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
How would you like to have all your summer reading sorted, as well as discover new authors you might not otherwise have read? Every day from now until Tuesday 23rd May 2017, the team at the website Authors Cross Promotion are running a competition. By entering here, you could win one of two “grand basket” prizes of twenty-five eBooks, or…… Continue reading Win 25 books with @AuthorsXP, plus new Amazon bestseller charts
I’m writing this post to let you know my publishers have made my novel A Way from Heart to Heart free on Amazon until May 9th 2017. If you haven’t already read my contemporary romance, here is the link to download a free copy while you can on Amazon Kindle. * (*I’m very sorry that the…… Continue reading Contemporary romance A Way from Heart to Heart – free on Kindle
August is drawing to a close and I can hardly believe summer is almost over already. Another month means another Round Robin, and another topic to challenge us :) This month our topic comes from author Victoria Chatham. Our characters often have some kind of psychological, spiritual or physical wounds. The process of healing forms the character’s arc. What mental, physical or spiritual…… Continue reading Why we love a tortured hero(ine)
August 1st is Yorkshire Day, when we in Yorkshire celebrate everything that’s great about our county. We Yorkshire folk don’t need much excuse to show our pride in our home, and in fact we take a lot of ribbing for it, with plenty of jokes from other parts of the country at our expense, eg “How can…… Continue reading Celebrating the county of Yorkshire on Yorkshire Day, and a Yorkshire-set #romance
Another month has gone by, which means it’s time for another Round Robin, and author Rhobin Courtwright has come up with yet another great topic for us: “Have you noticed how weather is used in writing? How have you used weather in your writing? Drama? Mood? Revelation?” I absolutely love all forms of symbolism in writing and art. Even…… Continue reading Pathetic fallacy – symbolism and the weather in fiction
A few months ago I took part in a book tour with Brook Cottage Books for my contemporary women’s fiction novel, A Way from Heart to Heart. It was good fun and a great experience, and I’m happy to say there were lots of great reviews. One interesting point came up when one of the…… Continue reading Can you judge a book by its cover?
Today I’m on fellow RNA member Rachel Brimble’s blog. Rachel asks some great questions, so I thought I’d reblog her post here. Hope you enjoy! ******* Welcome fellow RNA member, Helena Fairfax… Hi Helena! So thrilled to have you here – looking forward to learning more about you and your work :) Wishing you much…… Continue reading My favourite thing about myself, and other impossible questions
Another month has gone by, and it’s time for another Round Robin. This month the topic is “What keeps you glued to a story?” What a great question! As a writer, I was really interested to know what sorts of things kept readers turning the pages way past bedtime, and so yesterday I posted the…… Continue reading What makes a page-turning read?
This month the subject of our Round Robin is research. How much do we do as writers? Does it bother us if we come across inaccuracies in a novel? My novels are all set in the present day, but they still involve a lot of research. If I make a mistake about something that’s current,…… Continue reading Writing a novel: why research is vital in stories