editing · Independent publishing · work-in-progress · writing life

Five Things About My New Book

After a gap of many months, I’ve been able to spend some time on my new book these past few weeks and at last feel as if I’ve returned to it in earnest. I thought about keeping a diary of its progress but instead I’m going to record key breakthroughs. Maybe they’ll chime with your… Continue reading Five Things About My New Book

Favourite writers · work-in-progress · writing life

July Writing Resolutions

I have only one – to get to grips with my next novel. I’ve done a lot of BIG thinking, trying to avoid dipping too deeply into the minutiae of the story in case I corner myself or end up slipping into a crevice that leads me down too narrow a path. I’m trying to… Continue reading July Writing Resolutions

Independent publishing · work-in-progress · writing life

Introducing My New Book

The online fiction serial I began writing at the start of the year has become a book. From the start, I’d hoped the pieces would, at some point, have another life. And then, at a Byte the Book networking evening, I was introduced to Jon Watt, the UK Country Manager for Type and Tell –… Continue reading Introducing My New Book

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

Australian writers · author interview · writing life

Making Himself Up: Tim Winton

It was a wonderful evening – packed with ex-patriot Australians, a ‘token pom’ (as Winton described the lone British questioner), and me. He’d come from Australia to Waterstones at Trafalgar Square to speak about his new book, a collection of essays, entitled The Boy Behind the Curtain. The event was compered by Philip Hensher who has… Continue reading Making Himself Up: Tim Winton

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Writing the Future

Last week, I went to Waterstones Piccadilly to hear two debut authors speak about their recently published debut novels. Elan Mastai, author of All Our Wrong Todays and Katie Khan, author of Hold Back the Stars were in conversation with the BBC’s Joe Haddow. Both books explore the idea of utopias – with dystopic tendencies… Continue reading Writing the Future