What My Parents Could Not Teach Me About Writing

Although writing is still writing and storytellers will be with us forever, there are some things that have changed. Things my parents could probably not have imagined. 1.  The World Is Your Oyster We are so used to chatting to friends on Facebook and Twitter that we don’t even stop to think how wonderfully insane […]

Baking Words

I was watching an old sci-fi series (must confess I am nervous to say which one, as it would place me on a side of the divide – either loved by rabid fans or scoffed by intellectual superiors) and spent half the time mildly amused at the way future technology was imagined. Especially the voice-activated […]

What My Parents Taught Me About Writing

I remember waking up one morning early to a strange sound in the study. I went in there to check, and found my mom sobbing over her typewriter. Literally sobbing. Because she had to just finished drowning her beloved main character. Both my parents were published authors and very involved in mentoring young writers, so […]

Watch Some Videos … It’s Weekend!

Have a look at some videos on my YouTube channel.   I will add to it from time to time, so feel free to subscribe, or just pop around every so often. Don’t you just love living in the digital age where we have all this great information and amazing interviews at our fingertips! Have […]

Go with the Flow or Plan Ahead – How Do You Write?

Writers’ conferences are interesting animals. Picture the anxious, eager young writer wielding a notebook/voice recording device. Every word spoken by the sage is truth and golden and pure. Every joke is funny. Every poignant example brings a tear. And if the sage says: plan, then plan we will, by Shakespeare’s quill! But SHOULD you? And […]

Are You Writing After Hours?

John Grisham, PD James, Stephen King … welcome to the famous, infamous and unknown writers who are, or were, writing after hours. You might just be starting off as a writer, or you might be a spot in the distance already, but writing after hours invariably brings its own challenges.   Value Your Relationships Ask […]

Showing off

I asked them to ‘show me what you can do’ and this was the result. Their passion and enthusiasm made me laugh so hard that this is just about the only picture that isn’t blurred. They contorted and grinned and tried to do insanely crazy stunts involving each other, the grass and the odd bucket. […]