Posts about writing

Dreaming up The Surprise Party

The Surprise Party is set in Loutró, a real village, on the rugged southern coast of Crete,[…]

Walking the dog

While I was writing my new novel, The Perfect Date, I gave it the working title The[…]

The Daughters by Julia Crouch

One Year, Two Books

How long does it take to write a novel? My first book Cuckoo took me my entire[…]

Teaching News, and Ten Mistakes all Crime Writers should Avoid

On  Friday 19 May, I will be guest novelist tutor on the Professional Writing Academy Secrets of Writing[…]

A Sense of Place

When I’m thinking of a new story, I usually start with a ‘what if’ question – what[…]

Adapt and Survive – me and the #RTYDS

If you have read my bio, you’ll have noticed that I have had what might kindly be[…]

NaNoWriMo: are you lost?

It’s day ten of NaNoWriMo, and if you are keeping to the ideal daily word count of[…]

Write it all down

I am a great fan of notebooks. I have always kept what I call an Everything Book:[…]

How NaNoWriMo stopped my fear and helped me find my fourth career

(This post expands on a NaNoWriMo pep talk I wrote a couple of years back). Are you[…]

The First Reader

When the first proof copies of Cuckoo were distributed, I likened the feeling to taking my knickers[…]