The demon drink

The demon drink

No, not that drink. I'm talking about caffeine. I don't know about you, but I have an uneasy relationship with tea – by which I mean the black tea we Brits generally drink. I came down with some kind of virus a week ago which made my mind foggy, but even...
Character name generator

Character name generator

Okay, I confess, I was going to name a Russian character Vlad. I don't know about you, but giving side-characters plausible names is a bit of a mission. But the wonderful folk at Reedsy have made it just a little easier with their Character Name Generator page. On...
Wish I’d Known Then Podcast

Wish I’d Known Then Podcast

Wish I'd Known Then is one of my absolute favourite podcasts for writers. In this episode, Sara Rosett and Jami Albright interview the inspirational Nana Malone on her author life and her experiences as an author of colour.Heartily recommended for a joyful, funny...
It’s all about the voice

It’s all about the voice

Sometimes writing flows freely, and sometimes it’s like a clogged up stream, and all you can do is to keep trudging on in your wellies. Yet, after over 40 novels, I’ve noticed that I almost never get stuck on dialogue. And that dialogue is what I enjoy...

A Down Called Alice

This is the first draft of the very beginning of A Down Called Alice. This will be a full length novel with the tagline Discworld meets Downton Abbey and starring a young heroine from a distant country – a heroine with attitude. The novel is currently around 30%...