• LGBT+ YA,  Writing

    Crush paperback unboxing and pre-order

    When I was just starting out on my self-publishing and writing journey, I discovered an author who has become one of my all time favourites. When I was feeling down about my writing, watching his first unboxing video used to give me a great pick-me-up. I still watch every now and then to remind me how exciting this big adventure can be, and how far I have yet to go. (You can see Hugh Howey’s unboxing of Molly Fyde on youtube here.) Since Crush is my very first novel, I wanted to share the excitement of opening the box and seeing it in print for the first time. You can see…

  • LGBT+ YA,  News

    Release Day is here!

    It’s release day for Crush, and I thought I’d share some cool facts about the story to celebrate. These are a little spoilerish, but they’re mostly about settings, so no real plot spoilers. If you don’t like spoilers full stop, then stop reading this post now and go read the book. You can get it here. I’ll wait. Still here? Fantastic! Here, then, are five cool facts about Crush: 1. Chesterfield is based on the small town I was born in. (Bonus points if you don’t know me personally and can work out where that is – there are clues in the book!) 2. Piggies was a real cafe in that small…

  • Gay Stuff,  LGBT+ YA,  News,  Self-Publishing,  Writing

    Introducing The Girls of Summer series

    So, remember those sweet romances we read as teenagers in the 1980s an 1990s? The ones with lesbian main characters who fell for other girls and had fun adventures and happily-ever-after endings? No? Me neither. I do, however, remember those sweet teen romances from Silhouette First Love, Dolly Fiction, Sweet Valley High… The list goes on. I remember hiding in the stacks in the library at high school reading those books, never checking them out lest they appear on my borrowing record. Though I loved sci-fi and fantasy (Day of the Triffids and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy are still two of my all-time favourite books), when I hit…

  • News,  Writing

    Five things I learned from the publication of the First Time for Everything Anthology

    I posted pre-order links to the First Time for Everything anthology a few weeks before it was released. I also posted buy links to facebook for the ebook and paperback versions when it released in September, but it wasn’t until I posted photos of me opening the box of author copy paperbacks I received that I got any type of response. I think that’s because most people “get” paper books and once they saw me holding it, it became as real for them as it was for me to have a story published. Apart from realising that paper still means “real book” to some people, here are five other things…

  • LGBT+ YA,  Writing

    Pre-order the “First Time for Everything” Anthology here!

    The “First Time for Everything” anthology, which features my short story “Summer Crush”, is being released in just under a month. You can pre-order your ebook here or the paperback here. From the Dreamspinner website: “There’s nothing like the first time. Whether it’s a first crush, first date, first kiss, or finding tolerance and approval for the first time, for gay, lesbian, bi, and trans teens—or those still exploring and discovering their sexuality and identity—these important firsts can shape the rests of their lives. Gathering the courage to come out to their families, admit their feelings to a friend, or go to school presenting as the people they really are…