My Blog

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When did you stop thinking of yourself as a ‘hobby-writer’ and start to view yourself as an author? It’s a difficult transition to make – yet it’s one you have to go through if you want to build a career as a serious novelist. 

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I’m lucky enough to have a few friends who write. In fact, they’re amazing writers, each and every one of them. However, when we get together, we often focus on the negatives – namely, how little time we get to write! 

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I was reading The Woman in Black by Susan Hill the other night. Admittedly, this wasn’t the wisest move. My husband was away, the house was rather quiet and my imagination was running full-kilter before I’d even finished the first chapter. And the wind was howling a bit too. It was one of those nights. Yikes!

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Do authors always end up writing what they know? It’s an interesting question. On the face of it, you’d think not. After all, how can fantasy writers possibly know what sulphurous, dragon-filled landscapes are like? How can history writers really get a grasp on what life was like for Tudor queens? 

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Whenever I read a good book and completely fall in love with a character, I often wonder – what made that character so amazing? How exactly did the author manage to achieve that?