If, like me, you’re dreaming of a Christmas filled with books, films and mince pies, here are some of my favourite Christmas novels for inspiration, both for Christmas gift ideas,and for sitting by the fire with a glass of Bailey’s, with nothing to do but read :) Three of the best Christmas romance novels This…… Continue reading 9 brilliant Christmas novels for a winter’s evening
In Jennifer Macaire’s new novel a deadly disease is ripping through the world. Her heroine has the chance to save millions of lives by travelling back in time to find a vaccine. I love the premise of this new book (and how I wish someone would step through a time portal with a vaccine for…… Continue reading Dinosaurs, a deadly disease and time travel in Jennifer Macaire’s new novel
This month our authors’ Round Robin question is one of the most difficult so far… What are your favourite books of all time, in your favourite genres? Vintage romance. Image courtesy of Pixabay What a question to have to answer! I have SO many favourite books, whittling down a list is like having to kill…… Continue reading 6 of my favourite romantic novels
It’s time for another of our authors’ Round Robin posts, and this month we have another thought-provoking topic set by author Rhobin Courtright… ‘Most novels have an easily understood point to make to the reader. Do your stories ever have more subtle themes?’ When I first start a novel, I’m not consciously aware of what…… Continue reading How do you develop the theme of your novel? And does theme matter?
I’m delighted to welcome author friend Ruby Moone to my blog today, on one of the hottest weeks of the year so far. We’re not used to these hot temperatures here in the north of England, but I’ve got us some chilled Vimto and some Fab ice lollies. Hopefully that will keep us cool as…… Continue reading Good to meet you…author Ruby Moone (@RubyMooneWriter)
August 1st is Yorkshire Day, so today I thought I’d share some photos and a post about my county. White roses, emblem of Yorkshire (Image by Wendy Priest from Pixabay) Many years ago I spent a week in a hostel in the middle of the Yorkshire moors with a group of teenagers from an industrial…… Continue reading Happy Yorkshire Day! Celebrating with some photos and a novel set on the Yorkshire moors
It’s time for another of our authors’ Round Robins, and this month the topic is… How do you develop a character who is different in personality from all the other characters you have developed, or from yourself? If you’ve followed my blog for a while you’ll know I’m a big fan of Georgette Heyer and…… Continue reading How do you develop realistic characters who are different from yourself?
I’ve known American author Heather Brainerd ever since we had our first books published around the same time with the same publisher, and we’ve remained friends ever since. I hope to meet in real life some day. In the meantime, I’ve been lucky to get to know Heather as a guest on my blog before…… Continue reading Three tips for finding inner calm, with author Heather Brainerd (@HFBrainerd)
It’s been a while since I invited an author round for a chat, and so it’s a great pleasure to welcome author Zoe May today, to a blustery and showery Yorkshire. Hang your brolly up, Zoe, and I’ll make us a brew. Thanks for dropping in! Where do you live, Zoe? At the moment, I…… Continue reading Good to meet you…author Zoe May (@zoe_writes)
It’s almost the end of June already and time for this month’s authors’ Round Robin. I’ve based my post on a topic set by author Dr Bob Rich. Something that comes up quite often when I’m editing for other writers is whether characters are ‘likeable’. In many ways it’s easier to write a villain, because…… Continue reading 6 of the best charming and sympathetic literary villains