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01/05/2017
stalker peering through a curtain

She doesn’t watch him all the time. She’s not weird… excerpt, Beat The Rain

She doesn’t watch him all the time. She’s not weird… excerpt, Beat The Rain   She started watching him shortly after she met him. Not stalking him, she’s not weird or anything. But he’s living in the flat above the […]
19/04/2017
Dinner party

If she’s touched his knee once, she’s touched it 20 times… excerpt, Beat The Rain

If she’s touched his knee once, she’s touched it twenty times… excerpt, Beat The Rain The dinner party continues and Louise’s friend Alice and her new boyfriend John arrive. He seems nice to Adam in a nondescript kind of way. Not […]
30/03/2017
Crying art reviews

How readers and reviewers rewrite novels

How readers and reviewers rewrite novels It’s been fascinating to see how readers and reviewers bring out elements of a novel you don’t see yourself – facets that, even as the author, you hadn’t fully appreciated or understood. In fact, it got […]
26/01/2017
White wine glass

“I doubt there’s anything real about those, Imogen.” Excerpt, Beat The Rain

“I doubt there’s anything real about those, Imogen.” Excerpt, Beat The Rain Shortly, the guests arrive and Louise is all smiles and nervous pleasure. Imogen is there first, wearing an over-the-top black dinner dress and carrying a bottle of champagne, […]
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 […]