Avalanche – words complete!

Um, you remember that last post I wrote, about a week ago? The one where I said I was co-writing a book? WE'VE FINISHED THE DRAFT!!! Yes, I am rather excited. The Case of the Black Tulip(s) - still haven't decided how many tulips there will be - is a THING! Here are some stats: From start …

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When things snowball: my new project!

So, a while back I hinted that I was thinking of cheating on all the proofreading and editing I should be doing, and starting a new book instead. And because people are mischievous, they encouraged me. Let's face it, I was hoping they would. That's probably why I posted. And to be honest, I was …

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A big 12 Days thank you!

Back in May 2017, I joined 12 other writers to take part in a charity Christmas anthology, 12 Days of Christmas, with all profits going to the child literacy charity The Book Bus. The premise was 12 stories, each themed according to the carol 'The Twelve Days of Christmas'. The anthology was the brainchild of the …

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2018 here I come!

It's January 1. It's raining. Therefore it must be time for the New Year's Resolutions / life goals for 2018 post! Last year's goals: Market new and existing books and stories to maximise their return Walk/run 1000 miles Aim for work-life balance and spare capacity How did I do? Let's say it was a year of …

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Possibly the quietest book launch ever! Murder in the Choir

Happy Boxing Day! If you've been celebrating Christmas, hope you had a great time and are still full of food and replete with presents. Despite various illness bugs floating around the family, we had a lovely dinner and Santa came! So a good day all round. I possibly enjoyed it more because I was recovering …

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It’s cover reveal time again! Please rise for Murder in the Choir!

Drumroll... To be honest I feel slightly fraudulent making a song and dance about this cover, because it's one of the quickest so far. Never mind, eh. May I introduce you to the cover for Murder in the Choir, the second book in the Pippa Parker Mysteries series! If you've seen the cover for Murder at the Playgroup …

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The Cat Is In The Library? A quantum-inspired short story

So, the Quantum Shorts story competition has come round again. I didn't think I'd manage to write a story for it this year, what with NaNoWriMo and everything, but then Twitter sparked off an idea... Who can't get behind a story featuring cats and libraries? I started off with a spin on Schrodinger's Cat, based …

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Books AND wine gums? Lemme at ’em!

This morning finds me full of cold, woolly-headed, and quite possibly buried under a thick blanket of snow. But I still have a blog post for you, since I'm a guest at Emma Moyle's Books and Wine Gums blog this weekend! How lucky is that? To visit Emma's super blog, and read my Q&A, just follow the …

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#NaNoWriMo final week: In which I write ‘The End’!

Made it! My third NaNoWriMo is safely completed, emailed to myself, put on a memory stick and saved on two different computers. Not that I'm paranoid. As I suspected, things speeded up. Not because I'm bored of writing, or of the story, but I always get faster towards the end. I was practically holding myself …

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#NaNoWriMo week 3-and-a-bit: In which I try not to run to the finish!

Having moved at the pace of a glacier made of treacle last week, this week I have been STEAMING through the post-it notes of my plot. To the extent that I did wonder midweek whether I might get to the end before the end, if you see what I mean. I've had fun planting a …

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