18th December 2014

The Coalman

This year I’ve decided to do something special for Christmas and raise money for the homeless charity, Barnabus. Barnabus are having one of their most challenging winters ever, and it’s vital that we support them as they look after the homeless in Manchester. The charity gives time for 600 homeless and vulnerable people each week, and… Read more

14th December 2014

The hype surrounding popular fiction.

I’ve not been on the popular book hype for quite a few years now. I think the last time I jumped on it was back in the days of Twilight, when I garnered an addiction and read all of them during school, after school, at night, early in the morning etc. I finally got to the end of the series, stared at them on my bookshelf and though, ‘oh – they were actually all pretty rubbish’.

7th December 2014

Finding the time to write

Originally, I was going to call this post ‘writing with a full time job’. I quickly realised that having a full time job isn’t why I don’t have time to write. There are about a million reasons. Unlike when I was a teenager – food never appears on its own, clothes don’t get washed, sometimes there are extra bits… Read more

30th November 2014

Writing a 50,000 word novel in a month.

I haven’t seen many people this month. I’ve barely even seen myself because instead of looking in the mirror I’ve been looking at the computer screen and trying – trying so hard – to write a 50,000 word novel.

13th August 2014

Stress relief for a deadly deadline.

I often find that when I’m approaching a writing deadline, my eyes will suddenly transform into hawk eyes, finding a fault with every single letter. ‘HOW DARE YOU USE THE ALPHABET IN THIS WAY!’ My mind will scream and suddenly I’ll stumble before submission and almost miss the final deadline. This strange technique works for… Read more

29th June 2014

Enid and the mystery of my adoration.

Over the past year my adoration of Enid Blyton has been a controversy that has affected my own writing to a shocking extent. I love Enid Blyton. Like many people I grew up with her novels and I think they were probably the first full length books I ever read. The Five Find Outers series… Read more