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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. 

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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!