start to dictate the story themselves. A couple of the tasks were…

Sebastian Faulks ‘A Possible Life’ – an Unsatisfying Read

Having previously read and greatly enjoyed Birdsong and The Girl at the Lion D’Or, I was very much looking forward to reading another Sebastian Faulks, in fact, one of his most recent efforts, as A Possible Life was published in 2012. Faulks has become known and respected for his historical fiction which often finds itself in…

The Pleasure of Blogging

It’s taken me a little while to allow myself to fully indulge in the world of Blogging, the Blogosphere, Blog Land, but I’m getting there. I’ve realised that blogging, to get it good and to really make the most of it and enjoy it, takes time. Sometimes, a hell of a lot of it. You’re…

Book Club – ‘The Miniaturist’ by Jessie Burton

Jessie Burton’s novel The Miniaturist – published last July – has been incredibly well received, being named Waterstones’ book of 2014 and a Sunday Times number one bestseller. One of the aspects of this novel which makes it so good, particularly from the view of an aspiring author myself, is that it is her début…

‘How do you eat an Elephant?’ … A Starter Snippet…

So here we go, the first 15,000 words of my novel, How do you eat an Elephant? I do hope you find it enjoyable. This is a first draft so, when I finish, I will be dragging myself through lots of rewrites, possibly kicking and screaming unless I have lots of tea! But, here we go….

‘How do you eat an Elephant?’ Début Novel Blurb…

How do you eat an Elephant?   Meet Evelyn Blake, she’s been lucky in love, but unfortunately, her luck has just run out. Here she lives in its aftermath.   Evelyn is small and pretty, but in being small and pretty she is often called nice and cute, which, for a young twenty-something who wants to make…

Where’s the Wall?

I have been writing a novel for nearly a year now… I still cannot quite believe that it has been that long… or that short… the whole experience has been, er, novel. I had no great, soaring ambition, no goal of conquering the literary world, not even the intention of actually writing a whole book…