A fully stacked kindle just isn’t the same

I’m off on holidays shortly and am really looking forward to some concentrated reading time (if my family let me!).  I’ve got around 50 unread books on my kindle which I’m going to get stuck into. I got given my… continue reading »

Beautiful words everywhere – or May the Tube never change

I find beautiful words everywhere – accidental, historical and just giving me pause to think about the wonder of words. Walking through a wet Kings Cross, the tannoy announces ‘due to today’s inclement weather the surfaces are slippery, please take… continue reading »

Threading your plot through your novel

In some ways, it doesn’t look like much.  Just a set of scrawled, crossed out columns on a scrappy piece of file paper.  It’s actually a section of JK Rowling’s plotting for HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX.… continue reading »

Don’t smirk at me

I hate authors using the word ‘smirk’.  In a typical week, I will come across four or five characters smirking away.  Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against someone having a sneaky mean grin at someone else’s expense –… continue reading »

A Writing Blog Tour

I’ve been tagged in a writing blog tour – aimed at those of us who write for a living.  I don’t write novels or fiction, but I do write reports for my clients, which is why mymumdom has included me.… continue reading »

What’s a review worth?

  If self-publishing means everyone can be a writer, then the internet means anyone can be a critic.  There’s something intoxicating about being asked for your opinion on everything you buy, from batteries to Christmas turkey.  Do you succumb?  What… continue reading »

Holiday reading summer 2013

It’s going to be a kindle only holiday for me this year.  My husband’s plan has worked very well and I have been stocking up electronically for the last few months.  There was one small flaw – actually make that… continue reading »

JK Rowing’s secret life

UPDATED TO ADD REVIEW It’s just come to light that a well-reviewed crime writer, Robert Galbraith, is actually JK Rowling, writing without the full glare of expectation and scrutiny – and doing rather well.  (Doing rather well for a first time crime… continue reading »

The questions I always get asked

When I tell people what my job is, I get a variety of            responses.  This blog post is an attempt to answer those responses…       No, I did not turn down J.K. Rowling.… continue reading »

What’s the point in short stories?

Sometimes an author contacts me and my heart sinks.  I promise this is rare.  The heart-sink moment is prompted by the author telling me that they write in poetry or they write short stories, and that they have great plans… continue reading »

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