Interesting Links

Interesting Links

See in 2018 in the best way possible – as a family! If you’re fed up of trying to find a babysitter AND paying out for one to work on New Year’s Eve, don’t panic! This list has nailed the best events for adults and kids alike! https://www.familiesonline.co.uk/things-to-do/places-to-go-guide/places-to-go-this-new-years-eve New Year, new blank canvas, new writer! This is the most EXOTIC list of writing courses I have ever read! From the Aegean to Zanzibar, pick one of a host of amazing destinations to unleash your inner scribe in 2018! https://thewritelife.com/writing-retreats/ Ten books to treasure in 2018 There’s never enough time to read all the books we want so best earmark some of these beauties right now for that much-deserved summer break http://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/art-books-music/g13787875/best-new-books-2018/

A Writer Writes

A Writer Writes

As those of you who read my last newsletter will know, I finished a book – currently called And So It Begins – that is going to be published by Wildfire (an imprint of Headline) in 2019. Although the writing is complete, as with every novel it still has to go through various stages of editing, and I’m enjoying tweaking and crafting every sentence so it becomes the best I am able to make it. As those of you who are writers will know, getting the story down is only the first stage. It’s already had a structural edit or two, and over the next few months it will be line-edited, copy-edited and proof read. I’ll keep telling you more as it develops. I’m looking forward to revealing what it’s about, but I think it will be a while until I’m allowed to do that! My Tom Douglas books go through the same editing

A Writer Reads

A Writer Reads for December

I had a chance to do a bit more reading than usual in the last few months – mainly because of a holiday, and there is nothing like a long flight to provide an opportunity to dive into a good book. The three below were my favourites, and if you’re looking for something to read over Christmas (and you’ve read all of mine, of course!), you might want to try one of these. The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton I was lucky enough to be sent an advance copy of The Craftsman by one of my favourite authors. What a brilliant read! I was gripped from the very first page and loved the characters and the weird and wonderful story. It’s available for pre-order right now. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell What I love about this book is the cleverness of the plot and the way all the strands slowly but

Come a Liitle Closer

Exciting News – Exclusive Sneak Preview

I like to make sure that my most loyal readers are given advance information of what’s coming, so you are the very first to see the cover of my next book – Come A Little Closer. Please feel free to share the cover on Facebook and Twitter when you see it there in the next week or so! What do you think of the cover? I really love it, and I’ll be excited to tell you more about it in my next newsletter in the new year. For now, though, the plot is still under wraps – more will be revealed very soon. Keep a look out for it, though. We’re expecting to publish mid-February, if all goes to plan!

DIY Penguin Recipe

DIY Penguin Recipe

I was looking out for something to make for a party I’m having before Christmas Day and I found this gem on www.allrecipes.com I just love the look of these little penguins – being something of a penguin fancier after my trip to Antarctica last January – and it would be so much fun to make these with the kids and grandkids too. HOURS of fun on a rainy day! Ingredients for 18 penguin lovers 18 jumbo black olives, pitted 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened 18 small black olives 1 carrot Directions Cut a slit from top to bottom, lengthwise, into the side of each jumbo olive. Carefully insert about 1 teaspoon of cream cheese into each olive. Slice the carrot into eighteen 1/4 inch thick rounds; cut a small notch out of each carrot slice to form feet. Save the cut out piece and press into centre of small

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