Like mothers with their babies, authors are prone to parade their book covers in the shameless pursuit of praise and adulation. And I’m afraid that I’m no exception.
But, unlike babies, book covers result from a meeting of minds, usually ones with a good understanding of the more commercial aspects of publishing. It seems to be [...]
I married a physicist, so I suppose it was only natural (or was it?) that my children should both become scientists.
Anyway - my new year’s resolution (I know, like promises and pie crusts they’re made to be broken) is to educate myself about things which are currently a mystery to me, and to get me [...]
November has been an exciting month for me, with the publication of The Silver Locket and plenty of publicity opportunities.
I did newspaper interviews, was on local radio, and had a book signing in Exeter Waterstones which went really well, perhaps because it was a sunny Saturday afternoon and people were happy to buy two other [...]
Why do we ladies love a wounded hero? I’ve just been re-reading Kate Atkinson’s brilliant Case Histories, which is the first in the Jackson Brodie series, and I’ve fallen in love with Jackson all over again. I’m not sure if this is because he is such a great bloke or because he keeps getting thumped, [...]
No, not the chocolate kind (although they’re pretty delicious - I have always loved the dark orange creams), nor the flowers (although I have a garden full of them, Jacques Cartier and Margaret Merrill being my all time favourites). Today, I’m celebrating the arrival of my author copies of The Silver Locket, and admiring the [...]
I’m a regular contributor to the UK’s Writing Magazine and get lots of reader feedback about other people’s writing lives. Readers who aren’t yet pubished often say how lonely they feel, sitting there hour after hour by themselves, writing novels about people who don’t exist. It’s worse if they don’t have any sympathetic writing friends.
It’s the beginning of September, so that means the Romantic Novelists’ Association has all the submissions for this year’s New Writers’ Scheme safely gathered in. As a former organiser and current reader for the Scheme, I can recommend it to anyone who wants to become a published romantic novelist.
So, how does the scheme work? Well, [...]
So exciting - the cover of The Silver Locket has been finalised, and it’s absolutely gorgeous. The heroine looks exactly as I’d imagined Rose Courtenay to be. She’s even wearing a silver locket round her neck, so that’s perfect.
The locket is a gift from the hero Alex Denham, who is as irresistible as the best [...]
The soundtrack to my life (okay, not all my life, but since they first started doing their stuff and turned me into a somewhat elderly but unwavering fan) is Queen - absolutely no doubt about it, I adore this band and I have been in love with Freddie for as long as I can remember. [...]
Morning person, afternoon person, middle of the night person - what kind of author am I?
I’m sorry to have to admit that I’m definitely not a morning person. I interview lots of authors for Writing Magazine, and am constantly impressed and shamed by the ones who get up at six in the morning, drink a [...]