On bad things happening to lesbian characters because they’re lesbians

An interesting thing happened to me last week. I’d finished the first draft of a novella I’d been working on in a new series I’m developing and, as I often do with my finished stories, read it to my wife to see […]

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Why you should review your writing plans regularly

Accountants everywhere are celebrating the new tax year, and since I still have accounting in my blood, I used the new year as an excuse to review and revise my business and writing plans. Business plans (and writing plans) should be organic […]

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Diversity in YA and what I’m doing to change it

In sport, particularly when playing finals, we have a saying: “Leave nothing in the tank” In other words, play your absolute best today. Leave nothing for tomorrow. Today, it counts. In writing terms, it would be “Do your best work now.” Don’t […]

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How Hugh Howey changed my mind

  A few weeks ago, I wrote a short story in less than a day. I had a title in mind, and was mulling over what sort of story would go with it. I’d used the same title quite a few years […]

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And the winner is….

Thanks to everyone who voted on the poll to name my stable of horses for an upcoming book. We had over 2,600 votes over 7 days, and the lead changed 9 times. Here’s how the race played out – It’s Taxman out […]

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Name That Horse

I’m terrible at naming things. All my books have working titles like “The Space One” and “The Cosy Murder #1”, and my character names look like the unnamed extras in a movie (policeman #1, Guy at the Bar, Stripper #4, Main Character […]

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Getting to know you – part 5

The final part of the Getting to Know You Quiz. Start with part one here. 41. FAVOURITE BAND OR MUSIC GROUP Depends on the day. When I discover a new artist/band, I mainline their backlist for months until I can’t stand to […]

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The World According to Ruby

A long time ago, on a blog far, far away, I wrote about one of our RSPCA Rescue dogs, Daisy, and what she taught me about life and writing. I’ve been meaning to write a post about our other rescue dog Ruby, […]

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Get to know you – part 4

Part 4 of the Getting to know you series. Check out part one, part two and part three if you haven’t already. 31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Definitely happy endings. 32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? The Hunger Games – Catching Fire […]

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Get to know you – part 3

Part three in the getting to know you series. If you missed them, check out part one and part two. 21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? Gloriana and Colbie Caillat – get’s me ready for writing YA. 22. IF YOU […]

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