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25/01/2017
writers desk

Over-editing, a writers invisible enemy

Over-editing, a writers invisible enemy? Over-editing, worse, perhaps, than the writer’s other well-fed demon: keeping hold of your ‘darlings’ and not editing enough. On the days when confidence is low, it’s tempting to decide your work isn’t good enough. Perhaps if […]
24/01/2017
Knowledge and ignorance

Lessons from a debut author: things I wish I’d known a year ago

Lessons from a debut author: things I wish I’d known a year ago My debut novel was published 6 months ago now, so I thought it was worth rounding up some of my thoughts about the process, in particular, some […]
20/12/2016
Daily Mirror, Beat The Rain

Do you have seasonal jealousy disorder this Christmas?

Do you have seasonal jealousy disorder this Christmas? I’m very excited to feature heavily in an article in the Daily Mirror today. I’ve had some lovely reviews and articles on some big websites, but this is the first national newspaper to […]
15/11/2016

Female First article: pitfalls to avoid for men writing women

Female First article: pitfalls to avoid for men writing women Very pleased to have a feature today in Female First, a popular online women’s lifestyle magazine. I’m talking about what it becoming a familiar subject now – although not one I […]
09/11/2016
Goodreads Best Debut Author 2016 semifinalist Beat The Rain

Beat The Rain named semi-finalist in Goodreads Choice Awards 2016

Beat The Rain named semi-finalist in Goodreads Choice Awards 2016 I’ll admit it, I’m having a pretty good week as far as Beat The Rain is concerned. Since it launched three months ago, I’ve had some dark ‘it’s all pointless and nobody […]
23/09/2016
men and women

Can male authors ever write women well?

CAN MALE AUTHORS EVER WRITE WOMEN WELL? Can a male author ever write a female character authentically? It’s a question I naively didn’t even ask myself when I sat down to write my first novel, despite the fact that half of […]