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You’ve finally done it. You’ve sweated, fretted and typed away like a maniac – and now your book is finally complete.

It’s an amazing feeling, and the temptation is to send it out straight away to literary agents. After all, it’s complete, right? That’s surely as good as it gets! 

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There’s something great fun about mashing up genres. In fact, it’s a little bit alchemical, isn’t it? A dash of horror here, a sprinkle of chick-lit there, a dose of comedy for good measure – and there you have it, a novel that appeals on a number of different levels. 

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Writing is a solitary activity at heart.

I don’t know many writers who don’t retreat to their private spaces, earnestly typing or scribbling in complete solitary confinement. I’m exactly the same – I have my own little office (I like to call it ‘the hole’) where I tap away on my keyboard into the wee, small hours of the night. It’s what we do, isn’t it? After all, we’re writers. 

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There’s great pleasure to be had from the element of surprise. As writers, it’s our job to continually keep the reader on their toes, and never let them get complacent – and that’s where surprises come in very handy indeed.

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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.