Writing Women Characters

 

Surveys tell us that sixty per cent of all readers are female. The majority of editorial and commissioning staff in publishing houses today are also women. This means that, as a debut novelist, both the market majority and the…

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Writing family history as historical fiction. 

Recently, I’ve been privileged to connect with three writers who used aspects of real-life family history to craft their novels. Families provide excellent and often exciting sources of ‘remembered’ information, from wartime heroics and smart inventors to colourful eccentrics who…

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The Day I Burned My ‘How-to-write’ Books 

 

Many years ago, when my bookshelves were filled with ‘how to’ manuals on writing, I remember struggling with the popular wisdom that writers should make a ‘character board’ for every character they invent. I associated these kind of pictoral…

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So, how do I get my novel published?

 

A client recently asked me how the mechanics of publishing work. This client has no interest in self-publishing; rather, he’s hoping to take the mainstream route when his novel is ready. I decided to blog about this because there…

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Why is Genre so Important? 

 

Over the last few years, I’ve been privileged to join many writers on their on-going creative journeys, some who are already published, others who aspire to see their work in print. I’ve been asked to offer editorial advice on…

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Nearing the end of my PhD Creative Writing

It’s been a long time since I blogged, mainly due to having moved to the other side of the world. I took a brief intercalation from my PhD, which helped with the readjustment, then picked up writing where I’d left…

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Exciting news!

Fahrenheit Press tweeted the following. It won't last forever but it made me smile:

It's Book Launch Time...

The design team at Fahrenheit have created a wonderful cover (they also came up with the new title 'Iteration' to replace my working title 'Jennifer's Garden') - and the book is due to hit the shelves tomorrow. 

Here’s the…

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