Not long now…

It’s only three and a half weeks until Summer of No Regrets is published. I’m feeling a mixture of excitement, of gratitude to everyone who has supported me and of panic because eeeekkk people are going to read what I’ve written. And then possibly rate it. The reviews so far have been lovely (page-turner seems…

How to care for your author

So you’ve had a writer for a while now and you’ve learnt that writers need an unlimited supply of tea or coffee and plenty of snacks. You know that if a writer is head down, tapping furiously on a laptop then not to disturb them. And no, there is no exception to this rule. You…

New Year’s Resolutions

It’s a brand new year and like every year I am beguiled by the idea of New Year’s resolutions. I’ve tried every year not to choose something over which I exert only a limited amount of influence, i.e. I’ve never resolved to ‘get a book published this year’. I’ve had that as a goal, but…

Comparison is the thief of joy

This quote from Theodore Roosevelt is one that has resonated with me for a while and conversations over the weekend at the SCBWI annual conference made me think about it again. At every step on the writer’s journey there are opportunities to stop and take in the view, chat to other travellers and compare notes.…

What is Up Lit?

I recently had the pleasure of speaking on a panel about Up Lit at the Society of Young Publishers’ annual conference. With me on the panel were Lisa Highton from Two Roads, publisher of The Keeper of Lost Things and Martha Ashby, editorial director of Harper Fiction, but specifically in this case, editor of Eleanor…

New chapter, new challenges

I’m having a year of ‘No Regrets’. What this means in reality is saying yes to things I might regret saying no to later. And since signing my book deal, there is an increasing number of these and it all feels a bit… new. “Would you like to come on Radio Tamworth? I host a…

Never giving up

It wasn’t until I set out with the intention of being published that I discovered I possessed perseverance.  Perhaps I didn’t have it before, or perhaps I just hadn’t had call to use it.  Either way, perseverance, or sheer single-mindedness, has proved to be a most useful trait to have.  The more authors I speak…