Category: Writing

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What makes the best historical romance?

I have read and loved historical romances for…well, almost my entire life! So many of my readers share with me what they are looking for in a historical romance, and I wanted to share some of my favourites. Titles! Readers love titles – Earls, Dukes, and Princes all round, please! Friends to lovers. There’s nothing like a good friends to love story – I’ve … Read More What makes the best historical romance?

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Completing a book in lockdown

In my last blog, I talked about the weirdness of trying to write in lockdown, and how hard I was finding that. I am always honest with my readers, and so I wanted to share some of the process that went on behind the scenes. You can read it here. So many people reached out and shared that they, too, were finding it a … Read More Completing a book in lockdown

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Writing in lockdown

Almost half of the world’s population is in lockdown, and so am I. Writing in lockdown has been something I’ve been really struggling with, and after four weeks of it, I wanted to write a blog about it and be really open and honest about it. If you believed social media, you would think that everyone is loving lockdown! Enjoying baths, playing with their … Read More Writing in lockdown

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Writing during the hard times

I have been a little quiet on the blog side of things, and I do apologise for that – it’s been a busy and emotional few weeks. The details I will keep private to protect those I love but suffice to say, I’ve been bereaved about a fortnight ago and it’s been an emotional journey. Writing during such a time becomes challenging for two … Read More Writing during the hard times

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Christmas is almost here!

Well, almost. I am one of those (fantastic) people who absolutely loves Christmas. One summer a few years ago I was living in New Zealand, and I found myself listening to Christmas music all of August! But I digress. There are so many things to love about Christmas and just a few of them are starting to peek their heads around the corner. Frosty … Read More Christmas is almost here!

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What is your favourite historical period?

I love history so much! It’s one of the subjects that I studied at university, and in the UK that’s quite a big deal: typically, you only study one subject at university but I loved history and literature so much, I studied both! When I first started writing historical romance, I was studying my Medieval Studies Masters at university, and so it seemed perfect … Read More What is your favourite historical period?

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The perfect kiss

What makes a perfect kiss? This is one of the questions that, as a romance author, I spend a huge amount of time thinking about. It’s important to me that my readers experience wonderful romance, soaring emotions – but also romance that feels real, like it could actually have happened. That’s a bit of a challenge with historical romance, especially when gentlemen and ladies … Read More The perfect kiss

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Kissing frogs to find your prince

Do you believe in soulmates? I never did. I thought it was absolute madness to think that there could only be one person out there who was a perfect match for you. I thought it sad that if you didn’t find that person, you would end up spending your whole life alone, unwanted and unloved. I hoped that if there was someone out there … Read More Kissing frogs to find your prince

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Taking stock and stopping writing

Sometimes one of the best things you can do as an author is to stop writing. Hear me out – I’ve not lost the plot (literally!). It’s more that I’ve been taking stock of many aspects of my life, and to do that you have to stop. Being an author is a huge part of my life, but it is not the only part … Read More Taking stock and stopping writing

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My most productive writing day!

I don’t want to jinx it (in case it never happens again!) but I have just had my most productive writing day EVER. And I mean, ever. Today, I wrote over 18,500 words. I know, it doesn’t look real, does it? It’s such a huge number, even for me – and I’m quite accustomed to writing around 10,000 words on a good writing day. … Read More My most productive writing day!

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The perfect ending to a romance

I’ve written over 25,000 words this weekend (!) because I was desperate to finish book 3 of a new series which will be coming out next year. The words were just flowing from my fingertips and although I will of course lose some of them in the editing process, I’m glad to get so many of them down. And yet the bit I found … Read More The perfect ending to a romance

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Writing deadlines

Well, I’m just going to come out and say it: I’m behind. Weeks behind! I have a writing schedule that I do my absolute best to keep to, but sometimes, you know what, life gets in the way. It’s just not possible to do everything, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed and think that there’s no way that you can ever catch up, and … Read More Writing deadlines