When they say they have never heard of your publisher, smile sweetly and express surprise. ‘Oh, haven’t you?’  And don’t call Driven Press ‘a small global press’ – call them ‘a global press’. When they ask what happens in the end of  Timed Out, don’t tell them – just suggest they’ll find it interesting. Don’t […]

One person’s witty, eloquent brainwave is often another person’s cliche. We are urged to avoid them: story cliches, adjective-with-noun cliches, metaphor cliches, phrase cliches. And how we hate being caught using one. After all, we writers call ourselves creative and we think we are original, daring, imaginative. And that’s especially true of those who have […]

Originally posted on Group 2012:
A year ago today, my debut novel, Our Endless Numbered Days was published by Fig Tree, an imprint of Penguin. Many things have happened since then which I could never have imagined – my book won th… Source: Some things I’ve learned in my year of being published

Some people who like to see and hold a printed copy, and that is what you can provide at a book launch or a literary festival talk.  And meeting people is fun, even if you don’t  break even  when you have  factored in your  time and the refreshments. I have arranged two launches for my […]

Here’s another piece of flash fiction.  I’m a new member of the Romantic Novelists Association and I wanted to show you that we can be  unromantic too.  Squint: ‘A condition in which the visual axes of each eye are not directed simultaneously at the same fixation point (i.e. each eye is not pointing at the […]

Source: We are ACE ! Source: We are ACE !

Or is this  a sort of poem? This little piece was first published in an anthology called Oxtail Soup: Stories of Oxford and Oxfordshire, edited by Sara Banerji, and is available as a Kindle ebook. I have tried to improve it slightly. I can see the Castle Mound from my kitchen window. No snow so […]