May Update

May Update

It’s been a while since I last blogged, again! I think everything with the virus has made routines difficult, as I’m sure it has for all of us. I hope you are coping with lockdown okay and staying safe and well. It’s been very helpful for me to have the distraction of Camp NaNoWrimo. It’s the more flexible version of the main NaNoWriMo event that happens in November (with participants writing 1,667 words a day and aiming to have a 50K

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2020 Goal Update

2020 Goal Update

Hi everyone! Hope all of you are well and none of you have come down with the dreaded coronavirus. I thought it would be a good time to update you with my writing goals so far this year, especially now one of those goals has been met. Last Tuesday, I finally finished my first series of edits on my third historical fiction novel, following ‘The Boy from the Snow’ and ‘The Veiled Wolf’. I actually finished writing the first draft of

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Lottie’s Locket

Lottie’s Locket

This week I thought I’d give you a bit more detail about my novel Lottie’s Locket, especially since on Monday 20th I signed a contract with Olympia for them to publish it – rather exciting! Lottie’s Locket is a fantasy/murder mystery for a Middle Grade (MG) audience. MG, broadly speaking, is in between children’s fiction and Young Adult fiction (12-17). I think it will be on the upper end of MG, so my ideal audience would be 10-12 year olds. Here’s

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2020 Writing Goals

2020 Writing Goals

Happy New Year all! It’s just gone 10 am on this dreary January morning. Today is my first day back after the Christmas break. The fact it took ten minutes to start my laptop properly shows it’s been a while since I last wrote anything. It was lovely to have some time off after Christmas, but I can tell it might take me a bit to get back into the swing of things. Around this time of year people are making

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NaNoWriMo 2019

NaNoWriMo 2019

In the words of Porky Pig, ‘that’s all folks!’ NaNoWriMo is over for another year! Writers all over the world are closing their laptops as well as their eyelids, trying to catch up sleep. If they’re anything like me, November whizzed by as I attempted to write throughout the 30 days of November, so I would have a brand-spanking new 50K novel by the end of the month. This was my second attempt doing the main event in November. It follows

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Walking in the footsteps of the Brontes

Walking in the footsteps of the Brontes

You don’t have to know me for very long to find out Jane Eyre is my favourite book. I think I first read it when I was about 11 and instantly fell in love with it. I was gripped from the very first lines: “There was no possibility of taking a walk that day. We had been wondering, indeed, in the leafless shrubbery an hour in the morning; but since dinner (Mrs. Reed, when she had no company, dined early) the

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Summer Update 2019

Summer Update 2019

Hi everyone! Sorry it’s been so long since I last did anything on this blog! For a while my main engagement focus has been more with social media, particularly setting up my Facebook page. It’s been a busy couple of months over the summer, too, what with a couple of small holidays and having Holiday Club for children at our church. With now coming into September, it’s hopefully going to be a fresh start! I’m intending on starting a Facebook Group,

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What’s in a Pen Name?

What’s in a Pen Name?

On one otherwise ordinary day back in August 2016, my finger hovered over the ‘submit’ button. I had just finished filling out Olympia’s online submission form, inviting authors to send in the first three or four chapters of their manuscripts. I’ve always wanted to be an author. I’ve always loved the power and beauty of words, as well as being aware of their dangers and their potential to harm. As such, I’ve been scribbling down stories for as long as I

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