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Why writers should have a go at stand-up comedy

Victoria Wood once said that nobody should go into stand up until they’re of mature years.  Stand up isn’t just about confidence, she says, it’s about control.  And no 22 year old has the right to exert that kind of influence.  You’re saying – look at me.  Listen to my words.  Laugh.  Wait for the …

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The Sticky Six – 6 novels I couldn’t put down

If you’re looking for great holiday reads, something to make a long-haul flight more enjoyable, here are my recommendations.   What I look for in a page turner is: Great plot and characters Escapism Fabulous writing Feel free to comment with your own favourite ‘sticky’ books.   1. Kate Atkinson Case Histories: a plotty twister with …

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The Dress Thief laid bare

Alix Gower’s story is told in The Dress Thief and in a flight of imaginative fancy, I am flying back in time to interview her.  Hoping for a relaxed chat over a coffee, I get a sharp lesson in women’s rights, the difference between style and chic, and the advantage of following nuns across the road.    It …

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The Writing Process Blog Hop

Last week Kay Hudson tagged me to carry on the Writing Process Blog Hop. Kay was a fellow Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist in 2012 and writes ‘romance with humour and a twist of the unexpected.’   Her current project is ‘Jinn on the Rocks’, the third book in her Jinn series, following on from …

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I ♥ being published in 10 words

 being published (in 10 words)  1. Overwhelming The air around me feels different. Like gulping ozone. 2. Exhilarating No cast-iron certainties. You work hard, promote and hope. 3. Disorientating Not-being-published is the comfort zone, then big boot strikes backside. 4. Upheaval-ing Ditto above. Byron ‘woke up famous.’ I woke up. Been snoozing too long. 5. …

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The release of The Dress Thief, some PR thoughts and my tallest tale of SW19.

Yes, I am launching a book, and I’d love you all to say ‘Really? Wow!’  but I totally get that nobody wants marketing lobbed at them.  So as an upfront ‘thank you’ for your attention, I’m throwing my best ever anecdote into this blog, and sharing some marketing thoughts.  The anecdote happened to me in …

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In Pursuit of a Title

  I was asked recently how I came up with the title for my novel The Dress Thief. The short, answer is, I didn’t. The book was originally entitled A Dark Flowering, which was my invention. Titles slip into your mind unbidden, appearing like apparitions or fog on the motorway. Absent one moment, fully formed …

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Creating dark heroes; how dark should you go?

Lee Child, writer of the Jack Reacher novels, said recently in a radio interview that he believes the reason so many of his readers are women was that Jack Reacher has a ‘feminine emotional intelligence.’  Reacher conducts relationships in a way that women understand, relate to and can trust.  That last word is the clincher …

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Why writing competitions are vital if you want to get published (it worked for me!)

On September 13th 2014 my novel The Dress Thief won the Festival of Romantic Fiction Readers’ award for the Best Historical Read.  A moment of  personal satisfaction, and I don’t yet know what other good things will flow from it.   Here, I make my stand for competitions as the best doorway to publication.  At the event, btw, …

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The Next Big Thing

Last week I was tagged by Helen Carey to take part in The Next Big Thing.  This is a viral blog chain which one tries to pass on to another writer …. only nobody’s jumped in.  See below and call me Billy No-Mates.   Here is my Q&A about my upcoming Book. 1 What is the …

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