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How indie publishing gave me my confidence back (and why I’m not going back to trad)

Self-publishing my novels has given me confidence back in my own writing. I’ve gone from thinking no one would want to read the type of story I write – feel-good and uplifting, but involving serious issues – to finally starting work on a new novel, after months of not writing. When I had my first…… Continue reading How indie publishing gave me my confidence back (and why I’m not going back to trad)

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What makes a writer write, when writing is such hard work?

It’s June, which means the sun is out, my roses are in bloom – and it’s time for another of our authors’ Round Robins… This month the topic is: Why do you write or feel compelled to write, even through the difficult parts? This is such a great question. A while ago, when I was in…… Continue reading What makes a writer write, when writing is such hard work?

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Good to meet you…author Deirdre Palmer

Deirdre Palmer has travelled all the way from the south coast to be with me in Yorkshire, and today’s a landmark day for me because Deirdre is the first person called Deirdre I’ve ever actually met. (Although actually, to be honest, even now we’re only meeting virtually :) ) When I was a child I…… Continue reading Good to meet you…author Deirdre Palmer

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My leading lady, Sophie, plus some useful sites for writers

A couple of weeks ago I divulged the exciting news that my first novel, The Silk Romance, is a contender for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Award for new writers. For the past few weeks I’ve been interviewing many of the other authors who are up for the same award, and showcasing their novels. Today I…… Continue reading My leading lady, Sophie, plus some useful sites for writers

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Good to meet you…author Susan Willis

I live in Yorkshire, in the north of England, and often make proud boast of my northernness (as we northerners do!), forgetting that there are folk who live even further north in England than I do, such as my guest today, Susan Willis, who really does hail from The Actual North. (But as far as…… Continue reading Good to meet you…author Susan Willis

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Good to meet you…author Kathryn Freeman

Over the past few weeks I’ve been interviewing fellow graduates from the Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writers’ Scheme. This year there are a record seventeen of us graduates – that is, writers who passed through the RNA’s mentoring scheme and subsequently had their manuscripts published. As RNA chairman Pia Fenton says, the number shows “the…… Continue reading Good to meet you…author Kathryn Freeman

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Good to meet you…author Jill Steeples

You might know already that for the past few weeks I’ve been introducing some of my fellow graduates from the excellent New Writers’ Scheme, run by the UK’s Romantic Novelists’ Association. Today’s visitor is the lovely Jill Steeples, and for the first time this year…we can sit outside! The sun’s actually out! But don’t worry…… Continue reading Good to meet you…author Jill Steeples

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The Silk Romance – an update on publication

A few people have been asking for an update on my novel, The Silk Romance, which is due to be published in May, so here goes!  (And for those of you who’d like to know what the novel’s about, please check out my Silk Romance page.) The short answer  – for those who don’t want…… Continue reading The Silk Romance – an update on publication