The Bear Who Sailed the Ocean on an Iceberg

I am so thrilled 'The Bear Who Sailed the Ocean on an Iceberg' is out in the world. I...
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'Exceptional debut - reminiscent of Mark Haddon or Harper Lee.'

- Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times.

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Thoughts on writing

Bleaching tea spoons and other distractions

I once heard a story about a friend of the crime writer Val McDermid. This friend wished to call up her pal Val and find out how she was, only she was worried about interrupting the highly successful writer at work. The friend finally summoned the courage and picked up the phone, praying she wasn’t going to put Val off…

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Thoughts on writing

Fifteen quotes about writing from women writers

‘I think I may boast myself to be, with all possible vanity, the most unlearned and uninformed female who ever dared to be an authoress.’ Jane Austen    ‘Perhaps I write for no one. Perhaps for the same person children are writing for when they scrawl their names in the snow.’ Margaret Atwood   ‘Male writers are thought of as…

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How to get to the end of a first draft

As I approach the end of the first draft of of my new novel, I have been thinking about how and also exactly what it takes to get to an end of a first draft (other than sheer teeth-gritting determination and mountains of coffee).  I find that a lot of new writers have plenty of openings or half completed novels…

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Spring 2019 News

The sun is shining and there are daffodils on my mantelpiece. It must be spring! In February I attended the Bristol Teen Book Award reading party. I’d never been to Bristol before and fell in love with its hills, architecture, harbour, quirky cafes and colourful student vibe. I will definitely be returning to Bristol when I can. Not only did…

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