On the eve of a new year…and a new book.

2017 was a rollercoaster year, in positive and negative ways. If the universe has a balance, then I would say that the scales were tipped mostly in my favour this year, but there were enough moments of darkness to remind me that all pleasure should be enjoyed in the moment and not taken for granted. […]

Self-promotion, Self-doubt and Selling…

This week marked a slightly different phase in the journey of Far From the Tree. I finished the hard copy edit on Monday, and after inputting all of the changes into Scrivener, I was left with a draft of a little over 121,000 words, having managed to lose about 4,000 during the edit. I’m satisfied that this […]

I think I’ve been left-handed again…and written this book series backwards!

Being a south paw has always had its own peculiar challenges; pens in banks that are on the wrong side, bumping wrists with fellow students in the classroom, now that I’m a teacher no student being able to read my handwriting, ticking ‘backwards’, turning the page at a right angle, having the bowler shout ‘left […]

Writing, the ‘old fashioned’ way!

I’ve been on holiday for the past week, and apart from the obvious security implications of taking a laptop to a tent, I decided just to take my most recent paper notebook with me. I also decided that, for the first time in eight months, I wasn’t going to work on Far From the Tree,  but […]