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What’s your problem?

Over the holiday I’ve been doing some writing – pause here for round of applause. This…

Promises, promises

As regular readers know. I don’t really do New Year resolutions. 2020 has also started rather…

Writing for Christmas

I’m not a big fan of Christmas. I don’t like the weather, for a start, although…

Inspired at the museum?

Those of you who are into dinosaurs will know that Dippy the Diplodocus currently on tour. He’s…

Collecting pictures?

Writers have a variety of techniques for sorting out the stories that run riot in their…

Visiting London

Regular readers – you know who you are, and thank you – will know that I…

Ten things I will probably never write about.

With all the stuff about elections flying around, I started to think idly of things I…

How did this happen?

Can someone please explain how I seem to be writing a Christmas novella that is a…

Theatrical Inspiration

Having shaken loose, at least temporarily, from my academic bondage – although preperation for the forthcoming viva…

Absolute power?

One of the plus sides of being an author is the power to re-arrange aspects of…

Keeping up with your characters

A couple of tweets this week from two big name authors, bewailing the fact that the…

Tangling with the facts

Most writers will tell you they LOVE research. Well, who wouldn’t, if it involves holidays –…

Accidental Alphas

If you are considering a possible ingredients list for a romantic suspense, an alpha hero is…

Going Back to the Compost Heap

One of the most useful pieces of practical advice, that is often given about writing, is…

Making conversation

Dining with friends the other evening, the subject came up of the effect that things you…

The villain of the piece

Practically every writer I know, and most of them are really very nice people, will tell…

Returning to the scene of the crime

I like to write romance. I like the developing love story, the baggage that the protagonists…

Now what?

It is a week since I handed in the thesis. I’m still very tired, but I…

Freedom

Eight years of my life came to a close today, when I finally handed in the…

Written in haste …

Just to say total panic here. The deadline for you-know-what is one week away and I…

Looking a lot like Christmas?

Okay – with publishers presenting their festive offerings and my local restaurant leafleting their Christmas Menu,…

Post from the Past

Another one from the archive again. I’m nearly done with the thesis, so then …. In…

Can I use that?

It’s a short post today, as the deadline for the thesis is getting scarily near, and…

Running away to conference

 I spent the weekend at my old university, in the company of several hundred romantic novelists,…

Looking forward to research

I have a new passport!! The old one was very expired – I only found out…