Today is the day that my first book comes out! It's a privilege to have so many people join in with my story, get to know my characters. It's what I've always aimed to achieve. Now this book is out in the world, it's my chance to keep doing this incredible job: creating worlds and … Continue reading Publication Day!
I'm crazy nervous about My Christmas Number One coming out tomorrow, so I'm glad I still have book 2 to get on with. Except that I'm editing, rather than drafting, and I'm not sure I'm being useful anymore. But I'm also not sure I can send these guys off to my editor, yet. I'm stuck. … Continue reading Book 2
It begins. My Christmas Number One has been up on Netgalley for a few weeks now and the reviews are coming in. I watched with some excitement/dread for the first one, which was a very respectable 4 stars. It was MY FIRST REVIEW!! It's now up to an averaged 5 stars, which still makes me … Continue reading Viewing Reviews
I'm so pleased My Christmas Number One is now available for pre-order. And here is the beautiful cover!Release date in paperback, ebook and audio on 10 September 2020. It has a luscious cover depicting my lovely characters in a clinch on a wintery Trafalgar Square, an image which repeats a few times in the book, the … Continue reading My Christmas Number One is live!
I'm about to start the proof read of My Christmas Number One, which will give us the final text that will go to publication. Cover reveal should happen around mid-July. It's still a couple of months until it comes out (September 10! Woohoo!), but I thought now was the time to write this post dedicated … Continue reading You are an author
It's May. We're still getting further from last Christmas while being so far from this Christmas that I may as well be editing a fantasy novel. But this is the life of an author of romance, because Christmas and romance are a perfect combination. I've just sent my line edits back to my editor, which … Continue reading My Christmas Number One
I have recently finished reading #NoFilter (yes, there is a hashtag in the title), by Maxine Morrey. I had a lovely holiday in Libby Cartright's world in Brighton while she muddled through falling in love while feeling inadequate and missing her mother, who died suddenly when she was a teenager. Maxine hooks the reader like … Continue reading Preferences and POV
In an absolute dream come true, Boldwood Books have picked up my debut novel My Christmas Number One for publication this September! I'm thrilled to be in the group of fabulous Boldwood authors and working with the experienced and enthusiastic editorial/marketing team. Boldwood is a new and ambitious publishing house, but a lot of their authors … Continue reading I am thrilled to announce…
A large part of learning the craft of writing is reading. Craft books can boil down and structure a writer's understanding of the elements of a fictional story in a particular genre, but understanding the communicative process of telling or hearing a story can only be achieved by experiencing it ourselves. Stories have always been … Continue reading What they say is true
I never concretely imagined what happened after submitting a manuscript to a publisher, but it turns out that the vague idea I had was completely wrong anyway. Firstly, with my long book, I had that dream email where an editor at a publishing house said she loved my book. BUT I still don't have a … Continue reading The Next Stage