• Author Blog Hop Posts,  Writing

    Author Blog Hop – Writing My First Novel

    I am excited to be participating in a new blog hop initiated by author A.E. Radley, along with a host of other lesfic authors. I can’t wait to see what topics this blog hop throws up. The first one is Writing my first novel.  A great first topic to break the ice with. Plus, it really made me go back and think about what it was like writing my first novel, which one it actually was and how it all came about. My very first novel, written and published, was Crush, which became the first book in the Girls of Summer series. It didn’t start out as a novel though. It…

  • Gay Stuff,  LGBT+ YA,  Writing

    The Invisibility Cloak of an LGBTIQ YA Author

    I’m preparing to give my very first author reading in a few weeks, which means I’ve been spitballing ideas on what to talk about that won’t bore the pants off people and maybe, hopefully, even convince them to buy a book or two. After asking for advice from friends, thinking about the books I write, and reading a good friends brand new blog, I settled on my theme for my pre-reading talk. Invisibility. Invisibility is a superpower for those of us who are introverts. It comes in particularly handy for those of us who write in tiny niches, which LGBTIQ YA stories certainly are. On the one hand, we wish…

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

    Why authors should outsource

    (Plus a quick writing update) I just finished a project I’ve been working on for over six months, and it’s now off to first round edits. While I’m waiting for it to get back, I decided to take a couple of days off from actual writing and start getting organised for that projects publication. As Indie authors, everything falls to us to organise (unless we have a personal/virtual assistant, which I hope to have eventually), and for my first book, Crush, I did everything except the cover design. For this new book, when I thought about having to do the blurb, I broke out in a cold sweat. I absolutely hated…

  • About Me,  News

    The year that’s been and the year ahead

    (The requisite end of year post). I meant to post this yesterday (31st December 2015) but there was cricket on the telly and then we caught up with a friend for lunch and then we had to prepare for New Year’s celebrations, and so I’m doing it now, on the 1st of January 2016. I don’t do resolutions, so this is meant to be a quick look back at 2015 and a look ahead to what I want to achieve in 2016. In general, 2015 was the kind of year that cemented in my mind why I want to write and what I want to focus on. There was a LOT…

  • 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…