The contrast between writing books and publicizing them is like the difference in wearing comfy slippers and vertiginous heels. And I mean that literally as much as metaphorically. Writing is about being alone or, if like me you work in a library or cafe, alone among others. Your only company is your characters and, as mine are never straightforwardly heroic or sympathetic, this is not the jolliest of parties. Well-meaning … Read the full entry
Back in March I wrote a guest blog for Jon Rance, a very talented novelist who not only writes clever books, he’s also clearly much better at blog creation and updating than I am. (That’s his book cover on the right). It expresses quite well the way that I feel about the ‘creative process’ in that, in my case, it feels anything but. The more ruthless, uptight and organised I … Read the full entry
Back when I was at university there was a story doing the rounds about a tutor’s response to the question ‘how long should an undergraduate essay be?’. ‘As long as girl’s skirt,’ he is alleged to have answered, ‘long enough to cover the essentials, short enough to be interesting.’ This might have been what passed for wit back in 1988 when women were still banned from wearing trousers in lots … Read the full entry
Paperback publication is a strange one – in a way much more important than hardback since it’s when the copies will be sold in greater numbers. But given that it follows on some months afterwards, it can feel anticlimactic. You’ve concentrated most of your efforts to self-promote around hardback time and, if you have one, your party is then. So with the paperback it’s all down to the hardworking sales … Read the full entry
Yes, on the 28 February Just Like Proper Grown-ups will be out in paperback at all good retailers and all that at a very reasonable £6.99 (and no doubt some bargain offers out there too). I’m currently writing a slightly embarrassing piece to push it (I’ll remain coy though I don’t know why since it will be out there next week for all to see). I’m having my photo taken this … Read the full entry
The team behind the building of my website have launched a new website called Nudge with lots of great content including a section on books. I’ve written a piece for them on a few of my favourite coming-of-age novels here, which to me are always about bookish young girls dreaming of a more glamorous life. Even writing about them made me feel nostalgic, both for being a bookish young girl and also … Read the full entry
Hello for the (admittedly small) intersection of people who look at my blog and live in Bedfordshire (or even Cambridgeshire), I will be at the Bedfordshire Readers’ Day in Flitwick Village Hall. There will be other authors, including the fab crime writers Erin Kelly and Ali Knight, and I’m fairly sure some good biscuits too.