I finally read my NaNoWriMo draft and it isn’t terrible!

The title pretty much sums up this blog post! The feeling of growing dread when, having put your NaNoWriMo draft away for a few months, the time comes to bring it out again and actually read the words you wrote last November. The words you hope to make a book from. Will it be a crappy … Continue reading I finally read my NaNoWriMo draft and it isn’t terrible!

The end, again (only it isn’t)

I finished the first draft of In Sherlock's Shadow last night, at 9.50pm GMT. That should sound more celebratory, but my overall feeling was one of exhausted relief. It may have something to do with having written 4500 words in a day, packed one of the kids for a residential trip, and taken a 7-mile walk, but … Continue reading The end, again (only it isn’t)

JanuWriMo and FebuWriMore: a progress report

OK, I invented FebuWriMore, but anyway... I'm not blogging as frequently, due to an increase of STUFF to do, so it was only when checking the last few posts today that I realised I hadn't actually written an end-of-January post. Maybe I did it in my head! The image at the top of the post … Continue reading JanuWriMo and FebuWriMore: a progress report

New year, new book…

Hello there! Good grief, it's been a long time since the last post. I can't believe we're over halfway through January already. Then again, that's what happens when you undertake to write 50,000 words in a month... Today's post is, basically, a quick progress report. I have two coldy kids on the sofa and a … Continue reading New year, new book…

January sale! A House Of Mirrors Kindle Countdown Deal!

First things first - Happy New Year! Here's to a great 2017 for all of us. 2016 was a nice year for me personally, but rubbish in terms of politics and also in losing so many cultural icons. So to celebrate the demise of 2016, my latest book and first full-length novel, A House Of Mirrors, is … Continue reading January sale! A House Of Mirrors Kindle Countdown Deal!

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

Sneak preview! Chapter 1 of A House Of Mirrors

Ever wondered what Mrs Hudson's first meeting with Sherlock Holmes was like? Here's my version...hope you enjoy it! NB While what's below is in web format, the book is formatted with indented paragraphs and no spaces between 😉 CHAPTER 1 221B Baker Street, 4th January 1881 When would he come? I checked my watch for … Continue reading Sneak preview! Chapter 1 of A House Of Mirrors

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 … Continue reading It’s A House Of Mirrors launch day!

Made it! #NaNoWriMo 2016

Yes! Over the line! There is nothing like the wonderful feeling of relief when you paste your words into the little box, click 'Validate', and the little trophy pops up. NaNoWriMo is complete! This time I was actually in the process of writing the last chapter. As usual, I was doing a 25-minute pomodoro, which … Continue reading Made it! #NaNoWriMo 2016

Wringing out words: NaNoWriMo week 4

This week in NaNoWriMo has been a week of two halves; for me, anyway. Monday and Tuesday; great, speedy, pretty much got my words in before lunch. On Wednesday, however, the truth dawned that while I know whodunnit, and how, I still don't know exactly why; or indeed, how they're going to be caught. So … Continue reading Wringing out words: NaNoWriMo week 4