Posts Categorized: Writing Craft

Book Covers are so Important Everyone I meet tells me they often choose books by new authors, by their book covers first, then the blurb on the back page, then the first few paragraphs or pages. I know it’s true because this is the way I select new authors, both on Kindle and in bookshops.… Read the rest »

Is it really possible to thrive with chronic fatigue? I was feeling optimistic when I wrote this post two years ago five things to like about chronic fatigue! I’m still living with constant pain and chronic fatigue. I still push myself, and end up paying a price. For example, I spent an enjoyable Saturday evening… Read the rest »

No, I’m not reading erotica in the closet… But following on from my last post about reading reviews, and how no one book can attract all readers, the time has come that I feel I must admit my guilty reading secret. I love fantasy … but not the sub-genre that started it all! What is… Read the rest »

Sometimes I think the dilemma of whether or not to read reviews, is as all-consuming as the dilemma a despondent Hamlet pondered when he uttered the immortal words, “To be or not to be…” I apologise to fans of Shakespeare for modifying the well-known line! Different (and conflicting) Advice for Writers The subject of reviews,… Read the rest »

Writing the first draft of a full-length novel is exhausting and exhilarating, full of hope, and full of fear. Luckily for me, I’ve worked out how to stay sane while editing a full length novel – and yes it does involve chocolate 😀 I’ve completed and published two full-length novels. I have a novella, several… Read the rest »

Yes it really is quite easy, and quick, to write a great book review for your favorite authors! I always love to hear from people who have enjoyed my books. But when I ask if they’ve left a review, a surprising number shudder, or shake their heads. It’s all too daunting, too time-consuming, and does… Read the rest »

Knowing who you are makes you stronger. I love this as a tagline for my Daughter of Ravenswood series. To be honest, most of the story ideas I have come back to this central theme in some way. Every book marketer will say that you need a tasty tagline to capture both the heart and… Read the rest »

How much work is too much, obviously differs amongst different people and different circumstances. Like many writers, I seem to have more ideas than time … and a disturbing ability to dither between multiple projects without managing to make a lot of progress on any of them! At the moment, in addition to trying to… Read the rest »

In my Daughter of Ravenswood series, I’ve created my own vision of a two layered underworld. In the Shadow Glades, spirits who are not yet ready to be dead roam freely. In the Sanctum of the Dead, the spirits of those who have died and never want to return, rest in peace. When Meagan learns… Read the rest »