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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 […]
15/09/2016
toads don't wear tutus

Toads don’t wear tutus

Toads don’t wear tutus* Mrs Toad wants to be a ballet dancer but is, by her nature, ugly. Mr Otter the surgeon has refused to work on her no less that seven times: “Insert feathers into that skin? A beak? […]
04/07/2016
the-pursuit-of-ordinary

Things I’ve learnt since getting a publishing contract

Things I’ve learnt since getting a publishing contract Updated: 18/9/19 The move from aspiring author to published author is a strange and sometimes unsettling one. Like poking your head above the clouds you’ve spent years climbing towards, only to realise you […]
23/06/2016

3 weird things you’ll recognise if you’re in a long-term relationship

3 weird things you’ll recognise if you’re in a long-term relationship So, you’re with the love of you life. Which means you’ve probably developed some weird habits and annoy your friends a bit. Except most of your friends are now ‘couple’ […]
07/06/2016
How relationships end

How do relationships really end? With a bang or a trickle?

New novel explores how relationships really end How do relationships really end? Is it one momentous moment triggered by an event like an affair or betrayal? Or a slow decline, going unnoticed at first, building to a crescendo? New novel […]
19/03/2016
Ready to get published

Agents or publishers? Who should you approach first?

Agents or publishers? Who should you approach first? A friend recently asked me to meet up with his flatmate, also a writer, to give some advice on how to find a publisher. As we chatted and he talked through his experience […]