Winner winner chicken dinner: CampNaNo 2017

Phew! August 1 (how did that happen?) and I'm very pleased to report that Camp NaNoWriMo is done and the sequel to Murder At The Playgroup is in full draft! Here's the graph: My target was 50,000 words for the month, and in the end I wrote just over 53K to finish Murder In The Choir. The …

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Match Point: a tennis tale

As Wimbledon's on, here is a little flash story I wrote a while ago. Imagine it narrated by your favourite tennis commentator! Match Point   ‘Get out of the way, Marnie!’ Dylan shouts, pointing his racket at her. ‘I want to plaaaaaaayyy…’ Marnie whines, Bambi eyes pleading. ‘No. You’re too small. You’ll probably hurt yourself, …

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Crunching the numbers: Book Report

WARNING: If you don't like numbers or graphs you might want to look away now...or skip this post altogether! I'm probably a gazillion steps behind the rest of the author community, but I just signed up for Book Report. If you haven't seen it, Book Report makes an easy-read dashboard out of your Amazon KDP …

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Watch out! Murder At The Playgroup goes live!

It's launch day! Murder At The Playgroup is available to buy as an ebook on Amazon - it's currently on offer at 99c/99p - and free to read for Kindle Unlimited subscribers! Visit the book on Amazon Murder At The Playgroup is a short, light, hopefully funny cosy mystery. It's also a bit of a departure for me: a) it's …

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The Monster Under The Bed

So Camp NaNoWriMo is over for another year. I achieved my modest target of 25,000 words on April 25 (how apt!), finishing Something Blue the next day with just over 28,000 words. Here's the graph: I was aiming for between 25 and 30K, so I'll take that. Once I got started, the writing was fairly easy, …

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In praise of laziness

It's been a shockingly long time since I wrote a proper blog post. Apologies, but I'm not quite sure where March and most of April went! I think the last time I mentioned my NaNoWriMo draft from November 2016, Murder At The Playgroup, was when I'd done a read-through preliminary to beginning THE EDIT (I finally …

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An approaching bookiversary

I did have a vague feeling that something was coming up! It's very nearly a year since the launch of The Secret Notebook of Sherlock Holmes, and Facebook very helpfully put a memory in front of me a couple of days ago...the moment when I cleared my throat and announced that I had a book coming …

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It’s that new year post again

2016 was quite a year. Stranger than fiction in many ways - I feel for dystopian fiction authors and satirists, since they must be wondering where they can go next. However, this particular blog post (the third of its kind, I'm surprised to see) is a review of my writing and other progress in 2016, and …

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What’s the one piece of advice you’d give someone wanting to write?

Hello, and Merry Christmas! Please forgive me for not posting in a while, but I've only just climbed my way out of a mountain of crumpled wrapping paper and cheese. You know how it is. Anyway, now that we're in that bit between Christmas and New Year, I'm observing the green shoots of goals and …

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It’s A House Of Mirrors launch day!

I'm very proud to say that my first novel, A House Of Mirrors, is available to buy as an ebook on Amazon, and free to read for Kindle Unlimited subscribers! I'm planning to get the paperback out before Christmas, too 😉 It feels like a very long journey from November 1, 2015, when I sat down at the computer …

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