From 8-14th June, Kindred Spirits: Ephemera was out on tour, organised by the fabulous Mary Anne Yarde and the Coffee Pot Book Club. It was great fun, preparing guest posts for the wonderful book-bloggers, and hearing what they think about the stories. Happily, the responses were good! And so I’m thrilled to share with you … More Kindred Spirits: Ephemera – Tour round-up!
Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year, and that 2020 has started well for you… I’ve been busy over the break, and done some planning for this little blog of mine. For a couple of years now, I’ve been thinking about running two new series, covering two … More New Year, New Themes…
How are we possibly in July? And half-way through it at that! Well, somehow we are, which means… We’re nearly at the fourth of my creative writing workshops in North Shields… On Saturday 3rd August, in just two weeks, I’ll be back, looking this time at conflict and pace. After all, much as we’d all … More A Novel Approach 4!
Slightly cheating today! But what other ‘K’ could I go for? For whatever reason, I cannot write anything unless it has a title. Annoyingly though, once I give something a title, that’s sort of it. Stuck. However ‘working’ I want to think it is, it just gets into my brain, and won’t go away. When … More Kindred Spirits A-Z: Kindred?
One thing which has really made me smile about the Kindred Spirits books has been the wonderful reviews they’ve each received. It’s not a lie when authors say that reviews make their day, whether the complex tales of Amazon algorithms are true or not. I’m so proud of the Amazon reviews each book has received, … More Kindred Spirits A-Z: Jailbreak
I’ve talked quite a lot about the inspiration behind the Kindred Spirits series, in that the idea originally came from a competition in Writing Magazine, one of my favourite publications. Every month I would try to enter their competitions, once I became a subscriber, and not once have I ever had any success. But then, … More Kindred Spirits A-Z: Inspiration
It’s just over a week until the second of my “A Novel Approach” workshops at North Shields Library, and tickets are still available – click for details here: here. Over 2.5hrs we’ll look at what makes characters stick in the memory, and how to make sure yours do the same, with exercises, sharing and discussions about … More A Novel Approach 2: Come and meet your cast!
There’s something particularly exciting about seeing your workshops on a poster in the local library! Last month, we had a fun session on “getting started” on the novel journey, and next month, on Saturday 6th April 2019, we’re going to be looking at all things “casting”, i.e. getting those pesky characters right, and onto the … More A Novel Approach 2: One month countdown!
Are you monogamous, or a terrible flirt? Don’t worry, I’m not getting too personal here, I’m talking writing. Or reading, for that matter. Turns out I’m definitely the latter when it comes to books, writing or reading them! Hence jumping on the ‘distracted boyfriend’ meme bandwagon (as well as feeling quite proud for having worked … More The ‘Other Project’
Have you booked yourself a place on my upcoming workshop, on Saturday 9th February, at North Shields Library? I know all too well that getting that support at the start of a new project is really important, and cannot wait to help you, whether it’s a brand new novel, as the title implies, or a … More Kickstart your writing this month!