Saturday, 24 April 2010

On Rewriting*

Random thoughts along the way -

I love you words

I hate you words

But where’s the time?

Where’s the coffee?

Have I forgotten to get my characters dressed (again)?

Am I late picking my daughter up from school (again)?

Don’t drink that wine …

Drink the wine!

Walk and think and walk and walk

This novel is amazing

This novel’s a disaster.

This novel. This novel. This novel. This novel. This novel. This novel. This novel. This novel. This novel. This novel. This novel. This novel. This novel.

This novel.

*I’m aware I may be flogging the whole ‘On Writing’ title variations. But currently there are other words to think about, so I’ll just blame Stephen King. In general.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

New Podcast! Podcast News!

Back in January, I was invited to take part in an interview and reading for Write Lion, the brilliant literature division of Nottingham's phenomenal cultural guide, Left Lion.

In conversation with the incredibly insightful and patient James Walker, I'm in between two completely fascinating Proper Writers, Paul Reaney ('Shoot'! 'Family Guy'! '24'!) and Rod Madocks ('No Way to Say Goodbye')

The podcast is now available right here.

(apologies for any ums and errs and giggling involved. I could blame it on the fact the interview took place on the Monday after the weekend of both The Dawning's release and my birthday and I may have been feeling a little, um, sketchy - except that it might feel familiar if you've ever heard me read before ...)

Friday, 9 April 2010


The Dawning seems to have taken over the brilliant Bookmunch site this morning


I'm honoured to have been interviewed by the incredibly talented Annie Clarkson - and what a challenging and enjoyable interview it was too. She really made me think about my writing

Annie also posted a very kind review

Thank you tons Annie
Thank you Bookmunch

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Vocal Books Tour

Attention East Midlanders!

My wonderful publisher, Weathervane Press, have just launched an exciting initiative, the Vocal Books Tour, a scheme designed to bring writers and readers in the East Midlands together.

Here’s how Weathervane Press describe it –

Vocal Books Tour from Weathervane Live.

Weathervane Live, a group of five Nottingham based authors whose dynamic character-driven novels have all been published by Weathervane Press in the last twelve months, feel it is time to ‘make some noise’ and get out on the road.

If you run or belong to a library group, book club or literary cluster of any description and would like a couple of us to read from and talk about our work at one of your meetings, please email us at:

So, if you're interested or would like further information, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

I think it's going to be fun (-: