Favourite writers · rereading · work-in-progress · writing life

What’s It All About?

Last week, I had a pleasure and privilege of reading from Ready to Love at Polari, a regular evening of readings celebrating different representations of LGBT literature, held at the Festival Hall at the South Bank. It was lovely to go back to the book, with which I’ve had very little to do recently, on… Continue reading What’s It All About?

authors · editing · Favourite writers · rereading · work-in-progress · writing life

How To Be Storyish

Storyish is my new favourite word. I heard it last night, when I attended a panel event, hosted by Goldsboro Books, celebrating Agatha Christie. The speakers were Ragnar Jonasson (crime writer and translator of many Christie books into Icelandic), John Curran (Christie’s biographer), James Prichard (Christie’s great-grandson and manager of her estate), and Sophie Hannah,… Continue reading How To Be Storyish

Independent publishing · work-in-progress

My New Online Fiction Serial

Last year, I wrote on here about the importance of the second novel, because I’d heard that the best thing you can do to support the book you’ve written is to produce another one. Critical mass really helps create a presence in readers’ if not retailers’ minds. So, I duly set about starting another novel… Continue reading My New Online Fiction Serial

editing · work-in-progress

Where Are the Words?

Imagine measuring the year in terms of sales. You’d start with your brand-new hardback and its trade paperback editions for export or airside, the retailer specific exclusives, and the high-priced ebook. You’d add on the paperback of last year’s hardback, here and abroad. Then you’d include the relaunched backlist, all with a pound added on… Continue reading Where Are the Words?


Minna and Jeff return in a new ‘story’

As you know, I’ve been grappling with a new story about Minna and Jeff, the characters in my novel Ready to Love. I wanted a valedictory story for them and looked to the form to gain a structure that really would set them on their way. In short, I’m looking for a moment after which… Continue reading Minna and Jeff return in a new ‘story’

authors · work-in-progress

Daphne du Maurier’s Petula

While I was galloping through brilliant Sophie Hannah’s new Poirot mystery, Closed Casket, it occurred to me that crime writers have to come up with an awful lot of character names.(All credit to them for that. Don’t you feel cheated when, in literary fiction, the narrator is unnamed? Where’s the fun?) In crime fiction, you’ve… Continue reading Daphne du Maurier’s Petula