2022 and all that: a review of my writing and publishing year

2022 has been quite a year – I think we can all agree on that. I’ve spent a fair portion of it with my jaw on the floor at what the government have got up to. However, that’s not what I’m here for. On to the review! It’s been an odd year, writing and publishing-wise.Continue reading “2022 and all that: a review of my writing and publishing year”

Swallowed a dictionary

This week I’ve been doing the final – I hope – proof on my middle-grade novel, Rich Girl, Poor Girl. At the same time, I’ve been writing down ‘tricky words’ to put in a glossary at the back of the book. That is, words I’m not sure a 9 to 11 year old would necessarilyContinue reading “Swallowed a dictionary”

The parting of the ways

That title is much more dramatic than this post will be :-)! However, I decided this was something worth writing a little blog about, so here goes. Most of my books – by quite a long way – are books for adults. However, just before the pandemic, I published a picture book for children –Continue reading “The parting of the ways”

Just for today – a free children’s book bundle!

Regular readers (hello, you three) will know that I usually write mysteries. However, I sometimes write for children. And as it’s getting towards Christmas, I’ve teamed up with three other authors to bring you a FREE bundle of 4 Christmas-themed children’s ebooks! That’s right, FREE – but the offer is only available TODAY. So ifContinue reading “Just for today – a free children’s book bundle!”

Hold the rosemary: announcing A Christmas Carrot!

It’s taken a while to come to fruition, but here is my first children’s book, A Christmas Carrot! A Christmas Carrot is a humorous story very much inspired by – you’ve guessed it – A Christmas Carol, and retold for 4-8 year olds in picture-book form. I did the words, and Zoe Harmon has provided theContinue reading “Hold the rosemary: announcing A Christmas Carrot!”

So much to do, so little time…

As blog posts go, this one is a check-in to let you know that I haven’t been eaten by an Alsatian (or the cat). I’ve just been busy doing things. In my last post I talked about sending my manuscript to a small army of beta-readers for the very first time, and joked that IContinue reading “So much to do, so little time…”

Plotter or pantser? JanuWriMo

Some people are just gluttons for punishment. Having done, and won, NaNoWriMo in November, completing an 80,000 word draft in mid-December, who would want to do it all again two months later? *puts up hand* This time I was planning to write not one book but two. Two 25,000-word middle-grade children’s books, possibly the firstContinue reading “Plotter or pantser? JanuWriMo”