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Essential tips for authors at a book-signing convention or lit fest #indieauthors

Last month the UK Indie Lit Fest took place in Bradford, West Yorkshire, in the north of England. This author convention was a free event, with over 40 indie authors attending. The event included writing classes, author readings, activities for children, and the chance for readers to talk to best-selling authors around the world via…… Continue reading Essential tips for authors at a book-signing convention or lit fest #indieauthors

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Why writing an “easy read” is actually hard to do #amwriting

It’s almost two years since my feel good read A Way from Heart to Heart was published. I was looking over some old posts I’d written around release date, and I came across this one I wrote for American author friend Mary Waibel, about books that are “easy to read”. When I’m writing, I spend a…… Continue reading Why writing an “easy read” is actually hard to do #amwriting

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Places (not) to visit in the beautiful county of Yorkshire

This weekend is a Bank Holiday weekend in England – hooray! The last Monday in August is always an official holiday, and banks are shut, and most people can take the day off. Along with Easter Monday, Christmas and Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day, we have two other Bank Holidays in England – the…… Continue reading Places (not) to visit in the beautiful county of Yorkshire

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How to rediscover your writing mojo #amwriting #writetip

It’s four years now since my first novel, The Silk Romance, was published, and I’ve been writing in some form or another pretty much every day since then. Do I write because I love to write? No, not always. To be honest, sometimes writing feels like a great big chore. This isn’t helped by the…… Continue reading How to rediscover your writing mojo #amwriting #writetip

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Author @KathleenJowitt’s self-published debut novel shortlisted for the Betty Trask Prize

It’s a great pleasure to welcome author Kathleen Jowitt to my blog today. Earlier this year Kathleen earned the phenomenal achievement of having her debut novel, Speak Its Name, short-listed for the Society of Authors’ Betty Trask Prize – the first-self-published novel ever to make the list. Welcome, Kathleen – good to meet you! Where…… Continue reading Author @KathleenJowitt’s self-published debut novel shortlisted for the Betty Trask Prize

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Why I write romance but love science fiction

Last month I released my new feel good romance, Felicity at the Cross Hotel, and so I missed writing a post for our Round Robin group of authors. I’m looking forward to taking part in July’s.. …and this month’s topic is: Whatever genre you write, do you have a different one that you love to…… Continue reading Why I write romance but love science fiction

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How writers shatter people’s dreams, and why I love La La Land

Last week I was featured on the site of book reviewer and blogger Anne Williams. Anne runs a brilliant and popular blog in the UK, and she was recently awarded the “Best Pal” award at the UK’s Book Bloggers Bash Awards. I’ve followed Anne’s blog for a while and have found many great books there…… Continue reading How writers shatter people’s dreams, and why I love La La Land