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…

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.…

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…

Why I blog

I’ve been asked to speak to a writers’ group about blogging.  Cue imposter syndrome telling me I’m not a proper blogger, let alone one who can tell other people how to do it.  But then I realised: they are wanting to know how I blog, not how anyone else does, and besides, I’ve been blogging…

Writing’s like marmite…

…it’s a divider of people.  I’ll explain.  When I say I’m a writer, I find people fall into three categories: The person who changes the topic of conversation in order to escape from a subject that either disinterests them or is so alien to their world they haven’t the vaguest idea how to even appear…