What’s hot… The big trend for small reads

As an author and book lover I am always intrigued to learn about people’s reading habits. Hoping to find out more, I turned to the internet to look more closely at what is influencing the way we read and what that is doing to the market for fiction. Well the good news is that people still love reading: book sales … Read More

Confessions of a (Reformed) Closet Book Reviewer

I have a confession to make: I’m a closet book reviewer. Or, more accurately, I was. Even though I would absolutely love for everyone who reads my books to be kind enough to leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads, I recently realised that I am guilty of rarely publishing reviews myself. I have done a few, but nothing close … Read More

2018 Literary Festivals in and around Kent

With the recent announcement that the awesome Mark Billingham is coming to the Rochester Literature Festival later this year, I thought I’d remind myself what other book-related events were left to go to this year. From cookery books to crime fiction, there’s pretty much something for everyone at venues all around Kent and neighbouring counties. And with half the year … Read More

Top tips for dealing with negative feedback and rejection

Many writers write because they have a deep-rooted desire to bring stories to life and create characters that populate worlds borne of their imagination. Maybe because of wanting everything to be perfect, it can be years before they share their creations; and therefore, years before they have to deal with hearing what anyone else thinks about their work. I remember … Read More

Beating the block

Whether you’re an author whose livelihood depends on new publications or a hobby writer who uses creative writing as a means of relaxation, to lose your creative mojo is a worrying state of play.  Blocks and brick walls can appear at any stage in the writing process, from the initial inspiration for a story and direction of the plot, to … Read More

Dare to be different

How many people envy the ordinary? Think about the film stars you idolised as a child, or now even. Think about the bands and the singers that have caught your imagination. Or the TV personalities that get the greatest following on social media and the biggest spreads in the gossip magazines. I’m willing to bet that most of them have … Read More

Publish – but don’t be damned, be proud and loud!

When I finished my debut novel (A Confusion of Crows… just in case you’ve missed all of the banners on this site 😉) I was so impatient eager to press the big ‘Publish’ button I never gave a thought to let the world at large know it existed before publication day. All that could come later, right? Going down the … Read More

From little acorns

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth”. Quite a tall order, if you think about it. Today I will have to be content with the creation of my first blog post. From little acorns… This may be my first blog, but I have been writing for a long time. Actually, a very long time. Mostly for my … Read More