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Friday, 8 November 2019

Plot vs Character-Driven Stories


Whenever I set out to write a story, I almost always start with the character. There's a person that forms clearly in my mind, usually taken from human characteristics I find fascinating. Introvert vs extrovert, insecure vs relaxed, selfless vs greedy, intense vs carefree. Sometimes I think writers are psychoanalysts; we delve into people's heads and write about them.

Sunday, 27 October 2019

Don't Kill Yourself For Success


Danielle Steel is the bestselling author of all time and one of the most prolific authors alive. I've never read a book by her (romance novels aren't my thing, gimme Stephen King or Liane Moriarty instead), but her immense work ethic and creative output is inspiring.

Saturday, 5 October 2019

A Culture of Putting Ourselves Down


Ask a pretty woman if she's attractive and she'll instantly say she isn't, or downplay it, or say you're prettier than her. No one likes a show-off, but a simple acknowledgement of one's looks, talents, and intelligence is not a bad thing.

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Review of Anne by Robert Fanshawe


My friend and fellow writer Robert J. Fanshawe kindly wrote this brilliant review of my latest novel. Check out his book The Cellist's Friend available via Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Over to Rob...

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Changing the Way I Blog


When I started this blog in 2017, I wanted a space to let out my opinions and converse with others online. A lot of that took place through Google Plus; I would share many of my posts in various groups and have conversations (and debates) with others online about them. I even made friends with someone who commented heavily on my posts and whom I resumed contact with after a misunderstanding. (She and I communicate regularly in private and find our friendship mutually rewarding.)

Saturday, 10 August 2019

A Lesson in Empathy


I was sitting with one of my relatives and casually used a swear word as an adverb. I immediately apologized as I was aware the relative disliked cursing, and then we had a brief talk about language and empathy.

Friday, 9 August 2019

Author Interview with Joey Paul


Supporting fellow authors is important, so I warmly welcome Joey Paul to my blog today with another fabulous interview.

Hello Joey! Thank you for agreeing to do this interview with me. Tell me a bit about yourself and your writing background.
Thanks for having me! I'm 37, have been writing seriously since I was 19 and medically retired from the working world. I was facing a life of doing nothing and that terrified me, so I picked up a pen and started on an idea that had been brewing in my head for a very long time. Ten days later it was done and I kept going with that. I'm disabled, if it wasn't obvious from the reasoning for my retirement at so young. I have a myriad of conditions and all of that kinda ganged up on me, but I do manage to write! I have almost sixteen books published and have been doing this for fourteen years!

Thursday, 1 August 2019

An Interview with Christine Fritzen


Today, I welcome the wonderful fantasy author CM Fritzen to my blog. She has reviewed both 'Anne' and 'Every Last Psycho' on her blog so I wanted to happily return the favour by featuring her today. Enjoy!

Hello Christine! Thank you for agreeing to do this interview with me. Tell me a bit about yourself and your writing background.

No problem! Thank you for interviewing me. Well, I am currently a math Instructor for a company called Mathnasium and have taught math for the past three years as a public school instructor. I have written stories since as long as I can remember. I loved to read as a kid and it followed that I wanted to create stories. In school, my friends and I created worlds that eventually found their way onto paper.

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

How to Spot a Psychopath


It's a shame that Hollywood and pop culture depict psychopaths as stark raving lunatics carrying chainsaws. When writing my novella Psycho Girl I spent a lot of time watching films and reading books with psychopathic characters, as well as reading lots of articles and watching videos by psychologists. The truth is, psychopaths all have similar tendencies and it's simple to catch them out if you know what you're looking for. I think it's important that people are made aware of what a psychopath actually is, and how they are different from a sociopath.

Thursday, 11 July 2019

In Which My Situation Feels Ridiculous


If a person has stage one cancer, no one would dare say 'you're not sick enough to qualify for treatment.' They would be told by the doctor that it's good to catch it early to prevent it from getting worse, and have their illness treated as seriously as someone with stage three or four cancer. Yet if you have a mental illness and are still able to function, you're supposed to 'wait' until you've 'hit rock bottom' or 'can't leave the house without having a panic attack' or 'are so depressed you can't get out of bed.'

Friday, 28 June 2019

I Emailed Liz Jones When I Was Ten


“Writers should read everything.”

So said my father, a Tanzanian columnist for their national paper The Citizen. One would wonder why an egalitarian, Labour-voting humanist would buy one of the UK’s least-loved newspapers: The Daily Mail.

Thursday, 27 June 2019

The Freedom of Adulthood


It's been a whole month since I've posted anything on the blog; longest time I've gone without blogging since starting this thing. As you can imagine, I've been super busy building my literary empire. Articles, contacting bloggers and uploading my book details to Nielsen Title Editor and Goodreads.