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 »