This is the closest I’ll ever get to featuring on a certain famous BBC Radio 4 programme (and no, I don’t mean The Archers, I’m already on that as Lillian Bellamy). But I bet this was much more fun to do. Me talking with Gilly Smith on Radio Reverb about my writing music and why and how it gets me going.
I am helping my parents move out of their home of 40 years. You’d think that would be hard work, but it appears that if you choose the full pack and move option as they have, it actually mostly involves sunning myself in a Cambridgeshire garden whilst Pickfords men around me toil. So I am amusing myself . . . → Read More
with Farnham Youth Theatre, about 1988. (I’m centre back). The production was Stephen Lowe’s Touched. They’re in 1940s costume. I’m in 1980s.
If you have read my bio, you’ll have noticed that I have had what might kindly be called a portfolio career. This is a feature of the lives of many writers – not many . . . → Read More
It’s day ten of NaNoWriMo, and if you are keeping to the ideal daily word count of 50,000/30=1670, you will be approaching the 20k mark. If so, congratulations!
I started my first two novels with NaNo, and have sped each of the others on in November. Sadly, I’m not doing it this year – I’ve just handed . . . → Read More
I’m very pleased and proud to have been asked to curate the book events for this year’s SICK! Festival.
SICK! is a multi-artform festival dedicated to revealing and debating our most urgent physical, mental and social challenges.
This year it is running simultaneously in Brighton and Manchester, and each weekend there will be a themed book . . . → Read More
I am SO EXCITED!
During the Festival Fringe we have regularly rented a house or flat in some cheaper part of Edinburgh to accommodate family, friends and company members while my husband Tim puts on a show at the Traverse.
This means a part of my August has often been spent in a mad rush of shows, . . . → Read More
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Tonight is the launch party for The Long Fall. I’m too excited to write today, so instead here’s a round up of all the lovely bloggers’ reviews so far. I have been completely knocked out by the support of the blogging community – not . . . → Read More
Well, we’re exhausted after the geographically challenging but enormously exciting Long Fall Blog Tour. It’s going to take weeks to recover!
The final stop off is in rural Herefordshire at Chocolate Chunky Munkie, blog of Jenny, 34. Her favourite genres are Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Dystopian, Vampires and Shape Shifters, but luckily she . . . → Read More
Sorry, this should have been posted yesterday. I was in York, though, doing a panel for the Festival of Ideas, ten days of over 120 mostly free events,with talks from world-class speakers, performances, exhibitions and interactive experiences for people of all ages.
I was talking about fly fishing.
Not really. I was talking about crime . . . → Read More
My friend Ms Emma Kilbey finds a particularly shocking passage…
After a serene, heatwave-smoothed passage back home across the Irish sea, today’s Blog Tour stopoff is Erin’s Choice.
Erin is 23, and loves books. Her favourite genre is chick lit, but thankfully she can sometimes be persuaded to read the odd bit of crime fiction, . . . → Read More