What to submit when you’re submitting…

This is where it gets down to business. For me, this is always going to be the scary part. The moment your story moves from being something wonderful inside your head to a real piece of critiqued and scrutinised work. The writing part was a doddle. Alright, doddle’s not exactly true, but I enjoyed doing it so…

‘The Papoose’ – A Short Story

A Man’s habitual hibernation into the London Underground – escaping the demands of modern life.  The London Underground is my safe haven. Many people hate it; it is a mere Limbo-land necessity to get you from important A to even more important B. But for me, there is no other place that could give me…

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…