Feedback is your friend

In a recent Q&A I was asked if I had any advice for first time writers. One of the things I suggested was to solicit feedback whenever you can. Feedback can come from a number of sources. Family and friends is a good place to start, but what if they don’t read much? Or are too nice? Or (God forbid) … Read More

Time Flies…

Time flies when you’re having fun, so the saying goes. Well, I’m not sure I’ve been having that much fun, but it was a real shock to realise it’s been nearly 5 months since I last posted on my blog. That’s right – five months!! So much has happened, it’s going to need a lot of self-restraint to keep this … Read More

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

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