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Where do stories come from? The magic of writer inspiration.

It’s time for another Round Robin, where a group of authors each post on the same topic on the same day (but not necessarily the same time zone :) ) This week’s topic has been chosen by author Rhobin Courtright… Where do stories come from? I’ve always found it fascinating how we can imagine whole…… Continue reading Where do stories come from? The magic of writer inspiration.

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9 brilliant books by Irish writers

People often say the Irish are the best story-tellers in the world, but coming from an Irish family myself, it wouldn’t be fair to me to comment! There are very many Irish authors I love, and considering Ireland is such a small island, there do seem to be an extraordinary amount of brilliant books and…… Continue reading 9 brilliant books by Irish writers

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Terror on Sunshine Boulevard: murder, mystery and a book #giveaway!

American author JQ Rose and I have been online friends for years (…and soon to meet in real life!!) I interviewed JQ Rose in the very early days of my blog (interview here) and we had a great time. There were lots of brilliant comments and I got to find out so much about Mackinac…… Continue reading Terror on Sunshine Boulevard: murder, mystery and a book #giveaway!

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Struggle and suffrage: celebrating 100 years since the first women gained the vote

Centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 6th February 2018 marks 100 years since the Representation of the People Act, when all women over the age of 30 who met certain property restrictions were granted the vote for the first time. The Act also gave the right to vote to all men over…… Continue reading Struggle and suffrage: celebrating 100 years since the first women gained the vote

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Choosing the point of view for your story and keeping it consistent

It’s the first authors’ Round Robin of the year, and another thought-provoking topic for me, both as a writer and an editor. Whose point of view do you like to use when writing your novels? And do you switch between characters? If so, how? I’ve actually been thinking a lot recently about how other writers…… Continue reading Choosing the point of view for your story and keeping it consistent

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The Queen of Victorian psychological thrillers

Project Gutenberg has hundreds of old Victorian and Edwardian novels available for free download, and some of them make a cracking read. I went through this list of Edwardian novels on Flavorwire recently and read The Benefactress, by Elizabeth von Arnim (available here). It’s just the sort of romance I love – the author is funny,…… Continue reading The Queen of Victorian psychological thrillers