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
I’m a member of three writers’ bodies in the UK – the Society of Authors, the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Chartered Institute of Editors and Proofreaders. I’ve been to numerous writers’ conferences and pitched to more literary agents than I can remember. From my experience, the world of publishing in the UK is predominantly…… Continue reading Are you a racist writer? On the difficulty of recognising our own prejudices…
I have some exciting news today, and news of a book giveaway below… If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may have heard me mention Miss Moonshine, the mysterious and redoubtable owner of a magical emporium in Haven Bridge, a fictional town in the north of England. For those who don’t know…… Continue reading Celebrating some exciting news with a paperback #bookgiveaway!
In my work as a fiction editor I often give writers the same piece of advice: focus, focus, focus on your core story. There, I said ‘focus’ three times. And here’s an image of someone focusing, too. That’s how important I think it is! What do I mean by ‘focus on the story’? Well, a…… Continue reading Editing Tips: How to Focus Your Story and Keep Readers Turning the Pages
It’s March 2020, and time for one of our authors’ Round Robins. When author Rhobin Courtright set this topic a few weeks ago, we didn’t know then that we’d be plunged now into the middle of a pandemic such as the world hasn’t seen. The world is suddenly a very different place. Human beings carry…… Continue reading What draws you into a story? How to create a great opening #amwriting