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The greatest secondary characters in fiction – and when they aren’t really secondary

It’s another month, and time for a Round Robin, and this month author Rhobin Courtwright has given us another excellent topic to mull over: Secondary characters have many functions in stories. Have you ever had a secondary character surprise you in some way? How? Who are your favourite secondary characters – in your own work…… Continue reading The greatest secondary characters in fiction – and when they aren’t really secondary

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The importance of setting in a romance novel, with author Jennifer Young

I’m chuffed to welcome back Scottish author Jennifer Young today. Jennifer is a fellow member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, and she came to my blog last year (you can read her interview here). We’ve met several times in real life through the RNA, and I’m looking forward to meeting Jennifer even more often when…… Continue reading The importance of setting in a romance novel, with author Jennifer Young

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Some surprising tips on pitching to an agent (and some not so surprising)

Last week I was at the Ilkley Literature Festival – a series of writing-related workshops and talks held every year here in the north of England. One of the talks was given by Andrew Lownie, who deals with non-fiction at the literary agency of the same name.  Andrew Lownie’s agency has been running for nearly…… Continue reading Some surprising tips on pitching to an agent (and some not so surprising)

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Some essential tips for self-publishing on Amazon

This week’s been an exciting week for me. I recently received back the rights to two of my novels – The Antique Love and The Silk Romance – and just yesterday I released both books on Amazon. But getting to the stage of self-publishing on Amazon wasn’t just as easy as pressing a button. (I…… Continue reading Some essential tips for self-publishing on Amazon

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A brilliant book of writing tips by romance and mystery authors

In August last year my author friend JQ Rose invited me and several others to share our favourite writing tips in a series of posts running on her blog from October to February. JQ Rose had had the brilliant idea of eventually collating the posts, editing our articles, and turning our collected tips into an…… Continue reading A brilliant book of writing tips by romance and mystery authors

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How do writers “hear” their characters?

Last week I caught the tail end of BBC Radio 4’s Open Book programme. It was a fascinating discussion about how writers actually “hear” the voices of their characters (you might still be able to hear this episode on iPlayer). Dr. Jennifer Hodgson, who was interviewed on the programme, is a writer and teacher who…… Continue reading How do writers “hear” their characters?

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Author Mary Waibel on using Tweetdeck to manage Twitter

Twitter is a great asset to authors – a place to find out and share information, as well as to tell the world about our books. The trouble is, it does take quite some dedication to make the most of it. And we can’t be on Twitter all the time, because when are we actually…… Continue reading Author Mary Waibel on using Tweetdeck to manage Twitter