Another month, another authors’ Round Robin! And this month our topic is: How do you choose your characters’ names? Are there any you avoid? I thought this topic might be quite easy to write about but, actually, once I started thinking about it, I realised in many ways choosing names for your characters is even…… Continue reading 9 Tips for Choosing Your Characters’ Names
Last month I released my new feel good romance, Felicity at the Cross Hotel, and so I missed writing a post for our Round Robin group of authors. I’m looking forward to taking part in July’s.. …and this month’s topic is: Whatever genre you write, do you have a different one that you love to…… Continue reading Why I write romance but love science fiction
Today is another in our Round Robin series, and this month’s topic is pretty deep: “There is a precipice each character stands on–one side is too good to be true, the other side too evil to exist. What makes a character too good to believe? How evil can a main character become before they are…… Continue reading Creating heroes and villains – why good is bad and evil is fun
A few weeks ago I read this anonymous letter to JK Rowling, written by someone who wanted to tell the author that, as a child, the Harry Potter books were the only thing that gave him a sense of home. (I’m saying “him.” I don’t know if the writer of the letter was male or…… Continue reading Books that really change your life
A couple of months ago a manuscript I’m working on was shortlisted for the Exeter Novel Prize, and last Saturday the award ceremony was held in (of course!) the city of Exeter. So, at the weekend I travelled all the way to Devon for the ceremony. Exeter is a pretty long way away for me.…… Continue reading J.K. Rowling’s Exeter and the Exeter Novel Prize
Well, perhaps this post is a little cynical for Valentine’s Day! I decided to write it, though, because a couple of weeks ago J.K. Rowling said she thought Hermione and Ron in the Harry Potter series are heading towards marriage guidance counselling and not a Happy Ever After. She explained how she brought Hermione and…… Continue reading Valentines or marriage guidance: which fictional couples really get their happy ever after?