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An Imaginary City and an Imaginary County

How do you create an imaginary city and an imaginary county? For my Mountjoy novels, I created a northern county, Eyotshire, with its Cathedral city of Eyot. If you know the north of England you’ll recognize the similarities to Yorkshire and … Continue reading

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Gods and Goddesses

I’ve written a guest post on the gods and goddess of Greek myths over at Pagan Spirits. Ever since I first read the Greek myths as a child, I’ve been hooked. What a bunch they are, those Olympians and all … Continue reading

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CASTLES IN THE AIR

I’ve written a guest blog on my love affair with castles over at Curling Up By The Fire. I love castles. I’ve always been fascinated by them… Read the rest at Curling Up By The Fire.  

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WRITING ROMANTIC COMEDY

I guest blog on writing romantic comedy over at Famous Ramblings: What are the essential ingredients of a romantic comedy? Naturally, like all writers, I like to stretch the boundaries…

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TENSE ABOUT THE PRESENT

Disclosure: I hate novels written in the present tense. In fact, I simply don’t read them any more. I open the book, whether print or a digital sample chapter, and if it’s in the present tense, that’s it. I don’t … Continue reading

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KNIGHT OF THE LIVING RED

On a recent visit to Venice, I stayed in a rental apartment. A pleasant one, with light filtering in from the canal outside the window, traditional arched windows and comfortable sofas (essential for good laptop sessions). Since this was an … Continue reading

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Do you have a Snarker on your shoulder?

If we edit and criticise what we write, as we write it, how can our words flow? And if the words don’t flow, how good is our writing going to be? I’m a trained touch typist, and there are times … Continue reading

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Writer’s dilemma – to outline or to plunge

By nature, inclination, recklessness – and maybe laziness – I’m a plunger. This has its consequences in life as in art, as when, way back, a schoolfriend and I leapt into a dubious pool up-country from Calcutta. I was lucky … Continue reading

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Do you want to learn a new skill?

Of course you do, everyone does. I want to learn the piano, to speak fluent Italian and to get to grips with the ninety percent of my Mac that I never use. But the skill I really want to acquire … Continue reading

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