Category Archives: Writing

The story behind the story

By that I don’t mean the research which went into writing it or even the blurb, but instead the story of how my novella came to be published. Blueprint for Love, a sweet romance mystery (so, no beheadings in this … Continue reading

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The dreaded edits – Part 3

On the 3rd of May I blogged about copy edits, the 2nd stage of editing my novel. Today the subject of this blog is proofing, which is the last stage before the book goes to the printers. Proofing is done … Continue reading

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The RNA Summer Party 2013

The RNA Summer Party was fantastic. I love the ambiance at The Royal Overseas League, and the canapes were delicious, especially those tiny pots of fish and chips (I had three!). But as always there are so many lovely people … Continue reading

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I’ve been awarded the Liebster Blog Award!

My thanks to Helen Hollick for awarding me a Liebster (German for ‘Favourite’) Blog Award. The rules of the Liebster Award are: Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog and link back to the blogger who presented this … Continue reading

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The dreaded edits – Part 2

On the 11th of February I blogged about the first phase of editing my novel “The Elephant Girl”, the phase which is usually referred to as substantive edits. Today I’m talking about the next stage, copy editing, which is slightly … Continue reading

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The London Book Fair – Impressions of a first-timer

This week, for the first time ever, I attended the London Book Fair which ran from the 15th to the 17th of April, at the Earls Court Exhibition centre. The fair, which is absolutely huge (although not as big as … Continue reading

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Up Close short-listed for the Joan Hessayon Award

I’m delighted to share with you that Up Close has been short-listed for the annual Joan Hessayon New Writers’ Scheme Award. The Romantic Novelists’ Association has run this award since 1962 and the aim is to encourage fresh talent. I’m … Continue reading

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The dreaded edits – Part 1

Some of you will understand why I use the word “dreaded” in connection with edits, some of you will be shaking your heads and telling me to stop moaning – I’m published, I should be jumping for joy, and all … Continue reading

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