Killer Women

Killer Women

Your hot ticket to crime writing’s coolest weekend: Unmissable masterclasses, sharp-shooting workshops, hard-hitting pitching sessions, all with the very best in the business. Book now and be the Next Big Thing Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 October, 2017 Browns, St Martin’s Lane, London, WC2N 4AG http://killerwomen.org/events/28-29-october-2017-killer-weekend/

Interesting Links

Discover the dish that hijacked Queen Victoria!

I put this literary misquotations quiz on my Facebook page and got a lot of fun comments so here it is again. Can you get the wrong lines right? https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jul/19/literary-misquotations-quiz-can-you-get-the-wrong-lines-right As a big fan of Game of Thrones, I found this really interesting: Drama Queens – why it’s all about women and power on screen right now https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jul/22/game-of-thrones-handmaids-tale-wonder-woman-female-power We have all bad eating days – even Queen Victoria fell foul of Chicken Curry! http://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/what-to-read/chicken-curry-much-booze-everything-need-know-queen-victorias/

A Writer Writes

Feeling ‘drafty’: the highs and lows of editing!

What I love about editing As I mentioned in the last newsletter, the first draft of my book was sent off and I was awaiting the response. When it came, it was largely good – at least my agent and editor loved the story, the twists and the structure. But as is often the case (with me, if not with any other writer) there were parts of the novel that seemed as clear as day to me, but not to those reading it! Back came the comments, some so good I wanted to do a little jig around the room, others less favourable. And that’s when it becomes important that, as a writer, I love my job – because each of the comments should be seen as an opportunity to make the book better, to improve the narrative or strengthen the personality of a character. I want readers to have

A Writer Reads

A Writer Reads for August

I only have a couple of books to talk about this month, mainly because I’ve been moving house and haven’t had as much time to read as I would like. But the two I have read have been amazing! The book club of which I am a member comprises a group of women with very different tastes in reading. Some prefer literary novels, some more commercial fiction and it does end up providing opportunities to read a wide variety of novels. This month, the selection was commercial fiction in the form of the wonderful Marian Keyes. I thought I had read all of her books, but this one seems to have passed me by. The second book that I thoroughly enjoyed was by Erin Kelly, who writes so well. This book has done well in the charts recently and has some amazing reviews. These are books that I’ve enjoyed – but

Festival of Writing 2017

Festival of Writing 2017

I am delighted to be a keynote speaker at this Writers’ Workshop event on Saturday 9th September, along with Mark Edwards, talking about our routes to publishing success and lessons learned along the way Friday 8th September, Saturday 9th September, Sunday 10th September University of York http://www.writersworkshop.co.uk/events.html

Dying to Write

The shopping list to die for!

Once again I have been inundated with entries for The Perfect Postcard competition! It’s great that so many of you are putting pen to paper and letting your imagination take you to all the weird and wonderful places outlined in your two-sentence trips! As always it was hard to choose an outright winner but I’ve opted for Barbara Lawther with this intriguing scenario: Exhausted, chilled to my bones. Heavy bags now empty. Dreams fulfilled for another year. Sorry to say I won’t see you again – now that you don’t believe. Love, Santa Well done Barbara – I wonder will you and all the other hopefuls write more? To that end, this month’s challenge is to write a deadly shopping list with no more than FOUR items under your catchy title. Follow this example and ENJOY: Example shopping list. Pete’s surprise birthday party Sausages Cyanide Bedroom Slippers Dog biscuits. Send

Sleep Tight

Sleep Tight for iBooks and Kobo

For some time now, my books have been available exclusively on Amazon – but I’ve had many requests for other versions so I have now made Sleep Tight – my third novel – available on other formats. I’m excited to see what happens, so if you have friends that don’t read on paperback or Kindle, please do spread the word. To buy on Kobo or iBooks, click here  

Stranger Child

Stranger Child – The Perfect Summer Read

If any of you haven’t already read my fourth novel, now is the chance to buy it on special offer for just 99p in the UK. With over 1800 five star reviews and an average rating of 4.7 out of 5, it’s been a tremendous success for me. One dark secret. One act of revenge. They say you should never trust a stranger. Perhaps they’re right! Click here to find out more.

Laura Marshall

An Interview with Laura Marshall

This month I posed a few questions to Laura Marshall author of Friend Request. You may remember that she was featured in my May newsletter? I had just read Friend Request and loved it. It’s about a woman who receives a friend request on Facebook, but the person who it appears to be from has been dead for over twenty years. The intrigue and confusion ramps up throughout the book until you have no idea who to trust. Wonderful stuff! It was interesting to catch up with her again to hear what she relies on in terms of comfort and space and how she finds and sets aside the time to get her words on the page. Laura, what is the first book you remember as a child? The first books I remember really loving were the Laura Ingalls Wilder “Little House” books. My Mum read them to me first

Interesting Links

Read FIFTY books in a year

Have you always wanted to read more, a LOT more? Get on track to get through more than fifty books a year with these wonderful tips. https://hbr.org/2017/02/8-ways-to-read-a-lot-more-books-this-year An interesting and timely review of a Generation of Sociopaths by Jane Smiley – a top read if you want to know why Donald Trump might ruin the world! https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/may/17/generation-sociopaths-review-trump-baby-boomers-ruined-world Books to read now as selected by the Financial Times https://www.ft.com/content/582f7ed6-36fe-11e7-bce4-9023f8c0fd2e