The Alien Corn – Why I wrote a sequel for the first time

The Alien Corn – Why I wrote a sequel for the first time

I love to write standalone stories. Maybe it’s because I have a very low boredom threshold, but I want to move on at the end of a book.  I felt the same way when I finished The Chalky Sea, but then as the days went by, I kept thinking about Jim, one of my two...
Interrogating my characters

Interrogating my characters

I published my latest novel, The Chalky Sea, this month and have promised my readers to write a sequel. As I sat down to work on the second book I found I was struggling to re-connect with my characters. One of them was a secondary character in The Chalky Sea but...
THE CHISWICK BOOK FESTIVAL

THE CHISWICK BOOK FESTIVAL

My local book festival has been going for a while but I’m ashamed to say yesterday was my first visit. I kicked off with Rachel Hore’s session on how to approach writing a novel which was interesting and useful. I’d never heard of Rachel before...
BEING UPROOTED

BEING UPROOTED

It was only after I’d finished the first draft of my second novel that I realised it had something in common with the first. Then after sketching out a rough outline of novel number 3, I’ve realised that  I’m exploring a similar theme there too.  ...
AN INDEPENDENT WOMAN AND A FORCED MARRIAGE

AN INDEPENDENT WOMAN AND A FORCED MARRIAGE

The main character in my novel, A Greater World,  is effectively won in a game of poker, after her desperate father uses her as a stake. Poor Elizabeth Morton has to go through what amounts to a forced marriage when all her options run out. Someone asked how I’d...

5 REASONS FOR GOING ON LOCATION

The start point for my books is often a location. Sometimes just being in a beautiful or interesting place makes me want to write about it. Sometimes the place itself triggers the idea for a book or a character. Either way it’s a good excuse to go back there to...

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